Morphy returns to Las Vegas April 11-13 with coin-ops and vintage advertising

Caille musical triple Eclipse, serial number 121, estimated at $150,000-$300,000 at Morphy.

DENVER, Penn. — A century ago, coin-operated machines could be found everywhere, ready to entertain, dispense a treat, tell a fortune, or offer patrons a chance to win a jackpot. They return to Las Vegas Thursday, April 11, Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13 in Morphy Auctions‘ latest coin-op and vintage advertising sale. The 1,919-lot auction is now available for review and bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The sale’s top-estimated lot is a highly sought-after Caille Bros. Musical Triple Eclipse upright slot machine with a design that incorporates three separate machines — accepting 5¢, 50¢, and 5¢, respectively — in one stunning oak cabinet. Made between 1902 and 1904, it is marked with serial no. 121, confirming it is the earliest of only four extant examples of this model. The estimate is set at $150,000-$300,000.

A circa-1930 Fair-Weigh golf scale made by Colonial Golf Scale Co. is believed to be one of only three machines of its type still in existence. When a penny is inserted, the machine displays the patron’s weight and allows them to play a complex golf game by means of an internal golf club operated by a knob. With provenance from the collection of Bill Howard, it is estimated at $15,000-$30,000.

An Amusement Machine Co. 1¢ floor model game represents the 1927 World Series, which pitted the Pittsburgh Pirates against the ultimately victorious New York Yankees. The machine is unrestored, with original cast-iron figures of the umpire and players and an original cardboard grandstand. Made between 1929 and 1931, the machine is estimated at $40,000-$70,000.

A circa-1952 black ‘Lu-Cat’ machine combines a trade stimulator with a gumball-vending feature. Its action begins when a nickel is inserted and the painted-aluminum feline’s tail is pulled. Fewer than a dozen ‘Lu-Cats’ are believed to exist, and of those, this is the only 5¢ version known. It is estimated at $10,000-$20,000.

This circa-1920 Mr. Peanut cast-iron roaster-dispenser was made as a point-of-sale display for Planters Peanut Co. By means of an electric motor, a top-hatted, three-dimensional Mr. Peanut figure ‘operates’ the machine. One of very few of its type known to exist, it stands 89in tall and is in impeccable restored condition. It is estimated at $30,000-$60,000.

Antique advertising signs are led by a stained- and leaded-glass trade sign for S & S Shoes (Schauder’s Shoe Store, Rhinelander, Wis.), a firm that was established in 1890. Measuring a sizable 41 by 25 by 12in, the sign illuminates. Morphy’s experts have never seen another example of its type, and have estimated it at $40,000-$80,000.

Morphy’s Coin-Op & Antique Advertising Auction closes the books at $3.7M

Circa-1902 Watling Cupid cast-iron slot machine, only known example with dual coin entry to accommodate both US and Canadian nickels. Also equipped with side gum-vending machine marked ‘5¢.’ Sold above high estimate for $72,000

DENVER, Pa. – Morphy Auctions’ lively April 20-22 Coin-Op & Antique Advertising Auction delivered a fantastic selection of rare slot machines, amusements and early advertising to an eager audience of bidders, cashing out at just under $3.7 million. The multi-session sale featured dozens of sought-after categories, including country store memorabilia, which was represented by one of the largest collections of its type to reach the marketplace in decades.

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Morphy’s hits $2M jackpot with antique coin-op machines and advertising

Circa-1904 Caille Bros. 5-cent Roulette floor-model slot machine with seven coin-slots. Fresh to the market after being purchased from The Las Vegas Club hotel and casino in the 1970s. The finest original Caille Roulette machine Morphy’s specialists had ever seen, it sold at the midpoint of its pre-sale estimate for $246,000.

DENVER, Pa. – Beautiful coin-operated machines of a bygone era joined forces with stellar antique advertising this month to produce an auction payday at Morphy’s that exceeded $2 million. The Nov. 3-5, 2022 sale, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, featured more than 1,600 premier lots. All shared a common thread that was best explained by Morphy Auctions CEO Tom Tolworthy, a noted coin-op expert who personally cataloged the auction.

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Morphy’s Nov. 3-5 auction rings with sounds of rare antique coin-op machines

Circa-1904 Caille Bros. 5-cent Roulette floor-model slot machine with seven coin-slots. Fresh to the market after being purchased from The Las Vegas Club in the 1970s. Finest original Caille Roulette machine that Morphy’s specialists have ever seen. Estimate $200,000-$300,000. Courtesy of Morphy Auctions
Circa-1904 Caille Bros. 5-cent Roulette floor-model slot machine with seven coin-slots. Fresh to the market after being purchased from The Las Vegas Club in the 1970s. Finest original Caille Roulette machine that Morphy’s specialists have ever seen. Estimate $200,000-$300,000. Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

DENVER, Pa. – Once found at saloons, hotel lobbies and oceanfront boardwalks all across America, antique coin-op machines are quaint reminders of an era when radio, television and video games were still mysteries of the future. For mere pocket change, turn-of-the-century fun-seekers could enjoy an entire afternoon of entertainment. By simply dropping a penny, nickel or quarter into the slot of a coin-operated machine, they could have their fortunes told, watch primitive motion pictures, listen to rhapsodic tunes from a mechanical band, or try their luck at any number of gambling devices or games of chance.

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Magnificent machines tempt bidders at Preston Opportunities, Sept. 3

Wurlitzer model 950 jukebox, est. $25,000-$60,000
Wurlitzer model 950 jukebox, est. $25,000-$60,000
Wurlitzer model 950 jukebox, est. $25,000-$60,000

MACON, Ga. – Preston Opportunities will hold a Spectacular Coin-Op and Jukebox Auction on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, beginning at 9:30 am Eastern time on both days. Absentee and Internet live bidding for the September 3 session will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Go all-in for Potter & Potter’s gambling antiques, March 17-18

Near mint set of Murphy Varnish transformation playing cards, est. $4,000-$6,000
Near mint set of Murphy Varnish transformation playing cards, est. $4,000-$6,000
Near mint set of Murphy Varnish transformation playing cards, est. $4,000-$6,000

CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions will hold a sale titled Gambling, Playing Cards & Chips on Thursday, March 17 and Friday, March 18, starting at 10 am Central time on both days. Thursday will feature playing cards, cheating paraphernalia, rare books and casino and gambling chips, and Friday’s lineup will showcase coin-op selections, vintage advertising and beer taps and knobs. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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