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Bobby Orr's Power Play Club


By pinkid

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#1 5 months ago

When I was 12, the local mall had pins in Alladin's Castle and I remember seeing Power Play for the 1st time. New for then digital scoring was really cool. Hockey was scarce on TV here then. I always liked the hockey but there was none around here. Power Play really appealed to me then. The hockey theme and art and colors put the hook in me. Eventually the game was gone and it was sad. Never really saw or played another for a long time. Fast forward 20 years and I found 1 local that had been in a tractor trailer forever. In good shape and complete. I bought it not working and eventually got it going. Hearing those chimes again was great. The post between the flippers is great too. Fellow Power Play owners and fans chime in please. I felt like this game needs a club.

#2 5 months ago

I’m in the club too. Just not fully assembled. The glass is on the wall reminding me of my projects to come.

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#3 5 months ago

I am in the club also. Mine has clear coated playfield.

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#4 5 months ago

Blackhawks area

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#5 5 months ago

I restored one several years back and still have it today. All Altek boards, NOS Kruzman cleared playfield. The backglass is near perfect and I left the decal on it that was put on by a distributor in Canada. Just thought the decal was neat looking so I left it.

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#6 5 months ago

Those are some beauties right there.

I am in the club. Can you tell??

It is literally the one game I will never sell because its the game I play with my 22 year old daughter. she doesn't like the fast Sterns. its her speed.

Mine plays perfectly but shows its age on the playfield and cabinet. Sometimes I fantasize about a restoration but I wonder if that would be a sacrilege.

ooh....maybe I send it to HEP!

#7 5 months ago

Nice machines. Anyone ever see or hear of custom drop targets for this game? Or bumper caps would be nice. The CPR website says it will run another small batch of BOPP soon. I need to get one this time. I'm a Hawks fan, probably because of this game. I know Orr was a Bruin for a long time and some people can't stomach Orr in a Hawks uniform. Ironic Bally was in Chicago huh? Also he was a lefty and the backglass has it backwards. Wonder why another NHL team wasn't used instead of "Canada"? I've often visioned Bobby Hull on this game. More associated w/the Hawks is my thinking. Still I love this game and have great respect for the Orr era Bruins.

#8 5 months ago

General thoughts:
1. Yes, Orr is and always will be a Bruin. but this is a snapshot in time. Get over it. I love that uniqueness
2. simply a fantastic drop target game. Love going after that extra ball with the 3 set of drops down
3. the puck between the flippers. Great feature. enables you to slow the game down. Extra safety. and it helps because sometimes this game punishes you with a 9 second ball time.
4. As a Canadian, I love the "Canadiana" all over the game.
5. Orr taped his stick with one strip of tape. Game shows no tape.
6. Youre correct on the righty/lefty pick-up
7. Pick up the "Best of Bobby Orr" DVD. the gap between his abilities and the other players was greater than any player I have ever seen. (with all respect to Gretzky and Lemieux)

Fun fact: I acquired my machine when I was negotiating to purchase an Addams family over 10 years ago. I offered to pay his asking price for the Addams, if he would throw in the Power Play as well. Great score!

#9 5 months ago

Looking to join the club. Anyone got one for sale in Illinois? Thanks

#10 5 months ago

I am a big Bobby Orr fan, but it annoys me every time I see him shooting right handed and his stick without his signature tape job. How no one notices these things during design and production drives me crazy.

He will always be a Bruin, but I may have gotten over the fact he was in a Blackhawk uniform.

Don't have one yet for these reasons, but maybe in the future.

#11 5 months ago

You CAN get over it , Sleepy. Great game. The art by Dave Christensen is otherwise quite good. goalie is a little weird.

I was born at Joseph Brant.

#12 5 months ago

Trivia: Did he tape his ankles like on the backglass?

#13 5 months ago
Quoted from pinkid:

When I was 12, the local mall had pins in Alladin's Castle and I remember seeing Power Play for the 1st time. New for then digital scoring was really cool. Hockey was scarce on TV here then. I always liked the hockey but there was none around here. Power Play really appealed to me then. The hockey theme and art and colors put the hook in me. Eventually the game was gone and it was sad. Never really saw or played another for a long time. Fast forward 20 years and I found 1 local that had been in a tractor trailer forever. In good shape and complete. I bought it not working and eventually got it going. Hearing those chimes again was great. The post between the flippers is great too. Fellow Power Play owners and fans chime in please. I felt like this game needs a club.

