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Baffle Ball, November, 1931

Produced in: November, 1931 / 1

Features: Advertised as 24 inches long by 16 inches wide. Metal stands were sold separately for $2.50.

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Type: Pure Mechanical (PM) 

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#Produced: in November, 1931

Manufacturer: D. Gottlieb & Company (1931-1977) [Trade Name: Gottlieb]

Design by: David Gottlieb Art by: Music By: Sound By: Software by: Animation by:

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Notes: ‘Baffle Ball’ sold for $17.50 Different prices and quantities of balls per game were made. 5 Balls for 1 cent 7 Balls for 1 cent 10 Balls for 1 cent 10 Balls for 5 cents There were no mention of wooden stands sold by the manufacturer for this game, only metal ones. One example of this game is pictured here on a wooden stand which would have come from another source. According to the book Pinball 1, Baffle Ball was produced by Gottlieb in Chicago and also by Keeney and Sons in a separate Chicago facility but under Gottlieb’s direction. While both companies began production of this game in November 1931, Keeney was first to have this game on the production line and was first to advertise them. Gottlieb took care of all of the distribution details. Baffle Ball was “the first game to top the 50,000 mark in production and deliveries” but we do not know the exact quantity produced or how many of that quantity were made by each company. Neither Gottlieb nor Keeney put their company name on the games and the differences between the two productions (if any) are minimal, making it nearly impossible to tell them apart. See also Keeney and Sons’ 1931 ‘Baffle Ball’.

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