Lure Of The Silver Ball

Lure Of The Silver Ball

By MrPin61

July 20, 2018


59 days ago

For me arcade games have seemed to always been part of my life. I can remember as a child in the 60's standing on a chair to play the gun game at the mall. As I got older I played the pinball and baseball games at the bowling alley, pool halls & arcades. So it was only natural in 1977 at the age of 16 I bought my first game from a guy who had a coffee shop. I still own that game, Pleasure Isle, and had no idea at the time how rare it was with only 235 units manufactured. I became friends with the coffee shop guy who was also a local college teacher, and spent a lot of hours with him learning how to repair and service EM games.  My friend Peter and I bought a few games from him, always flipping them for a profit.

Peter opened a Sub store with a partner in 1978 and that was right around the time electronic games were arriving on the pin scene. I fell in love with the brand new Bally Playboy he got in that store, and knew I had to have one for my own. So it was off to a distributer and $3,200 later I had a brand new Playboy delivered to my door. My parents almost killed me when they found out what it cost. By this time I was attending monthy auctions in Toronto where I was buying 3/4 games at a time to flip. These were great times as every acrade wanted the new electronic games and the old EM's were being dumped going for $50/$100 on average. I don't think I ever paid more than $200 for a game "78-"79.

I found I really liked the 1960's era games and Gottlieb's in particular. And this is what I mainly collected & sold over the years. There were a few electronics that came and went but they just did not have the character that I enjoy with the EM's.  This year I sold my near mint Playboy as I rarely played it, and started to dig out my older games. A problem with the spinner function on my 1968 Gtlb Spin Wheel is what brought me here. Seems like a great resource, with many friendly and knowledgable folks. Just thought I would share my back story with you...Kerry

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