Auction of the Week: Morphy Auctions Coin-Op and Advertising Sale January 27-28



2018-01-04 15:34:44

This week's featured upcoming auction is the Morphy Auctions Coin-Op and Advertising sale, which takes place in Las Vegas on January 27-28, 2018. Here are 10 of our favorite lots on offer.

Coca-Cola Neon Clock With Hanging Bracket

Estimate: $25,000 - $40,000

This superb double sided Coca-Cola advertising clock is believed to date from the 1950s-60s.

Featuring neon tube lights around the face, the clock comes with its original cast-iron Victorian-style wall bracket and is believed to be the only-known example of its kind.

1¢ Mills Novelty Balloon Lung Tester Arcade Game

Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000

In 1904 the Mills Novelty Co. produced the 1¢ Balloon Lung Tester machine, to cash in on the public's growing fascination with aviation.

Players would blow into a rubber hose in an attempt to raise a hot air balloon, which would light up the face of the Man in the Moon if it flew high enough.

This perfect modern version is one of only six re-creations built by the renowned John Papa of the National Jukebox Exchange in Mayfield, New York.

50¢ Taylor Mr. Top Gun Shooting Arcade Game

Estimate: $12,500 - $20,000

This extremely rare Mr. Top Gun shootout game was made by Taylor circa 1960-1975.

Players would have three chances to out-draw the life-sized gunslinger mannequin, who bears a striking resemblance to Hollywood legend Clark Gable.

The machine also includes two original 8-track players, featuring taunts from the gunfighter including "You miserable polecat, you didn't even come close!" and "Yow, you got me you ornery coyote!"

1¢ Exhibit Supply Co. Tiger Pull Strength Tester Arcade Game

Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000

This tiger tug-of-war machine was originally made in the late 1920s by the Exhibit Supply Co., and allowed players to test their strength by pulling a tiger's tail.

If the rope tail was pulled hard enough, the cast-iron tiger would let out a roar of approval (or perhaps pain!).

This modern version, only the eighth of its kind, is another amazing re-creation crafted by expert John Papa.

Weed Anti-Skid Chains Cardboard Sign

Estimate: $1,000 - $1,500

The Weed Chain Tire Grip Company was established in 1904, when New York mechanic Harold D. Weed patented America's first non-skid tire chain for automobiles.

This rare and unusual die-cut cardboard advertising sign for the company features the slogan "Laughing At Slippery Roads".

25¢ Bally Star Trek Pinball Arcade Game

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,200

This vintage Star Trek pinball machine was made by Bally Mfg. in 1979, to tie in with the first Star Trek movie.

It features the likenesses of Captain Kirk, Spock, Uhura, and Dr. McCoy, who look like they've barely aged a day during the 10 years since the TV show was originally cancelled in 1969.

Electro Autolite Batterias Wooden Sign

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

The Electro Autolite company began life back in 1911, producing generators to power early auto lamps, and in 1927 it also started producing automotive batteries.

The brand remains in existence to this day, and its products are sold in the U.S, Canada and Mexico. Due to the Spanish term "batterias", this fantastic hand-painted advertising sign is believed to originate from Mexico.

The unique sign features a stylized robot hooked up to an Autolite battery, with a red bulb which lights up in the centre of its chest.

5¢ H.C. Evans Bat-A-Score Arcade Game

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

This Bat-A-Score baseball arcade game, made by H.C Evans in 1948, has been described as the "holy grail of early post war machines".

For the price of a nickel, players get 10 pitches to try and hit a home run, or rack up the highest score possible.

Unusually for most vintage baseball games, the pitcher actually throws the ball overhand, rather than rolling it, meaning the game is tricky and requires a quick hand on the bat lever.

Just five examples of the Bat-A-Score game are known to exist, and although the cabinet has been restored this machine's interior remains in remarkably original condition.

25¢ SEGA Gun Fight Arcade Machine

Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000

Before they went into the video game business, Japanese company SEGA made traditional coin-op arcade games like this 25¢ Gun Fight machine.

The game, dating from around 1970, features two cowboy figures in an Old West desert setting engaged in a good old fashion shoot out.

Players can move their figures and hide behind objects whilst trying to shoot their opponent. Each shot is accompanied by the sound of gunfire, and when the cactuses are hit they even break in half!

1¢ Groetchen Poison This Rat Skill Game

Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000

When the United States entered WWII in 1941 following the attack on Pearl Harbour, companies began producing patriotic arcade machines featuring caricatures of the evil Axis leaders.

This rare machine, built circa 1940-41 by the Groetchen Tool & Manufacturing Co., encouraged players to "poison" Adolf Hitler by dropping pill balls into his mouth using a rotating knob.

The machine also features a message painted on both sides which reads "Help Uncle Sam Win/Buy U.S. War Bonds".

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