PINBALL EXPO '94
by Russ Jensen
As they have had at the past several Expos, there again was
a coin machine auction on Saturday. While the majority of the
items auctioned were pingames, there were also other machines such
as jukeboxes and video games.
In addition, there were also a few pinball backglasses offered
for sale, mostly from more modern solid-state pins. The glasses
sold included: Bally's FUTURE SPA (1979) which went for $25;
Bally's SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN (1977), $50; Data East's PHANTOM OF
THE OPERA (1990), $100; Bally's EVEL KNIEVEL (1976), $75; and
Williams' HOT LINE (1966), selling for $60.
After the glasses were auctioned off the interest turned to
games. There were row after row of pingames with virtually no
walking room in between the rows, making pre-inspection very
difficult. Although I did not bid on anything for myself, I did
get to briefly participate in the "auction action".
It seems that my good friend Neil Jamison from Wichita Kansas,
who was a bidder in the auction, had to leave for about a half hour
to attend to some business in the Exhibit Hall. Neil asked me if
I would use his "paddle" and bid on a few items for him if he
didn't return before they came up for bid.
Neil then told me which games he wanted to bid on and the
maximum dollar amount to bid on each one. Well, as luck would have
it, the games did come up before he got back and I had the rare
treat of bidding in an auction using someone else's money.
The first of these games (a United "bingo") was bid up past
Neil's maximum. The last two, however, I was successful in buying
for Neil as they went within his preset limits. They were Bally's
COUNTY FAIR bingo from 1959, and a rare United "World War II
conversion" called BRAZIL, converted by United in 1943.
The BRAZIL, by the way, Neil was purchasing on behalf of my
good friend and ace pingame collector Richard Conger of Sebastopol
California. This made it especially exciting for me helping
Richard obtain another "conversion" for his collection. I really
did enjoy the thrill of auction bidding, especially when it didn't
cost me a dime!
The following is a chronological listing of just a small
sample of the pingames sold at this auction:
. . . . . . PARTIAL LIST OF PINGAMES AT THE AUCTION
NAME MANUFACTURER YEAR SELL PRICE
HI-BOY MILLS 1938 1850
BRAZIL UNITED 1943 110
SURF QUEENS BALLY 1946 475
SHOO SHOO WILLIAMS 1951 160
COUNTY FAIR (BINGO) BALLY 1959 110
MISS ANNABELLE GOTTLIEB 1959 475
FUN TIME (BINGO) BALLY ? 195? 45
SINGLE COIN (BINGO) BALLY ? 195? 55
LANCERS GOTTLIEB 1961 135
EGG HEAD GOTTLIEB 1962 425
WORLD FAIR (BAD GLASS) GOTTLIEB 1964 350
ALPINE CLUB WILLIAMS 1965 90
APOLLO WILLIAMS 1967 145
SET UP (AAB) WILLIAMS 1969 60
TRAIL DRIVE BALLY 1970 285
ROLLER COASTER GOTTLIEB 1971 195`
NIP-IT BALLY 1972 525
OUTER SPACE GOTTLIEB 1972 120
WILD LIFE GOTTLIEB 1972 115
CHAMP BALLY 1973 130, 180
HEE HAW CHICAGO COIN 1973 95
BIG INDIAN GOTTLIEB 1974 230
FLIP FLOP BALLY 1974 265
SKY JUMP GOTTLIEB 1974 150
TRIPLE AUCTION WILLIAMS 1974 140
BIG BEN WILLIAMS 1975 125, 135
OLD CHICAGO BALLY 1975 575
OUT OF SIGHT GOTTLIEB 1975 150
SPIN OUT GOTTLIEB 1975 140
SUPER SOCCER (BAD GLASS) GOTTLIEB 1975 55
TRIPLE STRIKE WILLIAMS 1975 80, 105
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC BALLY 1976 395
GRAND PRIX WILLIAMS 1976 200
NIGHT RIDER BALLY 1976 210
PLAYBOY BALLY 1976 575
SPACE MISSION WILLIAMS 1976 140, 185
SPACE ODYSSEY WILLIAMS 1976 90
VOLLEY GOTTLIEB 1976 125
LIBERTY BELL WILLIAMS 1977 135
Another Expo "tradition", which has occurred for the past
several years, was the designers, artists, and authors autograph
session. This year, as in the past, I was invited to participate.
I sure felt proud to be in the midst of such great pinball
personalities. I got to sit next to my "Expo friend" for the past
several years, pinball artist from the 1960's Jerry Kelley, a real
fine and interesting fellow indeed!
After the session ended, we were all presented with a gift
from show producer Rob Berk. This year it was a necktie with a
pinball related design. I hadn't worn a tie for many years, but I
decided to wear it during the Saturday evening banquet, which I
Saturday night, as always, was the night of the Expo banquet.
