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Pin Score of the Year, $300 Totan, Junk Yard & No Fear


By BertoDRINK1

2 years ago



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#1 2 years ago

Hey just wanted share our pinball pickup last weekend, which will probably be our score of a lifetime.
Tales of The Arabian Nights, Junk Yard and No Fear for $300 bucks for the lot $100 bucks each.
So I was loaded up with a Uhual trailer with 3 arcades from our collection heading to Jacksonville from Georgia. So about 8pm while I'm driving down I see an ad pop up, first I see 2 pins JY and NF for $125 each (WTF is exactly what I was thinking) as I'm typing up my message I noticed he put his phone number in the ad so I called the number. A man answers and is like Huh for the pinballs as he is handing the phone to another man probably because it was less than 10min since the ad was posted. Guy 2 is all calm and like yeah there here which one did you want? I said I was interested in both JY and NF, his response was yeah those are the better 2. Whoa Huh I ask what else do you have and he says we got a Totan also but it is in rougher shape. So I have to hold my self together and I say oh cool what would you want for the whole lot? He asked guy number 1, then tells me $300 bucks for them all! Holy Moly I got to make something happen.
OK where the problem is these things are in Georgetown AL just past the Florida pan handle and I'm already loaded up with my kids in the car. I'm not going to lie my 1st thought was go there get the pins and leave the arcades there on the side of the road and post an ad myself for free arcades on the side of the road. But no that wouldn't work as it was still a 5 hour drive after I looked it up and that would get me there at 1am doubt that guy wants to sell some pins at 1am. So I call him back and say I can be there as early as it is OK with you tomorrow and he said as early as you want I'm awake before 7am so OK 7am it is tomorrow, please call me if anything changes as I'll be driving all night to get out there and he is like sure they'll be here see you tomorrow.
Wow so now I finish my drive to Jville I got there at 11pm unloaded and went to bed for a quick nap about midnight. Woke up at 1:30am filled up on gas picked up my brother and some cash from ur ATM and hit the road it's now a 6.5 hour drive maybe a little more with gas stops to try and be there by 7am.
The last hour was pretty nerve racking as we where almost an hour late after stops for gas and coffee as we are turning down some very rural semi paved road and stop at a house we can seem them in the back yard under a tarp.

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#2 2 years ago

Jesus christ. :/

#3 2 years ago

So they are in the back yard under a tarp, I walk up the guy meets me outside and says here they are and pulls the cover off and Wow actually not to bad. Totan was the worse like he said the bottom fell out when they tried to move it from moisture. He bought just bought them from another who got them from a storage unit purchase, they have been in his back yard almost 2 weeks he says.
Here is the cash let's load them up! After the deal is made the more we look at them the better they look 100% complete if we have to part them out we still make good money but that's not what I want to do hopefully. On the way home my AC unit on my SUV froze up at gas station we had to swap that there in the parking lot that was a mission that took almost 6 hours getting my wife to bring me the part. We make it home at 1am so 23.5 hours for this round trip pinball pick up of a lifetime score.

#4 2 years ago

I'll give you $400 for all three. You'll come out with a huge profit!

#5 2 years ago

We get them unloaded the next day and after a better look at them both Junk Yard and No Fear look to be good to try and turn on after I went through with the Multimeter and tested a few things. We put in a few new batteries and guess what they both fire up just fine they completely dried out rubbers are all cracked and the balls are rusty and very very dirty but everything is working just fine on them both.

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#6 2 years ago

That is truly the score of a lifetime.

#7 2 years ago

Woah that is an amazing score, if only something like that could happen in the UK

#8 2 years ago

Wow, I just didn't think this sort of stuff happens anymore in the civilized world. Good for you!

I tell you what... I'll give $300 just for the TOTAN.

#9 2 years ago

I started cleaning No Fear since it seemed the to be in the best condition this past week. Surprisingly the boards are in great shape and the bottom of the playfield is really clean.
So far the only things broken are the drop target return tab and I found one in some spare parts that's brass and twice as thick pretty sure it will never break again. The other thing is a tab on the No Fear mountain on top of the right side VUK and that's both an easy fix and easily bought part.

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#10 2 years ago

That is awesome!

