|Shoot Again Pinball Restored Machine Brings $7,500
On Sunday September 28th the Leary Firefighters Foundation held their
Hat Trick Charity event which included appearances by several hockey
greats and the auctioning off of hockey memorabilia including a Bobby
Orr Power Play Pinball machine.
Over 15,500 fans were on hand to see hockey greats Bobby Orr, Ray
Bourque, John "Chief" Bucyk, Gerry Cheevers, Phil Esposito, Cam Neely
and the current Bruins captain Joe Thornton. A historic moment was
witnessed during the event as #4 Bobby Orr donned his Bruins jersey and
skated onto the ice for only the second time in the last twenty years.
The Bobby Orr Power Play Pinball machine was made in 1977 by the now
defunct amusement division of the Bally Corporation. The machine, which
was endorsed by Bobby Orr, featured him on the backglass skating against
an opponent only known as “The Canadian”. Around13,750 copies were made
of this pinball machine and though it is unknown how many are still
around it is a safe bet that few if any are in the condition of the
machine sold at the charity auction.
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|Low view before restoration
The machine was restored by Diane Sauer owner of Shoot Again Pinball
located in Hamilton Square, New Jersey. “When the game originally came
in I could tell it was a diamond in the rough, but knew I could bring it
back to its original glory”. To restore the game Diane said that she had
to strip the playfield bare removing every part, and then rebuild all of
the games mechanisms from the ground up including every flipper, pop
bumper and drop target . “I also had to touch up the playfield in a few
spots where the paint had worn away due to excessive play and poor
maintenance” Diane added. “I was extremely pleased with how it turned
out and considered it some of my best work, though I had no idea of the
price it would bring at the auction”.
The charity auction was held during the Leary Firefighters Foundation’s
Hat Trick Charity Event. There for the auction were several current and
past hockey greats as well as many well known entertainment
personalities. The bidding was heavy and when the gavel final fell the
bidding on the game had reached the incredible final sale price of
$7,500 drawing applause from the crowd. The games new owner was comic
and actor Dennis Leary who said that he bought the game for his kids.
More information about the Leary Firefighters Foundation go to
Information about Shoot Again Pinball can be found at
or they can be reached at (609) 587-6593.