The banquet program began this year with Canadian pin fan Aaron
Benadit doing a "name that voice" contest. He would give "quotes"
from various pingame "speech tracks", also imitating the sound of
the game's voice. The audience was asked to identify the games.
After that, Aaron presented a tribute to Expo producer Rob
Berk. This was followed by an "Expo trivia" contest, in which Rob
asked people from the audience to answer various questions about
The first question asked was who was the first Expo exhibitor
to sell out his entire booth? Rob finally had to give the answer
as being Merit Industries who sold pinball backglasses for a low
price ($10 each, I believe) at the first Expo in 1985.
Another question which no one could answer was which attendee
was once found with McDonald's french fries in his toolbox; Rob
telling us it was Tim Arnold. Rob then asked and answered the
question who was the first Flip-Out tournament winner - the answer
being Steve Engle.
Someone from the audience was then able to answer how many
Expos were held at Holiday Inn, the correct answer being three.
Rob next asked what year was Steve Kordek presented with TRIPLE
ACTION, Genco's first flipper game, a game he himself had designed?
Someone correctly answered that it was in 1991.
When Rob asked which Expo speaker gave the most "X-rated"
talks, the easy answer of Harvey Heiss was given by the audience.
It was next asked what year Wayne Neyens was toasted? When someone
from the audience answered "every year", Rob had to agree.
Rob next asked the name of Steve Kordek's daughter who once
spoke at a banquet and what year that was? When no one could
answer he said it was Donna and in 1986. When he next asked who
the most animated Flip-Out player was, many answered that it was
The next question was who had accumulated the most "air miles"
coming to Expo's? The audience quickly figured out it was Gary
Flower from England. When next asked who the first Expo banquet
speaker was, and how long he talked, the name of Alvin Gottlieb was
easily answered. As to the length of his speech, Rob had to tell
us that it was two hours and fifteen minutes.
When we were next asked the identity of the Expo attendee who
got a job in the pingame industry, the audience responded "Jon
Norris", giving him a cheer. When asked who designed Williams'
BARACORA, the audience finally responded that it was Steve Epstein
and Roger Sharpe.
After Rob asked which banquet speaker was interrupted the most
times and finally answered himself that it was Gary Stern. Rob
concluded by asking who once gave a banquet talk on Atari
prototypes? The audience answered that it was Dan Kramer. That
ended the "pop quiz".
Following the trivia quiz, Former Expo seminar presenter, Todd
Tuckey from TNT Amusements of South Hampton, Pennsylvania,
conducted another short audience participation quiz. He showed
slides of the cabinet artwork from several solid-state pingames,
asking the audience to identify the games.
After Todd's quiz one of the featured events of the banquet
occurred - the Charity Auction. The proceeds from the auction were
to go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. All of the items auctioned
off, by the way, were donated by Expo Exhibit Hall Exhibitors and
We were told that the auction would consist of 25 items plus
a new TALES FROM THE CRYPT pingame autographed by the factory
designers, artists, etc. The auctioneer was the same one who
presided at the pingame auction earlier in the day.
Examples of the items auctioned, and the prices they went for,
are as follows:
FIREBALL backglass $180
Expo T-shirts $20
Expo shirt and jacket $75
Expo sweat shirt $30
GORGAR T-shirt $75
ELVIRA poster and photo $50
TOMMY calculator $55
FIREBALL calculator $35
NAGS bumper cap set $35
Packet of 29 pinball flyers $35
Expo Seminar audio tapes $60
Pinball book (LURE OF THE SILVER BALL) $30
FIREBALL pillow $30
LASER WAR custom jacket $175
Dave Christensen art glass $200
Tool Kit $45
CROSSTOWN reproduction backglass $150
A couple more items which went for considerably higher prices
A day at the Sega pinball factory with Joe Kaminkow and lunch
with company President Gary Stern - $170
A set of 5 I.C. chips from the Data East TOMMY pingame, one of
which was signed by Pete Townsend of "The Who" - $375
A rare EARTH SHAKER backglass - $495
The premier auction item was the brand new Data East TALES
FROM THE CRYPT pingame which was autographed by "everybody at the
factory". After vigorous bidding it was finally sold to Expo
Exhibit Hall Chairman Mike Pacak for a whopping $3,300. All in all
the auction made over $5,000 for it's worthy cause.
At the conclusion of the auction Data East (now Sega) chief
designer Joe Kaminkow was introduced by Rob Berk to give the
banquet speech. This resulted in a good round of applause.
