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Topper Gumball Machine
Topper Gumball Machine  
I just purchased this gumball machine at an auction and it has a decal saying Topper and a slide lever to dispense the gumballs. The strange thing is that I cannot find a gumball machine with the same type of glass globe and one that says "Try some" from the topper line. Can you help me identify the age and value of this machine?

Silver King
Silver King  
Hi Sandy,

Yes I can help you. One reason that you can't find any information on it using Topper is that this is not one made by Topper. This is a Silver King made around 1946. So how topper got in the picture is hard saying, maybe the globe got switch at some time or someone added the topper decal to the glass, but who know how it got there. But, this is a Silver King, or depending on just when it was made it could be made by of three manufactures: Automat Games from 1935-1939, Automatic Games from 1939-1945, and Silver King Corp. after 1945, but with your curved chute with "Try Some" was introduced in 1946 like yours, by Silver King Corp.
The only values I have for this machine comes from 1995, and it was valued at 75.00 then, which is 20 long years ago.

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I am an expert on old coin operated machines, slot machines, trade stimulator's, jukeboxes, old arcade machines, etc. I have been identifying these for people who respond to my web site listed below, for a few years now. In almost all cases I am able to tell them about their old coin operated machines, the year, the value, and other general information about their machines. I do not know much about soda vending machines, coin banks, or scales, but I will try to help you with these if I can. Please email photo's to: My web site is at:


I bought my first slot machine, a .50 Cent Mills Black Cherry in 1969 and have been hooked from that time, I still have that Slot machine! Before that I found a open barrel full of old scraped jukebox wall boxes behind a restaurant, I wanted them all but never took a one of them. Anything that took a coin drove me nuts!

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Graduated from Ballard High School in 1969, went to Edison Technical Collage for a couple of years taking welding and metal fabrication, tig, mig, heliarc, also arc and gas welding and fabrication. Then Apprenticed under a slot machine technician who worked in the slot machine industry Reno Nevada, and set up bar poker progressive machines in the casino's, and repaired machine and did the repairs on slot machine circuit boards there. He also was involved in the 2 hand dealer's market and bought and sold machines at the casinos auctions for the secondary market, which includes selling used machine overseas. I learned a ton from this man; he always had the correct answers and took the time to teach me the business. My interest and knowledge in other and older coin operated machine is for the most part, self-taught. It's been my passion from back in 1968 and before, my thirst for knowledge about these machines has kept me more interested over the years, and keeps me searching for more information even today. I have meet and talked to book authors on these machines, attended hundreds of coin operated shows and auctions, and I stay with that to this very day.

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