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Re: Help with Win a Crunch

Postby john t peterson » Wed May 02, 2018 1:18 pm

I can verify Gamseswat's story, at least the part concerning the sale of British games by US stores at bargain prices. The bulk of my collection came from two California dealers in the 90's. They purchased the cache from a collector who made a habit of going to a local department story during the Christmas season and buying their stock of allwins and the like. He then stored the games in a railway car that he had on a siding next to his factory. After his age progressed and his health deteriorated, he elected to sell the whole collection to the two dealers. I became involved when they listed the first game, Multiball by Handan-Ni. They sold me the machine at discount in return for my appraisal service for the remainder of their collection. I flew out to California for the transaction and during dinner, agreed to purchase their complete lot of 60 British games.

I can attest to the fact that many of these machines were retailed through American stores. How they got there? The only reasonable answer is the container trade from England that was rampant during the American lust for British antiques in the 70's. Who filled those containers? That's for you lads to discover. I believe that is not coincidental that the exodus of your coin operated history was around the time that bandits were legalized. Given the opportunity to win vast sums of money from the one-armed bandits, you abandoned your beloved allwins like a jilted lover. You must now win them back at greatly inflated cost.

As the saying goes, we don't know what we have until we lose it.

J Peterson
Lost in British historical gold in America

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Re: Help with Win a Crunch

Postby coppinpr » Wed May 02, 2018 1:56 pm

Still needs a lot of work :D
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Re: Help with Win a Crunch

Postby brigham » Wed May 02, 2018 2:13 pm

Looks like there are colour variations, too.

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Re: Help with Win a Crunch

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Re: Help with Win a Crunch

Postby badpenny » Thu May 03, 2018 12:43 pm

That's good, what's the girl's name? :cool:

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Re: Help with Win a Crunch

Postby brigham » Thu May 03, 2018 4:14 pm

Pauline, I would guess.

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Re: Help with Win a Crunch

Postby 13rebel » Thu May 03, 2018 9:59 pm

And lead singer with the Crunchettes :cool:

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Re: Help with Win a Crunch

Postby widget2k4 » Thu May 03, 2018 11:30 pm

ive done one of these before but cannot find it on my hard drive :(

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Re: Help with Win a Crunch

Postby widget2k4 » Thu May 03, 2018 11:44 pm

Found it - one of my first ever attempts, so may not be much good, but maybe could add to it to tidy it up a bit.

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Re: Help with Win a Crunch

Postby dougev » Sun Jan 20, 2019 11:57 pm

Gentlemen,
I have a Win a Crunch that I bought about 10 years ago. It is in very nice shape. The door is open but no key. I have attached two pictures. I live in Pennsylvania, US. Can you give me an estimated retail value for this machine and an wholesale value?
Thank you,
Dougev

my email address is dougevans@embarqmail.com if you want to come directly to me.
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