We’re hockey fans over here too. Definitely a favorite when my kid’s hockey teammates are over at the house.

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#14 5 months ago
Quoted from rolandthoms:

Trivia: Did he tape his ankles like on the backglass?

I'm pretty sure he taped them very similar.

#15 5 months ago
Quoted from rolandthoms:

You CAN get over it , Sleepy. Great game. The art by Dave Christensen is otherwise quite good. goalie is a little weird.
I was born at Joseph Brant.

I might get over it, but I already have four Ballys in my basement with room for only a total of ten games with everything else down there.

You may have convinced me on this game, so I will keep my eyes open for a nice Bobby Orr, but I am in no rush.

I wasn't born in Burlington and have only been here seven years. I was just at the Joseph Brant museum a few weeks ago for a pinball tournament, which is beside the hospital.

#16 5 months ago
Quoted from JayDee:

We’re hockey fans over here too. Definitely a favorite when my kid’s hockey teammates are over at the house.[quoted image]

I want to add that Olympic Hockey machine to my collection. I can never find one though.

#17 5 months ago

I am in the club as well. The pictures don't do the game justice, but it is fully chromed, touched up and cleared playfield, and custom art on the cleared cabinet (9 colors) to create the Blackhawk's original logo.

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#18 5 months ago

BackFlipper, that game looks good with the Indian head being the right colors. The chrome rails are bitchin' too.

#19 5 months ago

My grandson adding credits to mine

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#20 5 months ago

A photo of my shrine to Robert Orr.

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#21 3 months ago

Do you typically play with the Conservative or Liberal dip switch settings? I'm getting my game set-up, and tend to like the look of Liberal settings, except for maybe the pop bumpers. Curious how others like to play.

POP BUMPER ADJUST - Each of the three pop bumpers score 1000 when lit and 100 when not lit. When set as Liberal, all three pop bumpers will be lit. When set as Conservative, lit pop bumpers will alternate between the bottom pop bumper and the left & right pop bumpers.

http://stevekulpa.net/pinball/pp_dips.htm

#22 3 months ago

cam someone post a pic of the flipper coil wiring. and a nice close up of the leaf switches eos. i forgot to take pics.

thx thc

#23 3 months ago
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#24 3 months ago

awesome thx

#25 3 months ago

I have my settings for conservative. Especially for the drop targets, they both reset every time a bank of targets gets cleared. Plus the bumpers alternating being lit for 1000 looks cooler to me.

#26 3 months ago

those look like brand new eos leaf switches ..u wouldn't happen to know the part number on that?
thx thc

#27 3 months ago
Quoted from thc666:

those look like brand new eos leaf switches ..u wouldn't happen to know the part number on that?
thx thc

https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/A365-00046-0000

I had to rebuild them using both the old and the new spacers to allow them to fit because they were too fat and the old screws that hold them on weren’t long enough

#28 3 months ago

I'm in. I've had it for about 10 years. Found a NOS glass a couple of years ago, installed a CPR playfield, painted cabinet and had it chromed out.

If anyone has a nice set of custom score cards that they could send me a scan of, I would appreciate.
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#29 3 months ago
Quoted from pinkid:

I have my settings for conservative. Especially for the drop targets, they both reset every time a bank of targets gets cleared. Plus the bumpers alternating being lit for 1000 looks cooler to me.

You make a good point about the drop target banks. I'll give that a try. Also agree about the alternating 1,000 point lights. The fact that the pops state "1000 points when lit" implies that it shouldn't be lit all of the time...

#30 3 months ago
Quoted from Tyamry:

I'm in. I've had it for about 10 years. Found a NOS glass a couple of years ago, installed a CPR playfield, painted cabinet and had it chromed out.
If anyone has a nice set of custom score cards that they could send me a scan of, I would appreciate.
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Nice looking machine! Never seen anyone swap out the traditional white/red pop cap for white/green

Something to consider on your coin door, put another price plate on the left side and then in the middle put the BALLY logo one https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/C-826-BALLY

Looks a lot better then the blank steel plate imo.

