We have a wide range of books, covering topics from pinball history, artwork and maintenance, to slot machines, jukeboxes, trade stimulators and more. Books related to the hobby make a great gift for that special collector or anyone interested in exploring the fascinating history of the arcade machines that have thrilled us all.

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Mr. Pinball Price Guide
2017 Edition

Newly updated for 2017, this pinball list and price guide is the most comprehensive and accurate list of pinball machines available. 2017 marks the 27th annual edition, 216 pages long.Sections provide information about each type of machine (flipper, baseball, bingo, as well as bowling and gun games), usually including name, manufacturer, date release, number of players, distinguishing features, production numbers and average current value. Pinball listings are sorted both alphabetically and by manufacturer.

No collector, novice nor expert, can afford to be without the latest edition from Mr. Pinball. This publication contains important information about all pinball machines made since the flipper was invented in 1947. This is the most popular list among serious pinball machine collectors and, with over 2,800 machines listed, this is the most comprehensive and accurate list available!

New to this edition with the color cover of Gottlieb's Bowling Queen are the following, updated price trend analysis, indicating significant changes in value for specific machines, updated pricing/value info, analysis and graphs in Appendix D -- Determining Price, 19 additional games, 2 new manufacturers, more production numbers, corrections as needed to previous editions, update to website links and other important information in Appendix C -- All About Pinball Collecting.

An indispensable reference for anyone that owns a game or is interested in pinball trends. $25.00


From its inception in the 1930s, pinball has challenged and inspired millions of enthusiastic players and become the passion of countless collectors around the world. Illustrated with over 600 color photos, this exciting book chronicles the development of pinball machines from the 1930s through the late 1960s, featuring exclusive rare interviews with some of the greatest designers in the industry. Hundreds of pinball machines from Gottlieb, Bally, Genco, Williams, United, and other manufacturers are showcased -- including many never before published. The extensive text provides descriptions of the games, their special features, historical significance, release dates, and names of designers and artists. Pinball enthusiasts will also love the many stories featuring the thrill of the "Silver Ball." This is a wonderful reference tool and a tribute to all those who were part of the pinball machine's fascinating history.
$50.00
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The Pinball Compendium
1930s-1960s


The third and final volume in the Compendium series by Michael Shaloub. Eagerly anticipated by enthusiasts who prefer the games made since the early 1980s, this 2nd edition includes over 900 color photos and covers the most recent period in pinball history, from 1982 through 2005. Each chapter is devoted to a specific year and features descriptions, release dates, and historical background on the games released that year from manufacturers Gottlieb, Williams, Bally, Data East, Stern, Sega and others. Current values are listed for each machine shown in the book. Interspersed with the games are stories and interviews with many of the legendary designers and artists who created them. Readers will gain fascinating insight into the planning that went into the games, how the designers and artists got their start in the industry, behind-the-scenes tales of life in the pinball world, and more.
$60.00
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The Pinball Compendium
1982 to Present


This comprehensive new book showcases the most desirable Electro-Mechanical pinball games ever built.Over 1000 color photographs arranged in decades from the 1930s to the 1970s showcase some of the most popular and groundbreaking games made, many never shown in books before. Also included are many black and white photos loaned to the author, Michael Shalhoub, by Mr Alvin Gottlieb. Interspersed with the game descriptions are short articles showcasing people in the business and in the hobby. This book is a very nice addition to the author's previous three Compendiums, and rounds out his work and dedication in the field. $70.00
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Pinball Compendium
Electro-Mechanical Era


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Bally Bingo Pinball Machines

The pinball book you have been waiting for is finally here! From those fabulous '50s & '60s, Jeffrey Lawton, Bingo Pinball Historian, presents 290+ photos, including original promotional brochures and advertisements, that showcase a fantastic collection of Bally® Bingo pinball machines, along with a history of the evolution and excitement that surrounds this compelling hobby. All who grew up with street cars, slot machines, pinball machines, pool halls, and diners will enjoy this book tremendously! $40.00

