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American Pickers arcade episode


By mikepin

1 year ago



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    #51 1 year ago
    Quoted from jrpinball:

    Love the Pickers dudes, but they're total morons when it comes to pins.
    At the very end of the episode, Mike popped $90K on that one-of-a-kind vintage Cadillac. Wow!

    You can't be an expert on everything.

    How many times have we seen them wade through a garage full of crap, see a little piece of something, and say "Hey, that's a kickstand mount for a '36 Indian, wanna sell that?" Cars, bikes, motorcycles and signs are their forte.

    We visited their Nashville store last year, very cool.

    #52 1 year ago

    Side note - Danielle from American Pickers lives/lived in Chicago for a while. Ran into her playing pinball at Logan Arcade a couple years ago.. then I ran into her again picking apples in Gary of all places.

    #53 1 year ago

    Just watched the episode last night and looks like they bought a few items from you. Man I can't believe all the schematics you have collected over the years.

    #54 1 year ago

    If you pay for cable you can log in and watch it here: https://www.history.com/shows/american-pickers/season-20/episode-10

    #55 1 year ago

    Good episode, I would love to hear any behind the scenes stories that you are able to share.

    #56 1 year ago
    Quoted from terrapinmark:

    Prince Harry and Meghan becoming Royal is on at the same time. I think I'll watch that instead. I have seen enough episodes of Sanford & Son to last a lifetime.

    Ha!

    #57 1 year ago

    Im not sure why those guys wanted the Home version of Evel Knievel and not a full version of Captain Fantastic? They didnt even get the head. BTW mikepin your place looks really cool and you have some really neat stuff in there. Wish I could just walk through and look at all that stuff.

    #58 1 year ago
    Quoted from bicyclenut:

    I'm not sure why those guys wanted the Home version of Evel Knievel and not a full version of Captain Fantastic?

    Because they were only interested in "making a coffee table."

    I loved the haggling throughout the episode. Way to stick to your $2k on the bumper car, Mike!

    #59 1 year ago

    Pretty cool episode. Thanks for sharing. I never watch TV but had to tune in to see this.

    Side note, that Cadillac is worth a fortune. They valued it at 90k but honestly I talked to a very very large automobile collectors I have bought from and I was told there is a lot more to the story than you saw on camera. Interesting. I'm assuming there car is basically name your price to a large caddy collector.

    #60 1 year ago

    Very cool episode. Great selection of parts and schematics!

    #61 1 year ago
    Quoted from Chippewa-Pin:

    If you've never been to Mike's, it worth your while to make the trip. He has so many great stories too. He was a major NIB buyer back in the day. I've been to his house many times and there's always something new I see. Mike gets a bad rap on Pinside sometimes for being gruff, but you won't find a more generous person once you get to know him. I'm glad I got to know him and consider him a good friend.

    I agree with all of this. I attended Expo for many many years and had always seen the super busy and grumpy side of Mike, but once I got to know him and spent some time at his place and had a meal with him I realized that he is indeed a very generous and nice person. I, too, am glad to call him a good friend.

    All that aside, I didn’t end up catching his episode of pickers. I’ll have to look it up sometime soon.

    #62 1 year ago

    Great episode Mike, nice job!! I thought you were very fair with them price wise, did they buy other stuff that we didn't see on the show? I think if you want to sell out then it's going to take several auctions to make it all go away, you got your work cut out for you for sure.

    John

    #63 1 year ago

    I just watched the episode also. Thanks for posting about this you have a treasure trove of pinball history!

    #64 1 year ago

    Great show Mike, liked how you stuck to your price on the
    Bumper car. Please tell us the rest of the story (behind the
    Scenes stuff)

    #65 1 year ago
    Quoted from Pinballer73:

    S20E10. Just downloaded it, will watch in the morning.

    Shoot. Can't find it. My on demand only shows to season 19

    #66 1 year ago

    Same guy who wouldn’t give a slight deal on a couple old pinball ads at the Ohio show sells the Evel home box for $100? LOL.

    Also: ridiculous collection.

