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Ice Hockey games

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:08 pm
by 53chevy
Hi,
I was at the Elephant House auction the last month and a stand alone two player Ice Hockey game went through.
I wondered if anyone was there and can tell me a bit more about the machine. I'd like to add one to my collection.
Unfortunately, I missed out on the day, but if anyone has info or the same machine please get in contact.

pat

Re: ice hockey game at elephant house

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:29 pm
by moonriver
1950s ice hockey coin operated table game on ebay now......looks familiar £675 !OMFG!

Re: ice hockey game at elephant house

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:46 pm
by 53chevy
Thanks very much I'll contact them when I get home

Regards pat

Re: ice hockey game at elephant house

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:14 pm
by badpenny
I am astonished at prices like that.
Up until about 5 years ago I was buying those for no more than £200 and mostly £175. And selling at £250, hardly worth doing really.
Let's be honest they aren't a very exciting game to play.
Even in the day they were mainly played by those killing time waiting for someone to move off something more exciting like the Grand National.

Re: ice hockey game at elephant house

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 2:43 pm
by jonesthegarage
They are a sort of nothing game aren't they, I sold mine for around the £250 mark about 2 years ago to a former ice hockey player and I was happy a) with the price and b) to get rid of it.

It takes up a lot of room and doesn't do much, very much like my goodself since retirement

Re: ice hockey game at elephant house

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 3:51 pm
by pennymachines
I think the game has a certain knockabout charm. There was demand for them back in the day, with several manufacturers turning them out. Ruffler & Walker made them in the UK:
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Ruffler & Walker Ice Hockey
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Ruffler & Walker Ice Hockey
In America, jukebox manufacturer J P Seeburg's version had hockey sticks scored into the sides:
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Seeburg Ice Hockey
I believe the Elephant House example (top of page), although it lacks the hockey stick sides, was a Seeburg, erroneously listed as Rock-Ola. These tend to fetch higher prices than the English version, and are sometimes referred to as the 'Rolls Royce of Ice Hockeys'.
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Seeburg Ice Hockey
The Germans also made several high quality versions, including Hanno's Hanno-Hockey:
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Hanno-Hockey
and Jentzsch & Meerz's IMOHOCKEY Model B
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Jentzsch & Meerz IMOHOCKEY model B
But to my mind, the most desirable is the auto-scoring 6 manikin IMOHOCKEY model A, made in 1936 by Jentzsch & Meerz.
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Jentzsch & Meerz IMOHOCKEY model A
The example above was recently on ebay US for an ambitious BIN of $3,600!
A 1950s version called Toto-Fix, by Lumet, is currently on German ebay with a BIN of Euro 1099. These seem to be relatively common, at least in Germany.
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Lumet Toto-Fix
Th. Bergmann made a version called Hurricane:
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Bergmann Hurricane
There is also a miniature, possibly Swedish-built, 6 manikin version:
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Swedish?
and a late, Formica-clad, game called Mini-Match (possibly British). Unusually, in this game, the two teams play from within their own halves of the pitch.
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Mini Match
Nowadays they seem to have been largely superseded by Air Hockey.
I've borrowed some images from our German friends at Antik-Automaten
There's a two page list of coin-op hockey games at arcade-history.com.

Re: ice hockey game at elephant house

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 5:30 pm
by gameswat
Chevy, the Rockola Ice Hockey you pictured were hugely popular and produced from the early 1930s, I guess until the war.

Re: Ice Hockey game at Elephant House

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 6:35 pm
by pennymachines
Only I believe it's a Seeburg, not Rock-Ola. ;-)
The one below, presumably is Rock-Ola and sold for £620 in the EH , March 2014.
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It was bought by an operator who, if memory serves, then offloaded the one (top of page) basically because the ball lift mechanism was knackered. Hope I'm not speaking out of turn, but at auction the motto "buyer beware" always applies.

I say "presumably is a Rock-Ola", because I can't currently find any proof that Rock-Ola actually made an Ice Hockey machine...

Re: Ice Hockey game at Elephant House

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2015 11:56 pm
by bob
The Rolls Royce of Hockey/Ice Hockey games would have to be the Chicago Coin Goalee a great electro mechanical game:
http://www.pinrepair.com/baseball/goalee.htm
Great to look at, great to play.
see also:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/93520129737136996/

Re: Ice Hockey game at Elephant House

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2015 2:59 am
by gameswat
Gameswat wrote:Chevy, the Rockola Ice Hockey you pictured were hugely popular and produced from the early 1930s, I guess until the war.
Oops, I was thinking Seeburg and writing Rockola, too late at night.............. !PUZZLED!