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Pinball in movies or TV shows? Name a game you have seen in the background?

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#17 9 years ago

There was a Nip-It in Arnold's on Happy Days.
On House M.D., house had a some Bingo or pinball play-field resting on a dresser in his apartment.

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#72 8 years ago

Not a Pinball, but has anyone noticed the pinball hardware on the current Tardis console on Dr. Who?
Most obvious part is the shooter rod. Also spotted some bumper bodies (minus caps). There also are sounds of a Bally SS pin chimes.

#80 8 years ago

Not a real pinball, but:
In an episode of the Simpsons, Marge is having a discussion with Apu, and Homer breaks in with "Marge if I may, Play Devils Advocate?", and then the scene cuts away to Homer playing a Pinball called "Devils Advocate"

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#97 8 years ago
Quoted from KYpinhead:

From the movie Dying young (Julia Roberts in the background). Eight Ball deluxe, Space Invaders, Wizard & let's see who can come up with the 4th machines title, I do know it.

Fourth machine is Captain Fantastic. You can see the pinball machines cabinet in the back-glass near the bottom left corner.

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#98 8 years ago

Okay, So I'm watching "How I met Your Mother", and just noticed in Teds apartment, is a cabinet by the door, with a Bingo machine play-feild on top of it.

#110 8 years ago

Early in "Blue Collar", Richard Pryor, Harvey Keitel, Yaphet Kotto, and Ed Begley Jr. are in a bar, and in the background are three pins. One is a solid state Night Rider. The other two are hard to make out, but the second is a wedge head of some sort.

#112 8 years ago
Quoted from whisper:

cant remember the name of the flick,but its got John Goodman and he becomes a king or a prince,from just a every day guy,its a comedy,but when he moves into his palace his got a kings of steel,i think and one or two more..

King Ralph

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#131 8 years ago
Quoted from pinmanguy:

After the apocalypse only wpt will survive. ...

... just shoot me now ...

#134 8 years ago
Quoted from singlebanana:

Also a Bally Rolling Stone in that arcade. Third machine, but can't ID it. Maybe someone else can (starts around 1:20) - » YouTube video

That's Golf 'n Stuff here in Norwalk CA, just within walking distance from my home. They used to have a bitchin' assortment of pins in the '70 and '80. saw Xenon (two of them) Black Hole, Firepower, Black Knight, and Flight 2000 there before I saw them anywhere else (found out years later from a friend that worked there that they were C.A. Robinson's biggest costumers, and they usually got any new game first from them. They even had the first three distributed Dragons Lairs there).

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#215 6 years ago
Quoted from chalkup8:

Buckaroo in Superman 2

There's also a Hurdy Gurdy right next to it on the left.

#218 6 years ago
Quoted from DarkWizard:

Criminal Minds - Season 10 Episode 8 from about a month ago - About 16:30 in.
Second one is molested Whirlwind, not sure what the first one is.

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The First one appears to be an altered Stern Galaxy. The vortex and the title on the back glass are changed, but the planet and the two comets on the lower left are the same.
On the side of the cabinet where a red and yellow banner with the name Galaxy followed by a line of stars has been replaced by that yellow banner with blue stars.

#221 6 years ago
Quoted from DarkWizard:

Criminal Minds - Season 10 Episode 8 from about a month ago - About 16:30 in.
Second one is molested Whirlwind, not sure what the first one is.

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So just caught this on another topic:
https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/pinball-in-the-movies-1#post-1768769
Go to post #46, and that same Galaxy is in it from a Movie!

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#253 6 years ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

This showed up in The Mentalist (season 7, episode 11):

The machine was actually in the scene for several minutes.

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It appears to be a Flight 2000, with a bad player 3 display.

#257 6 years ago

Okay, so I don't have a picture, but I remember back in the '80s on The Price is Right one of the prizes in a showcase was a Cosmic Gunfight (and it was a year or so after the game came out).

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#268 6 years ago
Quoted from Domino7:

on 'happy days' what was the pinball fonzie would hit to get free games?

It was a jukebox to get free music, but there was a Bally Nip' It next to it.

