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Gottlieb Lucky Star

By megoman

12 days ago


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#1 12 days ago

I recently acquired a 1947 Gottlieb Lucky Star game.

I had done some research on the game and looked at many photos on IPMD including the original sales flyer. No flippers, but the game I picked up has flippers.

I know flippers just hit the scene in 1947. Perhaps the game was made with two version - no flippers + flippers.

Just starting to clean it up and see what’s going on inside.

If anyone has background info about this about this game it would be greatly appreciated.

#2 12 days ago
Quoted from megoman:

I recently acquired a 1947 Gottlieb Lucky Star game.
I had done some research on the game and looked at many photos on IPMD including the original sales flyer. No flippers, but the game I picked up has flippers.
I know flippers just hit the scene in 1947. Perhaps the game was made with two version - no flippers + flippers.
Just starting to clean it up and see what’s going on inside.
If anyone has background info about this about this game it would be greatly appreciated.

Probably operator installed...Share a pic!

#3 12 days ago

Data point.............my Lucky Star has no flippers.

#4 12 days ago

Thanks

Here are some pics. From the inside it does look like an add-on job. Interesting.

I know game is missing the bumpers near those side rollovers.

Any idea about value of game in working order?
This game has many burn marks on the rails from cigarettes. That’s gotta be worth a lot extra

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#5 12 days ago

Look at the original color of the grey and red paint where the legs are attached. Long since covered in smoke and who knows what else.

Any recommendations for cleaning this era paint?

#6 12 days ago

It's operator installed or home hobbiest...either way, they don't belong. Take a look at the flipper wiring. They are fried. I think you should reverse the nightmare!

#7 12 days ago

Here are the pics of what was done under the playfield

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#8 12 days ago

I'd leave them. Operators added this to give games a bit more longevity on route. With flippers introduced later that year it was probably a worthwhile upgrade.

The flipper conversion is part of it's history. Probably been on the game most of it's life. And besides if you remove it you have unsightly holes to deal with.

It is always a little odd to me how low they mounted the buttons though?

#9 12 days ago

if you want to put the game back to the original, you could remove the flippers, plug the holes and put the posts back that used to be there. The posts may cover the flipper shaft holes.

you'd still need to rotate the white plastic targets, replace the pop bumper with the correct diamond-shaped bumper, replace the pieces you mentioned and fix any wiring hacks.

trying to restore it to original may be impossible if reasonably close plastics aren't available.

the game is probably more interesting to play as-is, so definitely consider what alexf said.

the schematic should be on the back door. If yours is in good shape and you can take some highest possible resolution picture(s) of it, please email to [email protected].

if you don't have a schem, the pacific pinball museum has the game on their inventory list (poor condition) ... I'll see if the schem is in it if you can't get one from pinball resource and want one.

#10 12 days ago

Appreciate everyone’s input.

The flippers look like an afterthought (not part of game design or strategy) so I think I will ultimately remove.

As for the schematic, it’s in great shape on the inside back panel. I’ll send pic as requested.

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#11 12 days ago

I'd leave the flippers. It looks to me like this is an operator modification done long ago, maybe even in the 1940's.
It was a common practice to retrofit existing non-flipper games with flippers, after Gottlieb's introduction of this groundbreaking feature. The wiring and wireform linkages used, seem to date the modification as being done long ago.

#12 12 days ago

Interesting. Thanks

This number is embossed on the front panel. Is it the serial number?

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#13 11 days ago

Yes, and Gottlieb used to put the game name initials after the serial number. "LS" being "Lucky Star".

#14 11 days ago

Cool. Thanks

#15 11 days ago

Anyone know the value of a Lucky Star game in working condition? Any demand still for games from this era?

#16 11 days ago

It seems like that era between the purely mechanical/battery pack powered games until the early flipper era is the least collectible. With that said a lot of them from this era had very bland playfields. This one is a looker with great art on the field and glass. Plus it's a Gottlieb which always seems to elevate the collectibility somewhat.

#17 11 days ago
Quoted from megoman:

IIs it the serial number?

Consider adding it to the list:

https://www.ipsnd.net/view.aspx?id=1493

/Mark

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