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I Will Ship the Slot Machines or I can deliver them to the Chicagoland Slot Show in November for an additional fee (see end of
Up for sale is a RARE SET of Mills Watermelon Hightop slot machines, first made in 1948 thru 1951, according Theslot machine book by Dick Bueschel (the book also states there were about 500 Watermelon hightops made). Dick also states "if you barely brush past a Mills Melon 'Hightop' you can't miss the thing,its probably the most powerful front graphics ever put on a post-World War 2 mechanical Bell machine." The correct name for the machine IS the Mills Melon Hightop, but I chose to call it a Watermelon Hightop so there was no confusion with a 1937 Mills Melon Bell. These Watermelon Hightops don't show up very often and to find a SET, 5 cent--10 cent--25 cent AND to find them in the Original Mills metal stands, just doesn't happen. These three slot machines are pretty much all Original, NOT Restored......All of the paint is Original and in good condition (except for the sides of the machines---this is an easy repaint but I chose to leave them Original)......the back doors, locks and keys are all original....the cashboxes are all Original.....the mechanisms are all Original and have the token dispensers on the front (when I got the machines there were no tokens in the 5 cent or the 25 cent machines, but the 10 cent machine had 6 Original tokens with matching serial numbers---so I put 2 Original tokens in each machine).......The Watermelon casting on the 5 cent machine has a small crack from the center to the left side.......I believe the reel strips are Original but they are not in the best of shape.......the three stands are Original Mills stands and have the Mills Owl logo on the fronts.....all three stands have the locking bars but the locks had to be drilled out as there were no keys for them. When I got the machines (from an old operators estate) they were Really dirty and not working at all, I have gone thru and cleaned them all up, gone thru the escalators, handle mechanisms, handle pumps and linkage and the mechanisms.....lubed and adjusted everything........For those of you that are not familar with the Mills Watermelon Hightop, instead of a jackpot it has a token dispenser, so when a jackpot is hit a jackpot token was dispensed to the winner (this had several advantages to the club operator....first off the operator could make the jackpot any amount he wanted, ie on the 5 cent machine, he could make the jackpot $10 or $15 dollars, whereas on a machine with a working jackpot the winner usually got less then $7 for a jackpot......also if two or more jackpots where hit in rapid order a jackpot machine might only have 1/2 a jackpot or Less, but a token machine would just dispense another token for a Full jackpot). Since the machines have the stands, shipping will most likely have to be via truck, but I have another option.....in early November I'll be driving from the Seattle area to the Chicago area for the big Chicagoland Jukebox/Slot Machine show, and I can deliver the machines to the show for an additional fee, I can usually get them to anywhere in the country from the show via other dealers returning home or I can also drop them off on my way to the show. If you have additional questions about the machines, want more pictures, or more info on possible shipping arrangements, feel free to email me.Also, when I got these machines there was a 4th machine, its a 50 center on the same Mills metal stand, but its a Chrome Diamond Front Mills machine, I still have it, and if the winner of the sale wants to buy it to complete a 5/10/25/50 cent set,I will offer it at a fair price. Buyer pays for all packing and shipping. Payment is due within 7 days after the sale ends. Thanks for taking a look and good luck offerding! +++++Due to Laws Regulating the sale of slot machines, I as the Seller will not accept offers from members residing in the states of AL, CT, HI, IN, TN, NE and SC, offers from anyone in these states will be Cancelled+++++