Lot # 11: 1937 Mills Upright Golf Ball Slot Machine

Category: Antique Golf

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

Bids: 22 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Summer 2019 Auction",
which ran from 7/31/2019 5:00 PM to
8/17/2019 7:00 PM

Offered here is a scarce 1937 Mills upright golf ball slot machine. Golf ball slot machines were produced y two primary companies in the 1930s to very early 1940s - Mills Novelty Co. and Jennings. Though any surviving golf ball slot machine is rare, the tall upright versions were made in much smaller quantities, and a scant few exist today. 

A review of arcade-museum.com's database of 140,000+ cataloged vintage arcade machines does not indicate a single known example of this slot machine in its extensive database of vintage arcade games, though we know at least a small handful exist in varying condition. This is surely due to the fact that very few full size upright machines were produced. But also because slot machines like this were essentially declared gambling devices in 1941 - halting production of this machine or any similar machine. At that time, production of new machines would've not only stopped, but existing machines were often required to be destroyed.

"Golf Ball Vender Bell" by Mills Novelty Co., manufactured in January or February of 1937. 60" tall x 15" deep x 21" wide. 

Good overall condition and is working.  The reels turn feely in this .25 cent slot machine. Expect shipping rates to be between $250-$450 or more for domestic shipping, and much more for international. The slot machine is currently at our New Jersey warehouse.