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How long has your quest been to find a certain pin?

By Schusler

7 years ago


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#1 7 years ago

Even if it's ongoing or there was closure...

Name of machine and years on the lookout.

Mine - Gottlieb Punk!. Looked at the RGP archives, and I had 'wanted to buy' post from 2008.

#2 7 years ago

Longest: Banzai Run, 4 years.
Shortest: Star Gazer, 5 minutes.

#3 7 years ago

Longest: Indiana Jones (Williams), still looking locally and keeping hope alive. No dice. Just refuse to pay shipping fees on a game thats so heavily priced.

#4 7 years ago

I wanted a Popeye for a long time and just got one today. I wasn't aggressively pursuing one, but it was a few years in the making.

#5 7 years ago
Quoted from Wolfanoz:

Longest: Indiana Jones (Williams), still looking locally and keeping hope alive. No dice. Just refuse to pay shipping fees on a game thats so heavily priced.

Got really lucky w/ my IJ

I wasn't really looking for one...then one popped up on CL...$4000

Snagged it right away...it's in great shape too.

#6 7 years ago
Quoted from indypinhead:

Got really lucky w/ my IJ
I wasn't really looking for one...then one popped up on CL...$4000
Snagged it right away...it's in great shape too.

*sigh* Rub it in! That's awesome. Hope I can fall into that trap, closest one near me is $5000. I would consider trading my ST Pro and DM for a real nice one if it were possible.

#7 7 years ago

Longest: Centaur, Fathom, Black Hole: roughly 6 months.
-mof

#8 7 years ago

Longest WOZ took over 2 years

I think RAZA is going to take twice as long

Mousin Around has been on my wishlist t f or a year a d

#9 7 years ago

Wow... Kewl thread! Mine: Haunted House. For like 15 years, each and Every time I get close to scoring my "Mad Mansion", either a day or a dollar short! ~SpOoKy

#10 7 years ago

It took me a very long time to track down a nice Ali. It also took me 7 years to find a Fireball within driving distance. I think the next longest time would probably be Torpedo Alley at 5 years. I actually found two of them in two weeks

I mean, if you have enough money, finding stuff is easier. However, sometimes older games just aren't out there any more for any price and you have to be patient.

#11 7 years ago

It's not the quest for the pin that's a problem for me, it's a quest for the money :/

#12 7 years ago

Going on three months looking for a good local deal on a Metallica.

#13 7 years ago

over a year and a half to get my lotr.

#14 7 years ago

sorry, OP, but I've been searching for a Punk for quite a while too. Haven't kept exact time, but its been several years.

#15 7 years ago

GnR over two years and counting.

#16 7 years ago

12 years to find a Charlies Angels EM. version. Highest priced I ever paid for a game at that time and after owning it for 5-6 years I just recently sold it.

John P. Dayhuff
Battle Creek, Mi.
269-979-3836

#17 7 years ago

Bally 4 Queens. 18 years to find & acquire. This was basically pre-internet. Once the internet was "invented", I soon was made aware of one in Springfield, MA and got it.

#18 7 years ago

I'm kind of new to collecting, so I haven't had much on my WTB list for long.

It took about 2 years until I was in position to acquire a CFTBL, and I'm picking one up this weekend in trade.

#19 7 years ago

A local TOTAN - 8 months. I'll give up after 10years though

#20 7 years ago

Been looking for a reasonably priced Carribean Cruise or Night Moves without acid damage for over two years.

#21 7 years ago

Asteroid Annie - havent been looking too long - but just about everyone that has one is holding on to her. The other people are on the fence...

#22 7 years ago

Fathom. Since I first played it in 1982. Just got it last summer. So sweet!

#23 7 years ago

Over a year and a half searching for a Frontier.....still searching.

#24 7 years ago

about a year for a Bally ST. On my way to pick it up, got a call from a guy who asked if I wanted a pin. When I asked the title, he said "Bally ST. Two in one day.............

#25 7 years ago

Three years for a nice Congo

#26 7 years ago

Banzai. 5 years. Scored one about 8 months ago. Just got it sorted about a month ago. Great machine

#27 7 years ago

Been looking for a Mystery Castle since the late 90's.

#28 7 years ago

It took me 12 years to find a nice Jolly Park. I finally landed one a little over a year ago.

#29 7 years ago

9 or 10 years for my Quicksilver. Its been 2 or 3 years for Star Gazer so far. Let's see if it takes longer than QS did.