#275 6 years ago

Just saw a Medusa next to an Atari Centipede in a bunker in the movie (?) America 3000.

#281 6 years ago
Quoted from MrBally:

That was it, Flicker not Circus. This was after Champ. The Bally pins were donated by C. A. Robinson. I vividly remember their name in the scrolling credits.

I remember that as well. I remember seeing their name in the episode that they had the Cosmic Gunfight in a Showcase.

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#288 6 years ago

Okay, not exactly seen, but heard this on the radio today. Listening to the Sound 100.3 in Los Angeles today. They have this thing at 10:00 AM / PM called the Ten at 10. Usually it's a set of ten songs from the same year, and may include some audio clips from the era.
Today, it was ten songs from 1976. at the end of the set, they played an audio clip from the end of an episode of Hollywood squares. The last thing you hear Peter Marshal say is, "Stay Tuned for the Magnificent Marble Machine next! Goodbye!".

#290 6 years ago
Quoted from o-din:

In an episode of Police Story from 1976 they play Fireball.
» YouTube video

... Did they make the skill-shot?

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#308 6 years ago

Spotted a 1970 Gottlieb Baseball in "About Last Night".

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#326 6 years ago

Caught a Space Odyssey and Skylab in the commissary in Meteor.

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#328 6 years ago

Nor a real pinball, but this was in the second episode of season two of Rick and Morty:
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#330 6 years ago
Quoted from dothedoo:

The artist must be a fan of Banzai Run

Maybe Mr. MeeSeeks helped him make the hill climb.

... and apparantly unlike Dave and Busters, "Blips and Chitz" HAS pinball!

#331 6 years ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

Caught a Space Odyssey and Skylab in the commissary in Meteor.

... and here they are:
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#337 6 years ago
Quoted from cale:

Spotted a Dr. Dude in the movie Clown
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... but not The Getaway and the Who Dunnit?

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#354 6 years ago

Just saw this on Twitter:

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#357 6 years ago

Um, yeah. It's a 1950 Genco Rocket.

http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=1986

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#370 5 years ago
Quoted from bob_e:

In Men In Black III agent K enters Cosmic Lanes. There are 3 Pins there. Anyone have a clue? The first is a baseball game two player animated backbox. 2nd is a Gottlieb wedge head. the last one looks like another baseball themed game.
But they should not have been there since the ban on pinball machines in New York in 1969.

I caught those games as well, but didn't even think about the ban. Good catch!

#371 5 years ago
Quoted from Bohdi:

Strikes and Spares and Bobby Orr was also in Detroit Rock City, can't make out the 3rd.
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Stern Nugent.

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#405 5 years ago

Just spotted a Williams Toledo in the premier of DC Legends of Tomorrow in a bar scene.

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#421 5 years ago

It's "Chain Carbon", not cannon. And there's a pattern of what look like molecules on the sides. There's also something else written below the word carbon on the lower right, but it's not readable.

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#437 5 years ago
Quoted from Pinball_Nate:

Here's an odd one. Couldn't find anything internet searching.
Screen captures are from the movie Naked Massacre, which is loosely based on the Richard Speck killings.
Main character enters a pub in Ireland and plays this machine.

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Looks to be a retheamed Williams "Big Star"

http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=279&picno=50751

#439 5 years ago

IPD advanced search made it real easy to find.

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#445 5 years ago

Just spotted a "Doodle Bug" in a bar in the movie "Chrome and Hot Leather" (1971).

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#448 5 years ago

In the 1971 Warren Beatty / Goldie Hawn movie "$" a pier side warehouse has several pinball machines just inside the doors (most are unassembled).

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#458 5 years ago
Quoted from DarkWizard:

Criminal Minds - Season 10 Episode 8 from about a month ago - About 16:30 in.
Second one is molested Whirlwind, not sure what the first one is.

That same Galaxy was on Agents of Shield tonight as well as a Diner.

#460 5 years ago
Quoted from PinJump:

Just noticed that as well. What's even better is they we're playing it!

Yeah, but I don't remember Galaxy having chimes thou.

