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Astor Check-Mate

Postby widget2k4 » Wed Nov 12, 2014 10:10 pm

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Elephant House Auctions

Postby aristomatic » Mon Aug 17, 2015 12:02 pm

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I see the Elephant has some lots on the site for next couple of auctions. They have listed an Astor Check-mate as a prototype only one in existence (with an unless you know otherwise, caveat). There have been a number of threads here on the Italian Astor make machines, mostly on a less rare model and not on the rarer Hitop style Check-mate model. I am aware of two different options on the Checkmate, both non and twin jackpot. Interested to see if anyone here has either version, currently or previously owned. I know a senior member here certainty owned a blue twin jackpot model in 2012. I'm not sure if the Checkmate pictured in a thread here is the same machine he owned or a different example and or whether the one listed at auction is the same or another.

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Re: Elephant House Auctions

Postby aristomatic » Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:53 am

I see the Elephant House has now added a pix of the Checkmate for sale in the auction. It seems to be a non jackpot version, but has a chess symbol marquee/embossing to the top right corner and has different lower centre marquee to other non jackpot versions and, interestingly, has chess symbol reel-strips and a correlating chess symbol award card. All the other checkmate machines seem to have standard fruit symbol strips and awards. As the nameplate is 'checkmate' on all versions, it seems appropriate that it has chess artwork. If the top right chess symbol is stamped within the casting you would either expect to see maybe a few more examples (now) if done as a special customer option, or many more if it was a standard production item. With maybe only one or a few (made at the time) if done as a prototype(s) then the Elephant House
may well be correct in its perceived rarity presently.

As with most slot/coin-op history, you need direct input from people associated with family or the business or linked commercially with first hand experience/history/knowledge to assist. Regardless of its rarity, it's not on my wanted list. I didn't upload the Elephant Auction image as copyrighted (moderators may do so).

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Re: Elephant House Auctions

Postby aristomatic » Tue Aug 18, 2015 10:01 pm

Well it took a little time, but here is a picture of a machine with the same chess symbol, although the reel bundle and award card are fruits not chess symbols as E/H.
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Re: Elephant House Auctions

Postby pennymachines » Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:06 am

aristomatic wrote: I didn't upload the Elephant Auction image as copyrighted (moderators may do so).
I'll try to get a snap of it on Sunday. !!PHOTO!!

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Re: Italian Ascot Bandits

Postby aristomatic » Sun Aug 23, 2015 4:53 pm

I didn't go to the auction. I was told the Checkmate had no back bonnet or back-door,

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Re: Italian Ascot Bandits

Postby treefrog » Sun Aug 23, 2015 5:33 pm

Yes you are right, neither of them were present and not mentioned in the description either, so all the bidding was not in the room but by people leaving commission bids, probably not knowing the missing parts..... Oh dear... I would have had a go, as it had original paint and I quite liked the look, but in my opinion worth half what it went for. I think £280 + commission... You won't find the missing bits that easy, if at all. !!UHOH!!

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Re: Italian Ascot Bandits

Postby aristomatic » Sun Aug 23, 2015 7:11 pm

Thanks TF.
I agree. As I said earlier, it's not on my list of machines, but I would have been none too pleased if the winning bidder. It's easy to get these details confirmed prior to an auction, but far more difficult to get a response from the Elephant prior to one of their auctions, so I have never left an absentee bid.

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Re: Italian Ascot Bandits

Postby pennymachines » Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:58 am

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Re: Italian Ascot Bandits

Postby aristomatic » Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:09 pm

thx for pix


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