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Best looking backglasses

By Daditude

3 years ago


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    #1 3 years 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 years ago

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

    #3 3 years ago

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

    #4 3 years 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 years ago

    Zaccaria spooky is beautiful.

    #6 3 years 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 years ago

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

    #9 3 years ago

    it would be quicker to list the bad ones

    99% are beautiful

    #10 3 years 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 years 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 years ago

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

    #13 3 years ago

    My fav all time

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    #14 3 years ago

    I am on board with Fathom and Paragon.

    Silverball Mania is not too bad either.

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    #15 3 years ago

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

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    #16 3 years 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 years 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 years ago

    Hard to go wrong with Spirit or Strange World.

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    #19 3 years ago

    Strange World for sure.

    #20 3 years ago

    SAme thing as every other thread; Centaur

    #21 3 years ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    SAme thing as every other thread;

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    #22 3 years 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 years ago

    Fathom
    Captain Fantastic
    Nitro Ground Shaker
    Star Gazer
    Mata Hari

    #24 3 years ago

    Farfalla, paragon, f2k, space invaders, abra cadabra

    #25 3 years ago

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

    #27 3 years 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 years ago

    Almost forgot...

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    #29 3 years 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 years ago
    Quoted from Coolpinballdino:

    Zaccaria spooky is beautiful.

    Agreed and haunted house as well

    #31 3 years ago
    Quoted from bonzo442:

    Agreed and haunted house as well

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    #32 3 years ago

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

    #33 3 years ago

    Hopefully this is better

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    #34 3 years ago

    Classic !

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    #35 3 years ago

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

    #36 3 years ago

    NGS has to be one of the best ever

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    #37 3 years ago

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

    Genie, medusa, lost world, dragon, solar ride

    #38 3 years ago

    Dodge City.

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    #39 3 years ago
    Quoted from Cam:

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

    #40 3 years 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 years 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.

    1 year later
    #42 2 years ago

    I guess you guys have never seen

    NEMESIS (peyper) ??
    Walkyria?? (Joctronic)??
    Valkyrie (jeutel) ??
    Iron Balls (stargame) ?
    Mephisto (stargame)
    And a German company called Geiger did amazing art for their conversion kits!

    Check out Miss World!!

    Not to mention superman, middle earth

    To pick 5 is impossible!! So really it’s better to ask.......what’s everyone’s favourite from each manufacturer?! That might make it easier?!

    And nowadays zombie yeti and dirty Donny make beautiful stuff like Primus!!

    On second thoughts, no. There’s just too many brilliant backglasses

    I’ve attached some pics for everyone to see!

    www.pinballowners.com/Athena
    On Instagram paragon_pinball

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    #43 2 years ago

    Miss World isn’t mine That’s just a pic off CPR site who sell it as a decorative backglass!! So Good!!!!

    #44 2 years ago

    Agree with many others but let's not forget.....

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    #45 2 years ago

    I bought this machine just because of the Backglass. Have a new one on the way from BG restore.

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    #46 2 years ago

    Mid to late '70s and early '80s Ballys. Bally seemed to have the best artists. In my humble opinion, of course.

    #47 2 years ago

    1st: embryon
    2nd: Wizard
    3rd: centaur

    #48 2 years ago

    This is an outside the box selection, but I’ve always thought Close Encounters is a great looking pin with a cool backglass. I think part of it for me is the color scheme.

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    #49 2 years ago

    Haunted House
    Hawaiian Beauty
    Doozie
    Wonderland
    Diner
    Comet

    #50 2 years ago

    I always thought Diner was spot on for what it is.

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