(Topic ID: 232454)

Best looking backglasses


By Daditude

3 months ago



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    #1 3 months ago

    I keep seeing people framing backglasses and presenting them as art, and it makes me wonder..."What is the best looking backglass?"

    While I am sure there are many opinions out there...I would like to know what you think is the best (or even a top 5 list)?

    #2 3 months ago

    My five favorites:
    Fireball 2
    StarGazer
    Fathom
    Metallica LE
    Flight 2000

    #3 3 months ago

    Top 5 is hard, but for sure Paragon is in there for me.

    #4 3 months ago

    For me, the most beautiful backglasses are those whose global design is not only superb, but whose creators have also been inventive and creative. Graphic design is of course important, but it is not enough to make exceptional backglasses.

    These are of course double backglasses, those that include mirror-like coatings and that use optical effects, such as infinite reflections.

    They are not very widespread and it is normal, because they were the most expensive to produce. To such an extent, moreover, that some were produced only for the American market, the "export" versions having to be content with a simplified model.

    For the first three:

    MARS - God Of War (Gottlieb)
    BLACK HOLE - US version (Gottlieb)
    XENON (Bally)
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    And if you only have to pick five, I'll take for the last two:

    PAPILLON (Jeutel)
    PARAGON (Bally)
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    I must admit that it's because I like the heroic fantasy and drawings in the style of Boris Valero - Julie Bell, that I preferred the latter. Because otherwise, I think that FARFALLA (Zaccaria) would have had the fifth place.
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    #5 3 months ago

    Zaccaria spooky is beautiful.

    #6 3 months ago

    I like a lot of Gordon Morrison's game artwork. He did most of the artwork on Gottlieb games through the 70s and up to 1980.

    I also like the artwork on some of the Atari, zaccaria, and Taito pins, along with some of the fantasy artwork that appeared through the 80s from bally and stern.

    #7 3 months ago

    I am surprised that no one has ever asked this question earlier or started a thread aboot this subject......

    #9 3 months ago

    it would be quicker to list the bad ones

    99% are beautiful

    #10 3 months ago

    Some great artists have done some incredible glasses over the past 70 years, near impossible to pick 5!!

    But since you asked:

    Wizard - Dave Christensen - several others could be here just as easy, ex: Capt Fantastic Wizard BG (resized).jpg

    Paragon - Paul Faris - Will be on most lists with very good reason Paragon BG (resized).jpg

    Roy Parker - Kings & Queens - again almost too many other great ones to count K&Q's BG (resized).jpg

    John Youssi - Bride of Pinbot - just like it a ton BOP BG (resized).jpg

    Keith Parkinson - Viper - Only did 2 but WOW!! Viper BG 2 (resized).jpg

    #11 3 months ago
    Quoted from dgpinball:

    Some great artists have done some incredible glasses over the past 70 years, near impossible to pick 5!!
    But since you asked:
    Wizard - Dave Christensen - several others could be here just as easy, ex: Capt Fantastic [quoted image]
    Paragon - Paul Faris - Will be on most lists with very good reason [quoted image]
    Roy Parker - Kings & Queens - again almost too many other great ones to count [quoted image]
    John Youssi - Bride of Pinbot - just like it a ton [quoted image]
    Keith Parkinson - Viper - Only did 2 but WOW!! [quoted image]

    You need to replace one of those with Fathom. Probably not Paragon. I'd say the BOP or Kings and Queens...they are both nice backglasses but not top 5 great.

    #12 3 months ago

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    Old Chicago - Dave C art rules!
    It's always cold in Dave's world.

    #13 3 months ago

    My fav all time

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    #14 3 months ago

    I am on board with Fathom and Paragon.

    Silverball Mania is not too bad either.

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    #15 3 months ago

    AlienStar and Voltan must be in the top 5 of all time!

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    #16 3 months ago

    My favorite is Nitro Groundshaker - the more you look the more detail you see and I am a drag racing guy so it has everything I love about it. After that I would pick some of the double backglasses like Volcano, Black Hole, Xenon, etc.

    #17 3 months ago
    Quoted from Whysnow:

    AlienStar and Voltan must be in the top 5 of all time![quoted image][quoted image]

    I barely missed out on a cheap Alien Star really close to my house about a month ago. Im still depressed...

    #18 3 months ago

    Hard to go wrong with Spirit or Strange World.

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    #19 3 months ago

    Strange World for sure.

    #20 3 months ago

    SAme thing as every other thread; Centaur

    #21 3 months ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    SAme thing as every other thread;

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    #22 3 months ago

    Wonderland great. I'd probably take Daisy May over it since I prefer drunk heyseeds over rabbits; but I couldn't put up a real argument against either.

    #23 3 months ago

    Fathom
    Captain Fantastic
    Nitro Ground Shaker
    Star Gazer
    Mata Hari

    #24 3 months ago

    Farfalla, paragon, f2k, space invaders, abra cadabra

    #25 3 months ago

    Alien Star
    Fathom
    Paragon
    Strikes & Spares
    Star Gazer
    Genesis (kidding)

    #26 3 months ago

    Lots of votes for paragon

    #27 3 months ago

    Ok, I may be a little biased since these are in my lineup but my favorites are...

    1. Embryon

    2. Fireball ll

    3. Funhouse

    4. Bobby Orr Power Play

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    #28 3 months ago

    Almost forgot...

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    #29 3 months ago

    I like Bobby Orr Power Play too, despite the obvious “errors”. Pinside would lose its sh!t if it came out today

    #30 3 months ago
    Quoted from Coolpinballdino:

    Zaccaria spooky is beautiful.

    Agreed and haunted house as well

    #31 3 months ago
    Quoted from bonzo442:

    Agreed and haunted house as well

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    #32 3 months ago

    It looks clear when i look at the pic, but blurry when i attach it...

    #33 3 months ago

    Hopefully this is better

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    #34 3 months ago

    Classic !

    #35 3 months ago

    Viper
    Silverball Mania
    Barracora
    Quicksilver
    Fathom
    Spirit
    ... Notice they are all from the same era when pinball was truly art!?

    #36 3 months ago

    NGS has to be one of the best ever

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    #37 3 months ago

    Not my personal top list, but I don't think anyone has mentioned these:

    Genie, medusa, lost world, dragon, solar ride

    #38 3 months ago

    Dodge City.

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    #39 3 months ago
    Quoted from Cam:

    NGS has to be one of the best ever
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    & again Dave C artwork rules!

    #40 3 months ago

    There is a guy on etsy and ebay that sells tons of backglasses/translites presented with lights, side of headbox art, and a remote for wall decoration. They look pretty nice.

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    #41 3 months ago

    There's a lot of good ones and as a collector of original artwork I love asking myself these sorts of questions all the time. I like Gordon Morison a lot, and Dave C's stuff is really cool but its just not my era. For my money I like Youssi.

    I have collected a few of the original backglass paintings that were made by hand before production. They are really a sight to behold in person so if you are ever in the area when one or more are going to be displayed, take advantage.

    Seeing an original is realizing that you were previously looking at something with 1/10 the resolution and color.

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