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#12492 2 years ago
Quoted from Captive_Ball:

Manufacturer: Williams
Game/Type: Grand Prix / EM 4 Player
Month/Year: December 1976
Production: 10,554
Cost: Buy It Now: $775 OR Make Offer
Location: Elgin, Illinois
Link/Contact: ebay.com link
OP: Manufactured 1976 Williams Gran Prix pin ball machine. 10,554 unit s produced. Has mechanical reels, Up to 4-players.
The city displayed on the back glass is the Principality of Monaco well known for its in-town Grand Prix. It shows the harbor area known as the "S" of the swimming pool just before where cars have to sharp-turn at the "Rascasse" restaurant.
Pin ball machine works well without out mechanical issues.

Awesome deal!

#12503 2 years ago
Quoted from TractorDoc:

Noticed the seller ended his listing.
In his description he mentioned two other Sterns to sell -- I had inquired thru e-bay when the listing was still active and they were a Meteor and Galaxy. He said he'd sell all three for $1700 -- If I was not already full on projects and if I didn't already own a Meteor/Galaxy I'd be posting some pictures in the "What Machine did you bring home today" Thread!
Hopefully someone was able to take advantage.

It was too far from me, otherwise I would have jumped on it also!

1 month later
#13216 2 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Congrats Project Pin guys and gals on reaching a milestone, of sorts. “Topic is favorited by 400 Pinsiders”

No! That just means that I have to compete with 400 other people for a pin!

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#13644 2 years ago
Quoted from Murphdom:

Yes it does. It all begins to look the same on the highway. My wife is originally from Maine and we have the obligatory trips we have to make there throughout the year and it’s a very long ride.
I have to commend everyone who has driven great lengths to get a pin. I haven’t mustered up the courage yet. I keep telling myself I will because I know where one is that I want but I also know it’s likely not going anywhere so I’m in no rush. Driving 13 hours round trip doesn’t seem like that much fun.

I did a 10 hr round trip for a player's condition Rollergames only a few weeks ago. Probably one of the worst distance:game ratios I've ever done lol.

#13648 2 years ago

Not mine:
Kings of Steel on Facebook $400 Lansing, MI
OP: Bally kings of steel pinball machine . Lights up, does not boot up. Not shure what it is . Wear on play field, perfect back glass, nice cabinet
Posted in Pinball Marketplace Buy and Sell

Me: Not sure how to post direct facbook links?

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#13653 2 years ago

In Ohio but it's likely gone. I'm sure he's getting spammed with messages.
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UPDATE: Sold in 4 minutes

#13665 2 years ago
Quoted from Ballypin:

I was fortunate to see this ad right after it was posted. I replied right away and provided my name and phone number and the seller called me right away and I told him I would take it and pickup after work. When I spoke with him later, he said he received over 40 replies to the ad but he kept his word and sold me the game since I was the first to reply. He was offered much more than his asking price and I did pay him more than his asking price. [quoted image][quoted image]

Wow! Nice grab! I saw it posted within a few minutes too (I don't know why my pic says 3 hours), and would have jumped on it if in driving distance. Yo! Taxi!

#13727 2 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Williams
Game/Type: High Speed / SS
Year: January 1986
Production: 17,080
Cost: $600
Location: Dubuque, IA
Seller: Erik Johnson
Link/Contact: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/529722011130743/
OP: Good used condition. 1986 original High Speed pinball. Needs a little t.l.c. Everything in pretty good working condition.. Could use new flippers and rubbers. (Ebay)? Must pick up and haul. (Not light) Serious inquiries only..
Me: Wish it were closer!

Messaging the seller. Hopefully it's still available.

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#13854 2 years ago

With these estate sales, do you just show up and "get in line"? Is it an auction format? It it like a glorified garage sale? How does it work?

#13859 2 years ago

Good to know. Most of the ones posted here haven't been close enough to warrant the drive to wait in line and not know what the price is. If it were an hour or less away, yeah maybe, for a title I really wanted, but anything more than that would be wasted time, especially based off of what you guys have said. Thanks!

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#14068 2 years ago
Quoted from Daditude:

That's a score!
I've owned 2, and I am currently cleaning up a meteor playfield to hang on my game room wall.[quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

What is going here?

#14180 2 years ago
Quoted from edward472:

Manufacturer: Bally
Game/Type: #frontier / SS
Year: October 1980
Production: 1,850
Cost: $125!
Location: Wilmington,NC
Link: wilmington.craigslist.org link
OP:Bally “Frontier” pinball machine 1980. All there, but needs restoration.

