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Written by Maury Brown   
Friday, 19 February 2010 20:21

Maybe in the future, Strat-O-Matic will yield the same sense of nostalgia that baseball-related games did in the ‘20s, '30s and ‘40s, but as functional art goes, the baseball-themed pinball machine ranks up there as the best.

Hunt Auctions is conducting a sports memorabilia and collectable cards public auction on Fri. and Sat. Feb 26 and 27 in King of Prussia, PA at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. The highlighted piece is a 1978 Reggie Jackson game worn World Series jersey (look for a separate story on this shortly), but within the mix, is this collection of baseball pinball machines. Once again… it’s baseball as art (see our first installment on baseball as art, The Art of the Ballpark Seat, with another “ballpark seat” installment forthcoming).

Select each of the images below to see in larger view


Lot 381 - "Hit and Run" c. 1932
($1500-$2,500)
Hit and Run (Top View)
"Hit and Run"
(TOP VIEW)
Yanks
Lot 376 - "Yanks" c. 1940s
($1,000-$1,500)

Yanks (Top View)

"Yanks"
(TOP VIEW)
Slugger
Lot 377 - "Slugger" c. 1940s
($1,000-$1,500)
Slugger (Top View)
"Slugger"
(TOP VIEW)
Chico Ball
Lot 382 - "Chico Ball" c. 1930s-1940s
($2,000-$3,000)

Chico Ball (Top View)

"Chico Ball"
(TOP VIEW)
Play Ball
Lot 378 - "Play Ball" c. 1940s
($1,000-$1,500)

Play Ball (Top View)

"Play Ball"
(TOP VIEW)

Deluxe Baseball

Lot 379 - "Deluxe Baseball" c. 1950s
($1,000-$1,500)
Deluxe Baseball (Top View)
"Deluxe Baseball"
(TOP VIEW)
Major League
Lot 380 - "Major League" c. 1940s
($750-$1,000)

Major League (Top View)

"Major League"
(Top View)

Bush League

Lot 375 - "Bush League" c. 1940s
($500-$750)

ALL IMAGES COURTESY HUNT AUCTIONS


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