So, I've seen two main different versions of the Automatic Industries Whiffle released in 1931.
One has "Champion" on the front, the other DOES NOT. (side note, i can't see in the pics provided where it says automatic industries either)
I guess, does anyone have history on these two and can tell me:
1- Which one was released first (and when they were each released)
2- The current market value (give or take) of each (trying to figure out which is more valuable).
I was planning on buying the pinball history book but I don't have right this second. A friend is checking out a 1931 Automatic Industries "Champion" pinball, and wants to know if I would like it. The buyer is asking $1000 and it needs a total refinish outside and I believe all the pins in the board are missing. He's checking the internals.
I haven't seen them priced that high in that shape, so I'm trying to make a reasonable offer...
I have this very weird obsession of owning the FIRST of each thing I collect (video game systems, etc) and had made a bet with my boyfriend that I wouldn't find the First pinball machine created... so this would be a bucket list checkoff Just not for 1000
Basically, I'm trying to figure out if this is the one that's considered "the first one" or not, and the value, thus, being worth me picking up 8hr drive
(side note, i know a bit about the history.)
Whiffle by Automatic Industries was said to be the first one ever created, though created at the same time as Whoopee. Pre-war, coin op, has plunger. No flippers.