(Topic ID: 115293)

Junky Playboy 35th - Fix, sell as-is, or part

By bbeishline

6 years ago

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#1 6 years ago

I have a Playboy 35th that I got as part of a package deal. It's been sitting on end in my shop for 10+ years and it's time for it to go.

The game came from a bar. The MPU is badly acid damaged (I did pull the batteries as soon as I got it home, the damage was existing) and it has some funky pebbling on the playfield. Not bubbles under the mylar, the actual playfield is bumpy. I doubt if it would affect play much. No PF glass right now. Well, actually there IS glass - scattered throughout the game in tiny pieces. Apparently it had some heavy trophy thing sitting on top of it that got knocked off and broke the glass when it was on location in the bar. Brilliant. Other than that I think it is at least complete. Translite is in good shape. (On a side note, what's up with the art on DE games from this era? Seems like you'd almost have to TRY to make a Playboy-themed backglass and playfield this ugly.)

Prices on this game in the best of condition are pretty low, so I'm wondering if it's worth my effort to try to get it fixed up. The non-family nature will make it even harder to sell in my area. Until I get a working board in there I won't really know what other problems it has. A new Rottendog MPU board is $300. The existing board is in bad enough shape that I don't know if repair is a option.

I have done just enough work on games that I think I could probably get it all working, and I think that the experience would be valuable, but I'm worried that just the cost of parts may drive my cost up to the point where I'd be better off just selling it as-is or parting it out. I did some searching and saw that a project machine went for $350 a while ago. A "working" game went as low as $700. I'm thinking that if I fixed it up pretty well I could maybe get $1200 for it, please advise if that seems off.

For shopping/repairing the game, I would plan to replace the bad board, clean the game up without going nuts (i.e. stripping the playfield completely), fix any non-working stuff, re-rubber, and probably rebuild the flippers. Don't know if I'd need to buy new displays or not.

Parting out sounds like it would be a drawn-out process, but I would do that over selling as-is if I could get more money.

So what advice does everyone have? Fix & flip, sell as a "project" game, or part out?

If anyone is curious on the package deal I got, it was this PB35, a Motordome (Pinball Podcast's clunker of the month once, yeah!) and a High Speed all for $600. None were working but all more or less complete. I wanted to fix up and keep the HS (which I did) and sell the other two to cover the cost and then some, hopefully. So if anyone wants the PB35 and Motordome for $600 and can pick up in Utah I'd go for that. I do need to get my $600 back though, as that's how I convinced my wife to let me do it.



#2 6 years ago

I had a junky DE PB 35th that was absolutely the bane of my existence until I sold it for several hundred less than I had into it.


Just sell it to someone as a project.

#3 6 years ago

I agree, someone wants to put the time into it and get it running again, let them do it. Someone will want it as it for a project, sell it as is

#4 6 years ago

great price for the 2 should sell quick

#5 6 years ago

We had also a DE Playboy with a lot of humps in the playfield. It was like they used too much glue underneath the mylar. We succesfully removed the mylar with freeze spray and ended up with a very nice playfield.


#6 6 years ago
Quoted from bbeishline:

So what advice does everyone have? Fix & flip, sell as a "project" game, or part out?

I'd just hold on to it in case the furnace stops working.

#7 6 years ago

I bought the last one for $350. It needed displays and the MPU fixed along with many other things. I think I am into it for over $1000 now. Sell it for $250 as a project.

#8 6 years ago

both of the Playboy 35th's I sold, one for $350 and a good working one for $650-700 (i forget)
It's a tough sell game, it's not a terrible game but its rules are real shallow and it becomes terribly easy to play,
it might be best to part it out, you'll do better with it.

#9 6 years ago

Sell it as a project. Someone will enjoy it.

Though, the market for this one is probably pretty small

#10 6 years ago

Hold on to it!
Won't PB35th increase in value by 3X when the man in the robe departs the world?
That's the only reason I'm hanging on to mine!
Maybe it'll be worth 5X!!
(for those who can't tell, I am using "sarcasm")

#11 6 years ago

Don't part out! Someone will want it. I was so happy to get mine From shacklersrevenge.

Not a valuable game by any means but I love the theme, music, and art. I'm in the minority but happy to have it in the collection. Also a great game for noobs, real easy to learn ruleset.

#12 6 years ago

Thanks for replies everybody. Looks like I'll be selling it as-is. I'll get it up on its legs and clean it up a little, and pull out all the glass chips I can find at least.


#13 6 years ago

Where are you located? Might be interested...

#14 6 years ago

Ogden, UT - LMK

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