Spring Coin-Op Show, April 6-8 2018

Join us at The Chicagoland™ Antique Advertising, Slot-Machine & Jukebox Show (a.k.a. Chicagoland Coin Op Show). We invite you to stop by Midwest Pinball’s exhibit, talk to Rich, and see some examples of games we have for sale. We plan to bring a couple of games to the show, as well as Data East’s Maverick. http://mwpinball.com/pinball-machines-for-sale/?&SingleProduct=23 

 

About the Show

The Chicagoland Coin Op Show features coin operated collectibles such as: antique slot machines, jukeboxes, coke machines, gumball machines, penny arcade machines, bowling games, music boxes, video games and, of course…

Pinball Machines!

This large show has a lot to see and do. The show fills two exhibition halls at the Pheasant Run Resort Hotel. From gumball machines to pinball machines to antique collectibles, there is something to interest attendees of all ages. Vendors in the lobbies sell coffee cakes, fudge, and jerky and baked goods.

 

Show Dates and Hours

Friday, April 6, 2018 Preview Day – 7:00 am-5:00 pm – $50.00 per person (Good for admission all 3 days)

Saturday, April 7, 2018 – 9:30 am-5:00 pm – $7.00 per adult (Kids under 12 get in free)

Sunday, April 8, 2018 – 9:00 am-2:30 pm – $7.00 per adult (Kids under 12 get in free)

NEW! Saturday and Sunday 2-Day Pass – $11 per adult (Kids under 12 get in free)

Pheasant Run Resort 4051 E. Main Street (North Avenue). St Charles, IL 60174

We hope to see you there!

https://www.chicagolandshow.com/attendees/

 

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Come Ride Aboard the Lauren Belle

Upper Playfield

Maverick, the block-buster movie based upon the popular tv series, comes to life in this great pinball game by Data East/Sega. Players enter the First Annual All Rivers Poker Championship dealt by Bret Maverick, himself.

This pinball is beautifully themed, right down to the plunger handle shaped like poker chips. Adding to the decoration and feel of the game is a large 192×64 pixel dot matrix display (DMD) in backbox. Maverick was the last pinball machine produced by Data East, and the first pinball machine produced with the extra-large DMD.

Maverick is a very fun game in which players play both pinball and poker (or blackjack in the blackjack mini game). The game is loaded with features: three flippers, three pop bumpers, two slingshots, one VUK, one captive ball, two standup targets, and one Paddlewheel ball lock. For fast action, the game features two 5-bank drop targets, one 4-bank drop targets, and one 3-bank drop targets. That’s 17 total drop targets!

Drop Targets

Player shoot the plentiful drop targets to complete poker hands. Hit the correct drop targets and win! Hit too many wrong targets and you’ll lose the hand. This makes Maverick a fun game for shooters.

Great animation and sound effects highlight this game. Maverick has both very fast play, when players are shooting drop targets and completing poker hands, and a brief medium play when the Lauren Belle is activated. Players will appreciate the breather before returning to the game’s fast pace, activating the 3-ball multiball, attempting the skill shot for the 4-ball multiball or aiming for a very challenging captive ball shot (under the Lauren Belle).

 

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After the Holidays – Games for Sale

Happy New Year from all of us at Midwest Pinball!

We hope that 2018 is a great year for everyone. For those considering a game for their home or business, we wanted to let you know that, even after the holiday rush, we still have fantastic games for sale.

In the last blog, we highlighted three games and one of them, Bally’s Silverball Mania, was purchased. For this blog, we will highlight another set of three, fun-to-play games: Stern’s Meteor, Gottlieb’s Shaq Attaq, and Gottlieb’s Rack-A-Ball.

 

Meteor

Backglass

Stern’s Meteor  pinball game was produced in conjunction with the movie Meteor by American International Pictures. The game came out as a promo for the movie which starred Sean Connery and Natalie Wood.

The game features three flippers, one pop bumper, two passive bumpers, two slingshots, three star rollovers, three 3-banks of drop targets, one spinning target and one standup target. Meteor also features one 6-bank of memory drop targets. These special drop targets are held in memory and restored prior to each player’s next ball. The bank then increases the bonus multiplier and activates other features.

This fun-to-play game was designed by Steve Kirk. Artists Leslie Kaip and Jorge Obregon drew their inspiration for the backglass and flyer from one of the movie’s advertising posters.

This 4-player game has been configured for free play.

 

Shaq Attaq

Backglass

Gottlieb’s Shaq Attaq gives players a real feel for basketball by sending the ball, through the air, toward a moving basket. With this ramp jump challenge, players must shoot a ramp with proper timing to launch their pinballs and sink point-scoring baskets.