The perfect vintage collectible is one with a beginning and an end, and yet still numerous enough to enable enthusiasts to build collections. Here's a comprehensive guide to just such a collectible. Coin operated trade stimulators and counter games got their start in the saloons of the 1880s. Things changed with the coming of the Prohibition and the disappearance of saloons in 1920. Checkout counters in stores, restaurants, and cigar shops became the primary locations, where these counter games helped stimulate trade. The Great Depression, followed by the Repeal of Prohibition in 1933 propelled the industry to new heights and prominent makers such as Groetchen Tool, Buckley, Bally, Pierce Tool, and many others were kept busy until the 1960s.

You'll get to know all the makers and their machines by name, date, and appearance in this colorful collector's guide. Over 800 photos, detailed machine descriptions, manufacturer production data, and an interchangable machine name list will make you an instant expert, ready for shows, auctions, and collector trading. The accompanying price guide will insure that you buy or sell smart and well. Plus, you'll enjoy every page for its interesting history and content in the most complete book on this subject to ever see print. $35.00

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Vintage Trade Stimulators & Counter Games


Pinball games combine excitement, challenge, technology, and fantastic artwork. They are sought after collector items, snapped up by enthusiasts who keep them running and ""alive"" both mechanically and cosmetically. Silverball lovers of all ages and tastes will be enthralled by the fifty pinball games -- both vintage and contemporary -- showcased in this book. Each has its own chapter outlining the game's special features, historical background, game rules, graphic images, collectibility and current value. Over 400 extraordinary full color photographs give a complete visual survey of each game. Enjoy whole machine shots, close-ups of backglasses and playfields, and ball's-eye-view images that reveal wonderful details of the playfield action. Along with its companion volume, Pinball Snapshots, this outstanding book will be thoroughly enjoyed by pinball collectors, historians, and graphic artists, as well as devotees of coin-operated amusement games.
$60.00
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Pinball Perspectives


This spiral-bound book provides basic information on Bally EM games. Sections cover information on basic circuits and symbols, wire color codes, information on score motor units, relays, step up units, scoring units, bumpers and flippers. Also includes a section on trouble-shooting hints. $20.00
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Introduction to Bally Flipper Games


Coin operated machines were first introduced into America in the late 1880's. These machines were operated in saloons, Mom and Pop stores, drugstores, general stores and soda fountains, often illuminated by kerosene lamps and gas lights. The picture rich book depicts some very rare machines and offers a fascinating glimpse into the history of everything from one reelers and horse race games to roulette and skill games. Organized into fifteen sections, this book covers manufacturing, age, comments and rarity information on hundreds of machines. $40.00
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Collector's Guide to Vintage Coin Machines

Coin Machines is a thorough look at slot machines, jukeboxes, arcade, counter and pinball games, trade stimulators, vending machines, and coin operated scales, all described in detail and abundantly photographed in color. These coin operated machines -- invented in England, adopted in America in the 1880s, and most prolifically produced in Chicago, Illinois -- have been a part of everyday life for over one hundred years. "Automatic machines", as they were first called, are imaginative, entertaining, useful, colorful, and reflect changing technology as well.

The text presents methods for identifying different types of machines, their history and development, and helpful hints on where to look for the machine of your dreams $40.00


Jukeboxes

Jukeboxes

Jukeboxes and their records, symbols of the lively days of petticoats and rock'n roll, are making a comeback. Collectors world-wide are searching them out wherever they can find them. The American chrome giants made by Seeburg, Wurlitzer, Rock-Ola, and AMI enjoy the greatest popularity in museums and collections, for they were the witnesses of the "Golden Fifties".

In Jukeboxes, these musical machines come to life again. Here is the history of the development, the technology, and the stars. Here also is information on the manufacturers, a photo chronicle of their evolution, and advice on collecting, maintaining and restoring jukeboxes from the `50s and `60s. An illustrated index of model numbers by manufacturer will be especially helpful to the collector. $35.00