My pinball collecting hobby began about 14 years ago while renting a big house with three of my friends. My first game was a Tommy that I paid around 900 dollars for from an arcade. That's pretty funny... Arcades no longer exist in most places.
After seeking more pinball challanges I picked up a nice Star Trek TNG. My friend tried to compete with me and purchased a Funhouse, and soon after that a Roadshow. I answered back with a Twilight Zone, and the rest is history!!
Exentually, I grew out of the roomate living situation, and was force to downsize my collection. I'm sure this happens to almost every pinball collector. I kept the Tommy and sold the rest off. Two years ago I sold the Tommy and retired from pinball collecting.
Soon I began to miss having pinball in my condo, so I purchased a few Pachinko machines because they don't take up much space. Shorty after that I entered a contest with Sirius Satellite radio for a Tommy pinball autographed be Pete Townshend, and WON. Pretty amazing considering that my name was drawn out of approximately 11,000 sweepstakes entries. Perhaps it was fate to stick with pinball! Now I have three pinball machines and two pachinko machines cramped in my spare bedroom. The craze continues!!!