Quoted from danczaz:
Was sharpshooter 1 a wide body ?
I'm a Blackout snob. They pretty much all have semi-flaky backglasses and worn playfields. Great game, regardless. If I ever find a super nice one, I'm all over it.
Yeah, a CPR playfield / plastics / backglass package would be awesome. Prices for unrestored Blackouts would double overnight. Maybe I should pick up a beater now just to be safe.
Yup. Sorry, I'm holding out for one with no wear, cupping, etc. Which probably means I'm waiting for a CPR repro.
Anybody want a HUO Tron LE? $10k firm, no PayPal, no trades. Metallic orange armor with matching apron & pingulp, arcade mod, custom audio crossover board in head, upgraded subwoofer, tournament button, white rubber, Pinball Life perfect play flipper rubber. Over 1k plays but still in great shape due to Cliffy scoop, inlanes & shooter lane, strategic mylar, pincab protectors. Too lazy for photos right now, but locals are more than welcome to come see and play it.
Edit: sold to a non-Pinsider friend of a friend.
Coworker is looking for a budget pin for his mom's house, for the grandkids to play. Title and cosmetic condition not too important. Must be working solid 100%, because he's not a pinball guy and I don't want to drive to Lemont to fix it.
Too bad he didn't tell me last week, because I sold a Disco Fever for $400 on Saturday.
I'm taking Flip a Card to Expo for free play & sale. Average condition. Dunno how much yet. Just throwing it out there in case someone's interested.
Also selling a HUO GB Pro with Pinball Metal white armor kit, as soon as I get off my lazy butt and list it. Can deliver to Expo or Pinball Life for anyone traveling to the show.
Quoted from CaptainNeo:
Some of us watched the awesome block of Transformer, Gi Joe, Voltron and Pink Panther/rocky and bullwinkle.
I watched Transformers religiously and loved the toys, which is why I'll never own the pin with its garbage pile robots from the movies. Vault edition with first generation art, voices & music would be awesome.
I ain't afraid of no insert ghosting. Because it doesn't have any.
Sold my Flip a Card at Expo for $500. Buyer immediately put a higher price tag on it. Don’t know if he got it, don’t care. If I sold it too cheap, more power to him.
Not quite! TNA prototype and whitewood each require code alterations due to different wiring. So every time there's new TNA code, Scott has to make three versions. You know, in case he wasn't working hard enough already.
It's not on facebook or youtube. Maybe your network is blocking anything with "game" in the URL. My old office used to do that.
Anyway, the list is hundreds of lines long (with descriptions). I'll let someone else post that beast.
You, yes YOU can be the proud owner of the only game with the Silver Surfer humping a pinball machine on the backglass.
Can't keep 'em all.
Quoted from aobrien5:
I find it fascinating how some games get jumped on, while other good games sit and sit. Is it price point? Desirability? Vaults flooding the market? I can certainly see the draw of a sweet Bally compared to a newer Stern, but it's interesting.
Btw - not trying to make a dig at you or your sales, it was just the most recent to quote.
No offense taken. I sold a newer Stern and an old Bally on back to back days, both for full asking price. Dunno if anything in particular made them sell so fast. I just try to hit the sweet spot between priced fairly & priced to move. Once I decide to sell a game I’d rather potentially leave a few bucks on the table than deal with tire kickers & hagglers for weeks. Time (and hassle) is money.
Quoted from Wmsfan:
It's not just the flippers driving game costs up in the area, it is the old 'supply vs. demand' that does it in this market.
Yup. I know multiple collectors who owned few or zero games less than five years ago, and now have a dozen or more each. They generally start out buying new Sterns and the more popular WPC titles; now those guys have discovered early solid states. When they get around to EMs, the last bastion of affordable collecting is shot.
Quoted from valgalder:
It really is annoying.. I see all these posts from pinball friends that live in other areas in the country, constantly able to get reasonable pins rotating in and out of their collections and I just sit and watch.. and watch...and watch.. and pretty much give up. Unless you plan ahead and able to pick something up at Expo or MGC, I know the chances are too slim.