    #67 1 year ago
    Quoted from gliebig:

    Shoot. Can't find it. My on demand only shows to season 19

    My on demand lists it as season 18... First aired date is 5/27/2019

    #69 1 year ago
    Quoted from mikepin:

    As some of you know American Pickers was at my place last year

    Now your going to have everyone and their Mother e-mailing you for stuff.

    #70 1 year ago

    Oh man, it’s going to be a lot harder to get rid of all that stuff then it was to acquire it all. There’s so much great stuff there. It would take a couple auctions to do it justice

    #71 1 year ago

    Very cool episode mikepin , The amount of stuff you have is impressive. Anyone else think the Playland Arcade sign is as awesome as I do? That German Kiss backglass was cool! Thanks for sharing and thanks rotordave for sharing the link!

    #72 1 year ago

    My wife and I really enjoyed the episode and seeing the collection of pinball and jukebox stuff. It was overwhelming.

    I was very surprised to see them bypass captain fantastic to look at evil keneivel (sp). Seems odd to me, but maybe you had told them it was NFS.

    So do you take requests for schematics and such? I got very excited by the stack of backglasses because I’ve got two machines now that need them. I’m aslso looking for a schematic to a United pitch and bat machine.

    Thanks,
    Dave

    #73 1 year ago

    Frank’s definitely a KISS fan, I saw him in the front row at the KISS concert in Moline earlier this year.

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    #74 1 year ago
    Quoted from Darcy:

    Now your going to have everyone and their Mother e-mailing you for stuff.

    That was the status quo after they bought out the wms inventory.... he never setup a store

    #75 1 year ago
    Quoted from dgAmpGuy:

    I was very surprised to see them bypass captain fantastic to look at evil keneivel (sp). Seems odd to me, but maybe you had told them it was NFS.

    No surprise at all. As stated before, they are not pinball guys. They are KISS people and motorcycle/Evel Knievel people hence buying a KISS backglass as a wall hanging and hence not caring about the Captain Fantastic and instead focusing on the home version EK to make a coffee table out of it.

    #76 1 year ago

    Nice. I had the chance to vist mikes plave a few years ago on the way back from Allentown. Still looks the same, lol. Found a pf I wanted, he said 'there is a better one over there'. Gave me a good price too. And that was upstairs where its a mess. He knew where everything was and great to talk to.

    For all those that want a barn find, here's your chance. He said he'd like to sell it all. Get a few of you together and do it.

    #77 1 year ago

    Great collection. Wow! I especially liked your carnival games and that Jackrabbit cabinet that was used to help get to the Evel Knievel. Zaccaria arcades have such cool artwork.

    #79 1 year ago

    I unfortunately missed it the night it premiered. For anyone else in the same boat or can't get it on demand, just discovered it repeats again tomorrow (6/6) at 1pm PT. My DVR is set.

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    #80 1 year ago

    I'm sorry, but i think the thinner and older guy is extremely creepy. He makes it very difficult for me to watch the show. Also, I hate when people have to get a better deal when they absolutely know that they are getting a great deal. He very rarely doe not come back with a lower offer when given a price ...

    #81 1 year ago
    Quoted from Manny10:

    I'm sorry, but i think the thinner and older guy is extremely creepy. He makes it very difficult for me to watch the show. Also, I hate when people have to get a better deal when they absolutely know that they are getting a great deal. He very rarely doe not come back with a lower offer when given a price ..

    Are you talking about the hosts of the show Mike and Frank? I had a chance to meet both in person and spend time with them. They were genuine and fair with me. It isn't just about buying stuff. They care about history and try to make it educational as well. If you have the opportunity to get to know them you'll realize they are cool people.

    Robert

    3 months later
    #83 1 year ago

    Amazing, a home version w/o a head? Of all the stuff that was there? Oh yeah, in another episode w/a lot of non functioning pins they got an Ali and Charlies Angels. Of them all, they got 2 lousy games. Brilliant. And if that guy is a KISS fan, he buys the newer crap. Try and bundle here and you'll be asked to leave quickly. You guys are right, they don't know s**t about pinball.

