I know I don't need to explain myself, but this is a very interesting discussion. I am sure you all understand the value I added to the game by restoring it. Of course, the question is, is adding all this value on this particular game insane? To me, no. To others, obviously yes.
If I sold the game as I originally bought it for $6,000, that would be insane.
I bought the game for $2,200. I posted it as is on pinside for $2,700, expecting to get $2,500. That would have been a $300 return on 3 hours of work getting the game plus gas and tolls. This price was not insane. No one was interested locally. I did not want to bother shipping it. I really like the game. I decided that I would restore it to the condition I wanted it to look like.
I bought $2,773 of parts (let's use $2,800) to restore this game to the way I thought this game should look. Totally cleaned. New ramps replacing the dirty, discolored, broken, warped ramps. New plastics replacing the many broken plastics and plastic protectors. New colordmd LED. I bought a new translite that has not arrived yet because it had a couple of holes in the translite and duct tape ruining the bottom. I sent out the wire ramp, apron wire, and coin toss assembly for brass replating. I replaced all the hardware with shiny new nuts and screws and bolts. You can see the list of things I added or replaced.
Is spending too much money on this game insane? Probably to some. But I love the way it looks. If I have a game in my house, I want it to look new and not be filthy and disgusting and I want everything to work 100% and look great. If it is not in very nice condition, I don't want it in my house. Is this insane thinking? Probably.
I paid $2,200 and added $2,800 for a cost to me of $5,000. Is $5,000 into this game insane? Probably, but not to me since this is what a World Cup Soccer should look like. It rivals any new game on how well it looks. It plays like it is from 1994 and is exactly what I expect.
So by asking $6,000, I expect to sell it at $5,500. (But if I asked $5,500 you would want it for $5,000.)
What is insane is me spending 30 hours meticulously fixing EVERY problem mechanically and electrically in the game so it is perfect and works 100%. Most listings on pinside will list the few issues the seller could not resolve or didn't want to bother with. How much is a 100% working machine worth?
How much is it worth to get a game (especially new) and you don't need to disassemble it to add Cliffy protectors since I already did that? I think it is insane to buy a NIB game and have to take the game apart to add protection.
So if this game is a game you want in the condition you want with all the parts added and working perfectly, is it insane to pay me $500 for 30 hours of work plus the 3 hours I spent to get the game? I don't think so.
If I did this restoration solely for the intent of selling it and making money, that would be insane.
I thoroughly enjoyed bringing this game to life and making it the most beautiful World Cup Soccer I have ever seen or I have ever restored. I will most likely be keeping it which is the intent to enjoy this game for a year or so before I sell it.
So what part of the above explanation is insane to you? To me, it is the time I invested to make this game look like this. I would never have done this work if it was not totally satisfying to see the results.
Have you looked at the web page i referenced in the ad? I posted over 450 photos discussing all aspects of the restoration. Hopefully, this will be useful to others in the future.