Bally Variety - General Value?

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Bally Variety - General Value?


By grantopia

9 months ago



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#1 9 months ago

I have little to no (read: no) knowledge of bingo games . My uncle, who restores old motorcycles, picked up two project Variety games a few years ago. I think they've been sitting in his basement and he asked me if I wanted them for free knowing I'm into pins. I don't really have much interesting in keeping it (right now anyway, maybe I'd love it!), so it would more be a project to do then sell off or something. I can't really find out much about general value of this game or bingo games in particular. I know pictures and all that would help, but I'm more looking for a "is this worth my time" ballbark. Is this a $100 game? $500? Any insight would help!

#2 9 months ago

Variety is a nice looking early 1950's Bally (wood rail) bingo. I had this all original collector condition game in my collection for many years, but sold it to a serious coin op collector that needed a bingo to round off his collection. It's a nice player with moving lines, super cards and 4 corners features. The good thing is these early 1950's Bally bingos weren't as packed in with electrical and mechanical units and are easier trouble-shoot and repair, if needed.

Also there are many new and old bingo collectors here on pinside that are willing to help anyone out that wants to learn to play or repair bingos etc...

Most pin collectors are finding themselves thinking about owning a bingo and some are taking the plunge. It does take time to learn about how the bingos work and to learn the features and literally how to play them too.

Finding a buyer for a bingo isn't easy these days, but the bingo market is on the rise. As for pricing the nicer the condition the more you might get for the game. I'm thinking a good working and clean Variety could even be good for trading for another type of machine.

Go for it!

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#3 9 months ago

Thanks for the info. From what I gather at least anecdotally, the market and demand on these is pretty small, so I'm guess it would be more of a fun project to work on and then see how I like it vs. something I could turn around and sell for a few hundred bucks to put towards something else.

#4 9 months ago

If the machines are complete but not working, have decent playfields and backglasses, then I'd say $100-$150 each. A working one is $500-$600. But, the market is soft, as Vic stated, so it may take a while to find a buyer.

Condition is everything in terms of the price.

I'd pay $100 for just a Variety backglass that was in 9 out of 10 or better condition -- but that's because I already own a Variety and would like to upgrade the glass that I have. Do you ever travel to Cincinnati?

#5 9 months ago
Quoted from robertmedl:

If the machines are complete but not working, have decent playfields and backglasses, then I'd say $100-$150 each. A working one is $500-$600. But, the market is soft, as Vic stated, so it may take a while to find a buyer.
Condition is everything in terms of the price.
I'd pay $100 for just a Variety backglass that was in 9 out of 10 or better condition -- but that's because I already own a Variety and would like to upgrade the glass that I have. Do you ever travel to Cincinnati?

Thanks! I have a buddy heavy into the EM pin and coin-op stuff who gave me pretty much dead on the same value estimates so that helps. I'm going to take a look at them this weekend and see how complete they are in terms of parts. I'll let you know what's there!

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