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Early Gottlieb Flipper Games

By jrpinball

1 year ago


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    “Early Gottlieb Flipper Games”

    • Alice in Wonderland 2 votes
      40%
    • Ali Baba 0 votes
    • Olde King Cole 0 votes
    • Jack and Jill 0 votes
    • King Arthur... 1 vote
      20%
    • Cinderella 0 votes
    • Three Musketeers 2 votes
      40%
    • other (name in thread) 0 votes

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    #1 1 year ago

    A friend of mine just picked up a Gottlieb "Alice in Wonderland".
    I've seen thousands of pinball machines over the years, but I don't think I've ever seen one of those before.
    Many of the "fairy tale" series games seem a bit scarce. "Olde King Cole", "Ali Baba", "Jack and Jill" don't come up often.
    Which game in this series do you think is the most scarce?
    Production numbers have a wide range, and only 1000 copies of "AiW" were produced, compared with 6500 copies of "Humpty Dumpty".
    Edit: Another one I don't think I've ever seen is "Three Musketeers".
    Only 800 produced.

    #2 1 year ago

    I just think they are cool looking games. I’ve really only played Humpty Dumpty at a show years ago. People need to understand these games are from the late 1940 and Gottlieb was learning about flippers at that time. Hopefully by Allentown we all will be able to play a nice example. Wink wink

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    #3 1 year ago

    A Lady Robinhood's the only game I had owned from this series, and had a chance
    to pick up another that was fairly local, so I'd say it's safe to say Lady Robinhood
    can be ruled out being the scarcest..

    #4 1 year ago
    Quoted from Mopar:

    A Lady Robinhood's the only game I had owned from this series, and had a chance
    to pick up another that was fairly local, so I'd say it's safe to say Lady Robinhood
    can be ruled out being the scarcest..

    Agree 100%. I've seen many of them. There was one set up for free play at the Saratoga show back in August.
    You had that really nice "King Arthur...". I hear it has gone to a new owner. Wish I could have nabbed it. Maybe only ever have seen two or three of those.

    #5 1 year ago

    I have a Humpty Dumpty and I picked up a Cinderella from an estate sale company a few years back. If I had the space I would have kept it. Art is really something cool. (It even has a pumpkin insert!) Someone out there must have the full collection, I'd love to see all 7 side by side.

    #6 1 year ago
    Quoted from truemagoo102:

    I have a Humpty Dumpty and I picked up a Cinderella from an estate sale company a few years back. If I had the space I would have kept it. Art is really something cool. (It even has a pumpkin insert!) Someone out there must have the full collection, I'd love to see all 7 side by side.

    There was a collector in Connecticut who passed away a couple of years ago. He told me once that he had all of them set up side by side, all nicely restored. All but one.... "Alice in Wonderland". I don't know what became of them. His son is still in the hobby, but I hear he sold a lot of the games.

    #7 1 year ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    You had that really nice "King Arthur.

    Yup, and a Friend along with 3 or 4 other collectors put their K.A. glasses together so
    bgresto had enough artwork to create a repro. He never knew I had a nice K.A.
    Although I wasn't so much into woodrails, one I should have kept was a Harvest Moon.
    Only 500 made. Shay wanted it so he could reproduce the backglass. I'm now into
    woodrails somewhat, and if I was back then, I wouldn't have made the trade..

    #8 1 year ago
    Quoted from truemagoo102:

    Someone out there must have the full collection,

    If early on I was into woodrails, 10 to 1 I'd have the Fairy Tale Series.
    Early on, with my small Pennysaver wanted ads, I was able to gather many
    pins, and had quite a bit of trading power. Outside of the Flipper Series, I
    also have 2 other EM metal rail complete series and I have to owe it to those
    early on Wanted Ads..

    #9 1 year ago

    Here's an odd one. It's a conversion of "Humpty Dumpty".

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    #10 1 year ago

    A row of games at the 2009 Allentown show. Not sure if it was still PWC then, or Pinfest.

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    #11 1 year ago

    Closest I've come is a friend once gave me an Ali Baba playfield and motorboard. Traded it off and it ended up getting sold on Ebay for $425. Seemed like a lot at the time. Back then it seemed like there were more collectors focused on completing a series (Flipper, Fairytale, etc.).

    #12 1 year ago

    For a video of the complete "Fairy Tale" series see Spanky Does USA Part 2:


    (These machines are at about 6:30 into the video)

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