"A pinball machine that does not work is a 300lb doorstop."
"The first game a collector owns will always be the one with the most memories."
"Jewelery and pinball don't mix, just like oil and water. If you don't understand, you will."
"The pinball part you need is usually the part you do not have, and you have to order, wait, and get charged $7 for shipping."
"There is such a thing as too many pinball parts...well at least not for the first 30 years."
"Never forget to turn off your machine before working on it for maintenance. It is the first mistake every collector learns."
"Never use contact cleaner in a pinball machine, usually that is the last mistake a person' house learns before the fire department shows up."
"Never put a playfield glass down on a hard surface, unless you want a bucket of diamonds."
"Never put a pinball backglass down on a hard surface, unless you want to learn how to cry like a little baby."
"A pinball machine is not real, until it is in the box, shipped, and at the steps of your home."
"For every great pinball theme, there are twenty others that have not yet been made."
"Learn to repair to your machines, if you want to stay in the hobby, if you don't, you won't."
"It is easier to find a rare machine, than find a rare woman who enjoys pinball."
"Never underestimate the power of the silver ball, it has a habit of finding its way into a person's heart regardless of their age."
"Pinball is not everlasting, but eternal. It is something that is physical and visceral, and has never been successful replicated by other amusement devices in nearly 90 years since it's modern creation."
"A bad pinball machine ends up in a landfill, a good pinball machine tells a story that is remembered everytime you play it."
"Always set your threshold on how many machines you can own, or they will end up muliplying in your house and taking up space in places they do not belong."
"Recognize that a pinball is just a toy, it is not an investment, made of gold, or designed to stay in its box indefinately."
"Every collector passes through the same six phases in their lifetime. "Curious George", Player, Owner, Collector, Restorer, and finally Hoarder. The place that you stop depends on when you start in the age of your life, and how many times you regress to a previous stage based on time, other life commitments, and money."
"This game is highly collectible. It just sold in Ebay for $$$$."
(as this is my primary price guide source)
"This game is MINT."
(although the game is not made by the US Treasury)
"This game is HUO."
(For the past six months since I bought it)
"This game has under 200 plays.
(Since I last removed the batteries)
"Be concerned regarding your interest in the hobby, if you find yourself asking yourself the question, "Can I be buried in one these things?"