(Topic ID: 148386)

Who made the most EMs?


By presqueisle1

3 years ago



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    #1 3 years ago

    Thinking it may be Gottlieb (of the big 3) but by how much? I guess it could be measured by both titles and/or total units made. Are all pin production numbers known? I do understand some individual game numbers are not reliable. Any way to make a ball park estimate? Ex.
    X 750,000
    Y 500,000
    Z 250,000

    Did one company make 2 or 3 times the number of pins as the next? My uneducated guess would be:
    #1 Gottlieb
    #2 Williams
    #3 Bally

    #2 3 years ago

    My gut reaction would be Gottlieb--they had flipperless games out in the 1930s and was still putting out some EMs up until 1979.
    http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?gtype=EM&mfgid=410&sortby=date&searchtype=advanced
    525 entries on IPDB for EM games.

    Bally was late to the pinball EM scene...they did quite a number of bingo, bat, and novelty games first.
    http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?gtype=EM&mfgid=412&sortby=date&searchtype=advanced
    552 entries on IPDB for EM games (including bingo, bat, and novelty)

    No production numbers on Williams:
    http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?gtype=EM&mfgid=413&sortby=date&searchtype=advanced
    384 entries on IPDB for EM games.

    #3 3 years ago

    Here's a graph from the 2015 Mr. Pinball Price Guide:

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    #4 3 years ago

    ^^Thanks for that Hoov

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