James RollerEvery coin-op collection should include digger games

Digger, Claw, and Crane games are perhaps the most classic arcade devices of all time. They originated as a penny candy vendor in 1896 and they have survived to the present day in many adaptations of style, designs and play method. They have over 100 years of rich and interesting imperial_final2history. They are fascinating to play, and it is fun to “See it Operate”.

Despite the fact that in the 1930’s diggers were by far the most popular category of coin-operated games they are now becoming increasingly hard to find, and they are conspicuously absent from many collections. My work as a Restoration Artist is devoted exclusively to antique digger games. I offer a limited number of restored, high-quality, investment diggers from my collection each year to discriminating buyers. You may wish to review my Picture Gallery. There you will find images (and information) of a wide variety of diggers which I have restored during past years.

As you can see, the VINTAGE AMUSEMENTS web site is definitely the center for interest in these antique games, and I always welcome inquiries about any aspect of your interest.  The diggers have been sold by Pinballpro.com since 2015.  Since the passing of James Roller in late 2023, the crane business has been transitioned to Oakland Nebraska.  The folks at Pinballpro.com spent lots of time with Mr. Roller and will be working towards building a small run of the Erie Diggers for customers interested.
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