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How often have you seen this in an old EM?


By DCRand

6 months ago



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#1 6 months ago

Just picked up a Gottlieb Grand Slam. The inside of the cabinet looks amazing, like it was built last week. How often do you see this in a 48 year old EM? The play field is very good too, but think that is more common.

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#2 6 months ago

A friend has a Card Whiz that was home use only. The wood even smells brand new.

#3 6 months ago

How many games in total play meter?

#4 5 months ago

Maybe it was never on location or someone really took great care of it. Very nice.
-Mike

#5 5 months ago

I've seen it on several Gottliebs I have owned. Sometimes I get the feeling they didn't get played much.

#6 5 months ago

I have a Solar City that looks like that inside, and it has more than 70,000 plays on the meter...many Gottliebs I've seen have excellent plating that somehow stays shiny and barely corrodes. It probably helps if it wasn't near an ocean or a smoky bar or an industrial city.
Our Jungle Queen is definitely an unrestored original, and it has very shiny plating. Maybe Gottlieb used some sort of clearcoat at the factory.
I always love the quality of the Gottlieb wiring harnesses. Those also survive sometimes in almost perfect condition. Some of those machines will probably last 200 years or more if we take good care of them and hand them down to the right people ...
Sometimes, I suspect we are running into older undocumented restorations that have passed from owner to owner. Maybe somebody stripped the playfield down and tumbled all the parts 10 or 20 years ago, and it's just starting to show tiny bits of corrosion now.

#7 5 months ago
Quoted from Tuukka:

How many games in total play meter?

44,142 plays. Pic attached. And the wood does look and almost smell new. Just have to get roto target working right. Haven’t had to work on one before.

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#8 5 months ago

At 44K+ plays I would hazard a guess it is a well cared for operated game. I've owned many. I have a 30K play Quick Draw and a 30K play Abra Ca Dabra, both every bit as nice as your Grand Slam.

I did own a HUO Gottlieb Mustang for a month or so. It was like a new game from the factory.

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