I'm trying to do the top ten of the more collectible pinball machines.
I think i have found the first six:
What would be the next four?
I would put TOTAN next.
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TOTAN,AFM,CP,SS,TZ,AF and IJ, plus what you have listed. I don't think you can actually list Circus, just because it will probably never come up for sale with only 3 made. But all the others are possible because of numbers made, if you have the cash.
What I don't understand is why Funhouse is getting such high prices lately, It's a good pin but for the price, there is better.
Definitely add TZ, AFM and IJ to that list. Hard to find and you pay through the nose when you do. Hopefully FH prices will keep going up. Maybe I'll recoup what Ive got in mine. I spared no expense and have right at 4.3k into it if you can believe it. All I can say is it will be a keeper for quite a while and the next refurb I do I wont replace it unless its absolutely broken and unrepairable.....Cant wait to get it done and play it.
Machines I consider the most collectable, = hardest to find someone willing to sell here in Canada. Not in any order.
MB,MM,TOTAN,AFM,IJ,CV,TZ,AF, I have never seen a MB or MM, for sale ever here in the 10 years or so I have been interested in pins, but not owning any untill about 5 years ago. The others have come up every once in awhile.
I will just say it took me 2 years to find a Taxi for sale. And I live 1 hour from the largest populated city in Canada. I paid $1000 for my taxi and it needed all new plastics, flippers and a topper. But the playfield and ramps are nice.
I did find one at an auction here once but it went for $1300 Auction price? I don't think so, and it had a badly worn cabinet and playfield. Dr, who at the same auction went for $2000. shops around here sell DrWho for $3000+.
And if you do find any of the pins on my list the starting price is around $4500 and thats for a IJ or AF. I found a TZ at a shop here in OK shape 7.5/10 for $5500, when you add in the 13% sales tax = $6215 WTF?
So when I saw my JM for sale about 15 min drive away for $1200 I snatched it up right away. Same thing when I got my 9/10 Pinbot for $400, which I have traded for a Bally NBA Fastbreak. The days of getting deals on pins are pretty much over, mostly due to the internet and Ebay inflating prices.
I saw a Joust for sale here last year, not working for $5000. private sale and it did sell. So if you want to make some money, considering the dollar is pretty much at par start selling your pins in Canada. I would appreciate it, it might lower prices here.
Family guy is a OK pin, they actually made less Shreck pins. But as far as collectable pins go I don't think I would want to have either one, compared to the pins on that list. I would definately add TZ, that list would be some pinball machine collection.
Tatman is most of the way there.
It's pretty easy to find, but it also belongs in any collection just for the fact it is such a good game. It is definately a must own pin.
It has also had one of the top spots for collectors since its release in 1993.
If the list is rarity then you could remove some other pins off that list as well, but I think
Holy Pickle was going for the most collectable pins that are realisticly obtainable, if you had the cash.
Centaur and Fathom seem to be popular among collectors but probably not top 10, huh? I've never seen a medusa in person....... But if I did I'd walk right past the CV and BBB and say "wow, you've got a medusa?". Over time some of the older SS machine may kick in, I hope. I love the "space noise" generation of pins. Just look at the art..... What were they smoking?
I guess I can give you more time to find that Medusa lb45. I don't remember anything about a Sexy Girl bet other than I someday want one.
There is one for sale via a private listing I found lb45. I don't know if it's really a sample but the pop bumpers don't have the Medusa head on top. The backglass in mine is "signed" in the same way which I'm sure was standard production. I have a prototype backglass that stays in a vacuum sealed padded bag and not on the machine. If you do locate one make sure it has the translucent flippers and also check that the "shield of the gods" kicker between them has not been broken and glued back. The translucent flippers were made in small reproduction batches but are often sold out everywhere.