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Gottlieb Mermaid price check...

By swillie

4 years ago

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#7 4 years ago

The type of collector who'd be after this one would most likely prefer he not have it "fixed" (so as to not risk getting it messed up, made non-original, etc.). They'll want to handle the restoration themselves (or arrange for it themselves).

Very desirable game - eBay might be the better route. Or place it on the Marketplace here and see what offers come in.

Cosmetic condition is king, so without pictures, it's hard say value-wise, other than it's generally very valuable (certainly more than that offer).

#32 4 years ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

To get the maximum for it,

That might boost the selling price, but not necessarily net the most for the seller, depending on how much any work done on it costs (parts and labor).

#39 4 years ago

Another playfield can be made. And the existing playfield may still be restorable (even if stripping off the top laminate layer and replacing it). For this title, getting the rest of the game with the correct wiring harness and everything else is worth it. Creating a new playfield is feasible with current technology. Not necessarily cheap, but feasible. The added expense would likely still make sense on this title.

It would take a lot more than just a trashed playfield surface to render it hopeless. The wiring harness for the score motor board and backbox is really the key ingredient; a whole new game can be built around that.

The typical poor condition playfield is what prompted the first one-off playfields to be done. That person may not do them again, but that doesn't prevent anyone else from making a playfield.

If the game is otherwise complete, a $1000 investment would allow a very large budget to muster a new playfield and still be OK.

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