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For sale: Atari Hercules


By joesaid

86 days ago



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#1 86 days ago

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For sale: Atari Hercules

Added: October 31st, 2020 Re-listed: 1 time (December 13th, 2020)
Condition: As is

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$ 6,500 (OBO)

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I’m considering selling my Hercules. Its been well cared for, has new flipper solenoids, bill acceptor, LEDs, and I had a new shooter spring custom made.

Accepting offers right now.

Serious offers appreciated.

Thanks for looking. Located at Spinners in Frederick Maryland.


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#2 86 days ago

Not long ago, you couldn’t even GIVE this boat anchor away.
Now it’s 7.5k

#3 86 days ago

how long ago

#4 86 days ago

I mean, it is rated higher than Thunderbirds.

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#5 86 days ago

Last few sold $2000-$3000
But then again when you want one
And there almost not around, then it’s $$$$$$

Looks nice but it’s just soooo Bigggg!!
$5k seems fair if minty
Can’t they’ll from this one darkened pic

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#6 86 days ago

Yeah Id take the 5K and call it a day

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#7 86 days ago
Quoted from edward472:

Yeah Id take the 5K and call it a day

Under no circumstances would I prefer Hercules to five grand in my pocket.

#8 86 days ago

Don't know anything aboot the price of a boat anchor, Joesaid is a great guy.

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#9 86 days ago

Hercules isn’t something the average guy is going to have in their house.

But for an arcade or a large collection, they’re cool. I got my one playing pretty snappy.

I just sold my one to my buddy who just opened a new barcade down in Christchurch. He’s got it up and running and made it the centrepiece of the place.

It’s the only one in New Zealand so it’s not something the public see every day .. and for a $1 coin, they get to play it!

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#10 86 days ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Not long ago, you couldn’t even GIVE this boat anchor away.

This has been a desirable title for as long as I can remember. Marc’s restored one in Texas sold for 5k about five years ago.

If winning ribbons at shows from bringing games is your thing, Hercules guarantees lots of ribbons. It’s such a pain the break down, load, and set up I think the judges basically always give it a ribbon or two if it appears. Also, if you have one the show runners will really solicit its attendance at their shows...you could almost sleep inside of it...

#11 86 days ago

It’s definitely an eye catcher, a game you don’t see everyday. For most pinball collectors...space...is their issue. You would have to be a unique individual with a large space and room to spare. I would love one only because of rarity, so when people visit they can have an opportunity to play something they might have never seen before.

#12 86 days ago
Quoted from ovfdfireman:

It’s definitely an eye catcher, a game you don’t see everyday. For most pinball collectors...space...is their issue. You would have to be a unique individual with a large space and room to spare. I would love one only because of rarity, some when people visit they can have an opportunity to play something they might have never seen before.

I played one of these when I was a kid. Cedar Point I believe. I was so excited to see such a huge pinball machine but that was very short lived. One game was enough.

#13 85 days ago

There’s actually 2 of these currently on location that I know of on the east coast. 1 at Hershey Park in PA and 1 at Funspot in NH. Unfortunately the flippers were too weak on both when I played them. Made the game pretty much unplayable.

#14 85 days ago
Quoted from TigerLaw:

This has been a desirable title for as long as I can remember. Marc’s restored one in Texas sold for 5k about five years ago.
If winning ribbons at shows from bringing games is your thing, Hercules guarantees lots of ribbons. It’s such a pain the break down, load, and set up I think the judges basically always give it a ribbon or two if it appears. Also, if you have one the show runners will really solicit its attendance at their shows...you could almost sleep inside of it...

The Pinball is a Cue Ball!!!

#15 85 days ago

some pics might help the sell.

#16 85 days ago

pics?

#17 85 days ago

I got the perfect spot for mine, although the topper doesn't fit but I have it on display in the stairwell.
John

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#19 85 days ago
Quoted from jhoward1082:

There’s actually 2 of these currently on location that I know of on the east coast. 1 at Hershey Park in PA and 1 at Funspot in NH. Unfortunately the flippers were too weak on both when I played them. Made the game pretty much unplayable.

