The PNW has plenty of games, if a seller is willing to accept negotiations and working the price, and the buyer uses contacts, develops networking, and has a good reputation for swift, non confrontational, fair sales.
"You only can be a tire kicker for so long before people will turn away."
Enthusiasts have to look beyond standard "for sale" locations, and that means doing research, and canvassing.
Games don't come to you, you go to the games.
They do exist, and not rare unless a person lives no where near a populated area (greater than 150-200 miles).
Normally, there has to be some form of explanation that something cannot be worth a bar of gold bullion, if it has to be restored and repaired by someone with expertise, a very key point to most owners.
Many times it is more than a few hours work for restoration, but not certainly insurmountable.
Sometimes I walk away, and let another take the game, knowing the trouble it will result, and I see up for sale again later.
Those that would prefer a $100 game, need to be ready to roll up sleeves (project), but they also exist, but generally closer starting price to $150-200, if intact. Backglasses usually are not that great for $150-200 games, though today.
Another Wizard! being picked up shortly, now working (unrestored) except for a minor reset relay issue that I will finish.
(Backglass was removed for inspection but exceptional condition)
Local less than 15 miles away from my home and shop.
A general "diamond in the rough", if known what to look for overall.
Typical light planking of the wood playfield veneer of this title and age and minor paint loss, but correctable.
1 Left Backbox (resized).jpg
3 Right Backbox (resized).jpg
4 Right Cabinet (resized).jpg
2 Left Cabinet (resized).jpg
5 Coin door (resized).jpg
7 Upper PF (resized).jpg
6 Center PF (resized).jpg
Yet another EM to pick up shortly among several others, a little road trip required, under $300 each.
A duplicate game, Dogies (Bally, 1968) Ted Zale "zipper flipper" game for my game archives.
General overall condition is excellent-superb, especially for 50 years.
French export version with operator "modifications" (see if you can spot them)
The trip will cost equal to the total games.