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POLL: Your personal definition of "Collector Quality"

By CraZ4Pin

7 years ago

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    “Where do you think a game needs to be in order to be considered "Collector Quality"??”

    • Game is 100% (A+) Flawless and ALL Original (no reproduction parts) 21 votes
    • Game is 95%+ (Solid A) Hardly a blemish on the cabinet or playfield (minimal repro parts such as a ramp) 53 votes
    • Game is 90%+ (A-) Hardly a blemish/wear at all but a couple major Reproduction parts (such as playfield) 30 votes
    • Game is 88%+ (B+) A few minor issues - couple minor cabinet dings, very slight playfield wear 4 votes
    • Game is 85%+ (B) A very nice example with just a few cabinet issues, minor playfield wear (possibly covered by Cliffy's), but has a few upgrades (LED's, mods, etc) that bring up the value/collectibili 1 vote
    • Game is 80%+ (B-) The game has a few noticeable issues but better than player's condition. Game has Cliffy's covering wear spots (or decals to cover wear areas) and also has several upgrades (LED's, 4 votes

    (113 votes)

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    #51 7 years ago
    Quoted from CaptainNeo:

    that's one of the anal things you will see when you start going with CQ collectors.

    Yup, I don't mean to come across as a dink in this thread, but I have an extremely strict definition of CQ. As I said though, that game overall is an awesome high end example.

    #52 7 years ago
    Quoted from CraZ4Pin:

    It may play better than a NIB (pretty much a given for HEP, lol) but I don't personally consider it CQ if it doesn't have an original playfield. An artist may be able to create an exact replica of the Mona Lisa but it's still not the real deal.

    My sentiments exactly. It has to have the original PF.

    #53 7 years ago
    Quoted from Linolium:

    Grubby coils is a minus, and I see some tarnish around the pop-bumper brackets. Not CQ, but a very very nice high end example.

    Here's a better shot of all the pop bumpers installed.

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    #54 7 years ago

    Yeah I'm sick of sellers throwing this term out there and expecting to get an extra $500-1000. If it truly is CQ then perhaps it deserves the extra money, but when you see scratches, dings, and less than perfect machines, I can only laugh at these folks. Man this is a brutal hobby.

    #55 7 years ago

    Personally, I'd much rather have the B+ listed definition than the A-, and I am not alone.

    IMO, the definition that you are using for B+ is more of a "collector's item" than the A- is. It would be if it were a classic car too.

    The reason is because the B+ is still a "survivor" where the A- is a restoration. Slightly worn original is more valuable to a real pinball collector than one that has been restored with aftermarket parts.

    #56 7 years ago
    Quoted from Freeplay40:

    Here's a better shot of all the pop bumpers installed.
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    I see some speckling or discoloration or fingerprints or something many of metal bits actually. Its typical and not a big deal, but CQ to me means perfect in every way.

    #57 7 years ago

    Well, after 87 votes the general consensus of what "Collector Quality" means seems to be somewhere between 90% and 95% perfect (a game you would say is about 93% perfect on average.) There could be a very small (minor) blemish or two to the cabinet, and minimal repro parts added/replaced (original playfield preferred.) No visible playfield wear (albeit, some dimpling is expected/acceptable).

    A few people want it absolutely flawless (better than new) and a few folks think it is sitll worthy of being a collector with even a little more wear. But in general, the above seems about right on.

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