Specializing in Fine Antique Golf Clubs and Historic Memorabilia

Lot # 84: Golf Ball-O-Matic

Category: Miscellaneous

Starting Bid: $75.00

Bids: 22 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Summer 2020",
which ran from 7/8/2020 12:00 PM to
7/25/2020 8:00 PM

This Ball-O-Matic golf ball vending machine is in outstanding original condition.  It works great!—insert a quarter, turn the handle, and out comes a ball! The machine has been filled with approximatly 250 different logo golf balls, and nothing but logo golf balls with the exception of a single ping 2-color Red/white ball. Of course, you can use what ever golf balls you want. 

The key in the top of the machine unlocks the top so that it can be removed. With the top removed, you can access the inside of the machine and replace the balls and retrieve the coins To get the coins out after most of the balls have been dispensed, just remove the top and lift the upper part of the machine off the base.  You can then reach in the base and retrieve the coins.

With the top removed, the front piece of plexiglass will slide up and out of the metal frame. So, too, will the three other metal side panels. 

The use of "Ball-O-Matic" dates back to the 1960s and 1970s.  Victor offered a range ball machine called the Ball-O-Matic in 1963. Ball-O-matic, Inc. of Denver, Co. received a patent for a driving range ball dispensing machine in 1962. Victor likely offered the machine patented in 1962.   In 1976, Ball-o-matic, Inc. of Niles Michigan, received a "Ballomatic" (all one word) name trademark for a different golf ball washing and dispensing machine used in conjunction with a driving range. So, it seems like Ball-O-Matic moved from Denver to Niles.  The auctiioneer suspects they made other products, like this vending machine, and not just range ball dispensing machines.  Charging only 25-cents for a new ball,  this vending machine easily fits the 1960s or early 1970s.

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