Australian Manufactured Coin Op Machines

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Hey Andrew, yes we always look forward to photos of uncommon machines on this site, and especially saved from oblivion. As far as the expanse of Bob's former collection, where to start!? When I first met him in 1990 he tracked us down on his only visit to Perth. Even then his collection numbered approx 230 machines, and many of those being world class rarities. Plus all the other machines he'd once owned but later horse traded to better his collection. I know he has a master list with dates when they came in and then out of the collection. I'd guess the total he owned will likely number maybe 350-375 total? Very impressive for a high end hobbyist and not professional dealer or restorer. When you consider that he was 50 years of age when he first started collecting in 1980, he was certainly a late bloomer!
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May I also add that like Gameswat, Bob was a master restorer and a genuine friend to all fellow collectors. He will be missed for a very long time.

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Very true. I still sadly get a new machine or something and go to message him and remember. 😞
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Gameswat, John t Peterson, can one of you confirm that Bob was also known as "frog"? I recently found out that the web site on Musicola Jukeboxes by frog disappeared from the internet and I assume this web site was owned / operated by Bob?

I would like to verify this as I decided to host a copy of the web site at my domain: https://musicolajukeboxes.jukeboxhistory.info/

Beside my own web site on American Jukeboxes (https://www.jukeboxhistory.info/), I also host a number of other "lost" web sites like: TomsZone (https://tomszone.jukeboxhistory.info/), Seeburg History (https://seeburghistory.jukeboxhistory.info/) and Seeburg Ed's (https://seeburgeds.jukeboxhistory.info/)

If I am wrong and Bob isn't Frog, any help to "Frog" would be appreciated

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David, not the same person at all. Frog was only interested in Aussie jukeboxes. Sadly he died from a heart attack 10 years ago. He was working on a book, so a lot of the information he'd tracked down was never posted online. Bob and I were able to give him some of that info along with leads to several jukes he purchased. In fact while he was recovering from a heart attack just days before, I told him of a rare NZ made juke I saw for sale and he then purchased that from the hospital bed!

Good of you to keep the information alive on the net.
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This Cricket themed Penny flip machine is photographed here in a 1989 Antique Trader mag when it was going to be part of an exhibition at a giant fair in Sydney, then later to be sold. When I asked Bob Klepner about it he said he'd had the chance to buy it sometime in the mid 1980s, but he'd been put off that it was in a highly altered state. But that's what's cool about it I said. He agreed, and added that as he was driving away had changed his mind, but on going back to get it the seller had also changed his mind! Bob told me that back in the 1980s he was buying on average a new machine every couple weeks, so he passed on a lot of things mostly due to price. He mentioned cast iron basket cases, that he'd sometimes never seen the likes of again, that he left because the seller wanted the ridiculous price of say $40 - and he thought that was double the going rate at the time........... !OMFG!
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Obviously operated after 1966 as converted to 2 Cent operation here.
Obviously operated after 1966 as converted to 2 Cent operation here.
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For anyone wondering what its 'unaltered state' might have been:
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Bolland Miniature Cricket
Bolland Miniature Cricket
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Thanks PM, I knew they'd copied it from someone but no idea who. There's enough differences that it wasn't just a Bolland that got revamped. They changed the coin entry for some reason so it doesn't enter the playfield top rhd.
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Imitation is not always the sincerest form of flattery. :cool:

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pennymachines wrote: Thu Nov 11, 2021 2:41 pm For anyone wondering what its 'unaltered state' might have been:
I have one of those, never knew it was Australian.
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