I am looking at purchasing a gold machine and all looks pretty good as far as authentic for two machines I am evaluating (playfield (not diamond stamped), serial decal, colors, trim, extra ball button, plaque, etc). The only thing that looks out of place are the bumpers on one unit, they were replaced (the other has original bumpers). Does this affect value? I am attaching a photo of the modified machine, although it is not very clear. Any comments?
Second question, one is not coming with the certificate however I can buy one online which will print the machine number. I assume the 1,000 certs which were printed did NOT have original signatures, correct(?), and that they were mass produced just indexing the machine number?
Last question, does the machine number matter? One is in the 70's and one is in the 480's. Does it matter which one I buy - I believe some may have been made for EU (230v. 50hz) and later converted to US standards. Comments?
There is $500 separating the prices between the two and I want to make the purchase which makes the most sense. I do want to make up my mind in the next day or so.