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Pinball Machines | By The Numbers                                                      
 

 

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 Pinball Machines - By The Numbers

 ( Within the USA unless otherwise noted - " Modern " denotes pinball machines made after 1985 )

         Last Updated On : Wednesday October 10, 2018   

$80 Million  Estimated total worldwide sales of all (new and used) pinball machines (2004)
$45 Million  Estimated total worldwide sales of new pinball machines (2004)
$20 Million  Estimated total worldwide consumer sales of new pinball machines (2007)
$12 Million  Estimated total worldwide consumer sales of new pinball machines (2004)
$500,000  Estimated total worldwide consumer sales of new pinball machines (1994)
< 5 %  Approximate percentage of new pinball machines sold to consumers in 1990
45 %  Approximate percentage of new pinball machines sold to consumers in 2007
2300%  Approximate increase in consumer sales of pinball machines since 1994
$112 Million  Approximate spending ( usage ) on coin-operated pinball played on public locations (2004)
45,000  Estimated number of units of pinball machines in public locations (2004)

 $20,100

  Highest price ever paid for a single pinball machine (2006 - Big Bang Bar, c1997)
$4,400  Average price of a brand new coin-operated pinball machine (2004)
$3,300  Average price of a modern used coin-operated pinball machine in fully restored condition
$1,500  Average price of a modern used coin-operated pinball machine in good but unrestored condition
75,000  Highest number made for a single pinball machine  ("Ballyhoo", c1934)
20,270  Highest number made for a modern pinball machine  ("Addams Family", c1992)
10,000  Approximate number of pinball machines produced worldwide (2004)
4,500  Approximate number of different pinball models made since 1930
2,500  Average total unit production for a individual pinball title
3,500  Average number of component parts in a modern pinball machine
1,200  Average number of screws, nuts and washers in a modern pinball machine
120  Average number of lights, buLbs and flashers in a modern pinball machine
1 Year  Average amount of time needed to design a modern pinball machine
1/2 Mile  Average amount of wire needed to produce a modern pinball machine
30 Years  Estimated life span of a modern pinball machine
30 - 120 Days  Average production lifespan (before being discontinued) for a new pinball machine in 1978
6 - 36 Months  Average production lifespan (before being discontinued) for a new pinball machine in 2008
23  Number of major pinball machine manufacturers worldwide (1980)
1  Number of major pinball machine manufacturers worldwide (2007)
1800's  First pinball-like games ("Bagatelle" machines) are introduced in Europe
1931  First coin-operated pinball machine introduced  ("Waffle Board")
1966  First pinball machine with digital scoring  is introduced  ("Rally Girl")
1975  First "all electronic" solid-state pinball machine introduced  ("Spirit of 76")
1976  Year the last holdout state in the nation, New York, makes pinball machines "legal" to play
1979  First "talking" or electronic speech pinball machine introduced  ("Gorgar")
1999  First pinball machine to incorporate video display technology  ("Revenge From Mars")
2006  First "all-digital" pinball machine made with a full digital video display playfield  ("UltraPin")

      Sources: BMIGaming.com  |  PinballNews.com  Internet Pinball Database |Playmeter Magazine  |  Stern Pinball


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