#469 5 years ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

The editors tend to stick the chime sounds in no matter what the game is. I saw a mustang in a show, and it had chimes going off while the game was being played.

I know. It was just a joke. Even when the Tardis on Doctor Who had pinball machine parts in the console, it used the same sound effects.

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#472 5 years ago

Spotted early in Deadpool in the arcade scene:

A Gottlieb Volcano,
a Gottlieb Strikes and Spares
and a Bally Joust

#480 5 years ago
Quoted from pezpunk:

Watching Daisy play Galaxy on Agents of Shield and hearing the EM sound effects reminded me of how every video game on TV up to and including Street Fighter and Doom used to have Atari 2600 Pac-Man sound effects slapped on them.

... or Crazy Climber and Omega Race. Hear their sounds used in a lot of T.V. shows and movies.

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#510 5 years ago
Quoted from chucktee:

In the movie "The Toy" starring Jackie Gleason and Richard Pryor spotted a Gottlieb Volcano, Haunted House, and a Mars God of War (product placement perhaps?)

Probably. It was back in the day when Columbia Pictures owned D.Gottlieb.

#512 5 years ago
Quoted from SteveP3:

I still can't figure out what's in Donnie Brasco, there are multiple games throughout the movie. Someone mentioned 'Big Game' but it does not appear to be a match at all when referencing the ipdb.
Here's two pics from the movie from different angles, if anyone can identify this that would be neat. So far the internet turns up nothing for me. Appears to be a 4 player EM.

It's a Williams Honey.

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#524 5 years ago
Quoted from dmbjunky:

That's some quality if Fish Tales made it to the future of Star Trek Voyager. Was there cabinet fade or did they solve that in the future?

The pin was in 1996, not 2374. The ship and crew went back in time.

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#555 5 years ago
Quoted from StormyX73:

A quick glimpse of an EM in the background in episode 5 of The Night Manager. A '77 Gottlieb Jungle Queen?

Yes, Jungle Queen.

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#571 4 years ago
Quoted from arolden:

Spotted this while watching Supergirl. Any ideas?

It looks like it's a retheamed Williams pin just like that video game is a retheamed Galaxian (it still has a Galaxian control panel).

#573 4 years ago
Quoted from xTheBlackKnightx:

dmbjunky spotted my personal Joust (Bally, 1969) in Deadpool (2016).
Is it famous now?!
Is it worth more $$$?
Not sure who bought the GTB Volcano from John's Jukes, LTD after the movie filming that was also shown in the shot, as I never asked.
My girlfriend wants me to print out the photo, laminate it, and put it in the coin box.

There was also a Gottlieb Strikes and Spares in that scene.

#595 4 years ago
Quoted from neurokinetik:

Saw a single player EM during Sons of Anarchy Season 7. Episode 6. It was on and lit, but never in focus in any of the shots, so hard to ID.

Season4, episode 2 of Sons of Anarchy, there is an Evil Kenivil SS in the "Club House". At least it's the first time I saw it in there.

#599 4 years ago
Quoted from swampshroom:

in the new-ish TMNT cartoon (2012) you can see the turtles have a pinball machine in the background. its called Space-Heroes and i looks to me like a re-themed Evel Knievel.

Caught this last night:
A 2014 episode of Squidbillies on Adult swim titled "Taint Misbehaving" Dan Halen has a piled collection of "Post war Hitler memorabilia" that includes a Hitler themed pinball called "Flipper This Fuhrer". It's shown twice in the episode.

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#608 4 years ago

Not Real pins, but these were in the background from a season seven episode of American Dad:
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I'm trying to find a bigger picture, but the one on the left is called "Racing", and the one on the right is an "Eight is Enough" pin.

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#617 4 years ago

Just caught a 15 second promo for "The Simpsons" on KCOP 13 Los Angeles that features what appears to be a Future pinball rendition of the Data East Simpsons pinball machine.

#618 4 years ago
Quoted from kvolak:

Okay this one is driving me nuts. It's some coin-op game in Friday the 13th Part II. Next to the Kiss pinball machine. Anybody?

