For sale: Minstrel Man

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For sale: Minstrel Man


By egyptrus

7 months ago



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#1 7 months ago

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For sale: Minstrel Man

Added: January 2nd, 2018 Re-listed: 1 time Ended: March 27th, 2018
Condition: Used - shows wear but 100% working and clean

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Lowered the price...let's get this thing into the hands of someone who will appreciate it!

Up for sale is a Gottlieb Minstrel Man. The game is working, has new rubber, new bulbs, new ball shooter gauge, new leg levelers, new pinballs, and new playfield glass. This is a game that doesn't come up for sale very often so if you're looking for this hard to find game, you've found it.

I did a very light cleaning of the playfield as I didn't want to get too aggressive with the cleaning as I don't have experience with games of this age.

The playfield is in pretty good shape, with some wear around the pop bumpers. There is an older repair in the shooter lane that wasn't done very well. Not sure what they were trying to fix but I decided to leave it alone.

The backglass is in pretty good condition as well. There is a bit of paint loss on the bottom of the glass, in both corners. Other than that, it looks pretty good.

The cabinet is solid with its original paint, although it is a bit scuffed up.

I have the keys to both locks and I have the schematics and a few extra instruction/score cards. I also have the wood lock down bar, it was just removed for the pictures. Game is complete.

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#2 7 months ago

Nice original!

Playfield very nice.

#3 7 months ago

Will someone explain what those drop targets do? Do they fall when you hit them, move, or fall and pop back up?

#4 7 months ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Will someone explain what those drop targets do? Do they fall when you hit them, move, or fall and pop back up?

They shuck and jive.

#5 7 months ago
Quoted from bkbirge:

They shuck and jive.

I'd love to know more about how Gottlieb came to choose this theme, but I think everybody involved is long gone.

Minstrel shows were already long dead by the time this came out - by about 50 years. So I guess it was a nostalgia piece, to be enjoyed by kids who were born 30-40 years after the last minstrel shows and would have no idea what they were? The civil rights movement was a few years away as well, so I guess it was some small window of nostalgia and ignorance? I can't imagine them putting this out even 5 years later.

A curio to be sure.

#6 7 months ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Will someone explain what those drop targets do? Do they fall when you hit them, move, or fall and pop back up?

Hit the stand up target, then the guy drops into the playfield. The standup target remains in place. First Gottlieb, or first pin with a drop target.

#7 7 months ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

Will someone explain what those drop targets do? Do they fall when you hit them, move, or fall and pop back up?

See this and you can see

#8 7 months ago
Quoted from Darcy:

Hit the stand up target, then the guy drops into the playfield. The standup target remains in place. First Gottlieb, or first pin with a drop target.

Hmmm..well it's a drop target behind a standup target. Pretty neat regardless.

#9 7 months ago

It was a neat way to do drop targets...odd in that you don't actually hit the target that's dropping into the playfield, but it was a drop target none-the-less.

As far as theme goes, I agree, it seems like an odd theme for the 50s as the "minstrel" shows were pretty much a thing of the past (apparently, some form of the shows lasted until the 50s to 60s but was definitely on the decline). While it had a place in its day, and was eventually replaced by vaudville, it seems like doing a game like this in the 50s was a few years after its prime.

At the end of the day, the game is actually fun to play, regardless of its theme.

#10 7 months ago

Holy crap, that is .. yikes. The timing of manufacture is particularly bizarre. (Or, well, I guess not)... Interesting example of a time gone loooooong by

#11 7 months ago
Quoted from Rdoyle1978:

Interesting example of a time gone loooooong by

Exactly...to say that this game would not be made today is an understatement. Of course, the past is littered with arcade games that once upon a time seemed "ok" but would never be made today. As such, these games have historical interest/significance as they give a bit of insight into what was going on at the time the game was made.

As I said, while the theme isn't particularly great, the game play isn't too bad.

I know there's a buyer out there for this game. While the wood rail market seems to have cooled a bit, this still seems like a desirable game for those that collect wood rails.

Dave

#12 7 months ago

4 years ago there was one for sale in Calgary Alberta. It was in a lot rougher condition. They do not come up for sale very often.

#13 7 months ago
Quoted from Darcy:

They do not come up for sale very often.

That seems to be the case, at least that's what I keep hearing. It would seem that the group of buyers for such a game is a bit smaller than it is for pinball in general. It just means that it's going to take me a bit longer to find a buyer. Someone out there wants to add Minstrel Man to their wood rail collection!

#14 7 months ago

Minstrel Man bump...someone must want this game in their collection, right?

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#15 6 months ago

I've lowered the price to $1800. I've also put it up on ebay as an auction starting at $1500. Here's the link to that sale if anyone is interested: ebay.com link

Dave

#16 6 months ago

Bump for an honest seller, and I nice guy to boot. GLWS Dave........

#17 6 months ago

My buddy has been looking for one of these for a loooong time. I've only seen one at the Allentown show about 2 years ago and it was pretty rough for more $$$. Really tough/rare bird.

#18 6 months ago
Quoted from Bohdi:

Bump for an honest seller, and I nice guy to boot. GLWS Dave

Right back at you brother! Thanks for the bump and for the compliment. Really appreciate it.

Quoted from hAbO:

My buddy has been looking for one of these for a loooong time.

Well then, you should tell him about this one! I have to admit I was a bit surprised that nobody bid on this. Well, I did have it ending during the Super Bowl, not the best of timing that's for sure. I'm aware that the woodrail market has taken a bit of a hit lately but I didn't really think it would be this tough to get this game sold.

Like all games, the right buyer will come along eventually and this will be sold. I just have to be patient.

I relisted it on Ebay if anyone's interested in it.

Dave

1 week later
#19 6 months ago

Bumping this for a new lower price...someone come buy this thing.

3 weeks later
#20 5 months ago

Been a while bump - Been busy with life and haven't had a chance to bump this up.

Dave

#21 5 months ago

Unfortunately the world has become too Politically Correct, hence the long duration of your sale.

Maybe this game is a bit too controversial for today's average buyer to enjoy with friends and family...?

Good luck anyway!

#22 5 months ago

No room in my basement or I would grab it.

#23 5 months ago
Quoted from Magic_Mike:

Unfortunately the world has become too Politically Correct

While I'm sure that might be part of it, I'm actually thinking that it might be that the average age of someone that would have remembered playing this game is likely looking to downsize their house and life, rather than adding another toy.

I'll grant that the theme isn't politically correct by today's standards but it does represent a snap shot in time and if nothing else could spark a discussion around the game, its features (one of the first to use a drop target), and time in which it was made.

Quoted from hAbO:

No room in my basement or I would grab it.

Well then, we need to make room

Dave

#24 5 months ago

This was always one of the heavy hitter titles. There has to be a wood rail collector that hasn't scratched this one of his list yet.

http://www.pinpedia.com/machine/548/prices

#25 5 months ago
Quoted from AlexF:

There has to be a wood rail collector that hasn't scratched this one of his list yet.

The problem, as always, is finding that buyer...In this case, it's just going to take a bit more patience as it's likely going to be a bit before I find the right guy.

At this point, I'm thinking this might be a game to take to the Midwest Gaming Classic. While I'm not sure my buyer will be there, the extra exposure certainly won't hurt.

Dave

#26 5 months ago
Quoted from egyptrus:

At this point, I'm thinking this might be a game to take to the Midwest Gaming Classic. While I'm not sure my buyer will be there, the extra exposure certainly won't hurt.
Dave

That would be my thought Dave. Likely move it at MGC. Either way, hope you sell it...

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