I remember my first pinball machine purchase like it was yesterday. I bought a Gottlieb Big Hit for $800.00 from a local dealer in Nebraska. When I got it home I made a place of honor in the game room and set it up (incorrectly at first). I was green to collecting pinball but excited none the less. I set the family rules for proper use with my boy's and we played it until the early morning hours. After I put them to bed I polished and waxed until morning.
I remember Mike the pinball shop owner telling me that I wont be able to own just one and thinking what would I do with two. Three pins later my wife wants to know where to put these machines and why our savings account is not growing anymore.
I know this hobby isn’t for everyone, as my employees at work make fun of me and the local arcade attendant didn’t even know what a pinball machine was ( I guess it is a generation thing) but I find comfort in knowing there are many collectors out there and most seem to be as excited as me about pinball and sharing our passion with others.