It's a Williams "Topaz"Topaz (resized).jpg shuffle bowl game (1978)

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#620 4 years ago

I'm trying to get a still from a current AT&T commercial that has a quick shot of a Williams Skylab / Spacelab in it.

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#622 4 years ago

Okay, not really Movies, or T.V., or even a real pinball machine but saw this on twitter:

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#671 4 years ago
Quoted from TheLaw:

Watching a little $ale of the century today and an instant bargain came up for a Pennant Fever
Yours today for the low low price of $15

Now there's a game show I'd like to see make a comeback.

#678 4 years ago
Quoted from DanQverymuch:

Does anyone recognize this game, as seen in the recent music video by Pierce The Veil of their new single, Floral Fading?

That same Galaxy has shown up in several shows (and pictures of it are thruout this topic).

Forceflow posted a picture of it in an episode of Agents of Sheild a while back (post #461) and Darkwizard posted a picture of it in an episode of Criminal Minds (post # 216).

#682 4 years ago

Not a real pin, but this from a 2011 episode of Robot Chicken:
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... Unfortunatly, if you know what this character is you know what he's about to do ...

http://www.adultswim.com/videos/playlists/best-of-the-humping-robot/humping-pinball/

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#690 4 years ago

In Strange Invaders at a diner, a Pinball machine can be heard, and an old wood rail can be partially seen by a doorway for a couple of seconds. (couldn't identify it though).

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#698 4 years ago

From the season 12 episode of American Dad titled NSA (No Snooping Allowed):
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An animated representation of this:
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#702 4 years ago

Someone just posted this picture from the Moonwalker Genesis / Mega Drive game on Twitter:

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#740 4 years ago
Quoted from mswhat:

This on an episode of CHiPs

Just looked at the picture again. isn't that Bryan Cranston?

#743 4 years ago

A current Adult Swim bumper about "Things you don't need" includes a "Family guy pinball machine".

#747 4 years ago
Quoted from Guinnesstime:

Midnight Madness. Name them.

Trident, Fireball, World Cup, Mata Hari SS, Eight ball, Dragon and Power Play

... oh, and a Dynamo Air Hockey and Atari 2 player Football.

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#757 4 years ago

In "The Enforcer" (1976) about 1:12:00 into the movie Harry Callahan is playing pool in a bar. In the background is a Big Indian and a second 1 player pin (unidentifiable because most of the back glass lights are out) in the background.

#760 4 years ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

Hot Shot GTB, although this site doesn't mention the Big Indian.
http://www.pingeek.com/film/film.htm

Right movie, right manufacturer but wrong pin. You can see the Big Indian backglass over Harry's back as he is leaning over the pool table. Other than being a four player pin it looks nothing like Hot Shot.
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I'll admit that it's possible it's not Big Indian, but not likely, but it definitely not Hot Shot:
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The other pin is only a 1 player, so it also can't be a Hot Shot.

#763 4 years ago
Quoted from TopMoose:

The one with the dark backglass looks like a Gottlieb Spin A Card.

That it does. Good eye!

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#780 4 years ago
Quoted from swampshroom:

Psych S03E03 Shawn is playing Solar Ride.

Quoted from Colsond3:

That thing has some tall legs on it...or he is really short.

The pin is raised up so you can see it in the shot. if it were at the regular height you wouldn't be able to see him "playing" it in the scene.

#781 4 years ago
Quoted from girloveswaffles:

Caught this last night:
A 2014 episode of Squidbillies on Adult swim titled "Taint Misbehaving" Dan Halen has a piled collection of "Post war Hitler memorabilia" that includes a Hitler themed pinball called "Flipper This Fuhrer". It's shown twice in the episode.

... and I finally got a picture of it:Squidbillies Season 9 Episode 3 Taint Misbehavin Watch cartoons online, Watch anime online, English dub anime (resized).jpeg

Except I see the title is actually "Flippers von Fuhrer".

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#822 4 years ago

not actual games but from the most recent episode of Rick and Morty:
IMG_2474 (resized).JPGTwo different "Morty" pins.

#825 4 years ago
Quoted from pezpunk:

Pocket Pool looks like a mid-70s Williams game ... that allows up to 5 players...?
Slugfest.

