The Rolling Stones Pinball Machine that we have for hire here is in fantastic, I would almost say, perfect original condition.
There were 5,700 of these Rolling Stones Pinball Machines planned for production. It is not certain that all of these were made however and left the Bally factory, as they struggled to sell them at the time. One website has the trues sales figure at just 700. Yes SEVEN HUNDRED units. If this is true, this makes this pinball one of the rarerest ever. For the superstar brand of the Rolling Stones - this is something of an oddity and only adds to the value.
This is one of, if not the rarest pinballs of all time. Which for such a big name as the Rolling Stones is extraordinary.
This game ranks a 1 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) based on census ownership records.
The story has it that originally, because of the success of the Kiss pinball Bally brought out in 1979 which sold some 17,000 machines, Bally expected the same success with a Rolling Stones Pinball Machine. The Rolling Stones Pinball was designed in 1980. The original planned run for this iconic pinball was to make at least 5,700 units to begin with- but due to problems with production and an inability to meet deadlines the run only ran to 700 machine being made.
Christies the Auctioneers sold one of these Rolling Stones Pinball Machines in 2014 for £11,250 plus vat and fees. (see below)
The Rolling Stones Pinball we have here has a beautiful full colour playfield, brand new backglass decal, newly rubbered and service, bright and vibrant cabinet artwork (not faded like on other examples)
Here are four images taken from the original sales flyer. Notice how the pictures show a different colour pinball. The reason for this is that they printed these showing the wrong colours. They corrected this in the factory before release.Click images to enlarge
Here are some further specification details.
|Manufacturer:||Bally Manufacturing Corporation (1931-1983) [Trade Name: Bally]|
|Project Date:||June 12, 1979|
|Date Of Manufacture:||May, 1980|
|MPU:||Bally MPU AS-2518-35|
|Type:||Solid State Electronic (SS)|
|Theme:||Celebrities - Licensed|
|Notable Features:||Flippers (2), Pop bumpers (3), Slingshots (2), Standup targets (5), Horseshoe lanes (2), Star rollovers (2), 4-bank drop targets (1), Solitary drop target (1), Kick-out hole (1).|
|Design by:||Jim Patla|
|Art by:||Greg Freres|
|Notes:||Our available Bally documentation shows the model number of this electronic game is 1187, not 1187-E.
Knocking down the Satisfaction target plays "Satisfaction" tune.
There are two color versions of the lower cabinet of this game. The manufacturer's flyer, our Early Production pictures, and other pictured examples all show a cabinet with the band's name in blue letters and a blue tongue trademark. The cabinet front shows the design of the Union Jack, the national flag of the United Kingdom. However, the trademarked tongue was supposed to be red and the Union Jack's colors were incorrect. These cabinets had the red and blue reversed from what they should have been. This was corrected during production to show the band name in red letters, a red tongue trademark, and the Union Jack with its proper colors. Artist Greg Freres told us that, when artists did the stencil art, they seldom got to see a proof before production began. He intended the tongue to be red on all games and the cabinet front was intended to be the Union Jack. All the backboxes in the production run are painted the same and Freres believes they are correct to have more red than blue.