All tokens for the Bally Safe Cracker pinball machine

As you can already read on my game review, Bally's Safe Cracker is a very special pinball machine. Not only is it much smaller than a normal pinball machine and do you play against the time instead of playing a set number of pinballs. What makes this even more special is that it's a 'token-pin' : one of the custom parts of this game is that it accepts and distributes 'magic tokens'.

Safecracker backbox
The pinball machine has a coin distributor in the backbox. Two tubes hold tokens. During the game (if you play well enough) the game can distribute tokens.
They come out from a slot in the center of the speaker panel and come rolling down the playfield glass towards the player !
When you win a token and put it back in the game, you get a credit to start a different type of game: an timed multiball in which you try to score as many jackpots as possible.

 
 

Safecracker tokens As you can see on the flyer of the game, Safe Cracker came with a set of tokens which players could collect.
New Safe Cracker pinball machines shipped from the factory with a set of 300 tokens included : 15 pieces of each design.
19 types of token are gold colored, and the bank token is silver. Supposedly this bank token contains real silver.

Apart from the standard tokens, more versions were originally minted, mostly for promotional use. They were not distributed with new games. 6 of the tokens also exist in an antiqued (bronze) version, and there's also a bronze colored prototype token.

Later more promotional / special tokens have been created, and around 2007 the tokens were minted again. See below for more details..

 
 

Domestic or international

Because of restrictions to the coin size in each country, two different sets of tokens were created. A domestic and an international set. The sets had the same type of designs, but the size was different.
(1.175" diameter). Domestic tokens measure 1.175", international tokens are a bit larger at 1.190" (30mm) diameter.

Original tokens

safecracker token
Each token has the same backside: the SafeCracker logo.

safecracker token ACME truck
ACME truck

safecracker token silver bank token
Bank (silver)

safecracker token candy 2000
Candy 2000

safecracker token Cop eating donut
Cop eating donut

safecracker token Safe dial
Safe dial

safecracker token Dice
Dice

safecracker token getaway Truck escaping
Getaway truck

safecracker token Exploding logo
Exploding logo

safecracker token sleeping guard
Sleeping guard

safecracker token hand on dial
Hand on dial

safecracker token Hands with money
Hand with money

safecracker token Manhole cover
Manhole cover

safecracker token Bag of money
Bag of money

safecracker token Face with money
Face with money

safecracker token Pat Lawlor Design logo
PLD logo

safecracker token robodog
Robodog

safecracker token burgler on rope
Burgler on rope

safecracker token Satellite dish
Satellite dish

safecracker token Stopwatch
Stopwatch

safecracker token Token Pin
Token Pin

The above 20 different tokens are the tokens which were included with each new SafeCracker pinball machine.
15 pieces of each of the 20 designs, making a total of 300. That is what is considered a 'full' set of tokens.
These sets exist in both domestic and international size.

safecracker token hand with money antiqued safecracker token runaway truck antiqued safecracker token stopwatch antiqued safecracker token donut eating cop antiqued safecracker token safe dial antiqued safecracker token robot dog antiqued
For promotional use there were also 7 other tokens minted. They were the 6 designs above (which are also available in the regular set) and one prototype token. They were created as an antiqued (bronze colored) version instead of the regular shiny gold color.
As far as I know these were not distributed together with new games.
It's possible these originally only existed in domestic size.

Token reruns and special versions

In 2006 Mr Pinball Australia (then license holder to create spare Bally/Williams pinball parts) had the SafeCracker tokens minted again.
Only the international size was minted.
Two sets were available for sale:

  • A set of 300 original shiny tokens (15x the 20 designs), for $250
  • An antiqued set: 15 pieces of each of the 6 antiqued tokens + 1 prototype token. These 91 tokens cost around $115.

Below is an overview of the antiqued reproduction set by Mr Pinball Australia.

safecracker token prototype antiqued
The antiqued prototype token, as reproduced by Mr Pinball Australia.

safecracker token ACME truck antiqued safecracker token donut eating cop  antiqued safecracker token hand with money  antiqued safecracker token robot dog  antiqued safecracker token safe dial antiqued safecracker token stopwatch hand  antiqued

So, time to play a game. Can you spot the difference ?
Take a good look at the antiqued sets..
It seems Mr Pinball Australia made a mistake when deciding what tokens to run in an antiqued version.
In the original set the getaway truck was antiqued (where you see it in 3D). In the reminted antiqued set, they used the ACME truck token (where you see the truck from its side).
So because of this mistake, the number of antiqued tokens set has increased (and antiqued sets can be easily identified as original or reproduction).

Other SafeCracker tokens

The original 20 designs are not the only SafeCracker tokens to exist. The Texas Pinball Festival has also created two new (officially licensed) SafeCracker tokens.
At the show there's a SC machine. Visitors can try to win a token. The tokens have (in very limited quantity) also been available for sale, for $2 each.

safecracker token TPF 2016
2016 TPF token

safecracker token TPF 2020
2020 TPF token