Chester Pollard Play Golf

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ddstoys
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Chester Pollard Play Golf

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Well gents it’s been a while since I added anything new to the collection... well worthy enough to post, but this morning this happened.

A collector in Sydney spotted it 15 minutes away from my house and sent me the link. It’s always been a grail machine but never seen one for sale. Sent the lady a message and she said it’s mine, but wasn’t able to collect till the next morning.

Sleepless night I can tell you. Common practice over here lately, people will swoop in and offer more money etc. and I end up losing the sale, but this lady was an absolute gem. Kept her word and she was so happy she did. She could see the excitement in my face plus I was practically dry humping the machine.

Small world, as it turned out this machine was owned by the local operator who I’d wag school and follow his tech around learning how to fix pinballs.

I’m a very happy man indeed. Sadly the wife doesn’t share my excitement - keeps sooking about spending our spending money for our holiday next week on a machine while I’m unemployed. Something like that, I wasn’t really listening. 😂😂😂
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Well done you! You must be over the moon, it's a once in a lifetime, great find.
Definitely the right thing to spend your money on! !!YIPPEE!!
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Sure, am seriously driving there to pick it up. I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. My chest was pounding and my head was thinking, 'is this actually happening'?
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Looks great Dan. Very clean, so I assume formerly restored? I was offered one years ago in Qld but it had been butchered with the later pinball playfield revamp done in the US once pins had taken off in the mid '30s. The golfer no longer turns, just shoots the ball. It had a poker theme to it and the idea was to make good hands for gambling purposes. Passed on that one as too expensive for a project with no way to restore without a lot of trouble. Similar to this one restored by John Papa.
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Yeah mate, previously restored I'm told. I couldn’t get many details. The seller was a little emotional and wouldn’t answer questions, which is sad, because I knew her dad 20 years ago and was really excited to have a chat.

The few details I got from her before she walked away was it was originally operated in Geelong and was in the father's house since then. Still has the original 3d three pence instruction card, so my guess, it was removed from use before 1966.
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And I just confirmed it’s never been modified to suit 5c coins. Only takes 3d.
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Just for comparison, here is another one. I saved the pictures from an Auction catalogue, (possibly Morphys?)

How could anyone replace the game with a pin table playfield? I know which one I prefer.
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Thanks. They are some great pics. I’m stealing them for references for sure.
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Hey Dan, was searching old emails but hadn't even bothered saving pics of the Golf/bagatelle conversion I was offered in Qld. But amazingly did find an email that reminded me I was also offered another re-vamped example on a US trip in 2007! John Papa goes on about his restored example as being this super rarity and considered part of the Chester Pollard series - I say they're crap! '!' All that real estate taken up with a boring as hell super basic bagatelle game. He dates the conversions at 1935 which makes it even worse as by that time there were some very imaginative and exciting pinballs being made that were far from being called bagatelles anymore.
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Yeah disgusting conversion that pinball one. I've also seen them with extra lose holes drilled into the playfield so you lose faster.

Thankfully, none of that going on with mine.
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