Shootin’ Hoops gumball machines
Shootin’ Hoops gumball machines are candy vending machines manufactured by the Beaver Machine Corporation.
Background and Description
Beaver Machine Corporation is a bulk vending machine manufacturer based in Ontario, established in 1963 under the name ‘Machine-O-Matic’. They produce candy vending machines for commercial use in places such as restaurants and arcades.
The Shootin’ Hoops gumball machine is a large capacity gumball vendor with a game affixed to the stand. The game involves shooting a gumball through a miniature basketball hoop. It takes quarters to allow the user to play. The quarter dispenses the gumball into the basketball court for shot attempts. Once a shot is missed, the gumball is dispensed out the side gate for the player.
This is still a very successful gumball machine, reportedly taking three times as many quarters for the owners than regular gumball machines.
The machine includes the trademark Beaver all-metal coin mechanism with anti-jam slug diverter, and shatter-resistant polycarbonate globe.
Collecting Shootin’ Hoops gumball machines
Shootin’ Hoops gumball machines are still used commercially. They are becoming more and more difficult to find, and as such are becoming more valuable. They are seen by owners as a profit making device, as they bring quarters in from customers. These owners generally have to pay to place them in locations as well as buying the machines in the first place.
As they are no longer produced, it is rather hard for a collector to find one for sale. Most owners value them as bringing in profit, and so will not part with them for the sake of a gumball machine collector. They are likely to become more valuable as time goes on, and to move into the realm of collectibles rather than commercial use as they become too old to continue putting out on location. As they are not longer produced, they are scarce, and many collectors will feel a nostalgia for them in the future as the gumball machines they played on when they were younger.
Brand new Shootin’ Hoops gumball machines were sold for around $600. They are now worth less amongst gumball machine owners, as they are invariably used/second hand. However, their value is likely to rise amongst collectors as they are no longer in production, and more and more scarce.
Prices vary enormously for these machines, ranging from $50-$400, but generally they are worth around $90-$120 each.
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