The player plays as Shaquille in Events includeing: the Tip-Off, HORSE, the Alley-Oop, the Shot Clock, and Shatter the Backboard.

Shaq Attack is a fun game of pinball, complete with a Shaq Attaq Multiball and Hidden Features. The game has five “Hidden Features,” each of which is awarded after performing a certain feat in the game. An end-of-game bonus is given for the number of Hidden Features found; getting all five awards an extra one billion points.

This solid state game was designed by Jon Norris and features art by Constantino Mitchell and Jeanine Mitchell. The game has been configured for free play.

 

Rack-a-Ball

Backglass with all 12 Balls

Gottlieb’s Rack-a-Ball is a classic 1960’s pinball machine. It features 4 pop bumpers, 2 slingshots, 3 standup targets, 5 ball play, 2 bells and a knocker for sound and five lanes at the top of the playfield. The game also features nice animation in the backbox – pool balls rack up in a window as the player completes the numbered targets on the playfield.

This game features the great, clean artwork of Roy Parker. As the game is played, the lighting behind the glass highlights different characters. The back glass depicts characters playing a game of pool.

Rack-a-Ball is replay game. Each game starts with five balls, but the players have an opportunity to earn free games throughout the game.

This is a one-player game suitable for all ages. The game has been configured for free play.

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Holiday Pinball 2017

Midwest Pinball is in full gear for the holiday season. We have been updating our website and adding games for sale on our inventory pages. We have many fun-to-play pinball machines to fit all holiday budgets. See below for three examples.

Please check out our Pinball Machines for Sale page for more great games, and as always, please call (312) 925-1386 or contact us for more information.

Happy Holidays from Midwest Pinball!

 

Stern’s Meteor $2200

Backglass

Protect the Earth!

Stern’s 1979 Meteor pinball game was produced in conjunction with the movie Meteor by American International Pictures. The game came out as a promo for the movie which starred Sean Connery and Natalie Wood.

This game features three flippers, one pop bumper, two passive bumpers, two slingshots, three star rollovers, three 3-banks of drop targets, one spinning target and one standup target. Meteor also features one 6-bank of memory drop targets. These special drop targets are held in memory and restored prior to each player’s next ball. The bank then increases the bonus multiplier and activates other features.

The spinner is a variable value spinner: scoring increments increase and decline with Meteor target bank positions. Rocket bonus alignment is the key to wows and specials. The outhole scores rockets times the bonus multiple and the maximum bonus rewards player with total board visual display.

Like the movie which was Oscar-nominated in 1980 for best sound, Stern’s Meteor features a new-for-the-time audio system: the SB-300 sound board. Matching the growing tension of a gigantic meteor approaching Earth, the game’s background buildup sound leads players into the excitement.

This game was designed by Steve Kirk. Artists Leslie Kaip and Jorge Obregon drew their inspiration for the backglass and flyer from one of the movie’s advertising posters.
This 4-player game has been configured for free play.

 

Bally’s Silverball Mania $1800

Backglass

Wizards Wanted

Bally’s 1980 Silverball Mania is a fun, 4-player game with lots of specials and a carryover feature. This solid state electroinc game uses its two flippers, three pop bumpers, horseshoe lane, two rolloever spots, and a kicker to challenge players into reaching for specials.

Silverball’s Center Hoop feature contains 2 rollovers and a target. Going over the rollovers spots will light one or two letters in “Silverball Mania” depending upon the setting, increasing the bonus up to 5X. The center target completes the “N” in “Mania” and awards an extra ball when lit.

Each three times “Silverball Mania” is completed during a game, or when the kicker special is activated, one letter of “Silverball” lights on the lower left backglass. This Carryover feature is operator adjustable. The letter will remain lit from game to game, enticing players to try for its completion and an operator option award!
Silverball Mania grants players an extra chance to play with its Kicker feature. Beneath the flipper is a kicker that sends the ball back into play. The top center lane or the center hoop raise the kicker to activate the feature. A special is awarded if Kicker Special light is lit.

Each Silverball Mania letter, when lit, is worth 1,000 points. Up to 44,000 bonus points, times the multiplier, may be collected by these letters. Completing the sequence the first time lights the Wizard Bonus, worth 15,000 points. The Supreme Wizard Bonus, worth 30,000 points, lights with the second, and the third completion awards a special and lights a letter in the backglass carryover feature.

Designed by Jim Patla and boasting the unique-for-its-time artwork of Kevin O’Connor, Silverball Mania has a great Feature Programmed Sound System and has been configured for free play.

