So...I finally started the resto on my 1971 Bally Vampire. Not a game for everyone, especially with the theme and monstrous outlanes, but as a collector of horror pins and anything vampire, this was a must have. With a confirmed production # of only 799, not an easy game to come across. One of only 3 true USA-produced vampire pins (Vampire, Stern Dracula and BSD). Of course there's MB, EATPM, etc., but those are not purely vampire-based or themed.
I've only seen a few Vampire pins during my time in the hobby, and this one popped up in Louisville, KY last September through a friend of a friend. Despite my excitement, this thing might as well have been with a barbershop quartet in Skokie, Illinois. Given it's rarity, I was not comfortable with shipping, but I wanted this game badly so I started planning the trip. Luckily, a friend who is a truck driver (and much more tolerable to extremely long distance drives) was willing to make the trek west for me. After a 24-hour round trip drive with my SUV, the game was sitting comfortably in my driveway.
Time is a little tight right now, so this is going to be a process. But I thought I would share, especially in the event anybody had suggestions, recommendations or input, or just wanted to check out the game as I go along. This will be my first full (or mostly full) resto on an EM, so bear with me. And I'll probably over-document everything, but hey, that's me. Also need input on the armor and legs, so I added a poll. Thanks for looking and participating. Can't wait for this thing to be finished...here's the game when I brought it home: