Xenon on Ebay. ebay.com link: 1980 Bally Xenon Pinball Machine
30 min left bid 600 Local pick up in Columbus, Ohio area.
Quoted from tomdrum:
I bought it. Offered seller $750 cash yesterday outside eBay, they declined. Seller ended up with same amount after fees. Luckily eBay started 10% eBay bucks for the next 2 days so I got a $85 credit.
There is a complete playfield for it also on eBay. Appears to be in better condition. I considered biding on it but just picked up a project game. Xenon is a great game congratulations.
Quoted from PoBoyPinball:
jt-pinball nice user name I use that sometimes my self (JT game room, JT something) I’m James Wife is Theresa.
Thanks. I think my user name is silly. Yours is way more clever. My first two initials ar JT and when I was a kid some I’m my family called me that. So when I was trying to thinof something fast to set up my account that was all I had.
Honestly I didn’t think I would be on here as much. But there are some very cool people here that very graciously help folks maintain a terrific piece of history. I love going out to an arcade again and seeing families together doing something other than stairring at a phone screen.
Just ran into a Bally Yacht Club. Looks like an old em game. Its all complete and there. Seller has no idea on value nor do I. If anyone is intrested let me know. I can get pictures
Quoted from undrdog:
Kentucky is not en route from Dallas to Colorado. Alas!
I’d be glad to give a deserving bingo a good home, but not for a road trip that far.
I hear ya! I have to get another game from him Friday. Any idea what it us worth? Is it worth saving if its complete? I work on SS games and have not touched an em.
Quoted from bingopodcast:
Condition and location are key. If the machine has a perfect, unfaded backglass and solid cab art that hasn't been covered with anti-drill plates then it is obviously going to be worth more to a prospective buyer, just like on any pinball. How much? Well, that depends on the area of the country. Woodrail games (like this) seem to be more commonly found on the West Coast. They have a lower value there. On the East Coast, though they are harder to find, the value of the early games is around maybe $800 for a perfectly working specimen in great shape. If it is broken or don't function properly, many people are scared to even open them, so the value drops sharply. They are easy to repair, though, generally speaking, especially for an early game like this one.
Regarding the coin question, you can strap bingo pinballs for free play as well. I do that on some games and for customer requests. I always do it when bringing to a show. It's actually pretty easy to do on Yacht Club (Bally added extra circuitry later to prevent certain types of cheating). The coin mechanism from the factory would have been for nickels, and if the nickel mech is there, those are a bit harder to find these days, and probably the hardest part to source. The rest of the coin door stuff is pretty heavy duty/well guarded (they used microswitches even back in the 50s), so I wouldn't expect there (and have never seen) a really super destroyed coin door area. I've replaced one broken microswitch in my years of working on bingos.
As far as gameplay, Yacht Club is one of my favorites - it stands out for the complexity of play. For an early 50s machine, there's a bit happening that takes a minute to wrap your head around.
Each bingo card is 5x5 - pretty simple, right? On Yacht Club there is a 5x9 grid, which has two vertical, illuminated lines to mark the currently selected card. The number layout changes at player control during the game (until you shoot your fourth ball). This gives a tremendous number of potential choices for the player to make after shooting each ball. There are also other features like super lines (red or green) that will allow you to win 4 in a row scores for placing 2 in the red row, or 3 in a row scores for placing 2 in the green row.
Extra ball buyin, guaranteed advancing odds (they will never go back on a coin play) round out the package. Really worth a play if you haven't tried one.
If someone picks this up and needs help getting it going, we have a dedicated bingo pinball area on pinside with a lot of very very knowledgeable bingo restorers. I also chime in as time permits.
Thank You! And Thanks to undrdog the game looks complete and I did not notice any thing weird on the sides of the cabinet. The head was off the game but backglass was there amd looked to be in good shape. I was unaware of the coin mechs so I didnt really look at it. I didnt get into price on this game with the owner. I honestly didnt know if it was worth 50 bucks or 50K. I suspect the owner woukd take a fair offer. He did for the two other games I picked up. Maybe I'll just offer the guy a 100 bucks and see if I can get it going
Quoted from bluespin:
Game/Type: Eight Ball / SS
Year: January 1977
Production: 20,230 units
Cost: $1,00 OBO
Location: Poquoson, VA
Me: Seller just joined Pinside today.
Maybe he thinks he has an EBD?
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