I thought this would be worth sharing with the community:
A little backstory....I've been collecting pins for almost 20 years now. And in that time I've never attended an arcade/vending auction. Thanks to an awesome fellow pinsider, I heard about an auction about an hour away from me yesterday and I said, "what the heck...you've got nothing to lose, go check it out." Boy am I glad I did.
Here's some takeaways from yesterday along with some pics of my haul:
1.) Pinball people are just awesome people. Got to meet a bunch of fellow pinheads (not sure of pinside handles for everyone but it was awesome to talk shop with Steve Chahanovich of Killingly Pinball Company, John Bateman from Spring Lake Aracde, his partner in crime for the day Ed "I never got your last name, sorry" and another fellow pinsider Marty.) Even though I was bidding against you guys and I could tell we wanted a lot of the same things I think we all went home happy.
2.) Old operators hoard everything. Like seriously I think there was a lot of like 50 coin doors alone. And another lot that looked like about 25-50 video conversion kits.
3.) If you are willing to dig and poke around you can find great things dirt cheap. My day started with scoring a topper for Space Shuttle for $5, simply because I noticed it stapled to the ops wall and asked "is that up for bid?" I'll let my pictures do the talking on the rest of my haul.
4.) Why was I scared of auctions? I went in with visions of me scratching my nose and accidentally bidding on things. Or overpaying for stuff that might be worthless. In the end, I spent less than I would on a single machine, got a whole ton of cool stuff.
All in all, a great day. I'm glad I took the leap.