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I have 35 years experience in the coin op field, specializing in old gumball and peanut machines. Also trade stimulators, especially turn of the century cigar store machines, both cast iron and wooden machines.

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I have owned over 3000 coin operated machines. Much knowledge comes from experience as there is not a lot of documented information on many coin operated machines. Experience is the teacher.


Coin Operated Collector's Association


I host a column in the C.O.C.A. Times, (the magazine for members of the Coin Operated Collector's Association). The column is titled "Tales Of The Hunt" and features stories and comments about member's great (and sometimes not so great) finds.


I have been a dealer at the Chicagoland Slot Machine and Coin Op show since it started. Look for me in Booth F-09. Stop by with your questions or photos. I'll try to help you or buy your machine if you prefer.

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2016-10-10 Oak acorn California gumball machine:

I am not aware of any way to tell the age of an Oak machine. The company was founded in  1946 or 1947 and the machines are still available today. Oak machines are considered entry  level collectables and

2016-08-29 Gum ball machine I.D.:

Hi Charles, Your machine was made by the Regal Products Co. in the 1940's. Having repainted it does not do as much damage to the value as the lamp attachment does. Fortunately, Regal machines are considered

2016-07-08 Taking paint off 1900 cast iron:

I believe it boils down to what look you like. If it has been painted years ago, then  you can never have the original patina. If you like the look it has now, I suggest you  leave it as it is. The only

2016-03-12 gumball globe:

Sorry Doug, but I don't know what the globe belongs to. A photo just does not show enough detail to know for sure. If it does not have anything embossed in the glass, with the   opening at the bottom,

2016-03-12 gumball globe:

Hi Douglas,  I can not get thr photos to enlarge, but I do not think that you have a vending machine  globe. I can't tell if it is open at the base. If not, it can't be a vending globe. The top appears


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