1963 Midway Slugger project

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1963 Midway Slugger project


By miatawnt2b

8 months ago



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    #1 8 months ago

    It looks to be all there except for the top glass. The backglass is absolutely perfect. One score reel is broken up on the edges pretty good. I can't tell if the bat or pitch motor work since I can't get the game to reset. (The steppers are pretty siezed and I didn't have a lot of time to go over it.)
    Minimal play field wear, cabinet has some chipping, but overall nice for it's age.
    Thoughts?

    #2 8 months ago

    Took a chance and picked it up. Will dig into it in the next few days and get some pics up.
    -J

    #3 8 months ago
    Quoted from miatawnt2b:

    It looks to be all there except for the top glass. The backglass is absolutely perfect. One score reel is broken up on the edges pretty good. I can't tell if the bat or pitch motor work since I can't get the game to reset. (The steppers are pretty siezed and I didn't have a lot of time to go over it.)
    Minimal play field wear, cabinet has some chipping, but overall nice for it's age.
    Thoughts?

    Congratulations. Midway Slugger is the most under-the-radar pitch-and-bat. I have had two over the years and one is currently in my line-up. Your example is worth $1,500++.

    However, with so few examples as reference sales, Midway games, like Slugger, sometimes sell for half of their value. There is one on eBay (with an incorrectly painted cabinet in average overall condition) which has not sold in awhile in the $3K range. Post photos, when you have time.

    Slugger has so many terrific features. . .a cool array of drop targets, add-a-ball, 2 ramps, variable scoring (with illuminated alert), 2 gobble holes, a row of flip targets, pinball-like kickers, multiple bat swing, target reset shot and more! Plus, the art package is eye-catching.

    #4 8 months ago

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    #5 8 months ago

    Right away I noticed that I am missing the solenoid knocker and 3 of the targets and their mounting hardware. This is probably why I found two large targets that don't match in the bottom of the cabinet. Looks like the mounts are the same on those with little modification. So I'm looking to find one. I'll also need to get some good scans of the targets I have so that I can reproduce them.

    When I saw this machine yesterday I thought I'd do a complete repaint. However, I think after looking it over this thing has nice original patina. I think it may be better served with a good cleaning, get a glass on it and enjoy its originality.

    I am worried about these missing targets. Anyone know where I can get one more mounting bracket? I need the piece that mounts to the target graphic and pivots up/down.
    -J

    #6 8 months ago
    Quoted from miatawnt2b:

    Right away I noticed that I am missing the solenoid knocker and 3 of the targets and their mounting hardware. This is probably why I found two large targets that don't match in the bottom of the cabinet. Looks like the mounts are the same on those with little modification. So I'm looking to find one. I'll also need to get some good scans of the targets I have so that I can reproduce them.
    When I saw this machine yesterday I thought I'd do a complete repaint. However, I think after looking it over this thing has nice original patina. I think it may be better served with a good cleaning, get a glass on it and enjoy its originality.
    I am worried about these missing targets. Anyone know where I can get one more mounting bracket? I need the piece that mounts to the target graphic and pivots up/down.
    -J

    Repainting that cabinet would be blasphemous. Just touch it up and spray it with a clear matte finish sealer. I may have a set of score reels. Also, I have the score card as well as the slingshot and chrome apron graphics. Feel free to PM me.

    #7 8 months ago

    Here is the jacked reel.
    Iso far I have all the contacts on the back cabinet cleaned as well as the 3 score reels cleaned and lubed.
    I want to hunt down whom ever sprayed this thing with WD-40. Made an awful mess of the reels.

    I appreciate the offer ZNET. Give me a couple days to dig into it to see exactly what I need.

    -J

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    2 weeks later
    #8 8 months ago
    Quoted from miatawnt2b:

    Here is the jacked reel.
    Iso far I have all the contacts on the back cabinet cleaned as well as the 3 score reels cleaned and lubed.
    I want to hunt down whom ever sprayed this thing with WD-40. Made an awful mess of the reels.
    I appreciate the offer ZNET. Give me a couple days to dig into it to see exactly what I need.
    -J

    I sent you photos of a set of score reels and some other Slugger parts. Let me know if you need any of these items.

    7 months later
    #9 11 days ago

    Figured I'd add some pics. It's mostly working. I just need to adjust a few of the target switches.

    I was able to make some reproductions of the flip up targets that I was missing. Laser cut Plexi, gimp and a photo printer, and ended up with these...
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    The glove at the back right was also re-created. Turned out pretty good I think. I am leaving everything else alone. This machine is a survivor and these parts are only original once.

    We're close to putting this one up for sale. I absolutely love working on these old arcade games, but don't enjoy playing them much, and the wife probably wouldn't like me keeping them in the family room collecting dust. Funny.

