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My first pinball was ...

By awarner

5 years ago

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#1 5 years ago

Interesting to see what people's first purchased pinball was. Add your own - mine is below!

Mine was Data East Simpsons and I think I bought it in 1998. I had it for about a year and during that time, got my Doctor Who which played a lot better. I paid around $700 for it at an auction in Mt. Holly , NJ (Superauctions) and sold on eBay for $1200. I remember replacing a plastic and the bumper caps. I also had a few wires that needed re-soldering, but overall it ran well. Shoot the Ramp - Shoot the Ramp! TSPP is a lot better game - I still own that one!


#2 5 years ago

Mine was a Williams Indiana Jones back in 1999. Just traded it away last year

#3 5 years ago

Bally Elektra. And it's still my favourite.

#4 5 years ago
#5 5 years ago

The Machine:Bride of Pinbot

#6 5 years ago

6mdm in 1979. Still working and in my fathers game room

#7 5 years ago

HS2 and still have it. Rough around the edges but very reliable and plays great.

#9 5 years ago

Stellar wars!

#10 5 years ago
#11 5 years ago

Mars Trek - Christmas present when I was 12 years old (1984)...wish I still had it!

#12 5 years ago

TMNT, and will never sell!

#13 5 years ago

The same one I have now....Demolition Man.

#16 5 years ago

Mine was a diamond plated whirlwind that I would love to get back someday .

#17 5 years ago

Pin*Bot, first and will be the last to leave if it ever comes down to it.

#18 5 years ago

WWF Royal Rumble. She was good to me

#19 5 years ago

I was a pin-virgin until I 'scored' with Roadshow back in '96!

#20 5 years ago

1969 Gottlieb Road Race. Dad brought it home as a gift for my brother and I. Was probably 82 or 83.

#22 5 years ago

Funhouse in 2008, still here but i'll probably sell it soon.

#23 5 years ago

The Machine: Bride of Pinbot in November 2010. Still waiting on the repro playfield for a full restore

#24 5 years ago

Black Hole September 2012. poor things not getting enough attention now. Might be time to go

#25 5 years ago

Bought my Harlem Globetrotters at a Garage sale, over the phone and site unseen for $200...without even knowing it was a HG game...LOL. That was August 10th 1996 and since then I've owned 557 pins and this game would be the last one to leave.

John P. Dayhuff
Battle Creek, Mi.

#26 5 years ago

Can't remember which one was first, but it would have been one of these. This was back in the mid-80's and I've slept since then.

Bally Star Trek
Space Riders
Orbitor 1

#28 5 years ago

First game I owned was Jack in the Box - bought it back in 1983. The game was only 10 years old then!

#29 5 years ago

Technically my parents owned the Twin Win (that I now have) in their basement for about 15 years, but it sat mostly covered up and never played. The first one that I bought was Jurassic Park, and it will be the last one to ever leave. My original pinball-playing days were spent playing JP and it was the first I sought out, plus I have a whole room decorated around it.

#30 5 years ago

The first was a freebie - '72 Grand Slam in pieces and still in the rebuild process many years later now that I finally found a bg. The first complete was a Vulcan, a very solid machine.

#31 5 years ago

Jurassic Park - 2004

(Plus I defied the odds and it was my "only" game for 5 years)

#32 5 years ago

Super Orbit

#33 5 years ago

jokerz! $700 delivered. 2010. yep, i overpaid.

#35 5 years ago

Johnny Mnemonic

Bought Xmas of 2011, sold fall of 2013 to a buddy (so I can still go play it!) to fund my RoadShow.

I soooo would have converted it to a Matrix if that project would've had legs....


#36 5 years ago

GnR. Still have it.

#37 5 years ago

The Shadow...still have it, still play it, still love it, still kicks my a**.

#38 5 years ago

1973 Williams Gulfstream.
Had it in my apartment and rental house during college. Very popular at parties.
It was also awesome, under-appreciated, over-played, beat upon, and generally abused.

Man, I never should have got rid of it.

#39 5 years ago

Funhouse. Still have it. Not the best condition game but a good players.

#40 5 years ago

TAF. Still have it. Still my favorite.

#41 5 years ago

Purchased a Blackout back in '93 for $500. Not a perfect backglass, but very nice. It's never leaving.

#42 5 years ago

Pinball 1.0 :

Very first game I purchased was F-14 Tomcat in 2000. Paid too much at $600 but I learned a ton. It taught me how to solder and how to read a wiring schematic.....both were entirely foreign to me until then. I completely stripped the playfield and cleaned it up as best I could and fixed what I could. Played great for a while but kept breaking down. It had been stored in an outdoor pole barn for decades.

Game #2 was a NIB LOTR in 2003....lol. Went from one extreme to the next....tired of working on them I guess

Then I fell out of the hobby

Pinball 2.0 :

2012 Sold the F-14 and then two weeks later traded the LOTR for two machines (plus some cash). A very nice Getaway and WCS94.....that kicked me back into the hobby and I've been going strong since. Also discovered "Pinside" at that same time.

#43 5 years ago

A beat up but lovable Quick Draw.

#44 5 years ago

Black Knight - in 1986


#46 5 years ago

Twilight Zone was my first home pin. Bought it in 2005.

#47 5 years ago

In 2006 I was visiting an operator who was close up operations / selling his route. I had already bought about 60 project vids from the warehouses he was clearing out over the last year and was looking for a few more. This visit was a little different then the others; it was probably going to be my last look at what he had left before the sale and my wife decided to come along. Well after looking through what was left, I decided I just didn't have the room to take any of the project cabs he had left so, we walked out to say goodbye.

The op was in the process of loading a couple of pinball machines in the back of his truck. My wife turns to me and says what about those? The op responds before I could and say any “he is my video guy, he is not interested in pinballs”. Few hours later, I drove away with a Big Hurt and a Hook.

I've since sold both machines, I don’t miss Hook; I wouldn't mind playing Big Hurt again.

#48 5 years ago

Our family bought a 2001 back in the 1970s that eventually became mine, but my first purchase was Dr. Who

#49 5 years ago

This was my first.

Now get off my lawn!


#50 5 years ago

6mdm 2009

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