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THE QUEST FOR 1,000 PINS: Fall 2023 Arcade Road Trip

Every Fall for the past five years or so, my good friend Rob and I hop in the car (or fly) and travel to arcades across the country in an epic "Fall Arcade Road Trip." We have an ambitious goal for this year's trip...to visit arcades that collectively have more than 1,000 pins over the course of one long weekend. That's right...1,000 PINBALL MACHINES IN ONE WEEKEND!


The research has been done and the maps drawn (no we don't have paper maps that we use to navigate like pirates). This year's trip kicks off at the crack of dawn tomorrow morning, taking us through the pinball mecca of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on to our ultimate destination of Past Times arcade in Girard, Ohio.


Over the course of the next several days, I will report back with tons of video and pictures of the rarest pinball machines and arcade games that I can find in some of the coolest arcades in the country. Make sure to keep an eye on the Knapp Arcade social media pages for real-time updates:



In celebration of the big trip, I present to you some terrible AI-generated art, featuring as my kids' friends call it the Knapp-mobile, aka Arctic Thunder my white Jeep Wrangler that we will be driving this trip and various Easter Eggs :)






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MW
MW
Oct 26, 2023

Bummer you're not stopping at Wizards World in Fort Wayne, IN. 144 pins, all in great shape.

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Jason
Jason
Oct 27, 2023
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I’d love to get there some day. That’s quite a drive from NJ though.

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KING HENRY
KING HENRY
Oct 25, 2023

just fly into Portland, and go to Hillsborro to Next Level Arcade..lol, you'll satisfy almost half of that goal in one shot ha ha..have fun in your quest guys, and keeper between the trees' ...maybe you should do a 'ranking' of these acades (unofficially)? this one below ranks pretty good to me ;)


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You can visit 500 pins at just one location: Ann Arbor Pinball Museum, in Michigan. However, it is open to the public only one or two weekends per year.

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Knapp Arcade
Knapp Arcade
Oct 25, 2023
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Yeah I'd love to go to the VWF one of these days while it's still open. I never did get out to Banning before it closed.

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It's more like 1,000 pop bumpers according to that last image.

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Knapp Arcade
Knapp Arcade
Oct 25, 2023
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HAHA. I don't know what those are. I thought that it might be a 50 Ball multiball lol.

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