Looks more like early SS. It looks like it has 7 segment displays.
And did anyone notice that the one on the left looks like it has a bill validator?

#828 4 years ago
Quoted from sd_jameson:

Don't know if this counts but I was watching Sanford & Son, Fred and Lamont go to a bar and Fred complains about the place not having a pinball machine and he walks out yelling at them to "get a pinball machine!"
Starts at about 13:00
» YouTube video

I'd say it counts.

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#877 4 years ago
Quoted from CNKay:

» YouTube video
At around 39min mark Dom DeLuise is playing?? Close encounters. He has 61000 you hear scoring sounds but I see no ball no flipper action he actually is just leaning on machine nowhere near flipper buttons.
If you never saw it Hot Stuff is worth a watch.
Love the music. Wonder why Burt wasn't in this one.

Yes! saw it on "Movies!", They show it every now and then.

#879 4 years ago
Quoted from CNKay:

I don't think I have ever seen it on regular TV and rarely see it on movie sites. Seems to be a forgotten movie for sure.
I saw it in theater when it came out.
Smokey and the bandit days.

That's the sweet thing about Movies! They show lesser known films a lot of time, most in wide screen (if it's a wide film), many at 1 X 1.78 with few commercials. I'd never heard of Hot stuff until i caught it on Movies! one day. They're available in many markets over the air, and on may cable systems.
http://moviestvnetwork.com/wheretowatch/

#882 4 years ago
Quoted from pinsanity:

Buckaroo and Hurdy Gurdy in the diner scene of Superman 2.

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#884 4 years ago

Been a while since I watched it, but I believe the guy gets thrown onto the Buckaroo. I'll have to go back later and check.

#887 4 years ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

Man, the cabinet on that thing looks so nice. Given the year, it was probably NIB.

And it was a Columbia film (Gottlieb was owned by Columbia Pictures at the time).

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#914 3 years ago
Quoted from barakandl:

saw pinball in s2e25 of Golden Girls (don't judge!)
Funfest and some Gottlieb game i am not familiar of. Looks like system 80, so no wonder its turned off =P.

The Gottlieb is a Roller Disco:

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#926 3 years ago

Caught this on Adult Swim the other night. Moral Orel Season 1 episode 9. Not a real pinball but:Supergod pinball1 (resized).jpegSupergod pinball1-2 (resized).jpeg

#928 3 years ago
Quoted from hawkmoon:

Watching Kurt Russel in the remake of "The Thing" and there is a "Heat Wave" in their break room!

I know that one has been mentioned before, but I'm surprised nobody has linked it yet.

#932 3 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

The key is that it was put there on the set or CGI into a scene. It looks like a pinball machine and not an arcade Game. So, it counts.

It's a model. The figures are real, not CGI (although some CGI effects are used).

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#940 3 years ago
Quoted from Darcy:

To quote a previous post.

Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

Sorry, didn't notice it was posted before, thanks.

Yeah, that one was about 600 post back (and two years ago). My post was to someone that posted the same reference to TBBT that I had made two posts previously (with a picture).

#945 3 years ago

Don't know if anyone else has seen this but there is a current commercial for COSENTYX (an arthritis medication) withseveral pins can bee seen in a game room, but predominately a Pin*Bot played by a gentleman named Mike.
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Also on their website is a testimonial video for CONSENTX with Mike that has him playing a Bally Expressway and him talking about playing pinball.

(Link to website and video) https://www.cosentyx.com/psoriatic-arthritis/index.jsp?site=VH000009&utm_medium=display&dclid=CKXguM-mgdgCFcdpwQod39QLqA

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#948 3 years ago

Just saw a 1962 two player Midway Target Gallery pitch and bat "picked" on American Pickers tonight. Bought for $90, appraised at $700.

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#975 3 years ago
Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

Yes, but I added the visual.

I added a link to the commercial AND to an additional video.

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#1014 3 years ago
Quoted from janus:

There is a black hole in the cafeteria of the elsinore brewery in strange brew

There's also a Superman right next to it (under something draped over it).

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