'Bank-A-Ball' was the first pinball machine produced with flipper return lanes, which are wireforms that allow the ball to roll behind the slingshot and towards a waiting flipper. According to the book All About Pinball, Paradise and its add-a-ball version Pleasure Isle were the first games designed to have return lanes. However, Gottlieb rescheduled the production of Bank-A-Ball so that it could be released first.

Design team

Game Design: Ed Krynski
Mechanics: Ed Krynski
Artwork: Roy Parker
Animation: Ed Krynski

Game details

D. Gottlieb & Co.
September 1965
(Electro) Mechanical
3,400 produced
$1390 - $1610
Mechanical Reels


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Price history

Price estimate

This game has been listed a total number of 16 times on the Pinside Marketplace, most recently on 2022-12-18.

In the past 3 years, we've seen it listed 6 times. The median asking price (trimmed median) was $1,450

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Pinside rating

This game has received 32 approved Pinsider ratings and currently has a rating of 8.229 out of 10.


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #31 in the Pinside EM Top 100.

Rating comments

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Owners / Wishlisters / Places to play

91 Pinsiders have this game in their collections.

32 Pinsiders have this game on their wishlist.

10 public locations to play this machine.

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