Exhibited machines on free play and available to guests for the duration of the show are eligible for Blue Ribbon awards. A judging committee, headed up by local collector/restorer “Dr. Dave” David O’Neil, will make the final decision on which pins win ribbons. Judging takes place throughout the weekend, and the winners are announced on Saturday evening at the Awards Ceremony.
Pinball machines exhibited are eligible to win a blue ribbon in each of the following categories:

  • Best Antique (pre 1960)
  • Best 60’s
  • Best 70’s EM
  • Best 70’s Solid State
  • Best Early 80’s (1980-85)
  • Best Late 80’s (1986-89)
  • Best 90’s
  • Best Modern (2000-present)
  • Best Custom Design

The goal of the Best In Show awards is to reward the collectors that put so much time and effort into their games and share them with us at Pintastic. Best in Show awards will only be awarded to games still present and set up at Pintastic on Saturday at the start of the Awards Ceremony, and awarded to the Exhibitor that registered the game. Generally, auction and vendor “for sale” games are not eligible. However, we do recognize that some vendors do bring games from their personal collections, and those titles are eligible. See the past winners here.
Some of the judging considerations may include, but are not limited to, cosmetic condition, mechanical condition, attention to detail (optimized game play/playing correctly), quality of touch-ups or restoration (if any), game rarity or popularity, game cleanliness (quality of shop job), modifications, and overall appeal.
Bring out your best!