 

Williams’ Magic Town $1000

Backglass

Welcome to Chicago, the Magic Town

Williams’ Magic Town is a classic 1960’s pinball machine. It features four pop bumpers and five stand-up targets. This is an add-a-ball game, which means that the player has opportunities to earn extra balls during play.

As with many games from the early to mid 1960’s it features the nice, clean artwork of George Moletin. The backglass depicts a huge fountain in a city’s main square surrounded by skyscrapers. Pedestrians crowd the park and cars crowd the surrounding streets.

Magic Town is an add-a-ball game. (Magic City is the replay version of this game.) Each game starts with five balls, and the player earns replays by advancing the bonus through the Special.

Magic Town is a one-player game suitable for all ages and has been configured for free play.

 

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November 2017: A Successful Coin-Op Show

This fall’s Chicagoland Coin-Op Show was a great success!

We thank everyone who came out to visit Midwest Pinball’s booth to talk pinball and check out our pinball machines on display. Saturday’s show attendance was high, and we sold 4 games.

There was a lot to see throughout the show. The coolest arcade game we found was a beautiful 1939 Keeney Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun Arcade. Three projectors in the cabinet project planes onto a wall, and the player holds on to the gun with both hands while firing. The game had been restored and put on display at the Chicagoland Coin-Op Show by Vintage Coin-Op Restorations (www.vintagecoin-op.com). Below are sample photos of the game, but not the one that was displayed at the show.

If you couldn’t get to the fall show, you can come visit us at the spring show April 6-8, 2018.

We hope to see you there!

 

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Coin Op Show – November 10th – 12th

Join us at The Chicagoland™ Antique Advertising, Slot-Machine & Jukebox Show (a.k.a. Chicagoland Coin Op Show). We invite you to stop by Midwest Pinball’s exhibit, talk to Rich, and see some examples of games we have for sale. We plan to bring two bring two older, electro-mechanical games, two newer games, and a 1970’s Western-themed gun game. If you would like to purchase a game and pick it up from us at the show, we can make arrangements to do that.

 

About the Show

The Chicagoland Coin Op Show features coin operated collectibles such as: antique slot machines, jukeboxes, coke machines, gumball machines, penny arcade machines, music boxes, video games and our personal favorite…Pinball Machines!

This is a large show with a lot to see. The show fills two exhibition halls at the Pheasant Run Resort Hotel. From gumball machines to pinball machines to antique collectibles, there is something to interest attendees of all ages. Vendors in the lobbies sell coffee cakes, baked goods, fudge, and jerky.

Past shows have exhibited band boxes containing marionettes playing big band instruments in time with records, coin-operated scales used at general stores and butchers, and tin mutoscope machines playing short movies with a carousel of photographic cards. Last year, a vendor displayed one of the very first jukeboxes ever built. This mechanical jukebox required the user to wind it up and select from one of twenty metal cylinder records.

 

Show Dates and Hours

Friday, November 10th, 2017 Preview Day – 7:00 am-5:00 pm – $50.00 per person (Good for admission all 3 days)

Saturday, November 11th, 2017 – 9:30 am-5:00 pm – $7.00 per adult (Kids under 12 get in free)

Sunday, November 12th, 2017 – 9:00 am-2:30 pm – $7.00 per adult (Kids under 12 get in free)

Pheasant Run Resort 4051 E. Main Street (North Avenue). St Charles, IL 60174

 

http://www.chicagolandshow.com/index.html

 

We hope to see you there!

 

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Pinball Vacation? Map Your Favorite Games

 

What’s your next vacation? How about traveling across country, playing your favorite pinball games? Pinball Map is just that, a map that guides enthusiasts to many of the best pinball locations across North America.

The creators, Scott Wainstock and Ryan Taylor-Gratzer, launched a searchable map in 2007. The original database conatined games and locations for the Portland, Oregon area. Now with 10 years of experience and mobile apps for both Android and iOS, Pinball Map has expanded. The online map boasts 90 regional maps that covers the continental U.S., Hawaii and a handful of regions across Canada. Users can search over 13,000 machines by location, type, city and specific pinball machine.

Interestingly, Pinball Map is a crowdsourced pinball locator, meaning that the users keep it up-to-date and help it grow. “Each regional map is curated by a local administrator, often with the support of a league,” states PinballMap.com. Users help to keep the map up to date by adding machines, removing machines and submitting new locations.

Since accurate and timely user input makes for a better map, Pinball Map has partnered with Stern Pinball to reward top contributors. The top 3 contributors receive signed translites from Stern Pinball.

You can check out the Pinball Map at  https://pinballmap.com/

Happy [pinball] trails!