Joe's talk was to include a video tape with side narrations by
Joe as well as other comments. Joe began by quipping that he had
been offered $2,000 not to speak. He then told us jokingly that he
was ready to go for the 2 hour 15 minute speech record previously
After remarking that he was going to try to make his
presentation short, sweet, and interesting, Joe told us that he was
excited to do this. He then remarked that their special MICHAEL
JORDAN pinball sold for $20,000 a copy. Joe then told us that he
was going to show a video giving some of their company's history -
especially showing some of the custom games they had produced.
He next commented that the past year had brought about some
"interesting transitions" at Data East, terminating with the recent
take-over by Sega. Joe next told us there was a couple of things
he wanted to mention.
The first Expo in 1985, he then commented, was attended by
himself along with Ed Cebula when they were both working for the
now defunct pinball company Game Plan. By the time the second Expo
was held, he told us, they both had gone to work for Gary Stern at
the newly formed Data East Pinball, naming some of the games they
had both designed.
Joe then mentioned the fact that Ed had recently both retired
and gotten married. This drew a round of applause from the
At that point Joe told us that there was much "royalty" in the
pinball business, mentioning the Gottlieb family, Harry Williams,
and the Stern family as examples. Gary Stern, he then remarked,
has "the bluest blood of any", then briefly outlining his father
Sam Stern's history. Gary was then applauded.
On a more personal note, Joe briefly told of his own history
with pinball. He said that his father was a game distributor in
Boston and that he himself became an "enthusiast" early in life.
Joe then told of playing pins during college, specifically
remembering Bally's 1980 game FATHOM as one of his favorite games
at the time.
Joe next told us that when he was first married the backglass
art of Bally's LOST WORLD was hanging on their living room wall.
He next told us that Williams designer Larry DeMar was a Godfather
to his children. He then remarked that pinball has been good to
him, both psychologically, and bringing good memories.
At that point Joe began telling of his Expo remembrances. He
first said he remembered the JOEY BUTTAFUOCO game that was designed
during a past Expo "design your own pinball" session. He next told
of remembering his boss Gary Stern's banquet speech at a past show.
After saying that he remembered hosting several plant tours at
past Expos and serving their famous cup cakes, he then told of
another "design you own pinball" game (PINBALL OLYMPICS) at another
Joe then told of him remembering showing then new designer Jon
Norris how to make a "whitewood" game prototype. He then
reminisced about the special game, BABY IN THE HOLE, they
constructed from the prototype produced by old-time Genco designer
Harvey Heiss. He quipped that he thought Harvey would have a heart
attack when first shown the game.
Joe next told of Tim Arnold once blowing a circuit breaker in
the Exhibit Hall when using a toaster to make toast for visitors to
his Expo booth one year. His final remembrance was of Dan Kramer's
marathon banquet speech in 1989 on the history of D. Gottlieb and
He then remarked that if Dan Kramer's speech had not been
prematurely terminated because of the lateness of the hour, he
might have captured the record held by Alvin Gottlieb for the
longest banquet talk. ( I remember that event very well as that was
the year my wife attended the Expo with me.)
Joe next told us that he really enjoyed seeing his kids
playing both the old and new pingames at the Expo. He then told
about his 6-year-old, Katie, thinking that the mechanical monkey in
Gottlieb's 1966 pin CENTRAL PARK was the greatest thing she had
ever seen. Joe then commented that what those in the industry were
doing today is making games for generation after generation to
The comment was then made by Joe that there are lots of people
in the room who are involved in the making of pingames. These
people, he continued, are not only the designers, but others who
are involved in creating and marketing the final product, adding
that it's no longer "a one man sport".
At that point Joe asked all those involved with producing and
selling pingames to stand up, jokingly adding - "even the Williams
people". He then said that he would bet that some of those
standing were not involved in that way at the time of the first
Expo in 1985, mentioning such people as Pat Lawlor, Jon Norris, and
himself. He then remarked that the industry always brings in "new
Joe next told us that some game designers refer to the factory
as "game jail" because sometimes it feels like they "live there"
while coming up with a new game. But, he continued, the people in
his industry really enjoy making games and then coming to Expos to
see others enjoying the fruits of their labors. He then remarked
that those people are always trying to come up with new and
exciting game features.
We were then told of a fellow named Lewis Boseberg who had
recently passed away. Joe commented that probably many of us did
not know of him but that he was a writer on games for trade
publications such as PLAYMETER and REPLAY.
At that point Joe quoted from one of Lewis's past articles in
which he made the following comments:
"Many years ago Gottlieb used the slogan 'As American as
Baseball and Hot Dogs' on it's pinballs. Today when you
think of things that are '100 percent American' (such as
Mom's apple pie, and Yankee Doodle Dandy) you should
include 'the American flipper'. Just as Detroit is the
'Motor City', Chicago means 'pinball'".
