Dino's pin story

By dinot

March 01, 2013

8 years ago

I sort of stumbled into pinball. While I was building out a dedicated home theater I thought it would be cool to have an arcade lobby for my home theater.

So I went to a local yearly auction in Baltimore. I bought 3 arcade machines.

- 1941

- Pit Fighter

- Mortal Kombat II

The next year, I was thinking that it would be really cool to get a pinball machine. I was a child of the '80s arcade era. I didn't play pins as a kid. (Other than Haunted House here and there). So I went to the auction and bought a Shaq Attaq. (I didn't know any better). Fast forward one year and I wanted more pins. I was still a pin newbie, but this time I did better. I picked up a Frankenstein and a Star Trek Next Gen. The rest was history.

I would go on to purchase many more games and would strip every one down to the wood. I was super meticulous about condition. I also swapped games often. I kept my collection to 5 pins (at one point I was up to 6) Over the next few years I went through:


Johnny Mnemonic

World Cup Soccer

The Shadow

Twilight Zone

Creature From the Black Lagoon

Tales of the Arabian Nights

Lord of the Rings

The Simpsons Pinball Party

World Poker Tour

Star Trek: The Next Generation


Family Guy

Scared Stiff

Cirqus Voltaire

Monster Bash

Medieval Madness

Theatre of Magic

When my kids came along, I trimmed back to 4 games as I didn't have time to work on them. 

Batman Dark Knight

Iron Man



That collection stayed stagnant until my kids became a bit older. I am back in and all in at that. 
My collection is:
Iron Man (The only hold over from my long hiatus from buying new pins)
Jurassic Park Pro
Star Wars Pro
Stranger Things Pro
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pro
Mandalorian Premium (Currently on order, hope to have it before Aug 2021)


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