Guys, I appreciate the advice, and yes, I've been inundated with PMs asking for certain items. I'm okay with that, as I understand the excitement, especially if there is some elusive part or PF you've been after. I might do the same in an instance of exuberance, so I don't begrudge anyone for doing so.
Too Many has been very kind in discussing the pro's and con's of deals like these, and has been very helpful with his advice. It is true, that I am resistant to doing a bulk deal, for many reasons. Reason A) I don't even really know what I have, so how can I expect anyone else to know and make an offer that makes sense? I would feel badly if I sold a lot of pieces on a gamble, and it all turned to junk for the buyer. That would make me feel worse vs if there was some hidden nugget in there (like an EM EK PF) and they scored. I would actually be cool with that. Reason B) I don't want it to go to a hoarder or flipper, who is just going to turn around and sell it for a higher price, possibly pricing out someone in need of a part to restore a game. The intent of going through the trouble of purchasing and rescuing these playfields was to help the pinball community at large. These were stored and loaded onto my truck without even inspecting them. The first time I really saw them was unloading them from the truck. So I took a leap of faith myself that it would be worth saving these from the dumpster, and no, they weren't free. I had to pay for them, and rent a truck, and store them in my garage, and impose on friends to help unload, etc.
Yes, I have been in conversation with dc2010 about several things, including purchasing multiple items, but I have also emphasized that there are pieces that I have already semi-promised to people that would not be part of any multi-piece purchase. And I have also repeatedly emphasized, that any type of 'deal' would involve distributing the parts to those in need at fair prices. What I'm finding out from talking to Too Many and others via PM is that the value of the populated EM playfields, which is the bulk of this lot, lies primarily in the parts, not necessarily the boards. And to get that value is going to involve more work on my end that I'll have time to do, due to my work and family commitments. It's a process to determine the best course, and I'm sorry, being new at an operator buy out like this, I don't have all the right answers, and I'm sure I'll stumble along the way and end up pissing someone off.
But please, going forward, can we keep the back and forth between individuals to a minimum? In my naivete, the purpose of this thread was to get some insight on how best to process this purchase. I've read threads on game deals, but never playfields, so it was uncharted territory for me. But we've seemed to have drifted away from the purpose of the thread. I have no problem, people posting their opinion, and you can call me an idiot for mine. And feel free to call me an idiot for any decisions I make. But, respectfully, I don't think the back and forth between members is constructive.