(Topic ID: 176176)

Bally Pinball 1978 - 1982


By greatwichjohn

2 years ago



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    #1 2 years ago

    I'm a huge Bally pinball fan of these years. Xenon & most of the speech era pins in 81 & 82 are some of the best early electronic pins. The earlier pins are also good. Bally seemed to produce on average 3 out of 4 titles, that were good to great over the years. Lots of replacement parts, & they were mass produced compared to the other manufacturers. I have owned & worked on hundreds of them. Over the last 20 years I have noticed that the value has tripled or better over the years. So the lucky people that bought before Ebay, etc. have a great, & enjoyable investment to play/enjoy.

    #2 2 years ago

    I am the proud owner of a fully restored Skateball with an NOS Bally playfield installed and a very nice original Flash Gordon. Two top playing games and very solid quality from that era. I'm very happy with them and don't see either one going anywhere.

    #3 2 years ago

    I agree and have a Paragon, Space Invaders, Rollingstones, XENON, Elektra, EBD and love them all.

    #4 2 years ago

    I cut my teeth as a kid, on new Bally digitals. Being in 7th grade in 1977-78, was the perfect time, and every 7-11 in my town had 2 pinball machines in them. Eight Ball & Mata Hari are especially fond memories. I have an Eight Ball, that I lent to my daughter, which appears to be on permanent loan now. Can't blame her.

    #5 2 years ago

    On the lookout for old Bally machines. Especially want a Rolling Stones and a Frontier. I was 12 in 78 and the "new" digital displays and killer artwork are burned in my memory..........

    #6 2 years ago

    Agree, great games with a pretty reliable and easy to understand control system. I have Centaur, Ebd, and eight ball.

    #7 2 years ago

    My favorite time in pinball history because it coincided with my youth and Ballys were everywhere. Like Seeburg220 said every 7-11 had at least one pin, bowling alleys, auto repair shops. It was GLORIOUS! Thanks for the memories John and the EBD playfield you just rescued for me. Here's my Bally lineup waiting for Flash Gordon to join the group when I get her up and running. One of these things is not like the others...
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    #8 2 years ago

    Might have just sold my Bally's today. Pending buyer coming Monday to pick up.

    #9 2 years ago

    Yup. Elektra, Mr Ms Pacman, EBD, Fathom, Harlem over here. I've had a lot of them over the last 10 years.

    #10 2 years ago

    Yep!

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    #11 2 years ago

    Recently got back a Harlem and received my Pinball Pimp stencils.The cabinet gets repainted early in the new year (not by me).

    Skateball,Frontier,Mystic are some of the titles I'd like to have.Quite rare to see nice examples for sale in Australia.Very happy with what i have so I'm grateful.

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    #12 2 years ago

    Some of the best Pins are from this time frame IMO.. Fathom, Centaur, Eight Ball Deluxe, Medusa, Paragon. I even love Embryon. I want them all.

    #13 2 years ago

    Got's to looooovvveee.....those older Bally's.

    John P. Dayhuff
    Battle Creek, MI.
    269-979-3836

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    #14 2 years ago

    Nice pic John.Bally pinball of that era is why I'm into it.

    #15 2 years ago

    This era of Bally machines stacks up well to any other era....actually would be tough to beat. I currently have Paragon, Flash Gordon, and EBD...my wishlist is packed with mostly Ballys from this timeframe too.

    Fantastic art and unique layouts. Love these classic Ballys

    #16 2 years ago

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    Any pinball machine with a cb radio is vintage 1970's. Love the Bally games. And they are much harder to find and much more expensive than in 1996 when I started this madness.

    #17 2 years ago

    this is probably going to sound stupid, but the one thing that has always stood out for me on the older bally's, is the start button. I have been around pins and vid's since the late 70's/early 80's. I was 8 in 80. I don't remember very many games specifically, but always recognized the bally start button. I am now just trying to determine which one i want to add to my lineup.

    #18 2 years ago
    Quoted from chalkup8:

    Nice pic John.Bally pinball of that era is why I'm into it.

    Exactly the same here. EBD started all this madness for me a long time ago. I actually bought my first couple of Ballys from John G back in the 90s.

    #19 2 years ago

    I must like them
    Eightball
    Playboy
    Star Trek (third game)
    Xenon
    Flash Gordon
    Medusa
    X's & O's

    #20 2 years ago

    There are many fun Bally solid state threads open -- the more the merrier...

    Make sure you have this one in your favorites for staying on top of the latest tech/parts help:

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bally-as-2518-club ===> [x] favorite

    -mof

    #21 2 years ago

    This thread was very inspiring.

    https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/80s-respect-thread-share-your-pics

    Guess I'll warm these up now.

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    #22 2 years ago

    Love classic Bally games! This was my collection June of last year!

    Rob Bell
    Robsgameroom.com

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    #23 2 years ago

    Oh how I envy you, nice arcade.

    #24 2 years ago
    Quoted from MrBellMan:

    Love classic Bally games! This was my collection June of last year!
    Rob Bell
    Robsgameroom.com

    And they all play great too

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    #25 2 years ago

    This era for me is the golden era for pinball, and Bally had the best art/play combo within it. I've had Fathom, Medusa, Flash Gordon, Centaur, Voltan, Strikes and Spares, Frontier, and from the other manufacturers - Black Knight, Black Hole, and Seawitch. Most I paid under/around 700. They are the best. Now I just have Centaur, but soon I'll have room to build back up. Going to be more of a challenge this time around, given the price increase from the early aughts.

    #26 2 years ago

    The best era for pins and the best time for arcades. These are the games I mowed peoples lawn, shoveled snow, trimmed hedges, moved peoples furniture, cleaned garages and anything else I could do to get money to play as a kid. As an adult I was lucky and bought many of these games in the early 2000's. Most my games were packed in storage for over 10 years See my Time capsule thread for more pictures. Moved a few over to my house last year. Now time to get these baby's back to their former glory.

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    #27 2 years ago

    Nice! My only entry is a Flash Gordon but i would love some more. So many are great and worth owning, but I think #1 on my list is EBD...that's a must own for me. I'll get one someday.

    #28 2 years ago

    A first timer here just scored a Nitro Ground Shaker. I see very few of these the last 20 years. 6 hour road trip to help him out. Still need to do some minor stuff, & replace a display. I would leave original & not install a new playfield. Backglass has minor damage at bottom, & came with new Ultimate mpu & driver boards.

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    #29 2 years ago

    I've even played a fancy Multiball Nitro Groundshaker...kind of cool

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