Joe then told us that his company's new FRANKENSTEIN pingame will
be dedicated to the late Lewis Boseberg.
Joe next told us that he wanted to shift to "the crazy part of
pins". He then remarked that their company had done a lot of crazy
things since they started in business.
We were then told that they had put together a video which he
was going to show which he said contained some things we had never
seen before. Joe then said that after the tape was over he would
tell of how some "Hollywood people" are involved with pins,
commenting that some people who once played pinball now run movie
Well, when they tried to play the tape there was some sort of
problem which had to be corrected. While that was being done Joe
began his "Hollywood comments".
After telling us that both Dustin Hoffman and Robin Williams
owned pins, we were told that the cast of the musical "Tommy" has
Data East's TOMMY pin, and that the music played by that game was
actually recorded by them. Joe next told us that Hugh Hefner has
many pingames including the two different PLAYBOY pins which have
Joe next "dropped" some more names of pin owners including:
Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Whoopie Goldberg, Joe Peshi, William
Shatner, and Leonard Nimoy. He then told us that Jack Nicholson
has two of their BATMAN pins (one for his main house and another
for his beach house).
We were next told that Stephen Speilberg went out and bought
a JURASSIC PARK game before he received one from their factory
because he just couldn't wait. After mentioning the fact that
Arnold Schwarzenegger owned two pins, Joe named Harrison Ford and
Mark Hammel as also being pin owners.
As for sports figures, Joe told us that Frank Gifford and
Michael Jordan were both also pin owners. He next said that the
"Crypt Keeper", of course, had their new TALES FROM THE CRYPT
Joe next told us that "Slash" of the rock group "Guns 'N
Roses" loves pinball and that he called their plant asking for some
"pinball terminology" to use during the making of the group's next
record album. We were then told that the title song from that
album, "Viva Ball", was about pinball. Finally, Joe mentioned that
Jodie Foster and James Garner also owned pingames.
At that point the video was finally ready to be played. The
first sequence on the tape was concerned with their PLAYBOY pin.
On this Hugh Hefner himself made the remark, in jest, of course,
"now we know what we're going to do on our honeymoon".
The second sequence was shot during the filming for the
photographic backglass for Data East's 1988 pin SECRET SERVICE. It
was taken at 2 AM in Wisconsin's state capitol of Madison. Joe
told us that the Capitol Building lights had been turned off and
someone had to wake the Governor to ask if they could be turned on
for a pinball machine photo session.
Next we saw the "Old Crypt Keeper" himself touting their TALES
FROM THE CRYPT pin. His repartee included the ghoulish remark that
"this is the story of game players who don't 'slay by the rules'".
This was followed by a clip concerning their special edition
MICHAEL JORDAN pin of which it was said there were only 250 in the
The next sequence concerned Data East's "one of a kind" game
OPERATION DESERT STORM which featured "Scud" missiles and Saddam
Huesain drop targets to shoot at. Next we saw some promotional
material for the TOMMY pin which featured the well-known "Pinball
The following two sequences were promotions for Data East's
action pins LAST ACTION HERO (1993) and STAR WARS (1992). This was
followed by a bit on JURASSIC PARK (1993). The latter included a
comedy skit by two people, apparently imitating George Burns and
Gracie Allen, which included a comical reference to "the book being
better than the movie, but the pinball being better than the book."
The last promotion on the video was for their recent GUNS 'N
ROSES pin which featured a lot of Rock music. When the tape was
over Joe made the comment that his 5-year-old son uses rubber bands
to simulate the gold chains the band's leader, "Slick", wears.
At that point Joe told a story about TV producer Aaron
Spelling's wife wanting to buy a custom pingame to present to her
husband for Christmas. He told us that when he quoted her a price
estimate of $175,000 Mrs. Spelling replied "I'll take two!" - one
for our home and one for his office.
Joe next told how she wanted the cabinet to match the marble
in their house - a 70 pound sample of which she had shipped to
their factory by Federal Express. As a result, Joe then told us,
his wife Kim was given a small part in Melrose Place. That drew a
round of applause.
To end his presentation, Joe commented that every year Rob
Berk and Mike Pacak try to improve the Expo. He then presented
Mike with a SONIC HEDGEHOG video game made by Sega. That drew a
big round of applause.
After that, Joe remained on stage and made a presentation to
both Expo producers Rob Berk and Mike Pacak from Sega Pinball.
This drew a standing ovation. Following that, Rob thanked Joe for
his talk and video.
After presenting several awards to Joe Kaminkow and Donal
Murphey for letting the Expo visitors tour their respective plants
on Thursday, Rob introduced the people seated at the front table.
These included his new wife Brigitt, his mother, and Exhibit Hall
Chairman Mike Pacak.
