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Pinball Production by Years

By Tez17

3 years ago

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    #1 3 years ago

    Hi everyone,

    I got bored today during my studies and being an Economics major, I decided to look at the production numbers by year for the major companies circa 1970-1999. Came up with this spreadsheet and thought I'd share it here. Its not the cleanest looking but gives an idea of the industry's peaks and valleys during that period. This isn't 100% accurate as some numbers I had to estimate (Data East has a couple production runs missing) and production numbers are from the models themselves not exact per year. For example a machine introduced in December will have all its production numbers counted for the year it was introduced, not dispersed between the actual production times. Let me know what you think!


    #2 3 years ago

    1976 was a hell of a year! Bicentennial

    #3 3 years ago

    Would be nice to know by revenue as well, maybe year adjusted as well. 70's EMs were plentiful but cheaper.

    #4 3 years ago

    Over 200,000 machines produced in 1979!

    #5 3 years ago

    It's tough using IPDB as 70s Ballys overlap years, but I always thought they made more in the mid 70s but maybe not.

    It does however look like 1979 was the greatest year for pinball since the 1930s. Year I graduated high school.


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