Quoted from The_Dude_Abides:
I think the prices on the classics will come down with the release of newer pins in higher numbers. But in the end only time will tell there is no magic ball or other market that adequately captures the pinball market to tell one way or the other.
My reasoning being is I will not be purchasing a 5K to 12K 20 year old pin when I can buy a new or newer one (that I haven't played 100+ times) for the same or less. I have heard many members here and friends in the area express the same opinion regarding the matter. But I do see what your saying I just see things a bit differently. And as always I can agree to disagree.
I tend to agree, but we'll see. I look at EM's or 80's arcade machines and wonder if that is the future. Some day these late 80's and 90's pins are going to be the "old man's" games with old design philosophies that were exciting "for their time". A novelty to the younger generation, but to them the machines are not worth the time/space/cash for the newer games they are excited to own. Whether that dramatically alters prices in our life time is debatable. Buyers hope it will happen tomorrow. Sellers hope it will happen 1,000 years from now.
My crystal ball does make one thing very clear about this topic: someone in this thread is inevitably going to get butthurt. We can't talk about these things without someone taking it personal.