#11 2 years ago

After the tear down of No Fear this week I'm still amazed as to how good the inside of the pins are, the cabs are a little dried out but the playfields are great. No Fear has cleaned up really nice. I had just enough left over LED's for the GI and I'll start putting it back together then have to place a Non Ghosting led order for the inserts and what ever else is left. But No Fear will be down this week and playing again.
Junk Yard is in the same condition just needs a good shop job.
Totan is going to need a little work probably a new cabinet not sure yet might be able to save it.
What a great experience never thought we would get so lucky.

Anyone got the instructions on this thing

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#12 2 years ago

my goodness. Now that is unbelievable!
Good luck getting them up and flipping.
-Mike

#13 2 years ago

Great find no doubt. Did the banjo playing boy from Deliverance live there?

#14 2 years ago

Surprised you didn't get the CL scumbags offer 3k for all of them before you picked them up.

#15 2 years ago

I wondered who scored these, saw the ad but I was too late! Was wondering if it was a fake ad. Major congrats!

#16 2 years ago

Wow talk about a bargain!
I could only ever wish to be able to find a deal like that here in Australia!

#17 2 years ago

This is a most excellent score. For that, the tribe is jealous of you paying under $20000 for all of that. And for that, you must be banished from our village and exiled. Maybe the cheap bastard club(tm) will pick you up.

#18 2 years ago

Good for you guys. Must have been tough sleeping those few hours until you had the games secured.

#19 2 years ago

Wow. Just wow

#20 2 years ago
Quoted from Sinistarrett:

I wondered who scored these, saw the ad but I was too late! Was wondering if it was a fake ad. Major congrats!

That's what we thought for almost 7 hours was this really going to happen, but we lucked out. It will be our story of a lifetime.

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#21 2 years ago

just remember to pay it forward when you sell em

#22 2 years ago

I miss those days of finding deals like the one you scored. I never found one *that* good, but I've had my share of decent finds .

Big time congrats on your deal !

#23 2 years ago

Very nice pick up and the totan playfield looks nice. 10k worth of pins for 300 is one the better scores ive seen in a long while. Also i believe your jy is a early one bc it looks to have a magnet under wrecking ball.....

#24 2 years ago

See things like this never happen to me...
Good haul man!!!

#25 2 years ago

Congrats on the pick up, an thanks for sharing the story, good to hear every one gets lucky sometimes..

#26 2 years ago

It does still happen, a person just has to be willing to roll up their sleeves and do the work.

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#27 2 years ago

Congrats on an awesome score.
Please keep us updated on the progress of getting them back to 100%

#28 2 years ago
Quoted from MotorCityMatt:

Surprised you didn't get the CL scumbags offer 3k for all of them before you picked them up.

I always laugh at this attitude. Some might consider buying them waaaay undervalued from some unsuspecting naive seller a "scumbag" move. Offering $3k for THREE great games would not be a scumbag move.

#29 2 years ago
Quoted from Pimp77:

I always laugh at this attitude. Some might consider buying them waaaay undervalued from some unsuspecting naive seller a "scumbag" move. Offering $3k for THREE great games would not be a scumbag move.

2 ways to look at this.

If the seller says they are sold, I have someone on the way, then yes, offering $3k is a total scumbag move.

If the seller does not disclose this and is offered $3k and takes it, then the seller is pulling the scumbag move.

I would also consider these might be stolen items from a "storage locker"

#30 2 years ago

Great score!! Man I cant even find an "expensive" Junkyard around me. Love that game.

#31 2 years ago

The seller named the price and was happy to sell them, if they did some quick research I am sure they could have seen they were worth more, but in the end they got cash and got rid of what other may have considered junk. Even if you have to get a new or donor cabinet and re-decal for the TOTAN you still have 3 great games for a great price. Sweet score!

#32 2 years ago

PM me when you're ready to buy a new apron and shooter for TOTAN.

#33 2 years ago
Quoted from Pimp77:

I always laugh at this attitude. Some might consider buying them waaaay undervalued from some unsuspecting naive seller a "scumbag" move. Offering $3k for THREE great games would not be a scumbag move.

You are probably right, scumbag is probably a little harsh. Cock blocking is more like it.

#34 2 years ago

Congratulations on an awesome find! I hope to one day be able to find one of these mystical "barn finds" I always read/hear about. I would probably have also bought a lottery ticket! How bad is the condition on the TOTAN? That's my dream machine.

#35 2 years ago

I like the fact that even after you sealed the deal you were so excited that you made a typo in your post title!