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#31 3 months ago

I just started a playfield swap on my Power Play.... It's been a long time coming lol. I scanned my NOS playfield back in 2008. Artwork was done in 2011 and sent to CPR to use for the repro playfields. Not sure when I received my playfield but I'm guessing about 2014. With some enforced downtime I figured I better do it now before it's too late

I've only noticed two errors in there playfield art so far...

Any tips or issues I should be aware of while doing the swap?

#32 3 months ago
Quoted from woz:

I've only noticed two errors in there playfield art so far...

Curious as to what errors you found? When I did mine I had a NOS so never seen a CPR one.
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Quoted from woz:

Any tips or issues I should be aware of while doing the swap?

I found doing the swap fairly easy, just take your time. One recommendation would be to use all new ground braid and light sockets.
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If you want to go nuts you can have all the stickers for the assemblies added back on. Just go to http://www.pinballrebel.com/pinball/cards/ and you can download them, send them to a local print shop (i.e. FedEx Office) or print them yourself onto a decal sheet. Just depends on how anal you want to get.

#33 3 months ago
Quoted from meSz:

Nice looking machine! Never seen anyone swap out the traditional white/red pop cap for white/green
Something to consider on your coin door, put another price plate on the left side and then in the middle put the BALLY logo one https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/C-826-BALLY
Looks a lot better then the blank steel plate imo.[quoted image]

I'm color blind and never noticed it. Thanks for the suggestion.

#34 3 months ago

mesz Thanks for the tips. With the current lockdown getting lamps sockets and other parts from the US may be a problem so I will re-use the existing braid and replace individual sockets. I may design my own lamp PCB to replace them completely.

I'll pass on the assembly decals as I think I know what the parts are. I don't worry too much about the under playfield experience

****SPOILER ALERT*****
CPR playfield is missing the yellow in the blue feather (it was on the art submitted but may have been on a separate layer that was turned off maybe). Also the white is missing around the lower lane guide slots.

#35 3 months ago
Quoted from woz:

mesz Thanks for the tips. With the current lockdown getting lamps sockets and other parts from the US may be a problem so I will re-use the existing braid and replace individual sockets. I may design my own lamp PCB to replace them completely.
I'll pass on the assembly decals as I think I know what the parts are. I don't worry too much about the under playfield experience

Yeah not sure how this is effecting shipping to Canada but I can tell ya I have ordered from Marco and PBR in the past week and received immediately. I've found in swapping the existing ground braid you'll get some of the strands that will break so just found it better to replace.

Quoted from woz:

I'll pass on the assembly decals as I think I know what the parts are. I don't worry too much about the under playfield experience

This is understood as most people are the same. This machine was something I knew I wouldn't sell so I went all out on it. Replacing basically everything with new parts, down to the screws and other hardware (used all stainless steel). I call it my "went stupid restoration".

Quoted from woz:

CPR playfield is missing the yellow in the blue feather (it was on the art submitted but may have been on a separate layer that was turned off maybe). Also the white is missing around the lower lane guide slots.

I do see in Tyamry photo above (post #28) where the yellow is missing in the feather. Wonder what happened here as when I look at CPR's website the yellow is in the feather...https://classicplayfields.com/shop/pinball-playfields/bopp/#playfield

As for the white missing around the lower lane guide, I am not seeing this in Tyamry's photo. I may just be missing it?!!

#36 3 months ago
Quoted from meSz:

As for the white missing around the lower lane guide, I am not seeing this in Tyamry's photo. I may just be missing it?!!

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#37 3 months ago
Quoted from meSz:

I do see in Tyamry photo above (post #28) where the yellow is missing in the feather. Wonder what happened here as when I look at CPR's website the yellow is in the feather...https://classicplayfields.com/shop/pinball-playfields/bopp/#playfield
As for the white missing around the lower lane guide, I am not seeing this in Tyamry's photo. I may just be missing it?!!

Looks like CPR must have fixed the yellow feather in subsequent production runs; my playfield was from the initial run.