At that point another "Expo tradition" occurred. Rob asked
all in the audience to stand up. He then asked all for whom this
was their first Expo to sit down. Then those who had attended only
two shows, etc.; until only those of us who had attended all ten
Expos remained standing. Rob then told us who were standing that
we would receive a free "10th Anniversary Expo Jacket" after the
banquet was over.
After that another Expo tradition of the past several shows
occurred. John Wyatt from the British Pinball Owner's Association
came up on stage to make that organization's "Best Pingame of the
Past Year" award.
John began by praising Rob Berk, Mike Pacak, and their "crew"
for presenting another great show. He then announced that their
nomination of the best pingame to come out since the last Expo was
Williams' INDIANA JONES - THE PINBALL ADVENTURE. Roger Sharpe
accepted the award because neither of the game's designers, Steve
Ritchie or Doug Watson, were present.
After that Mike Pacak got up and made presentations to the
pinball tournament scorekeepers and assistants. Rob then thanked
his staff and all the show's seminar speakers.
Rob next called up several pinball magazine publishers (both
past and present) to receive special plaques. They included: Jim
Shelberg of "PinGame Journal"; Jim Tolbert who published "Amusement
Review" in the late 1970's; John Wyatt of the English Pinball
Owner's Association's "Pinball Player"; and Steve Young and Gordon
Hasse who once published the great "Pinball Collector's Quarterly".
Rob then called Steve Kordek up on stage. Steve was there to
divulge this year's inductee into the "Pinball Hall of Fame",
another Expo event began a few years back. Steve announced that
this year it was none other than retired Gottlieb designer Wayne
Neyens, drawing a standing ovation.
Wayne thanked Rob for being chosen for the honor and then
credited Steve Kordek for his great work over the years. Rob then
quipped that Wayne should "get back to designing".
Next on the agenda was Mike Pacak presenting the "Best
Exhibit" awards. This year the honor went to Jim and Judy Tolbert
for their "For Amusement Only" booth. The runner up was Steve
Young's booth, Mike remarking about the "neat aprons" Steve and his
This was followed by the announcement of the winner of the
banquet costume contest. As happened last year, banquet attendees
were told they could dress up as their favorite pinball machine if
they so desired. This year's winner was a person dressed as
We next had the award for the best restored pingame in the
Exhibit Hall. The winner this year was the Gottlieb's SQUARE HEAD
(1963) pin beautifully restored by Herb Silvers. That drew a round
After that Rob allowed producers of other "pin shows" to tell
about their upcoming events. Dave Marston first told about their
5th annual "New England Pinfest" which was scheduled for April 30,
1995 in Connecticut. Dann Frank from Phoenix, Arizona next told of
his 2nd annual "Wild West Pinball Fest" also scheduled for the same
weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Rob Berk next got up and remarked that this was really an
exciting Expo. He then talked about the many foreign visitors this
year from such far away places as Japan, Germany, Italy, and
England. Following that, Rob made a presentation to his co-host
Mike Pacak, Mike then thanking Rob for it.
At that point Mike thanked all the Expo exhibitors for making
the Exhibit Hall such a success. He then reminded everyone that
the hall would be open all night after the banquet so people could
play the games.
The next banquet event was the annual raffle giving away a
brand new pinball machine. The game to be given this year to the
lucky winner was Bally's WORLD CUP SOCCER.
Before the drawing Rob Berk told us that the "raffle box"
(from which the lucky ticket was to be drawn) was donated by
Exhibit Hall exhibitor Steve and Laura Engle's Mayfair Amusements.
Rob then told us that his wife Brigitt would draw the winning
The ticket was then drawn and the lucky number announced.
After a few moments a round of applause was heard signifying that
the winner had been found.
Rob was heard to remark that "someone different" had won the
game this year. He was apparently referring to the fact that Tim
Arnold of Las Vegas has won several times at past shows, due to the
fact that he usually buys a fair percentage of the tickets.
I (nor anyone else at our table) did not see who the lucky
winner was. But I'm sure he was happy to win a game who's retail
value is around $3,000!
When the raffle was concluded the date of Pinball Expo '95 was
announced. We were told that next year's show would be held
October 26 through 29, 1995
The last thing to happen before the banquet came to a close
was Rob Berk announcing several "Expo marriages" which had occurred
during the past year. He first told of his own wedding to his new
Other "pin weddings" paired up Richard Shapero from Louisville
Kentucky with his new wife Wanda, Ed Cebula (recently retired from
Data East) with his lady Sarah, Pennsylvania collector Bob Speiler
with Gabriel, and Mike Pacak's son Lonnie and his wife Patty. And
last, but not least, we heard of the marriage of Jim Tolbert to his
lady Judy. There was also a cake provided by Rob to celebrate
these happy unions.
