PINGAMES AT THE 1982
LOOSE CHANGE FUN FAIR
By Russ Jensen
The final game in the
chronology of early pingames was Bally's DUDE RANCH. This was, by the way,
the only pingame of the 'fifties' ever to be offered at any of the Fun
Fairs. This machine was one of the special type of pinball games commonly
referred to as "in-line" or "bingo" machines, the
primary object of the game being to light three to five numbers in a line
on a simulated bingo card(s) on the backglass.
The bingo pinball was
the successor to the one-ball horserace pingames previously described. They
were developed due to restrictive legislation that made legal one-ball
distribution and sales almost impossible. During the mid 'fifties' these
machines were quite popular in many areas of the country, but additional
legal action since that time has virtually eliminated bingo pinball from
DUDE RANCH was typical
of the bingo machines of the mid-fifties' and was in very good condition.
Unfortunately, this machine had suffered damage to its electrical cord
during shipment and could not be operated, thus depriving potential
customers of the opportunity to play one of these fascinating games.
This concludes the
description of the variety of early pingames offered at the 1982 Fun Fair.
It is hoped that the trend of increased pingame availability at future
coin-op collectibles shows will continue, thus acquainting more collectors
with "the wonderful world of collectible pinballs"