    #84 1 year ago

    I just watched this episode (it's up on ThePirateBay) and wow did I ever get the strong impression that Rich and his mom's partner had a massive gulf between them. I felt really bad for Rich, you could feel his despair as he discussed his father-in-law, who I'm assuming showed more affection to the cars than to Rich.

    Mike's place was amazing but dang how are you going to get rid of all that stuff and make it to florida any time soon??
    Can't believe they just used the Hercules to rest their arms.

    2 months later
    #85 11 months ago

    My DVR just picked up one of those American Pickers recycle shows called Gaming Gold and it shows Mike’s place. Not sure if all of the original show is in there, but it shows the headless EK and Kiss backglasses. Looks like it’s running again on History channel midnight Sunday/Monday if you want to try to grab it. It’s labeled S18:E140.

    There are excerpts from other shows. Another guy with pinball machines, once again all the focus is on a working EK that he sold for $1200 bundled with an old mechanical pin. The robot collector guy excerpt is from a fairly recent show I remember seeing, he has a nice collection of pinballs as well, which are never discussed.

    #86 11 months ago

    Some of those robots have a gaming connection. Androbot was Nolan Bushnell's company that he founded after Atari. The later version of TOPO is really rare and had drink holders and serving trays. I had read an article that mentioned they were planning on using some of them in the Chuck E Cheese locations to bring food and drinks out to the tables. Would have been cool to see that happen.

    #87 11 months ago

    Hello All

    I have sort of been between cable and satellite for a while so I missed the episode. Hopefully it will be on streaming somewhere.

    I too visited the store in Nashville and unfortunately, I did not have the same great experience as some others here. Specifically detoured on way back from FL for work to goto the store. Upon arriving saw some neat items but what I was able to see was VERY high priced expensive stuff. Motorcycle, large radio exterior radio sign if I recall correctly. There were things in the store for a few thousand if you had that kind of change but if you were in the few hundred range I don’t recall much being there save for some beer koozies and t-shirts. Not what I detoured to goto Nashville for. Sorry for the downer but just my mileage

    #88 11 months ago
    Quoted from xsvtoys:

    My DVR just picked up one of those American Pickers recycle shows called Gaming Gold and it shows Mike’s place. Not sure if all of the original show is in there, but it shows the headless EK and Kiss backglasses. Looks like it’s running again on History channel midnight Sunday/Monday if you want to try to grab it. It’s labeled S18:E140.
    There are excerpts from other shows. Another guy with pinball machines, once again all the focus is on a working EK that he sold for $1200 bundled with an old mechanical pin. The robot collector guy excerpt is from a fairly recent show I remember seeing, he has a nice collection of pinballs as well, which are never discussed.

    Watched it last night. It was mostly recycled stuff, wasn’t thrilled with the facts and the overpriced junk, also the constant ridiculous idea to turn an EK body into a coffee table.
    modified Pinball coffee tables are always abominations and unholy. Just use a freaking cocktail game

    #89 11 months ago
    Quoted from GPS:

    Hello All
    I have sort of been between cable and satellite for a while so I missed the episode. Hopefully it will be on streaming somewhere.
    I too visited the store in Nashville and unfortunately, I did not have the same great experience as some others here. Specifically detoured on way back from FL for work to goto the store. Upon arriving saw some neat items but what I was able to see was VERY high priced expensive stuff. Motorcycle, large radio exterior radio sign if I recall correctly. There were things in the store for a few thousand if you had that kind of change but if you were in the few hundred range I don’t recall much being there save for some beer koozies and t-shirts. Not what I detoured to goto Nashville for. Sorry for the downer but just my mileage

    The store is interesting, at best.....its the rest of the building as the Marathon Auto Company, that most people like. The hands on ability to turn Giant Drill Presses and Lathes can win a few tool head adults, and
    exposure to young ones to touch. I cant think of another place like this, as most machinery is behind ropes for damage and liability concerns.

    4 months later
    #90 7 months ago

    My favorite show by far.
    I remember that episode. Very nice.
    Wish they showed more arcades and pins episodes but they don't do much of those unfortunately.

    I believed that when this new show was about to start (Vintage Hunters something) it was going to be much cooler cause they had a lot of arcades and pins during the promotion but at the end it was nothing like American pickers.

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