When the banquet was over Rob told all of us who had attended
all 10 Expos to come up to the stage to get our souvenir "10th
Anniversary jackets". Mike Pacak handed out the jackets according
to our size. After we put them on PinGame Journal publisher Jim
Shelberg took some photos of our group.
After that, we too joined the people who went to the Exhibit
Hall for some more pinball playing and visiting with fellow pin-
THE EXHIBIT HALL
As it was at all of the past nine Expos, the Exhibit Hall was
really the "heart" of the show. It was the place to meet and visit
with old and new "pin friends", a place to shop for both pingames
and associated parts and paper, and a place to play pinball until
your heart's content on games both old and brand new.
In addition, the hall was the place for all those "wizards"
who were interested in competing to try and win a brand new pingame
to try their luck and skill in the qualifying rounds of the annual
"Flip-Out" pinball tournament. This year again, by the way, the
Exhibit Hall actually consisted of two large rooms literally
crammed with pingames and associated paraphernalia.
If you wanted parts or paper you were in luck as the usual
great dealers were present. As you entered the hall directly to
your right was Mike Pacak's booth selling many pinball flyers as
well as other printed materials (books, etc.). Not only that, but
Mike had available for viewing large notebooks full of some rare
items from his vast brochure collection.
Steve Young was also there as usual with his large selection
of reproduction and new pinball parts and literature at his
"Pinball Resource" booth. Then there was Steve and Laura Engle's
Mayfair Amusement "pinball supermarket" with a wide variety of
parts, paper and backglasses (new-old-stock and reproductions).
Also there was Herb Silvers' "Fabulous Fantasies" booth
selling his great reproduction backglasses, displaying his latest
release the "porno version" CAPTAIN FANTASTIC glass. And, of
course, Jim and Judy Tolbert's "For Amusement Only" booth selling
their usual fine assortment of games, parts, and paper.
Scattered throughout the hall there were also several other
dealers selling pingames, such as Mark Weyna from Des Plains,
Illinois among others. Mark had the only pins from the 1930's at
the show I believe.
One of the main attractions to many in the Exhibit Hall were
the many pingames available for playing. Games of many eras were
available, although most were from the 1970's, 1980's, and the
current decade. The latter included many of the latest pins
displayed by the current manufacturers.
And, of course, there was the long line of brand new Data East
MAVERICK pins which were used by the many pinball "wizards"
competing in the tournament. The winner of that, by the way, would
receive a brand new pingame.
The following is a chronological listing of the pingames on
display in the Exhibit Hall:
PINGAMES AT PINBALL EXPO '94
NFS - NOT FOR SALE
NAME MANUFACTURER YEAR PRICE
Unknown ? 1932? -
CLOVERLEAF (PAYOUT) GOTTLIEB 1932 -
JIGGERS GENCO 1932 295
WORLD'S FAIR JIGSAW ROCKOLA 1933 NFS
TIME PAMCO 1935 -
COMMODORE CHICAGO COIN 1939 -