Here's a pic of the original playfield with white around the rollovers; the repro is missing the white and is just bare wood.

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#38 3 months ago
Quoted from woz:

Looks like CPR must have fixed the yellow feather in subsequent production runs; my playfield was from the initial run.
Here's a pic of the original playfield with white around the rollovers; the repro is missing the white and is just bare wood.[quoted image]

I see now looking at a picture of my pf it does have the white. I'd say though that them missing the white might be for the better as once it starts to wear it would be that much more noticeable.

Also appears the white text-shadow in ADV BONUS and DOWN POST is missing

I can't imagine recreating the artwork for these things. The time it takes and all! If I were doing it I would lose interest, be drinking beer, watching hockey (remember when hockey was on TV?) and you would wind up with a Cowboy face instead of the Indian on the playfield. In short, I can see how things like this are missed. Whether it was the artist or even the person cutting out the screens.

#39 3 months ago

IIRC when David Eisner was redrawing the art we decided that the white shadow around the text was due to misalignment on the original screens as it didn't seem consistent among pictures and samples we had at the time. Let's call it "artistic impression" rather than an error

#40 3 months ago
Quoted from woz:

IIRC when David Eisner was redrawing the art we decided that the white shadow around the text was due to misalignment on the original screens as it didn't seem consistent among pictures and samples we had at the time. Let's call it "artistic impression" rather than an error

You're the one that started the whole "what errors are there" so I want credit for the shadow text damn it!

#41 3 months ago
Quoted from meSz:

You're the one that started the whole "what errors are there" so I want credit for the shadow text damn it!

All credit to you mesz At least there's no text or scores missing (that I know of!)

#42 3 months ago

Here's a video I made of my BOPP restoration:


Thread is here: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bobby-orrs-power-play-from-scrapper-to-power-player

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#43 89 days ago

Just saw photos of an early production Power Play. The colors were different. Looked cool though. I never knew about that. Also, does any one know the story on the patch on Bobby's jersey? The "I will the spirit of Chicago" one. Was this a United Way phrase or the like? I've always wondered. I miss Hockey on TV now. I'll watch vintage games sometimes. Great stuff.

#44 85 days ago
Quoted from JayDee:

https://www.marcospecialties.com/pinball-parts/A365-00046-0000
I had to rebuild them using both the old and the new spacers to allow them to fit because they were too fat and the old screws that hold them on weren’t long enough

thx so much for the tip, finally got them in. i just got new screw from hardware store what a pain to find #5-40 1 inch long. only down side was i could not get the retainer clip in with it, but will do for now.

#45 85 days ago

Pictures of my CPR from the last run. Yellow feather, check. White in drain/save lanes, nope.

Shawn

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#46 84 days ago
Quoted from Mk1Mod0:

Pictures of my CPR from the last run. Yellow feather, check. White in drain/save lanes, nope.
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Honestly I think the white not being there looks better. The white shadow on the originals looks off. The yellow in the feather IMO is an ordeal so good to see that this was corrected!

#47 84 days ago
Quoted from meSz:

Honestly I think the white not being there looks better.

Agreed. I also like the white shadow on the "down post" and other places not being there. Looks cleaner IMHO. May have been a registration problem on one of the original runs.

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#48 74 days ago

Picked up a non functioning Power play...AND IT'S KINDA ROUGH!
Anyone in the CHICAGO/NW SUBURBS area own one of these willing to help me with general advice/question$...?
or could recommend a repair company although willing to give it a shot(!) myself...thanks

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#49 74 days ago

Randy

This forum is here to help.

Use Pinwiki to start, I see you have several machines, so you should have some knowledge to begin with.

You start with the basics - remove old battery, repair boards and connectors, then start with cosmetics. It will be a fun project.

#50 74 days ago
Quoted from Randy_G:

Picked up a non functioning Power play...AND IT'S KINDA ROUGH!
Anyone in the CHICAGO/NW SUBURBS area own one of these willing to help me with general advice/question$...?
or could recommend a repair company although willing to give it a shot(!) myself...thanks[quoted image]

It'll be fun! I would start at the power supply. It will likely need to be fixed up or replaced.

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