Nitro Ground Shaker: What's the real value?


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1 week ago


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#1 9 days ago

Have to chance to pick one up - but pinside has a wimpy value of $800, while BostonPinball Auction average for the last couple of years has it way closer to $1800.

Any thoughts? I personally kind of like the game myself

#2 9 days ago

I have owned 5 or 6 of them over the past 5 years or so. Kind of a long story but I am really into drag racing so I love the backglass but every time I get the machine it just doesn't have the "stay power" to keep long term in the collection.

Condition is key with the "true value" of Nitro. From memory when I sold mine it went something like this: Fair cabinet & playfield with flaking backglass around $800, Decent cabinet & backglass with fair playfield $1100, fair cabinet with very nice playfield and backglass $1300, and the couple others around $1000 in OK but not super nice condition.

In my eyes at $1800 the playfield would have to be near perfect, backglass would also have to be near perfect and paint of cabinet would have to be super nice for me to be even close to that number.

Look closely at backglass for lifting paint just above the lift channel - I have never owner a Nitro without at least a little paint lifting in that area. If playfield is nice then the next thing to consider is the red on the cabinet - that is often very washed out or paint off on that title.

Personally I wouldn't pay $1800 for a nice one but I could see paying $1600 if everything was very nice on that title. For $1800 I would either expect a new CPR playfield installed or a machine near HUO quality.

Just my 2 cents on things!

#3 9 days ago

Personally I think $800 is high for the game. Horrible game play and sounds. The only good thing about the game is the backglass art. Even the playfield art leaves a lot to be desired, again in my opinion. I owned a couple of these within the last ten years I'd say and was disappointed each time. $1800 ??? NO WAY!! $7-$800 from a first time buyer car nut.

John

#4 9 days ago
Quoted from Dayhuff:

Personally I think $800 is high for the game. Horrible game play and sounds. The only good thing about the game is the backglass art. Even the playfield art leaves a lot to be desired, again in my opinion. I owned a couple of these within the last ten years I'd say and was disappointed each time. $1800 ??? NO WAY!! $7-$800 from a first time buyer car nut.
John

I’ve passed on nice ones at $800. Boston pinball is a poor poor measure of value imo. Playfields are typically blown out and back glasses are peeled but I’ve seen a ton of these. At one point a friend of mine had three or four of them at the same time.

#5 9 days ago

800-1200 depending on condition.

#6 9 days ago
Quoted from Dayhuff:

Personally I think $800 is high for the game. Horrible game play and sounds. The only good thing about the game is the backglass art. Even the playfield art leaves a lot to be desired, again in my opinion. I owned a couple of these within the last ten years I'd say and was disappointed each time. $1800 ??? NO WAY!! $7-$800 from a first time buyer car nut.
John

John,

I agree 100% as far as playfield art and gameplay and that is why I can never keep that machine around long I just wish the backglass wasn't so darn good. I finally ended up giving up on the idea of keeping the game around and just kept a nice backglass to hang on the wall! It really make me sad game isn't more fun to play because I think the backglass is hands down my favorite pinball backglass.

Part of my love for the backglass is I am a Mopar guy but I also built the first small block Vega on the east coast back in the day. So the Cuda & Vega on that backglass bring back some great memories. And who doesn't love Dave Christensen backglass artwork?

#7 9 days ago

I've been looking for a few years for a wall hanger glass but there hard to come by. If anyone has one let me know.

John

#8 9 days ago
Quoted from Dayhuff:

I've been looking for a few years for a wall hanger glass but there hard to come by. If anyone has one let me know.
John

John,

I actually had to scrap a beat Nitro to get mine. Thankfully the machine was otherwise too far gone to fix but the backglass was super nice. Playfield & cabinet were both totally trashed so machine was basically more just a complete head then a machine but that was fine with me!

#9 9 days ago

I want a backglass too. Drag racing is in my family history. Sucks the game play isn't there. I've always wanted one but have never played.

#10 9 days ago

I think everyone wants a back glass. The CPR run didn't last long at all.

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