ABC BOWLER GOTTLIEB 1941 -
BIG PARADE EXHIBIT 1941 NFS
CAPTAIN KIDD GENCO 1941 -
HUMPTY DUMPTY GOTTLIEB 1947 -
JACK 'N JILL GOTTLIEB 1948 250
PUDDIN' HEAD GENCO 1948 350
GLOBETROTTER GOTTLIEB 1951 NFS
WATCH MY LINE GOTTLIEB 1951 650
WILD WEST GOTTLIEB 1951 NFS
CHINATOWN GOTTLIEB 1952 1000
CORONATION GOTTLIEB 1952 -
CROSSROADS GOTTLIEB 1952 NFS
FLYING HIGH GOTTLIEB 1953 -
MARBLE QUEEN GOTTLIEB 1953 NFS
SKYWAY WILLIAMS 1954 700
GYPSY QUEEN GOTTLIEB 1955 NFS
SOUTHERN BELLE GOTTLIEB 1955 -
HARBOR LITES GOTTLIEB 1956 -
KINGS WILLIAMS 1957 NFS
STRAIGHT FLUSH GOTTLIEB 1957 -
BRITE STAR GOTTLIEB 1958 NFS
CARNIVAL QUEEN (BINGO) BALLY 1958 650
GUSHER WILLIAMS 1958 NFS
ROTO POOL GOTTLIEB 1958 -
HI-DIVER GOTTLIEB 1959 -
LIGHTNING BALL GOTTLIEB 1959 -
SINGLE COIN (BINGO) ? 195? -
MELODY LANE GOTTLIEB 1960 -
WORLD BEAUTIES GOTTLIEB 1960 -
ACAPULCO (BINGO) BALLY 1961 700
SHOW BOAT GOTTLIEB 1961 -
3 COINS WILLIAMS 1962 250
COVER GIRL GOTTLIEB 1962 NFS
KING PINS WILLIAMS 1962 NFS
MARDI GRAS WILLIAMS 1962 75
RACK-A-BALL GOTTLIEB 1962 550
TROPIC ISLE GOTTLIEB 1962 NFS
VAGABOND WILLIAMS 1962 NFS
BIG DEAL WILLIAMS 1963 NFS
HOOTENANNY BALLY 1963 -
SQUARE HEAD (AAB) GOTTLIEB 1963 NFS
BOWLING QUEEN GOTTLIEB 1964 NFS
HARVEST BALLY 1964 -
PALOOKA WILLIAMS 1964 -
WING DING WILLIAMS 1964 -
WORLD FAIR GOTTLIEB 1964 -
BUCKAROO GOTTLIEB 1965 795
FUN CRUISE BALLY 1965 -
LOOP THE LOOP BALLY 1965 400
SKYLINE GOTTLIEB 1965 -
CENTRAL PART GOTTLIEB 1966 NFS
CROSSTOWN GOTTLIEB 1966 -
HOT LINE WILLIAMS 1966 250
HURDY GURDY GOTTLIEB 1966 800
ICE REVIEW GOTTLIEB 1966 700
ICE SHOW (AAB) GOTTLIEB 1966 NFS
MAYFAIR GOTTLIEB 1966 -
SUBWAY GOTTLIEB 1966 750
APOLLO WILLIAMS 1967 395
DERBY DAY WILLIAMS 1967 400
FRIENDSHIP 7 WILLIAMS 1967 NFS
KICKOFF WILLIAMS 1967 500
SUPER SCORE GOTTLIEB 1967 -
DAFFIE WILLIAMS 1968 395
FOUR SEASONS GOTTLIEB 1969 400
GRIDIRON WILLIAMS 1969 400
MIBS GOTTLIEB 1969 575
PADDOCK WILLIAMS 1969 300
SPIN-A-CARD GOTTLIEB 1969 -
TARGET POOL GOTTLIEB 1969 -
TARGET POOL GOTTLIEB 1969 195
ROTO WILLIAMS 1969 500
4 MILLION BC BALLY 1970 -
AQUARIUS GOTTLIEB 1970 425
BASEBALL GOTTLIEB 1970 350
DOODLE BUG WILLIAMS 1971 400
FOUR SQUARE GOTTLIEB 1971 -
HI-SCORE POOL CHICAGO COIN 1971 -
KLONDIKE WILLIAMS 1971 NFS
PLAYBALL GOTTLIEB 1971 -
TWO THOUSAND ONE GOTTLIEB 1971 450
FIREBALL BALLY 1972 -
GRAND SLAM GOTTLIEB 1972 425
HONEY WILLIAMS 1972 -
NIP-IT BALLY 1972 NFS
OLYMPIC HOCKEY WILLIAMS 1972 400
SUPER STAR WILLIAMS 1972 400
DARLING WILLIAMS 1973 -
HOT SHOT GOTTLIEB 1973 450
JACK IN THE BOX GOTTLIEB 1973 450
KING PIN GOTTLIEB 1973 400
PRO FOOTBALL GOTTLIEB 1973 350
TRAVEL TIME WILLIAMS 1973 400
AIR ACES BALLY 1974 425
BON VOYAGE BALLY 1974 400
SKYLAB WILLIAMS 1974 -
STRATO FLITE WILLIAMS 1974 350
TWIN WIN BALLY 1974 450
300 GOTTLIEB 1975 500
BIG BEN WILLIAMS 1975 400
DYN-O-MITE ALLIED LEISURE 1975 -
FREEDOM BALLY 1975 225
PAT HAND WILLIAMS 1975 100
SHARPSHOOTER GAME PLAN 1975 400 OBO
WIZARD BALLY 1975 -
BLUE CHIP WILLIAMS 1976 400
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC BALLY 1976 950
EVEL KNEIVEL BALLY 1976 400
FANDANGO PLAYMATIC 1976 -
PIONEER GOTTLIEB 1976 -
PLAYBOY BALLY 1976 600
