Yes for the right price everything is for sale
at fair market value, my bsd is bolted to the floor. I'd still sell it, though.
Any of you guys saying NEVER must be ruling out unreasonable offers or are just kidding yourselves. Either that or you have more money than you and your family could need for several lifetimes. I find it hard to believe that there isn't an obscene dollar amount that would pry them loose. For me, I'd need $3K to get my BSD out the door and i think it's worth about $1800 the way it sits, give or take a couple hundo. Take note, that wasn't an offer to sell, just throwing out what it would take for me to sell my favorite when not really interested in selling.
It's initial draw was that it is the closest thing to a Cincinnati Bengals pinball machine I could find haha. Then once I started playing and saw how there are seriously at least two different shots that each of the four flippers can make, I was hooked. Back handing those spinners and hearing them score for days, the shear difficulty of getting the reserve bonus lit and hearing the game almost explode when it adds up your bonus. The game is amazing and it will never leave.
Those of you who are younger can imagine holding onto things "forever," but that gets harder to do as you begin to face retirement and the possibility of moving and downsizing. For me, that's still ten years away, but it is something I am starting to think about. I hope I can hold onto at least three pins, but even that might not be possible. TOTAN would have to be one of them since that is my wife's machine. Maybe IJ or TZ for me. Maybe WOZ. Maybe MMr (really hard to say since I haven't yet seen it). It's going to be a tough call. I just need to enjoy them while I can.
Quoted from davewtf:
Any of you guys saying NEVER must be ruling out unreasonable offers or are just kidding yourselves.
Nope, no joking.
There are some that value something in life more than ANY amount of money.
I genuinely own games that even an obscene dollar amount would not pry from me!
Even if I could easily take that money and go buy the same title for much less while putting 10k in my pocket, I still won't sell some of my games.
They have real value to me beyond $$$.
For example, my TAF was the 1st game I bought. It was a tilte I loved back in the day and what got me into collecting and fixing now. It also now has a great playfield and I enjoy the memories of others playing it at my house or now on route. That particular game will NEVER be sold.
Many things in life are worht moret than $$$
my huo fully modded tron le is not going anywhere ever. i basically have everything else on my collection page up for sale including another nib tron le. Looking to narrow my collection down from 19 to around 5 pins. the ACDC, SC, WH2O, BSD, STTNG, and MB (and now possibly ij and creature) on my collection page are already spoken for. Let me know if you are interested in any of my other games on there. Thanks, Ant
The 13 pins in my game room I plan to keep until I die. I might be tempted if someone offered me $20K for my BBB, but then I'd have to plan on never having another even if PPS remakes it some day.
Maybe it is different for people who buy a pin and then play it to decide if they like it or not. My friends and I used to drive all over the place to play a lot of games in order to decide which ones we would like to permanently own. That's how I ended up with the pins in my game room. I'll admit that I wanted to like Mustang because of the theme (my wife and I own 4 Mustang cars), but I still played several games on a couple different Mustang pros before I decided the gameplay was good enough for me to purchase a premium. I've owned two 'vettes in the past ('62 convertible + '64 coupe) but never wanted to own a Bally Corvette pin because I felt the gameplay was only okay.
If someone offered me enough money, perhaps anything would be for sale because I could pick up another with the money in as good of shape or better and go from there, but...
I LOVE my JP, it's about as in a good of shape as possible, and I always wanted to own one. Back when you could buy really nice ones for about $1200, I had an offer with cash in hand of $3500 for mine - I would guess that would be like $7500 today. Thought about it a bit and still turned it down, figured I couldn't find one as nice that was also the first I had...
I have worked on and restored about 5 of my games from the ground up more or less, and all of those would need a crazy offer to get me to part with them. Why? Because when I fixed them up, I paid for *everything* that I wanted, and I spent the time making sure that what I cared about was perfect for me. If I was to get rid of these and rebuy them, it wouldn't just be money I'd be out, but time to tweak them to be exactly how I wanted them to be.
Now, if someone walks up to me and offers me $250,000 for JP, I reserve the right to sell it which I'm positive that I would - but no *reasonable* offer will make me sell it or the others like that
I never say never but certainly have no plans to ever let STTNG go. It was the #1 pin I wanted when I got into this hobby and it's lived up to my expectations as an owner.
IM may have just joined the list....it's got everything I like in a pin....speed, sound, brutality!
Oh...and all this BS about "for the right price everything is for sale"....WELL of course it is! Point being if you would immediately replace a title if you sold it......that's what we are talking about here.
If some idiot wants to give me $6500 for my STTNG.....it's for sale! I would then go out and buy another and pocket the difference.
Great code is a good 65% of a great game IMO. 15% sound/music. 10% art/theme. 10% x-factor.
I don't think I would ever let my Gorgar go. Was my first pin and my first restore. Wife and I used to play Gorgar at a local bar before we got married. She wasn't too crazy about me buying a pinball machine but when she found out it was a Gorgar she gave me 2 thumbs up!
Per my wife and son, Stargate and LOTR must stay. I probably will keep those two until the bitter end. Two pins worth keeping in my eyes also, thankfully.
wow, love all the comments. What surprised me was all the different pins mentioned. Many not in the top 100 even, but thats why I asked. Loved the pics.
For me, I have a hard time seeing myself getting rid of my LOTR LE and STLE. I waited and waited for a nice LOTR LE to come up for sale, seems that there are fewer pins in Canada (Toronto). As for my STLE, its my first (maybe last) NIB, was a personal reward for hitting my sales goal and I love everything about it, the theme, the speed, rocking Vengeance, and now patiently waiting for that new code.
Quoted from Whysnow:
Centaur never for sale.
Yeah , that one was a tough one for me to sell ,It's such an awesome game . But really the more time that I put into a game the harder it is for me to sell and at the time I sold that it was the game that I had put the least amount of time into (work wise that is , I played the shit out of it ) But for me the one game I don't want to sell is Star Trek the Next Generation because it is the greatest pinball machine ever made (by far ) . Anything else I own I would sell for the right price .
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