A little about how my hobby got started.....

Written by MattElder on February 1st, 2012.


A little about how my hobby got started.....

Written by MattElder, published February 1st, 2012. 9 comment(s).

Well, I've been playing pins for as long as I can remember. Mostly at arcades and laundromats, but later on in bars, where my Dad would drink his evenings and weekends away. Obviously, being a kid, I couldn't sit at the bar with Dad (heck, I shouldn't have been in there anyway), so my Dad and his friends would give me piles of change so I could go shoot pool and play pins.

While this may not have been the most appropriate place to learn the love of the silver ball, it set in motion a great interest in one day owning my own machines. Fast foward many years, to January, 2005. I finally decided it was time to pull the trigger, and I bought my first machine; Bram Stoker's Dracula (BSD). As most of you know, it was all downhill from there. I couldn't stop playing and buying them. Many have come and gone since (but the BSD is still here!).

My collection has been pretty varied. To date, I have owned games from 14 different manufacturers. Some were "A list" games, and others were ones that some people don't much care for....but they're all fun to me. My focus in the last few years has been to find very rare machines, some of which I have imported from far-flung places (that's an adventure in itself). It's nice to be able to bring back to life some of these machines that no one ever gets to see. It's been a fun ride so far, and hopefully it continues for many years to come....

Edit: It's now May 5, 2013 so I figured I'd update the part of my story regarding my beloved BSD. It actually left here last July, but the sale helped me buy the most holy of all grails for me: Io Moon. It's the most rare Spanish DMD game out there (only 3 known to exist currently), and this one looks almost HUO.

Anyway, as sad as I was to let BSD go, I'm glad that it was able to help me grab a game that I'd wanted for so long. Our old friend was able to bring us a little bit of happiness even on its way out the door....


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    RWH commented on February 01, 2012 23:09:32

    I played my pins in a bar growing up as my parents owned one for over 30+ yrs. Heck bars were a lot different from what they are today, my parents had many customers who brought in kids through the week (no kids allowed on weekends and not after 6.00 pm weekdays)and dad had pins there to entertain them plus served food so it wasn't a bad thing. Glad you have come aboard, this is a great site. Good luck with future pin purchases.

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    The_Gorilla commented on February 01, 2012 23:58:28

    Great story! Welcome....

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    kwiKimart commented on February 02, 2012 07:11:51

    Our introduction to pinball for most of us has happened in a public place. Welcome to Pinside!!

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    ssathre commented on February 02, 2012 17:12:08

    Nice story, Thanks for sharing.

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    Pinball-is-great commented on February 04, 2012 01:14:37

    Excellent story. Cool current collection, and challenging wishlist of machines to try to obtain. Heck even your past owned machines list is great. Hope you continue to enjoy collecting/repairing/playing pinball.

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    NimblePin commented on February 07, 2012 00:32:17

    Welcome to the Pinside MGE.
    May your international "pin-hunting" be bountiful. ; )

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    MattElder commented on February 19, 2012 03:55:37

    Thanks for the comments thus far, and for the warm welcome. Tomorrow will be a year since I've been on Pinside, but it took me a long while to really get rolling on here. I'm a long time RGP'er, but I really like the "feel" of this forum and I find that I'm spending more and more time here.

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    GWalton commented on January 17, 2013 08:10:22

    Very sweet collection you have there! Those Spanish pins couldn't have been easy to find.

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    absocountry2 commented on February 20, 2013 10:03:16


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