Pinball Expo 2006


On Wednesday, November 1, 2006, it was time to catch a flight from Virginia to Chicago to check out the 22nd Annual Pinball Expo.

There was quite an assortment of pins to play, ranging from the 1930's to the present, as you will see from my pics inside the show. The seminars were great too, but the highlight was meeting the folks that designed the games I have played in arcades and at shows over the years.

Check out Pinball Expo's official site HERE for more information about the show.   

TRIVIA: There's an episode of "Route 66" from Oct. 26, 1962, titled "Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing," which takes place at the O'Hare Inn, located at 6600 Mannheim Road. From the Internet Movie Database summary, "Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr. and Peter Lorre meet there to discuss whether the old monster costumes they used in films will still scare a TV audience today." The first Pinball Expo took place at this location in 1985, except that the hotel was known as the Ramada Inn. (thanks Jay Stafford of The Internet Pinball Database for the info.)


Pretty soon, this area would be filled with pins.

Through these doors, there would be vendors and more pins.

"Pirates Of The Caribbean" would be the tournament game this year. It had just been released a few months ago.

Here's one of them, brand new, straight from the Stern factory, also located in Chicago.

Here's most of the tournament pins ready to go.

Got trophies...

...and more trophies.


"We have a winner!"

Here's a very rare 1947 Williams' "Amber" project pin.

This was one of the last flipperless pins made.

The owner of this 1974 Williams' "Star Pool" pin makes a last minute adjustment... the playfield spinner, removed in this picture, temporarily. This is the same type of spinner Williams used in a more recent title, "Tales Of The Arabian Nights."

Here you can see what it looks like under the playfield.

Here's one of only 10 Williams' "Rat Race" games, produced in 1983.

This somewhat rare "Flintstones" redemption pin, made by ICE, was released in 1994, the same year as the Williams' pin of the same title.

Gotta love those backwards flippers.