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Flipper Fantasy: Collecting Pinball Machines

Remember Those Classic Pinball Machines from Your Teen Years? Well, They're Still Out There, and They're for Sale
Terrence Fagan
From the Print Edition:
Demi Moore, Autumn 96

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Arcade Treasures by Bill Kurtz (1994, Schiffer Publishing, $39.95) This book examines arcade collectibles in general--video games, shuffle alleys, baseball machines--but it also offers extensive and well-illustrated coverage of pinball collectibles, including a price guide.

Collector's Guide to Vintage Coin Machines by Richard M. Bueschel (1995, Schiffer Publishing, $39.95) Extensive coverage of coin-operated machine collectibles, with an excellent chapter on pinball machines. Plenty of color photos; with a price guide. Great for beginner collectors.

The Encyclopedia of Pinball, Volume I by Richard M. Bueschel (Nov. 1996, Silverball Amusements) The first volume, covering 1930-'33, in a planned series on the history of pinball.

The 1997 Price Guide by Larry Bieza (Nov. 1996) The authority on the buying, selling and grading of pinball machines.


The following is a selective listing of pinball-related shows, courtesy of pinball aficionado Mike Kerns of Chalfon, Pennsylvania. The show of the year is the Pinball Expo '96, held from Nov. 14 to 17 in Rosemont, Illinois. It's the pinball world's 12th annual expo, and the largest of its kind. Contact Rob Berk at 800/323-3547 for more information. Many of the following shows cover the arcade or coin-op collectibles market, not just pinball. Dates and locations are accurate as of press time. It is best to call ahead and confirm.

Sept. 13-14, Dallas Gameroom and Collectibles Show, Dallas, Texas. Contact: Walt Baxley 214/243-5725.

Sept. 20-22, Coin-Op Supershow and Sale, Pasadena, California. Contact: Rosanna Harris 303/431-9266.

Oct. 11-13, Pinball Wizards Convention, Whitehall, Pennsylvania. Contact: Brian Hein 610/435-2860.

Oct. 11-13, Hackensack Collector's Expo, Hackensack, New Jersey. Contact: Bob Nelson 316/263-1848.

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