NEWS: Best of ZapCon Returns!

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What’s the only thing better than ZapCon, that glorious feast of games headed our way this weekend? The Best of ZapCon, of course! And Firebird Pinball is proud to announce the return of the Best of ZapCon competition!
Once again, fans will have the chance to vote for their favorite pinball machine and arcade game at ZapCon, April 29-30 at the Mesa Convention Center. A panel of expert judges will choose six more games to honor.
Winners will receive our brand-new plaques*, made by our awesome new friends at HJ Trophies & Awards., along with the envy of peers and strangers alike.


*Best of ZapCon awards now come with working buttons! Seriously, aren’t these great? Thanks to Andy and everyone else at HJ!

Our expert judges this year:


Kathy Lovato, part of the brain trust behind StarFighters Arcade and member of the new Belles & Chimes pinball league.

Tim Stump

Tim stump, a longtime local collector who bought his first pin in 1982 and his first arcade game two years later.


Ariel Bracamonte, the driving force behind Cobra Arcade Bar and a former Best of ZapCon winner.

Wayne Saeger Cropped

Wayne Saeger, founder of the Tucson Pinball League, and a longtime silverball enthusiast.

kris Who

Kris Bliznick, co-owner of Firebird Pinball, the best pinball repair company in the valley!

Get your ballot at the door, and vote at the Firebird Pinball booth. Winners will be announced at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. And if you need some inspiration, check out the glory of the previous years!
2016 Winners
2015 Winners
2014 Winners