SPACE MISSION WILLIAMS 1976 450
SUPER SONIC BALLY 1976 400
VOLLEY GOTTLIEB 1976 -
BIG HIT GOTTLIEB 1977 395
EIGHT BALL BALLY 1977 395
KICKER GOTTLIEB 1977 -
LIBERTY BELL WILLIAMS 1977 -
LOST WORLD BALLY 1977 400
MATA HARI BALLY 1977 400
PINBALL (SOLID-STATE) STERN 1977 75
POWER PLAY BALLY 1977 NFS
STRIKES AND SPARES BALLY 1977 NFS
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS GOTTLIEB 1978 -
CONTACT WILLIAMS 1978 350
DISCO FEVER WILLIAMS 1978 400
DRAGON GOTTLIEB 1978 150
EYE OF THE TIGER GOTTLIEB 1978 NFS
JOKER POKER GOTTLIEB 1978 -
LUCKY SEVEN WILLIAMS 1978 395
MIDDLE EARTH ATARI 1978 -
PARAGON BALLY 1978 400
SILVERBALL MANIA BALLY 1978 -
SINBAD GOTTLIEB 1978 NFS
STAR TREK BALLY 1978 725
STARS STERN 1978 375
CHARLIE'S ANGELS GOTTLIEB 1979 -
FLASH WILLIAMS 1979 -
GORGAR WILLIAMS 1979 NFS
METEOR STERN 1979 375
SPECTRA IV VALLEY 1979 -
STELLAR WARS WILLIAMS 1979 400
BIG GAME STERN 1980 150
CIRCUS GOTTLIEB 1980 -
EIGHT BALL DELUXE BALLY 1980 550
FATHOM BALLY 1980 700
FIREPOWER WILLIAMS 1980 600
GROUND SHAKER BALLY 1980 500
BLACK HOLE GOTTLIEB 1981 -
CATACOMB STERN 1981 495,
CENTAUR BALLY 1981 -
JUNGLE LORD WILLIAMS 1981 400
LIGHTNING STERN 1981 -
MEDUSA BALLY 1981 NFS
PHARAOH WILLIAMS 1981 400
SPECTRUM BALLY 1981 895
VECTOR BALLY 1981 NFS
VOLCANO GOTTLIEB 1981 -
BMX BALLY 1982 NFS
RAPID FIRE BALLY 1982 400
WARLOCK WILLIAMS 1982 NFS
CENTAUR II BALLY 1983 600
FARFELLA ZACCARIA 1983 -
FIREPOWER II WILLIAMS 1983 650
LASER CUE WILLIAMS 1984 400
FIREBALL CLASSIC BALLY 1985 675
SORCERER WILLIAMS 1985 -
GOLD WINGS GOTTLIEB 1986 700
HIGH SPEED WILLIAMS 1986 800
MOTORDROME BALLY 1986 650
STRANGE SCIENCE BALLY 1986 750
BIG GUNS WILLIAMS 1987 1000
F-14 TOMCAT WILLIAMS 1987 950
HARD BODY BALLY 1987 600
LASER WAR DATA EAST 1987 -
SPRING BREAK GOTTLIEB 1987 500
ROBO COP DATA EAST 1988 NFS
SWORDS OF FURY WILLIAMS 1988 -
TIME MACHINE DATA EAST 1988 1095
BLACK KNIGHT 2000 WILLIAMS 1989 -
EARTHSHAKER WILLIAMS 1989 -
JOKERZ! WILLIAMS 1989 1295
TRANSPORTER BALLY 1989 1295
BUGS BUNNY'S BIRTHDAY BALL BALLY 1990 -
DEADLY WEAPON GOTTLIEB 1990 NFS
DINER WILLIAMS 1990 1295
MOUSIN' AROUND BALLY 1990 1295
NIGHT MOVES INT'L CONCEPTS 1990 -
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA DATA EAST 1990 NFS
SIMPSONS DATA EAST 1990 1295
GILLIGAN'S ISLAND BALLY 1991 1950
HOOK DATA EAST 1991 1395
MACHINE - BRIDE OF PINBOT, THE WILLIAMS 1991 400
MICHAEL JORDAN DATA EAST 1991 NFS
SUPER MARIO BROTHERS GOTTLIEB 1992 1950
TEE'D OFF GOTTLIEB 1993 NFS
CORVETTE BALLY 1994 NFS
FREDDY (A NIGHTMARE) GOTTLIEB 1994 NFS
GUNS N' ROSES DATA EAST 1994 NFS
RESCUE 911 GOTTLIEB 1994 NFS
RICHIE RICH DATA EAST 1994 NFS
ROAD SHOW WILLIAMS 1994 NEW
WORLD CUP SOCCER BALLY 1994 NFS
And that's a brief discussion of the many pinball games,
parts, and paper available in the Expo Exhibit Hall.
Well, there you have it, a run-down of all the exciting
events, etc., available to attending "pin-heads" at the 10th
edition of Pinball Expo in 1994. I must say I really enjoyed this
Expo as I have been able to attend all nine previous shows and I
hope to be able to attend Pinball Expo '95 to be held October 26
through 1995. Hope to see you there!