Quoted from Strange:
I love playing all the new pinballs, I do, I just don't fell the need to own them. One of the main reasons I love those 90's BW games is due to aesthetic value. They are just beautiful all around and the original themes and the original art are just excellent. The presence! The music and sounds of some of these machines are phenomenal as well. If BW never made pinball machines I just don't see myself appreciating this sort of thing as much as I do. They just had that magic. They just had that ether. I guess I want a 90's BW theme running throughout my gameroom. So really I would only let a modern machine into the collection if its on par with the rest of what I want and honestly I haven't come across one yet...
"I just don't fell the need to own them."
I agree with your sentiment, you have to go with what calls to you. This "collecting" hobby -- is driven by a purely subjective experience, often by nostalgia.
EMs, DMDs, and Moderns don't call to me. For me, there are exceptions from every era, but only exceptions. If a Frontier, TOM, TOTAN, TZ, or perhaps a STLE landed in my garage, I'd gladly hold onto 'em -- but they are games that I can play elsewhere -- I'm no rush to own them and restore them. I have friends that own them. A few questions I asked myself while building out my collection was, "Will my friends own any of these machines?"... "Will my friends want me to own these machines?" ... "Are there museums nearby that own these?"
I chose to build out a pure B/W/G 80's collection, because I think they are the best looking and best sounding games with the best designs and the most action. 80's games call to me.
Three points come to mind regarding your approach:
1. Sometimes we perceive problems that may not exist. Then we overthink solutions to our perceived problems. Do you have the resources to get all 12 now? If so, what are you hoping to solve by getting one per year? (I would consider other ways to solve that perceived problem.)
2. My main concern is that prices will only go up, and if money matters to you, (not to mention the scarcity of said objects), it would only do you well to gobble up the collection you want ASAP before prices go even higher, and before more people get into pinball and want the same scarce games.
3. One assumption being made is that the masters of High End restores will still be active in pinball in years to come. If there is a master whose work you really appreciate, then I would arrange an agreement now, and get a commitment from that person to complete X tables for me.
Hope those ideas help.