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Re: Bradley Challenger - High Price!

Postby bryans fan » Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:07 pm

I have always thought the 30s version was underrated, it looks great I think. The later Formica Super Challengers come up for sale more often, but it is some time since a nice 30s one came up. They were fetching around £600 a few years ago, so I guess the price this one made reflects this.

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Re: Bradley Challenger - High Price!

Postby terry » Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:36 am

I seem to remember one going quite cheaply at Salisbury a few years back and I wished I'd bid on it. They are indeed a handsome machine and I see that somebody has listed a Bradley Crusader hopefully trying to emulate the Challengers success! Strange that these two machine share their names with British tanks!! (Bit of useless information there) :didact:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Rare-Bradley-Crus ... 3f03465378
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Re: Bradley Challenger - High Price!

Postby treefrog » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:14 am

There was a nice Challenger at either last year's Coventry auction or the year before that went for well over £500. I was tempted by the one on ebay as it did look good, certainly compared to my sorry machine.

I am convinced now, having been watching prices for a while, that it is completely the luck of the draw on the auctions. A number of Super Challengers sold over the last three weeks on ebay, all fetching very low prices, two of them under £100. Other droppers that vary hugely are the Bell-Fruit Cascade - a couple of years ago, these were fetching as much as £300, but more recently good ones are lucky to make £100 (I was lucky to buy such a one). The Cascade on ebay now mentioned on another thread, currently stands at £205, with rusty coin entry and missing hammer. This has to be purely luck, surely, and who happens to be watching at the time. Of course the location of the item makes a difference - there are many machines now I cannot be bothered to bid on due to location (bored with the driving and not sure I would trust shipping).

I guess one just hopes the right two people see your machine who have a want when you plan to sell.... Of course this has always been the case with auctions !!UHOH!!

It is a nice looking Crusader though !!THUMBSX2!!

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Re: Bradley Challenger - High Price!

Postby treefrog » Thu Sep 23, 2010 6:26 pm

Well the so-so Cascade ended up at £335, yes that was £335... I can only assume the bidders do not use this forum...
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Re: Bradley Challenger - High Price!

Postby jimmycowman » Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:31 pm

Yes, I had the one from Salisbury, it seems cheap now !!THUMBSX2!!

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Re: Bradley Challenger - High Price!

Postby terry » Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:59 am

Have an unrestored example for sale at the moment. See the marketplace.....

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Re: Help with Bradley Challenger

Postby grabber » Tue Nov 02, 2010 6:34 am

Bradley Challenger Brass Plates

Hi, I've just found these people. I think they will be able to make instruction plates in brass for most machines.
Try this website: http://www.vintagebrassplates.co.uk
Phone: Chris Astell 07594969146
Plates can be reproduced from a picture or original.

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Re: Help with Bradley Challenger

Postby pennymachines » Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:05 pm

Good find. I've put it on the Archive/Services page. If the cost isn't prohibitive, it should be useful for all sorts of missing plates, like an Anglicised version of the Elektromat score plates...
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Re: Help with Bradley Challenger

Postby grabber » Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:25 pm

And also a name plate making company on Kew Bridge in West London.
I have not contacted them yet, but I think they do similar work.

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Snakes alive!

Postby john t peterson » Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:37 am

Topic merged - Site Admin.

Just when you think you've seen about everything, along comes "Snakes and Ladders."

Take a look: http://www.ebay.com/itm/180915401385?ss ... 500wt_1413

Obviously, a Bradley Automatics "Challenger." So...you guys hitting the sauce before you ship these games to us here in the States? Think we're afraid of SNAKES? Or LADDERS?

J Peterson
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