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Does anyone know this guy?


By tomdrum

15 days ago



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#1 15 days ago

Drove to Pittsburgh today to pick up a Bally EK that was a Professional Pinball conversion. If your unfamiliar with these, see this link:

https://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=4987&picno=38228

The guy between the 2 chicks is mirrored so you hopefully see your face in the mirror when playing it. When I picked it up I noticed a face glued to the outside of the backglass. Peeled it off and asked "who is this dude?". Seller had no idea and never realized it. So he's been looking at this guy's mug for the last 10 years every time he played it. I really tried not to laugh my ass off, at least the mask I was wearing hid some of my amusement. I give the guy credit for trimming the pic perfectly to fit the BG.

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#2 15 days ago
Quoted from tomdrum:

Drove to Pittsburgh today to pick up a Bally EK that was a Professional Pinball conversion. If your unfamiliar with these, see this link:
https://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=4987&picno=38228
The guy between the 2 chicks is mirrored so you hopefully see your face in the mirror when playing it. When I picked it up I noticed a face glued to the outside of the backglass. Peeled it off and asked "who is this dude?". Seller had no idea and never realized it. So he's been looking at this guy's mug for the last 10 years every time he played it. I really tried not to laugh my ass off, at least the mask I was wearing hid some of my amusement. I give the guy credit for trimming the pic perfectly to fit the BG.
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Should showed a picture of what it looked like on there.
How on earth didn’t he notice?! Some people are oblivious.

#3 15 days ago

Haha that’s pretty funny, it’s destined to become your new avatar...

#4 15 days ago

Maybe the guy was an ugly dude and and really didn't want to be reminded of it. LOL.

#5 15 days ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Should showed a picture of what it looked like on there.

Since you asked I taped it back on the BG. It was cleanly glued on before I tore it off.

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#6 15 days ago
Quoted from tomdrum:

Since you asked I taped it back on the BG. It was cleanly glued on before I tore it off.[quoted image]

Lmfao for a decade the previous owner missed the best gimmick of this conversion kit!!! That’s too damn funny

Imagine his friends probably came over and played and he was like “check it out, THAT guy is the pinball pro!”

#7 15 days ago

Kinda look alike A-rod

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#8 15 days ago

got the same machine . but no one ever glued a pic to it. that's funny buddy never realized it was not suppose to be there.

#9 15 days ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Imagine his friends probably came over and played and he was like “check it out, THAT guy is the pinball pro!”

His wife thought that guy was THE pro pinball player that inspired the whole conversion thing. I calmly explained the process that caused these kits to be sold. She said, "I wish they still made new pinball machines". Paid cash, loaded quickly and got the hell out of there.

#10 15 days ago

It's going to converted back to a real EK. Hardtop, new BG and a cabinet repaint. If anyone want to be THE pro pinball player, I'm selling the BG. The original "PRO" pic will be included free!

#11 15 days ago
Quoted from tomdrum:

His wife thought that guy was THE pro pinball player that inspired the whole conversion thing. I calmly explained the process that caused these kits to be sold. She said, "I wish they still made new pinball machines". Paid cash, loaded quickly and got the hell out of there.

Too funny, did you tell them, or did you not wanna risk getting the husband in trouble? Haha, he might buy a new one!

Quoted from tomdrum:

It's going to converted back to a real EK. Hardtop, new BG and a cabinet repaint. If anyone want to be THE pro pinball player, I'm selling the BG. The original "PRO" pic will be included free!

I thought these conversion kits were popular and rare. Why not sell/trade it to someone who has an EK playfield?

#12 15 days ago

Check the marijuana thread, he clearly has cotton mouth.

#13 15 days ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Too funny, did you tell them, or did you not wanna risk getting the husband in trouble? Haha, he might buy a new one!

I did update them that new pins are available, they were shocked. Sold this cause they're moving to FL.

These kits used the existing EK PF with an overlay and decals to place over the plastics. My seller chose to just rip the overlay off without heat or freeze spray so he basically ruined a PF that had minimal wear in the typical areas. If carefully removed the PF would of been nice.

#14 15 days ago

Kits were sold in 1981. So this EK was 4-5 years old when the overlay was installed. What a waste. IMO a conversion EK is worth half (or less) of the OE game.

#15 15 days ago
Quoted from tomdrum:

I did update them that new pins are available, they were shocked. Sold this cause they're moving to FL.
These kits used the existing EK PF with an overlay and decals to place over the plastics. My seller chose to just rip the overlay off without heat or freeze spray so he basically ruined a PF that had minimal wear in the typical areas. If carefully removed the PF would of been nice.

So this guy knew enough that this was an overlay and he removed it himself yet was not smart enough to do a 5 second google search on new pinball machines or that a random guy was glued on the backglass.

This story gets better and better.

#16 15 days ago

Yeah that's Todd Cokstrum.

#17 15 days ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

So this guy knew enough that this was an overlay and he removed it himself yet was not smart enough to do a 5 second google search on new pinball machines or that a random guy was glued on the backglass.
This story gets better and better.

I'm guessing the overlay was wrinkled or damaged, he peeled enough to see old artwork underneath and just let 'er rip (literally).

#18 15 days ago

No but so funny

#19 15 days ago

I'm not a fan of Mods, but give me that over unnecessary strip lighting any day

#20 14 days ago

That's got to be Ben Dover.

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