Instabuy right here. Wow!

#14261 2 years ago
Quoted from edward472:

Quick Draw
Triple Action
OP: Located in Northfield, MN. I have 3 non working pinball machines for sale. Not sure what is wrong with them. Bought them as projects but realized I don’t have the time to fix them. I’m selling them as a lot. $1000 takes all 3 or make a offer.
Link: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2224157787874511/

The ad was taken down. Must be gone already.

#14263 2 years ago

Hmm. it shows that the ad has been taken down for me....strange.

#14266 2 years ago

I see it in a different group. I'm part of the EM Pinball group, but not the EM arcades group.

#14305 2 years ago
Quoted from e-rock:

$75 Argosy, can’t beat that.
siouxcity.craigslist.org link

6.5 hrs from me. just a few hours closer and I'd be there!

#14319 2 years ago

They would need to pay me to take that off of them. Sheesh!

BUT...you never know what's underneath.

#14325 2 years ago
Quoted from HHaase:

I'm not that familiar with EM titles, but I wasn't aware Argosy was considered a good one.
Looks like it was snagged pretty quick either way.

A smart guy like you would be able to figure out EMs in no time. Buy a cheap one (you missed out!) and start tinkering and learning! The nice thing about EMs is that everything is right in front of your eyes.

#14377 2 years ago
Quoted from HHaase:

MotherF.................. Dammit, I don't have facebook, or cash.

I messaged a friend of mine in the area (15 minutes away). He said a buddy of his messaged last night, and he messaged early this morning, but neither have gotten responses. I'm guessing it's gone or has turned into a bidding war.

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#14651 2 years ago

1980 Williams Scorpion
De Pere, WI

#14752 2 years ago
Quoted from edward472:

Manufacturer: Stern
Game/Type: Austin Powers / SS 4 Player
Month/Year: June 2001
Asking Price: $ 500
Location: Riverdale, IL
Contact/Link: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/733314613854079/
OP: Needs work, will consider best offer.

at $500, it sounds like a "too good to be true" deal, but you never know!

#14755 2 years ago
Quoted from edward472:

Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: Joker Poker / SS 4 Player
Month/Year: June 1978
Asking Price: $ 150
Location: Waldorf, MD
Contact/Link: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/547756749374220/
OP: Don’t know anything about it doesn’t work more for parts or clean up and look cool it’s pretty rough

That would be worth a look. My initial thoughts were that it was stored outside but the cab looks decent enough? Maybe sheltered at the least?

#14812 2 years ago

Atari Atarians
Deforest, WI

OP: Atari Atarians Pinball machine. It’s been stored inside but in an outdoor shed for a while. It doesn’t work but with a good cleanup would look nice and I’m sure could be restored. The glass backdrop is still in good condition. The serial number is 0029, so one of the first ones made by Atari. It’s a super cool machine, just needs someone to bring it back to life. Asking $250 or best offer

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#14838 2 years ago

Not mine

WMS No Fear Project

This is a domestic restoration candidate. The boards are clean and good. The head fell down on the cabinet and broke the glass. I believe the head was hit by a forklift as ive never seen siderails this dented. The head is starting to seperate and will need repair. Backglass is good as well as display.
The playing surface will need insert decals . Ive searched and it seems they are available. Cabinet is faded. Ramp could use replacement but still intact.
This is a nice winter project for someone.
Easy pick up from my studio in Woodbury.
I will post pictures soon.


#14839 2 years ago
Quoted from edward472:

Manufacturer: Data East
Game/Type: #time-machine / SS 4 Player
Month/Year: Dec 1988
Cost: $800
Location: Duluth,MN
Link: duluth.craigslist.org link
OP: In Great condition! Was working and then it was moved to my location and it only half lights up. I’m quite sure if someone knows about these machines it is an easy fix. Pick up in Duluth.

I just made a 10 hr round trip to pick up an LOTR last weekend. This would be another 10 hr round trip for me. I want this!

#14842 2 years ago

I just can't do it guys...C..ann....t....d...oooo...iiitttt.......

#14897 2 years ago
Quoted from edward472:

Manufacturer: Sega
Game/Type: Baywatch / SS 4 Player
Month/Year: Feb 1995
Cost: $1500
Location: Sherman, IL
Link/Contact: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2503179119751605/

I sent a PM, but I'm sure it's gone

#14900 2 years ago

Did you get it? I just saw it as "Pending" (no other response from the seller).

