A few months ago when the Joust was on eBay I decided to begin my search for a Head to Head pinball and so it began...
I sent forth all my friends to see if they could find one but, to no avail a Head to Head was going to be hard to find. My pinhead friends and I meet on Fridays and drink, cohort, and play pinball and launching pinballs at an opponent sounded like too much fun.
Then to my amazement an Alvin G USA Football was posted on the KC craigslist. I immediately called and the women who answered the phone informed me that they did not have a pinball machine for sale and abruptly hung up. I was stunned I figured the poster entered the wrong number so I immediately emailed the poster....but no reply ever came.
Then the ad was reposted over and over again for almost 6 weeks. I tried again to call and the women who answered the phone again repeated her position and hung up on me. Was some cruel person playing a trick on me...I assumed I had angered the pinball gods or some deranged pinball person.
This past Monday the ad was re-posted and I again texted and then as I was lying on my hammock taking my after work siesta, the picture of the grail shows up on my phone and it looks authentic.
I called and to my utter shock a man answers the phone and tells me he does have the Alvin G USA Football machine and asks if I want it. After saying YES, I asked him who was answering the phone and denying the machine existed. He was not sure but said someone in his family may have been using his phone. The transaction was set up.
He did not want to meet at his house and would instead meet me at a Truck Stop in Concordia MO. It all seemed sketchy and I was not sure at all my 400 mile round trip drive would lead to the Holy Grail but, it is a bit of a grail for me so off I went on the next leg of the journey.
The whole drive there on Thursday I had the feeling that he would not be there and this was going to turn out to be some cruel joke like the beacon of the Holy Grail above the castle Anthrax. As soon as I pulled into the parking lot, I could see the marquee sticking up out of the truck and I knew I was almost there the grail would be mine! We made the transaction; I loaded the machine and headed home. It looked very nice!
I got home and unloaded it and began to inspect and clean it and immediately realized that it was in fact brand new and never been played. I was in total shock! I called the seller and in short, the machine was purchased for an Arcade that never opened, the machine in the box sat for 20 years, the guy opened the box and set up the machine but, could not get it to play so he decided to sell it.
What had happen is the fuse connectors on the power driver board had what appeared to be a perfect crack along the side of the metal and half the fuses where not touching the connectors and were moving around. I rebuilt the board and it booted right up. I replaced all the dry rotted rubber and here it is:
The mini pic was the one he sent me.