    #10 7 days ago
    Quoted from miatawnt2b:

    Figured I'd add some pics. It's mostly working. I just need to adjust a few of the target switches.
    I was able to make some reproductions of the flip up targets that I was missing. Laser cut Plexi, gimp and a photo printer, and ended up with these...
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    The glove at the back right was also re-created. Turned out pretty good I think. I am leaving everything else alone. This machine is a survivor and these parts are only original once.
    We're close to putting this one up for sale. I absolutely love working on these old arcade games, but don't enjoy playing them much, and the wife probably wouldn't like me keeping them in the family room collecting dust. Funny.

    Wow! Do you have any extra target decals which I could buy for my Slugger?

    #11 7 days ago

    Cool looking machine. Looks complicated, I like it.

    #12 6 days ago

    All together and working 100% Any thoughts on an asking price?

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    #13 6 days ago

    The price range is $2,500++ for an exceptionally nice functioning example with original cabinet paint and overall original cosmetics to about $1,700 for a working example with some aesthetic deficiencies, such as marginal backglass, playfield and/or cabinet degradation.

    It's a scarce, under-the-radar, superbly designed pitch & bat. I have had a variety of pitch & bats in my line-up. Slugger is far superior to Williams Official Baseball, which fetches considerably higher prices.

    #14 6 days ago

    One of my outfielder targets was disrespected by a prior owner, as depicted. Thus, I'm interested in a set of outfielder decals. When I remove the bracket, I am likely to find a faceless target.

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    #15 6 days ago

    Shot you a PM. I've seen pics of your machine and it's really nice. Mine is not nearly as perfect, but it's a really good surviving example. I'm pretty proud of it.
    -J

    #16 6 days ago
    Quoted from ZNET:

    The price range is $2,500++ for an exceptionally nice functioning example with original cabinet paint and overall original cosmetics to about $1,700 for a working example with some aesthetic deficiencies, such as marginal backglass, playfield and/or cabinet degradation.
    It's a scarce, under-the-radar, superbly designed pitch & bat. I have had a variety of pitch & bats in my line-up. Slugger is far superior to Williams Official Baseball, which fetches considerably higher prices.

    Incidentally, in October 2018, a Slugger sold for $2,560, including the Morphy's auction 28% buyer's premium.

    I am familiar with that particular Slugger inasmuch as I restored it many years ago. When I acquired the game, it had serious cosmetic condition issues. I had to recreate the apron graphics because the chrome was badly pitted, for example. Same with the slingshot metal cover graphics. The backglass had been heavily touched up, prior to my acquisition.

    The cabinet paint and coin door were in average shape, at best. The targets, lexan display, lockdown panel, legs and playfield were in decent shape. Overall, it was an average condition functional example which fetched a healthy price tag in that auction. Either that or I have undervalued the game, meaning that a very nice example ought to fetch well over $3K.

    #17 5 days ago

    znet
    Wondering if you can help me. I've been battling stuck ball issues on the playfield at the edges of the slingshots. If you look at my playfield pic, you see that I have removed the small round rubber and extended the slingshot to try and give it more slope. This didn't work either so I have put the slingshots back to stock configuration and small circular rubbers on the posts as they should be. If the ball runs down the side of the playfield it sometimes gets stuck at this point between the post and the side of the playfield. I tried as well extending the back legs of the cabinet to give the playfield more slope. This seems to work, but then the ball tends to get stuck somewhere in the habitrails below the playfield.

    I realize this should be a simple game of physics and gravity, but I can't seem to get it working consistently. Have you run into this problem? I'm wondering if I just need a thicker rubber on that post.

    #18 5 days ago
    Quoted from miatawnt2b:

    znet
    Wondering if you can help me. I've been battling stuck ball issues on the playfield at the edges of the slingshots. If you look at my playfield pic, you see that I have removed the small round rubber and extended the slingshot to try and give it more slope. This didn't work either so I have put the slingshots back to stock configuration and small circular rubbers on the posts as they should be. If the ball runs down the side of the playfield it sometimes gets stuck at this point between the post and the side of the playfield. I tried as well extending the back legs of the cabinet to give the playfield more slope. This seems to work, but then the ball tends to get stuck somewhere in the habitrails below the playfield.
    I realize this should be a simple game of physics and gravity, but I can't seem to get it working consistently. Have you run into this problem? I'm wondering if I just need a thicker rubber on that post.

    Your apron rubbers are positioned incorrectly. The rubber should be flush with the apron and go behind the posts. In other words, the rubber should be nearly invisible, following the line of the apron. The post should stand free, in front of the apron rubber.

    Your rubbers are incorrectly wrapping around the posts.

    For visual reference, view my Slugger photos on my pinballowners profile which clearly depict the correct rubber position.

    #19 5 days ago

    Right. That's why I said that pic was taken when I was experimenting trying to find a solution. It's set up properly now... Same issue. I've wedged some weather strip between the list and side to solve the problem. Maybe I just need a super thick o ring.

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