JJP will make more POTC probably next year. There will only be LE versions, with no new editions or anything else. Bank on that! JJP is in business to make money, and if their distributors come back and say they can move 250 machines, you’ll see 250 more machines made. I think JJP will probably put in a parts order for this game for a second limited run. I also think you’ll see the price go up to probably $10,500.00
Lastly, I think when you see these games being resold you’re going to need 10k plus. Why? Because everyone of the people who own the game have no plans to sell them... you’re just not going to see any come up sale. So when they do come up for sale why wouldn’t you ask for the moon?
A retail store here in my town sold two for $12500 each. If JJP never makes more which I think they will then you might see these games end up like Aliens skyrocketing in price.
I always tell people patience is a virtue in pinball... if you don’t have patience you will overpay. Eventually you’ll get one just wait until next year when they make new ones. I personally think once Wonka dies down and before GNR goes on the line is when you’ll another run of Pirates. I really wanted Beatles but didn’t feel it was worth 8k, I waited and got one for 6800 brand new. Munsters I jumped the gun to buy an LE and paid 9k, a friend of mine just bought an LE for 6500 with 100 plays. Patiences. Eventually you’ll get a Pirates just be patient. POTC is the perfect example here, its a game that people didn’t believe in at first, after a while the game found its legs, and unfortunately I think JJP panicked a bit to soon on Pirates. Their biggest issue I think is getting parts, I honestly don’t think they expected this game would blow up after the initial lukewarm reception. I think they made an internal decision to quickly move on so honestly they don’ t have the parts for more. Now that the game is expoded in popularity, does anyone really think they’re not coming back to this game at a higher price? You’d be crazy to think that. It took a long time to get parts to just finish the games they had on the line, so next run is going to take place when the parts to make the games are on the shelf.
I think Stern has the opposite problem with Beatles, Munsters, Black Knight etc. They expected more now they’re struggling to sell the games.
I think the biggest moral of the story is not to pre=judge a game based on a video or some photos. Patience I think pays offf.