#30 7 years ago

Been about 2 years for T2 within distance and price range....That quest is now over.

I think my longest search was for two I owned before but sold......Finally got them back after 10 years....STTNG and DE 25th Ann. ST. I still need the 3rd I owned, the 1978 Bally ST and now the Stern ST (prefer LE) but need to save $$

(yeah, I know....good luck in this hobby) LOL

#31 7 years ago

Been trying for a few years to play a BBB

#32 7 years ago
Quoted from Pdxmonkey:

Been trying for a few years to play a BBB

If you're ever on the east coast and want to at least try a BBB, look me up.

#33 7 years ago
Quoted from videorob:

If you're ever on the east coast and want to at least try a BBB, look me up.

Yeah buddy!

#34 7 years ago

Don't get me wrong....it's not mine...YET. But it's a friends that will open up his game room once a year.

I do have dibbs on it though....it's got about 130 plays on it, last I checked.

#35 7 years ago

I know at least 17 are mine. It is 100% HUO. It sits in his den, not in the gameroom. But he has let me bring collectors over to play a game.

#36 7 years ago

That's wild, so far I've seen two but neither one was playable

#37 7 years ago
Quoted from Pdxmonkey:

That's wild, so far I've seen two but neither one was playable

I also have it on my Virtual Pin cab...... It's really not the same as a real pin but it is 100% accurate to the game. You're welcome to play mine anytime after I get over a few health issues. All pain related.

I know Pinfedel has been waiting in the wings to come over and play the VP and a few real pins.....just need to overcome some health issues before I can be a good host.

#38 7 years ago

About a month. I'm REALLY not good at being patient, and haven't yet been sorry I paid too much for a pin I love. Better than being tortured by hearing about others enjoying theirs while I just think about maybe owning one someday.

#39 7 years ago

Looking for a few years for a nice working Gottlieb Buccaneer that's close to me.

#40 7 years ago

beelzeboob, Any game you want to try just let me know.....most I can incorporate into my VP cab and you are also welcome to stop by and play.

Granted...it's not the same as the real thing but it won't cost you $20,000 either!

#41 7 years ago

Still looking for a Stern Iron Maiden!!!
Also a wired Bally Voltan Pf, I have the rest!

Took a good 10 years to find an EM Bally Black Jack, EK & Mata Hari.

#42 7 years ago
Quoted from videorob:

beelzeboob, Any game you want to try just let me know.....most I can incorporate into my VP cab and you are also welcome to stop by and play.
Granted...it's not the same as the real thing but it won't cost you $20,000 either!

VERY kind of you...thank you! I've never been able to warm up to VP, though. Tried it at Allentown, and it just made me wish I was either playing my Xbox or a real machine. It's kind of the Purgatory of Pinball. But I may just take you up on it the next time I'm up in Connecticut (which for some strange reason is where I find my second-hand games).

#43 7 years ago

Safecracker - five years, finally got it four months ago

#44 7 years ago

MM - got cashed up on the Wednesday. Now, I think, the long search begins..

One pops up on eVil the very next day, 50km down the road, go have a look - didn't like it..

Hang on says the seller, I've got a few more.. Takes me up to the shed - 6 MM's all in a row.

Take your pick he say of the 3 or 4 unsold remaining machines - Japan delivered all in squeaky clean condition - nice.

About three days for my MM.

#45 7 years ago

A couple years to find a MM within my price range

#46 7 years ago

I have been searching for a collector quality Stern Indiana Jones for over a year. It started to become a quest-like searching for the holy grail. Although I enjoy the hunt, I started to get impatient and discouraged. I had two CQ IJ's slip through my fingers and had four routed examples offered to me at a very good price. I almost gave in on a routed one for $3600. Patience is a virtue and it paid off for me. Now I am hunting for a CQ TX-Sector and Stargate at a decent price. The quest never ends.

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#47 7 years ago

~19 years for a TAF.

Granted that was from when I played it as a kid in 92' and vowed I would own one "someday" until I finally dove in head first and bought my first pin.

Currently I guess Predator. Nearing 2 years since I signed up to get one.

#48 7 years ago

A JP in exceptional shape....about 3 or 4 years. I looked at several and past on them until I found the best one I had ever seen. After 15 or 20 hour shop job and removing the original black rubber, I have a keeper.....Until I need room or money.

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