Lot 53

1969 D. Gottlieb & Co. Pinball Machine "Road Race"

Estimate: $600 - $1,200

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$25 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
Featured in this lot is this 1969 D. Gottlieb & Company pinball machine designed by Ed Krynski titled, "Road Race". David Gottlieb, a Chicago-born businessman and inventor, established D. Gottlieb & Co. in 1927. During the pinball machine and other arcade game heyday of the 1940s and 1950s, the company was one of the industry's top producers. Pinball machines made by D. Gottlieb & Co. were renowned for being innovative, high-quality, and frequently embellished with vibrant, intricate artwork and designs. D. Gottlieb & Co. produced pinball machines in addition to other arcade games like mechanical baseball, shooting, and fortune tellers. The business was a pioneer in the development of the electro-mechanical pinball machine, which combined mechanical and electronic elements to replace earlier, purely mechanical designs. Until the 1970s, when the popularity of video games and other forms of electronic entertainment started to surpass that of pinball and other arcade games, D. Gottlieb & Co. remained a significant player in the arcade gaming industry. The company was eventually sold to Columbia Pictures in 1977, and after that, the Premier Technology Group bought its assets. Until the late 1990s, this company produced pinball machines under the Gottlieb brand. This pinball machine shows a scene of two women cheering on racing cars while a man holds a checkered flag, ready to wave it for the winning car. In the background are houses and other race cars driving on the road. The very top of the back glass reads, "MFD. By D. Gottlieb & Co. Chicago, Ill." in black lettering. Below that it shows the game title in yellow lettering reading, "Gottlieb's Road Race". To the left of the title it shows the score tracker for when someone is playing the game. The playing field shows colors of blue, green, yellow, red, orange, black and white and has graphics of spectators, checkered flags, race cars and houses throughout. The pinball machine shows good condition despite its vintage age, but shows wear and fading to the graphics and paint on the machine. The internal components appear to be intact but has not been tested for functionality. The machine measures 52" L x 26" W x 69" H.