Personal Pin History

Personal Pin History

By singlebanana

November 29, 2011


5 years ago

I grew up in a small, mill town just west of Charlotte, NC from the late 70's to the early 90's. In the 80's, there was an arcade in town, and a few service stations/grills which had a few pinball and arcade machines. Being an only child for almost 13 years of my life, I spent a great of time with my uncle and a cousin, who were both at least 10 years my senior. Both of them were really into video games and my uncle was especially good at pinball, foosball, ping pong, and other such early novelty games. Growing up in a poorer community came with its advantages, many of which I did not appreciate at the time. One of these advantages was that many of the older machines tended to linger around, almost until the 90's.

I played quite a bit of pinball at the time and became quite skilled at classics such as Ms. Pacman and Galaga (to name a few). I can vividly remember pumping quarters into several pins such as Cyclone, Taxi, and Whirlwind, etc., and my comfort with these machines is probably why I prefer the Williams brand to this day. I've always loved pinball and played machines whenever I found them, but it seemed that pins became very scarce in the 90's. It wasn't until a few months ago, when a new arcade opened up in my area, that I was once again able to take up the hobby.

Now that I'm older, and in a better financial position, I've decided that I would like to purchase a few machines of my own. I've always been the nostalgic type and a collector of various things from my childhood, many of which have been pushed to the wayside. For me, pinball is a way of recapturing the good times and memories I had while growing up, and also, being able to share this enjoyment with my wife and kids. I think it helps to bring about an understanding of who I am and where I'm from, and even when I'm having a lousy "adult" day, I can come home and pull that plunger/push that button and be sent back to a time when I was more carefree.

Still currently looking for that first pin to "get the ball rolling."

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Comments

5 years ago
Find a person close to you here and I bet you will be able to find a fair deal on a good starter pin. Welcome!
5 years ago
Good luck on finding your first it probably wont be your last. Welcome to Pinside!
5 years ago
we share a similar background and taste in pins! Welcome aboard, singlebanna.
5 years ago
Update: first pin purchased 3 days ago. I was planning on maybe getting an EM sometime down the road, but found a pretty unique one for sale locally for a deal that was too hard to pass up. So my first machine is Spanish Eyes. The artwork on this thing is incredible and the pop bumper in the drain below the flippers (yeah, you heard me right) is a really cool feature. The wife and kids will love it, so now it's time for me to purchase something a little more aggressive for myself. You just can't stop at one right?
5 years ago
Spanish eyes is an interesting pin to play you think your done and that pop gets you back in it. - nice score
5 years ago
Nice score!
All the other pins mentioned are great heavyweight choices too.
Welcome soltero plátano!
Don't let TG find you... :P (kidding)
5 years ago
Proof that this affliction we call flippin' is really a life-long disease that can lay quitely for years only to reappear with a vengence at the mere site of the silverball.
5 years ago
Went to look at a Taxi (Marylin) this weekend in hopes of purchasing it. The left ramp was in shambles and had been shattered at the back at one time. Unfortunately, lots of hot glue piecing together the ramp. Would have still bought it at $1100, but the playfield had mylar in only one area in the center. The rest of the playfield was very yellowed and not worth the money/time I would have to put into the game to get it looking nice. Also, lots of decals would have needed replacing.
5 years ago
CcccccccccCongo in route!

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