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Playfield Swaps - Considerations for New Collectors
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Playfield Swaps - Considerations for New Collectors

This topic recently came up again, and I will share some thoughts, and fundamentals.

There were a lot of intriguing questions, but I will make it simpler. If a person is already saying to themselves while looking at this article,TL;DR, I would recommend not attempting a playfield exchange.

As a collector, not "owner" that has replaced several dozen playfields, a person should ask themselves one question:

Does an individual want how to learn how to restore games and know how they actually work? Meaning "step up their game"?

If not, nearly every other possible question has already been answered such as "are you patient and willing to see a project through", or "evaluate the game quality as   > Read the full story...

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Beware of Scammers and Thieves

“Beware of Scammers and Thieves”

April 13th, 2017

You may or may not realize, but there are scammers and thieves trolling pinball websites trying to steal your money.  I have been eagerly searching for a 1990 Bally Radical pinball. I exhausted all resources on Pinside posting a want ad and   > more...

Step into my lab?

“Step into my lab?”

April 1st, 2017

I spent 30 years writing software for the nefarious likes of insurance companies until I retired.  Now I do something that actually makes people happy: pinball. I've built preposterous things like a fusion reactor, a robotic fortune teller, and a robot that poops. I'm one shake   > more...

Story in local paper.

“Story in local paper.”

March 30th, 2017

Mathew Russell descends the worn wooden steps into his Strathcona County basement and into the age of the arcade. Around him are 42 modern and classic pinball and video games, garishly coloured wood and glass monoliths of a bygone era. With   > more...

I can't believe it's been 30 years...

“I can't believe it's been 30 yea...”

March 28th, 2017

I have 35 years of experience working as an illustrator, designer and author. My first venture into the pinball industry was back in 1987 when I created the painted portion of the backglass for Gottlieb’s “Arena”. In 1993 I joined the   > more...

freddo30 and EM pinball - friends for life

“freddo30 and EM pinball - friend...”

March 26th, 2017

Began playing in 1964 at the tender age of 8. Venue : Riviera Lanes in Akron, Ohio (longtime home of PBA championship) The first machine was a brand new Williams Palooka (an example of which I own, a Frankenstein composed of   > more...

What A Small World!

“What A Small World!”

March 24th, 2017

My father owned a game bar in Tampa, FL called Yesterday's Pub when I was a young boy in the late 1970's.  It was there on Saturday's before they opened and were prepping for the evening that my mom would take   > more...

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Not content with two locations in Austin, Texas, Pinballz opened a third just north of the Capitol and we have been there to see if the new branch lives up to its name.   Read on...


Take a trip back to a time when family entertainment centres were in nearly every shopping mall, offering crazy golf alongside rows of pinballs and video games. Mega Play still offers all this as M.G. Brown reports.   Read on...


We're at Arcade Club in Bury for the annual 8BitFlip combination pinball and video game show, featuring modern and classic games, two tournaments and a warm friendly atmosphere.   Read on...


The world's only combined pinball and vegan food festival returns to Printimus Pinball in the Polish town of Bytom. We are there to eat, play, report and visit a unique pinball-themed hotel.   Read on...


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Diving into the Past, A Pinball Survival Story

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As a pinball collector and historian, I always look for opportunities to save games from the "dreaded landfill destruction" that   >

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Great experience talking to Tim & Beth @ Pinball Hall of Fame

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Cliff as a person

In 1957 My father bought into a pinball route with one other person.  This was in San Francisco, CA.  I   >

BTTF Pinball, My First Pin

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So I purchased the Back to the Future Pinball in February 2012 and ever since then I have been adding   >

The Joys of Keeping a Well Used Stern Alive

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Restoring an Atari Middle Earth

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