There's one at the Chattanooga pinball museum in TN as well.

#21 85 days ago
Quoted from jake35:

There's one at the Chattanooga pinball museum in TN as well.

Replay Museum in Tarpon Springs Florida also has one. Was not up and running about a month ago.

#22 85 days ago

I played one on location at Flippers in OBX. Very unique game and definitely something you don’t see every day.

#23 85 days ago

I cringe thinking of having to work on atari pins. Some rare bits there.

#24 85 days ago
Quoted from jhoward1082:

There’s actually 2 of these currently on location that I know of on the east coast. 1 at Hershey Park in PA and 1 at Funspot in NH. Unfortunately the flippers were too weak on both when I played them. Made the game pretty much unplayable.

Exactly. I played the Hershey Park one and the flippers were fine but overall the game still sucks. It’s just not fun. It’s a novelty, but as everyone says: it’s like playing Pinball in slow motion.

#26 85 days ago
Quoted from jhoward1082:

There’s actually 2 of these currently on location that I know of on the east coast. 1 at Hershey Park in PA and 1 at Funspot in NH. Unfortunately the flippers were too weak on both when I played them. Made the game pretty much unplayable.

With those big ass skeeball solenoids for flipper coils, it's tough to get good flipper action out of the game even when it's tight. It's fun, but knock that ball to the top of the playfield and you can go get a beer by the time that cue ball rolls back.

We had one at Kennywood for a while that we grabbed from coinopwarehouse back when Lloyd was all about jukeboxes being where he was betting his money. I think we paid 500 bucks for it.

#27 85 days ago

I had a friend that had three of these (2 for sure). Always thought it was a crazy machine and enjoyed the one that was in the hallway at Expo.

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#28 67 days ago

If you want the game to play faster, use white trackballs instead of cue balls. They are lighter and make the game play much better and faster. I found out by mistake at Expo one year when I gave some to try in the one there.

#29 67 days ago
Quoted from jhoward1082:

There’s actually 2 of these currently on location that I know of on the east coast. 1 at Hershey Park in PA and 1 at Funspot in NH. Unfortunately the flippers were too weak on both when I played them. Made the game pretty much unplayable.

Don't forget the one at Canobie Lake Park, Salem NH

#30 67 days ago

Pinballz in Austin used to have one. Not sure if it’s still there.

#31 67 days ago

Pinball PA in Hopewell, PA has one.

#32 66 days ago

The museum of pinball in Banning has one.
Also, last time I was in Chicago a few years back they had one on location at Logan’s Hardware.

#33 66 days ago
Quoted from Mfox:

If you want the game to play faster, use white trackballs instead of cue balls. They are lighter and make the game play much better and faster. I found out by mistake at Expo one year when I gave some to try in the one there.

Yup I have a blue one in mine, works great.
John

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#34 66 days ago
Quoted from Dayhuff:

Yup I have a blue one in mine, works great.
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Is that a trackball, as in from a mouse trackball?

#35 66 days ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Is that a trackball, as in from a mouse trackball?

that would be one big ass mouse!

I think it's more like a trackball from Centipede.

#36 66 days ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

that would be one big ass mouse!
I think it's more like a trackball from Centipede.

LOL that's why I was confused! Thx for the clarification

#37 66 days ago
Quoted from Blitzburgh99:

Pinballz in Austin used to have one. Not sure if it’s still there.

Pinballz had/has two. One at the OG location and one at the Lake Creek location. I once asked Darrin (the owner) how he felt when he opened the shipping container that had two Hercules in it. He replied he bought them both purposefully, one at a time.

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#38 43 days ago

Played two of these on location - the one featured in this ad sometime this past summer, and one at Arnold's Funcenter in Oaks PA about eight years ago when I was a college sophomore. It essentially is a novelty - I consider myself a relatively average player at best and I came within a hairbreadth of rolling over my score on my first game when I played this copy back in the summer.

#39 37 days ago

I love that the photo for this is Hercules sandwiched between a The Entertainer cocktail and a Bally Bumper

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