Originally selling for $16.98, this unique game received an Honorable Mention from Popular Mechanics’ “Toys Of The Year” awards in November of 1962. In January, 2010, I saw a nice one of these on ebay. It sold for $610. Brand new, it came with an instruction sheet, score sheets and a ‘Handy Order Blank’ for when you run out. This vintage bowling game measures more than four feet in length. Its base is brown simulated-wood, or blue, molded plastic. The center alley is a type of fiber wood.
To play, aim the bowler and his marble “bowling ball” with the handle at the near end of the “alley”, then pull it like a pinball machine and the spring-loaded arm lets ‘er rip. After your first shot, the assembly at the other end performs the following:
- picks up the remaining pins
- sweeps the downed pins to the back
- resets the remaining pins into position
- returns the ball to the player