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This was the first commercial pinball game to use flippers.

Humpty Dumpty was produced by Gottlieb, D. & Co. in 1947.

Gottlieb, D. & Co. released 632 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1929. Gottlieb, D. & Co. was based in United States.

Other machines made by Gottlieb, D. & Co. during the time period Humpty Dumpty was produced include: Superliner, Baffle-Card, Improved Deluxe Grip Scale, Cover Girl, Stage Door Canteen, Bowling League, Daily-Races (New, 1947), Daily-Races, Flying Trapeze, and Lucky Star


Name Humpty Dumpty
Developer Gottlieb, D. & Co. (United States)
Year 1947
Type Pinball
KLOV/MOG # 2958
Sub-Type Electro-Mechanical
Class Wide Release
# Maximum Players 1
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Pinball Plunger - Launch Ball
  • Buttons: 2 - Right Flippers|Left Flippers
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)

Game Play

Players would launch the ball with the plunger. As the ball came back down, players would use the flippers to throw the ball into the bumpers for points or into holes for points. Score was displayed on the marquee.

Humpty Dumpty KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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This was the first pinball game to add flippers, thus adding a whole new level of control and action. The flippers were invented by a Gottleib chief designer named Harry Mabs in 1947.PThis game was released in October of 1947. By the end of that year, all other pinball machines had either been made with flippers or had been converted to add flippers.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Humpty Dumpty Census

There are 14,826 members of the Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,504 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,880 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Scarce - There are 5 known instances of this machine owned by Humpty Dumpty collectors who are active members. Of these, 5 of them are original dedicated machines.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Humpty Dumpty.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]

Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. Arcade Treasures Kurtz (ISBN 088740619X) Page: 28; Black and white photo
  2. Arcade Treasures Kurtz (ISBN 088740619X) Page: 28; Color photo
  3. Automatic Pleasures Costa (ISBN 1870703006) Page: 134; Black and white photo Price guide: No
  4. Collectors Guide to Vintage Coin Machines Bueschel (ISBN 0887407366) Page: 103; Color photo
  5. Pinball, The Lure of the Silver Ball Flower Kurtz (ISBN 1555213227) Page: 39; Black and white photo Price guide: No
  6. Pinball One: Illustrated Historical Guide to Pinball Machines Volume 1 Bueschel (ISBN 0866670475) Page: 204; Black and white photo
  7. Pinball Goddard (ISBN 0785800719) Page: 24; Black and white photo Price guide: No
  8. Pinball Machines Eiden Lukas (ISBN 0764303163) Page: 20; Black and white photo Price guide: No
  9. Special When Lit Trapunski (ISBN 0385122519) Page: 48D; Color photo Price guide: No
  10. Pinball Compendium : 1930s - 1960s Shalhoub (ISBN 0764315277) Page: 38; Color photo

Foto-Finder® (Billboard)

  1. November 1, 1947 - Page: 143

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Year Count Median $ Average $
2018 1 4,800.00 4,800.00
All Years 1 4,800.00 4,800.00


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