I have a feeling it will be a while longer before that excitement fully wears off!

#36 2 years ago

Man you beat me by 30 minutes! Lol awesome!

#37 2 years ago

Why does this never happen to me?

#38 2 years ago

amazing find, and story.

#39 2 years ago
Quoted from c508:

I like the fact that even after you sealed the deal you were so excited that you made a typo in your post title!
I have a feeling it will be a while longer before that excitement fully wears off!

I got that typo for you Thanx
Yes the excitement won't be going away anytime soon.

The Totan will be a project I am actually looking forward to, part of the hobby for me is working on the machines and constantly learning new skills. We already purchased a new Gold CPR playfield for it, then I'll get some opinions on the cab to see if it can be saved or just go with a new or donor cab one thing is for sure I want to do it right for that one. Junk Yard will be a quick tear down and shop job also can't wait to have them all working and playing next to each other again

#40 2 years ago
Quoted from BertoDRINK1:

see if it can be saved or just go with a new or donor cab

Shoot, if I found a 100$ TOTAN, I'd just sell the cab to someone wanting a project cab or something unique for their virtual pin, and then get a brand new cabinet from VPCabs or something. By the time you put 3-4k in that TOTAN, it will be worth 6k.

#41 2 years ago

Based on the quality of cabinets being used by Stern, I'm guessing the TOTAN cab is just fine.

Joking aside. Good pickup!

#42 2 years ago

Awesome score. I would have driven to get those, and for me it would have been about 14hrs 1 way. That TOTAN pf looks good from what i saw. Must not be as good, since you ordered a pf.

#43 2 years ago
Quoted from Insane:

Awesome score. I would have driven to get those, and for me it would have been about 14hrs 1 way. That TOTAN pf looks good from what i saw. Must not be as good, since you ordered a pf.

The playfield isn't to bad really 3 areas of concern. The magnet area at the top of the geni has a couple cracks in it, the bottom of the geni bottle the insert has some wear, and the 2 purple diamond inserts in front of the left ramp the clear over the left diamond is complete missing and the right one is chipped. Overall not to bad, but with starting at $100 Totan it's an easy decision to get the Repo. Also I sent out a few pics to a reputable restorer and he informed me Totan playfields have a tendency to ghost so touch up and clear is not a good option. I'm sure when I get it out and clean someone will buy it for a couple hundred or something.

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#44 2 years ago

The Gold CPR playfield landed today also and it looks great from fellow pinsider Damonator

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#45 2 years ago

Congrats BertoDRINK1!! Wow I wish I saw this last night so I could have dreamed it was me. Story of the year!

#46 2 years ago

That is seriously awesome! Congrats man! Very happy for you.

#47 2 years ago

And here I thought my recent score of a T2 for $700 and a Future Spa for $300 were good. Nice job!

#48 2 years ago
Quoted from BertoDRINK1:

The Gold CPR playfield landed today also and it looks great from fellow pinsider Damonator

Glad it arrived safely! Looking forward to your restoration thread.

Quoted from Frax:

Shoot, if I found a 100$ TOTAN, I'd just sell the cab to someone wanting a project cab or something unique for their virtual pin, and then get a brand new cabinet from VPCabs or something. By the time you put 3-4k in that TOTAN, it will be worth 6k.

I agree with Frax - you can pick up a fully decaled brand new cab for $2k from VPCabs and sell the existing one if you aren't happy with it.

I disagree with Frax on that $6k number though - I would put it a little higher with a brand new playfield/cabinet.

#49 2 years ago
Quoted from Minneapolispin:

And here I thought my recent score of a T2 for $700 and a Future Spa for $300 were good. Nice job!

love some future spa crazy price in this market

#50 2 years ago
Quoted from Damonator:

I disagree with Frax on that $6k number though - I would put it a little higher with a brand new playfield/cabinet.

It's not my fault people overcharge and overpay. I'm almost always conservative with my prices in both regards. I refuse to pay the "game of the month" tax or the "overpaid for a restoration" tax, haha. Point was, if cost of doing a new cabinet was a concern, he'll easily make his money back and save a lot of trouble, and really enjoy the thing until it leaves. And everything leaves eventually. Can't tell you how many "grails" I have sold (Space Shuttle, Doctor Who, Tron, Tron AGAIN, AC/DC Premium, STTNG, STTNG AGAIN, WCS...)

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