Classic SS Williams & Bally. My time capsule. A link to the past.
Ok had a similar thread in the for sale forum but thought it would be educational to newer collectors to get a glimpse of what is was like collecting back in the late 90's through early 2000's Luckily I have dozens of pictures from pickups and the many games I came through. There will be many other pins and arcades thrown in as well.
A little about myself. My grandfather used to have a small collection of EM pins in his garage that I couldn't wait to go over and play. Loved pinball and arcades all my life. Always loved tinkering with stuff for as long as I can remember.
Bought my fist pin around 98. It was a non-working Gorgar. I still have it and never fixed it YET. Picked up a few more pins over the years and slowly taught myself how to repair them. Once I knew I could fix them the fever set in.
I was buying everything and everything. I never considered my self as "flipping" pins for a profit. It was always buying and selling to expand my collection. Eventually every room in my house was filled with pins and vids. My dinning room became my sale room, My kitchen became another workroom. Had to build a bigger garage to store the projects in. That wasn't enough. Had storage units and even had junk vids stored under tarps, on skids in the yard. Bought out many retired operators, private collections and out of business arcades. Pins and vids were plentiful and cheap.
A few years pasted and my girlfriend (now my wife) moved in. Slowed down on buying and just started selling off all my vids and a few pins until everything in most of the house was in my garage. My second daughter was born in 2005. By the end of that year the last of my newer pins system 11's and DMD's went out also. Around 2006 I locked up my garage and had one goal of getting a bigger house to set up my games in. Well it took almost 10 years and now it's finally happening!!!!!!
First I got my nicer games setup and a row of old Williams in my game room. My extra Williams went into my sunroom. Brought my Gottliebs home and sold most of them. Now it time to bring my Bally's and Sterns home. This is a work in progress. First picture is from 2006 and is of my classic games. they were stacked in a row of 10 and 4 deep. Next pictuers are from now. As you can see I got several games out and have enough room to squeeze through rows. They have been there so long I forgot what most of them looked like and what condition they were in. I'm finding several that were shopped out and working that I didn't remember ever fixing them. Keep in mind these games sat for almost 10 years without me seeing them.
Many more pictures to come. Warning!!!! my shop was always a mess! Not for the faint of heart!
Anyone with old pictures please feel free to post in. Also pictures of any classic Williams and Bally please post here.