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I finally got it! Eclipse Gottlieb 1982


By Axaios

4 months ago



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#1 4 months ago

Hello guys,

I am very happy today since I finally managed to get an Eclipse. I know that for many people it might not be very popular however for me was the holy grail for many years.

This is the story.

Several years ago when I first started to entering the hobby I was trying to purchase my first pin. After searching on the web I found an add from a guy in Thessaloniki that was selling three projects for about 1500 dollars. One of them was the Eclipse.

After I saw the pictures I imminently falled in love with it. I wanted it so much. However he was not selling it as a single unit. So I had to get all three. No problem with that now, however back then I had no idea about restorations or how to find parts or basic knowledge on pins etc. So I decided not to buy those three projects. A decision that I regreted later on.

So the years passed buy. I got my first pin and a second one that I restored my self and a third one. So that was the time to find the guy from Thessaloniki again I said to my self. But he was no where to be found.
I tryed to call him, his number was no longer available. I tried via Viber but the contact I had back then it was no longer registered. I tryed to find the add, but the website was no longer available either.
I tryed to find him on the yellow pages because I new he had a antiques store but no luck. So that was it. The Eclipse was gone forever.

Now pay attention please. It's not easy to find pins in Greece and it's even harder or almost impossible to find an Eclipse or any other rare pin. So that Eclipse probably was the only one in the country or one of the few available. Perhaps, 3 or 4.

Any way, instead of keep trying to find the guy I started to add posts on fb that I was looking for an eclipse. In some point a person from the island of Mytilini contacted me to inform me that he got an Eclpise that he would like to sell. I said sure send me some pics.
..and now make a guess which Eclpise was at the pictures??? Yes, it was the one from Thessaloniki, the one that I did not get and it was the same pictures as back then. The guy from Mytilini was the one that actually bought the three projects from the guy in Thessaloniki.
Any way after I had a conversation with him he explained to me that he no longer had the pin. He trade it for a Gorgar and he had send the Eclpise to a person in Athens.
...and so this is where I finally found it.

The first ever pin that I wanted to buy and didn't, it's after so many years mine at last

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#2 4 months ago

Good for you!
I always enjoy hearing about fellow Pinsiders
tracking down the one they really want.
Enjoy

#3 4 months ago

WHOA! awesome! I've never heard or seen one. That is a great story too. Get video of play if you can, I can't find much out there!

#4 4 months ago

Great story. Fun pin by the way! And my favorite backglass in pinball!

2 weeks later
#5 4 months ago

Amazing story, congratulations!

Loving the James Bond side art, too! Will you keep it like that?

#6 4 months ago

Cool story and a rare game

#7 4 months ago
Quoted from Jappie:

Amazing story, congratulations!
Loving the James Bond side art, too! Will you keep it like that?

Thanks.

Actually I was thinking to switch it to its original cabin. But I am not sure if this is the right decision.

Opinions maybe?

#8 4 months ago

Congratulations on finding the Eclipse after all this time! If it were my game I would change the cabinet art to what it should be.

#9 4 months ago

Great story and congrats on finally getting your dream pin.

#10 4 months ago

Man it is awesome to find something you have been waiting for congratulations bro!!!

Mine story is somewhat sadder, but I am keeping a dream machine of mine goi g forward!

Friend of mine had a bank a ball he always told me would be mine. Unfortunately about 5 years ago he passed. His family knew he wanted me to have that machine and there was also a showboat I wasn’t aware of.

They called and said he wanted you to have these. I paid a reasonable price for both, but glad pinball and family/friend history is living on.

I don’t think I will ever restore completely because of the memory’s , but cleaned them up and they not operate will.

Just replaced back glasses as both were shot!

Good luck! Part of the hobby is the find, just like old cars!!!

#11 4 months ago
Quoted from Bull:

Man it is awesome to find something you have been waiting for congratulations bro!!!
Mine story is somewhat sadder, but I am keeping a dream machine of mine goi g forward!
Friend of mine had a bank a ball he always told me would be mine. Unfortunately about 5 years ago he passed. His family knew he wanted me to have that machine and there was also a showboat I wasn’t aware of.
They called and said he wanted you to have these. I paid a reasonable price for both, but glad pinball and family/friend history is living on.
I don’t think I will ever restore completely because of the memory’s , but cleaned them up and they not operate will.
Just replaced back glasses as both were shot!
Good luck! Part of the hobby is the find, just like old cars!!!

This story is indeed a bit sad, but the pins went to someone that your friend wanted to go, so this is a good thing for both I think.

#12 4 months ago
Quoted from Axaios:

Hello guys,
I am very happy today since I finally managed to get an Eclipse. I know that for many people it might not be very popular however for me was the holy grail for many years.
This is the story.
Several years ago when I first started to entering the hobby I was trying to purchase my first pin. After searching on the web I found an add from a guy in Thessaloniki that was selling three projects for about 1500 dollars. One of them was the Eclipse.
After I saw the pictures I imminently falled in love with it. I wanted it so much. However he was not selling it as a single unit. So I had to get all three. No problem with that now, however back then I had no idea about restorations or how to find parts or basic knowledge on pins etc. So I decided not to buy those three projects. A decision that I regreted later on.
So the years passed buy. I got my first pin and a second one that I restored my self and a third one. So that was the time to find the guy from Thessaloniki again I said to my self. But he was no where to be found.
I tryed to call him, his number was no longer available. I tried via Viber but the contact I had back then it was no longer registered. I tryed to find the add, but the website was no longer available either.
I tryed to find him on the yellow pages because I new he had a antiques store but no luck. So that was it. The Eclipse was gone forever.
Now pay attention please. It's not easy to find pins in Greece and it's even harder or almost impossible to find an Eclipse or any other rare pin. So that Eclipse probably was the only one in the country or one of the few available. Perhaps, 3 or 4.
Any way, instead of keep trying to find the guy I started to add posts on fb that I was looking for an eclipse. In some point a person from the island of Mytilini contacted me to inform me that he got an Eclpise that he would like to sell. I said sure send me some pics.
..and now make a guess which Eclpise was at the pictures??? Yes, it was the one from Thessaloniki, the one that I did not get and it was the same pictures as back then. The guy from Mytilini was the one that actually bought the three projects from the guy in Thessaloniki.
Any way after I had a conversation with him he explained to me that he no longer had the pin. He trade it for a Gorgar and he had send the Eclpise to a person in Athens.
...and so this is where I finally found it.
The first ever pin that I wanted to buy and didn't, it's after so many years mine at last
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Would look even better if you could rotate the pictures properly.

#13 4 months ago
Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:

Would look even better if you could rotate the pictures properly.

No argument about that. Even now I cant figure out why the pictures rotated like that to be honest.

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