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2007 – Stern Spider-Man Black Edition – $7500

Home-Use Only, Limited-Edition Spider-Man Pinball

In 2007, Stern produced a limited-edition Spider-Man pinball machine featuring Spider-Man in the black costume. The Spider-Man Black Edition was limited to 500 units. This limited-edition game features a small plaque mounted below the backglass indicating the limited production. This version of the game includes special cabinet artwork, a silk-screened glass backglass with silver highlights, and a shaker motor.

Spider-Man is one of the highest rated Stern games with great ball flow, a nice mix of shots, and challenging modes to be completed. Within the game, Spider-Man has three modes (challenges) for each of the four villains – Sandman, Doc Ock, Green Goblin, and Venom. Each of the villains has his own area of the playfield and special lighting with colored LED bulbs.

Game play includes several multi-ball modes and good animation on the dot matrix display. Doc Ock’s Fusion Malfunction uses a magnet in the playfield to hold the ball and release it or challenge the player to knock the ball loose for a two-ball multi-ball. Sandman hides behind a motorized bank of three targets that need to be hit to lower the bank and allow access to targets and the Sandman himself.

Stern Spider-Man Cityscape

Unlike the backglass in most modern games, which are plastic, this edition of Spider-Man features a silk-screened glass with silver highlights that enhance the black Spider-Man suit.

This is a home-use-only (HUO) game being sold by the original owner. It is in excellent shape with no fade on the cabinet nor any scratches or dings. In addition, several additional modifications (mods) have been added to this game. The first is a brushed aluminum topper that can be flipped down if needed. Also, a model cityscape and elevated train (from Back Alley Creations) have been added along the sides above the ramps and wireforms. These are backlit to provide more depth, while not affecting game play. The game has also been updated with LED bulbs throughout for better color and less maintenance.

Spider-Man is a four-player game suitable for all ages. The game has been configured for free play and can also be switched from English to Spanish instructions. We offer local delivery and installation services or we can arrange shipping within the US. Please call or e-mail us with any questions or for more photos.

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1985 – Williams Sorcerer – $2100

Challenge the Sorcerer

Battle the sorcerer for control of the two dragons (pinballs) shown on the backglass. Pam Ericson’s artwork features a blue-haired sorcerer and two bony dragon skulls emerging from the blue and white smoke.

Sorcerer features three flippers – the upper flipper being activated by the left-hand flipper button, but being on the right side of the playfield. The game also has three pop bumpers, numerous standup targets, one bank of three drop targets, and a wireform ramp. The game also has a two-ball multi-ball mode. Players lock the first ball in kick out at the end of the ramp, then shoot the ramp again to start multi-ball.

Spell SORCERER to light the Demon bonus feature, then complete the drop target bank while the Demon bonus is still lit to hold the bonus for the next ball.

Sorcerer is a four-player game with electronic sounds, music, and speech. The game is in excellent shape and is fully working. It has been updated with LED lighting throughout to really make the colors on the playfield pop. Please note that although the photos show one standup target without a decal, the full decal set arrived the next day and will be installed on the game prior to delivery or shipping.

The game is setup for free play. We offer local delivery and installation or can ship the game nationwide. Please feel free to call or e-mail with questions or for additional photos.

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1966 – Gottlieb Central Park – $2200

Explore Central Park

Gottlieb’s Central Park is a classic 1960’s pinball machine. It features four pop bumpers that score either one or ten points each and ten stand-up targets. The game has two flippers. These are the two-inch flipper bats that were standard for the time. The two flipper bats shown at the top of the playfield are stationary.

As with most of the Gottlieb games from the early to mid 1960’s it features the great, clean artwork of Roy Parker. The backglass depicts Central Park with numerous characters in the fore ground gathered to watch an organ grinder and a couple taking a carriage ride. Skyscrapers can be seen in the background beyond the park.

The backglass features an animated organ grinder monkey with a hammer that rings the bell every one hundred points. Stand-up targets along the top of the playfield advance the bonus as each set is completed. Yellow and green bonus lights in the center of the playfield keep track of the progress up through the Special.

Central Park is a one-player replay game. (Gottlieb’s Hurdy Gurdy is the add-a-ball version of this game.) Each game starts with five balls, and the player earns replays by advancing the bonus through the Special. The player can see how many of the five balls have been played through a slot cut into the ball apron.

Central Park is a one-player game suitable for all ages. The game is in excellent condition and has been restored to one hundred percent functionality. The backglass is in great shape as is the animation plastic (the monkey). The game ships with new legs, leg levelers, and leg bolts. We offer local delivery or can arrange shipping nationwide. We also offer a sixty-day parts and service warranty on any of our games that remain within our standard service area. The game has been configured for free play. Please call or e-mail with any questions or for more photos.

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