My best advice would be to just make a bunch of friends in the Chicago area. Go to monthly tournies at Brixie's, Pac-Man in Schaumburg (formerly Level 257), maybe join a league. Put yourself out there. The more collectors you know, the more inside info you'll get when a guy is tired of a game, considering selling, downsizing to move, trying to free up space/money for a new game, etc. Most of the used pins I've bought never hit any kind of open market. So much easier to sell to a friend than take a bunch of photos, make an ad, deal with tire-kickers & Craigslist flippers, or pay the Pinside fee (sorry Robin).
I know that's not exactly a short term solution, but it has awesome fringe benefits.
Sold my rock-solid players condition Magic for a couple hundred less than that 18 months ago, but you're right, that's a decent deal now. Even the less desirable classic Sterns are climbing fast. If you want one, buy it yesterday.
'sup gang, Chiberia is melting, let's move some games. Dunno know why it's featuring the shooter lane photo but I guess that's what people care about so let's roll with it.
Already have a Sinbad but I still want this one for no reason I can explain. Someone better jump on this before I get crazy.
I've played that Luci. It is indeed minty fresh. Seller's a total prick, though.
j/k, RazerX is awesome, buy his game!
Flicker is simple but super fun. Maybe the most satisfying captive ball shots ever.
I would not lose sleep over paying a below-market asking price, nor would I feel bad about offering more than asking in an attempt to place myself above other buyers. It's only business. Be honest, but play to win.
Quoted from gweempose:
Does the amount of money involved matter? For example, would the situation be different in your eyes if someone at a garage sale was selling a vase for $20 that was actually worth $200,000? Let's assume you were an expert on 15th century ceramics, and you immediately realized how valuable the vase was. Would it be unethical to pay $20 for it without disclosing the true value to the seller?
I would sleep like a baby on a pillow stuffed with benjamins.
I don't know what you guys' time is worth, but if someone offered me $500 to drive to STL, load a game, and drive back, I'd probably pass and enjoy my day off instead.
Wow, that's a steal for a restored, immaculate (minus backglass) rare game. Buy it before I do!
I played a few games on the new code last night and could only manage 2 billion, so I'm not one to talk. Granted, it was right after a 21-year-old's birthday bar party, so I may have been impaired.
Quoted from Chitownpinball:
Well, thanks to gweempose I am now looking for reasonably priced ACNC in the area.
Quoted from Yelobird:
Yeah he did the same to me. Teased me with the rather impressive gameplay and sub sound and soon I too was a believer. He’s a bad influence! Lol
Admit it, you guys guys were just in awe of his shiny new CPA trophy.
Quoted from Yelobird:
Won’t lie..... I brought this game in Today and let’s just say (no joke) my granddaughter is Still crying!!! Lol.
I dig this game and would love to buy it, but can't for the same reason! Well, son instead of granddaughter, but y'know. Super satisfying to bash that moving clown target. Some friends and I played it for a couple hours straight at ReplayFX.
Bongo backglass alone is probably worth $250. And people say there are no more good deals!
I don't typically enjoy widebodies, but I love Pokerino. Underrated gem. That's an awesome project for someone cooped up & bored.
Laser Cue feels a lot snappier with those 50v flippers. Upper mini-flipper area is a cool bonus too.
First post in this thread says
Quoted from badbilly27:
Mike, Jesse, Phil are all welcome so long as we play well together in the club.
It also says
so it's pretty funny when a Wisconsin resident starts chirping about the rules.
Quoted from Whysnow:
LOL, I own interests in IL also...
I "own interests" in Missouri. Should I tell them how to run their thread?
Quoted from Whysnow:
unless this is strictly the Chicago thread? IN which case, I dont think West Dundee opinion matters.
I didn't start the club, so I'm not sure my opinion matters regardless. But the guy who created it and I both live in Chicagoland.
Quoted from arcademan1:
Dude that was a good deal at 1500 and then to be rude to her parent and not wear a mask especially around the elderly.
The old folks probably felt outmatched in a pinball negotiation, but I wish they would have said "fuck you, two grand" the instant he refused a mask.
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