Bally Alley--I'll pay $1000-2000


Bally Alley needed a winner.  It was 1940, and Evans had just come out with their classic mannikin bowling game the TenStrike.  This was THE game of 1939 and was soaking up a lot of the game operators money. Their answer was the Bally Alley.  The Bally Alley had the front of a bowling ball on the front of the game.  When you put your hand in it a small steel ball inside the game started picking up speed. By maneuvering the front ball you could cause the steel ball when released, to curve into the pins similar to real bowling.  Ah Ha!  Something the Evans game didn't have.  It didn't help Bally though.  Bally Alley never caught on big and you don't see many around anymore. I want this game!

Evans Baseballs--I'll Pay $2-5000!

Evans had a string of popular games in the years before WW2.  After the war, the decided to fall back on their more consistent profit makers, that is carnival supplies and gambling equipment.  GI's picked up a taste for gambling while over in Europe and the after hours clubs were hopping.  And using HC Evans gaming products.  You can't keep a good man, or game, down however, and Evans tried to revive a past winner and a loser in the 1950's.  The Winner was Ten Strike, but there were just too many of the originals still being used, so the new version wasn't made for long.  The loser was the Evans Play Ball. What more could you want in a game?  A mannikin pitcher, that actually picked up a ball and threw it at the mannikin batter who would swing for the fences, but if missed, would be caught by the mannikin catcher?  Sounds like a winner, but wasn't.  The game was a hard one to play, and hard to keep the pitcher adjusted so it didn't take in the money was resigned to life in a warehouse or dump.  Evans  tried again in the 1950's with the revamped model, Bat A Score.  They went with legs instead of the floor cabinet, and removed some of the players for a lower cost game, but it didn't help.  The mechanism didn't hold up, nor did sales of the game. I want this game!

Evans

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International Mutoscope Cross Country Race--I'll Pay $1-2000 for this game!! 


It was 1948 and the war was long over.  International Mutoscope decided to revisit one of their past classics.  The Drivemobile was a big hit for the company in 1941.  It featured a rotating drum with two lanes of country road.  A car suspended above the road needed to be kept on the open lane to score points.  The Cross Country Race is Drivemobile times two.  The two players compete to be the first one to drive across the US.

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