#14901 2 years ago

He just messaged me saying it's $2K now. I don't do auction style sales...

#14906 2 years ago
Quoted from nascarrey:

Night Rider
for sale here....
Right up your alley fatpanda

Not too keen on a Night Rider right now. Plus I'm not sure I'll be able to make it past all those creepy-ass dolls. Yeesh!

#14916 2 years ago
Quoted from HHaase:

The Omaha "Salsa" Mata-Hari just dropped 50% in price today, now down to 300.
omaha.craigslist.org link
That actually puts it into prime restoration territory now, ready for hard-top, new backglass, and a stencil set.

The cabinet paint actually looks really well done, but why TF "Salsa"? Does it come with a Mexican sombrero topper?

You would need plastics too, as it look like he just has clear plastics cut out.

#14931 2 years ago
Quoted from MD_Pinball_Dude:

ZERO FEEDBACK? NEW SELLER! SELLING PINBOT!? Run, Forrest, Run............away.....

Just agree with the seller to pay with cash upon pickup. If they can't do that, then yes, Run.

#14955 2 years ago

Not mine

GTB Devil's Dare
Stevens Point, WI


I have too many projects I’m not getting too and need some space. Offering up for sale is a project Devils Dare. Playfeild has some wear see pictures. It’s a players game for sure. It’s missing the sound power supply board and two 7 digit displays. Some cut wires under playfeild. Some rusted mechs. Comes with proper height legs. MPU and Sound are untested and I would assume they need repair. Sc-1 Chip is present.
Back glass is in nice shape for this game. Some lifting that can be handled with a careful triple thick job. But unlike most the art is all there.

Loadout is will be easy. It will be moved to garage before you get here.
Located just outside stevens point, wi. Cash.

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#15046 2 years ago
Quoted from edward472:

Manufacturer: Bally
Game/Type: Strange Science / SS
Year: Nov 1986
Production: 2,350
Cost: $50
Location:Fife, WA
Seller: Rj Grissom
Link/Contact: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/472536986939776/
OP: Missing power supply and a single ramp. You haul.

That's an instabuy.

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#15113 2 years ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Like 45+ hour round trip.

It's only 26 hrs round trip for me. I'll race ya to it!

#15117 2 years ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

I'm a patient man, another always coming down the pike sooner or later.

Definitely. If it were about 10-12 hours closer, I would consider, but it's not high on my list. Though a SS pin under $400 is real tempting.

#15144 2 years ago
Quoted from edward472:

Manufacturer: Bally
Game/Type: Black Rose / SS 4 Player
Month/Year: July 1992
Production: 3746
Cost: $500
Location: Chicago,IL
Link/Contact: chicago.craigslist.org link
OP: Bally pirate pinball machine. Been sitting a long time but it turns on and lights up.

Quoted from dmieczko:

No cannon wear on the playfield - someone should go grab this immediately.

I just sent them an email. We'll see what happens!

#15149 2 years ago

It wasn't me

#15187 2 years ago
Quoted from Coyote:

Not sure why ANY of those were posted in the 'Project Pins' thread, honestly.

He's typically posted games available through estate sales (which is great since they don't get much exposure here). Some may or may not be in project shape, but typically it's been from estate sales.

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#15330 2 years ago
Quoted from Mathazar:

It's $699 on CL: denver.craigslist.org link I was thinking about it but I don't know the machine at all and have never worked on System 11's. I'll be looking for a new Bally SS project soon, tho.

I would definitely grab it for $700. Police Force is a quirky theme and fun game. You can break it down to center ramp all day, but it's fun to play the entirety of the playfield. I'd be curious to see the bottom-side of the playfield.

Looks like the CL listing is gone, so it must have been sold.

#15373 2 years ago

A lead to a 1965 Gottlieb Thoro-Bred

Machine doesn't power up. Contact rosh


#15429 2 years ago
Quoted from edward472:

Guy's name is Richard. Friendly guy. Pretty knowledgeable from the couple of emails we've had back and forth.

But does he steal your money when you pay him for the parts??!!

#15477 2 years ago

Interesting CL post for anyone in the Milwaukee area.

milwaukee.craigslist.org link

"Curb alert (West Allis)
Shelving - metal, plastic, wood grain.
Nesco roaster with cabinet.
pinball machine table
110th St between Washington and Walker."

#15480 2 years ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Oh wow it’s free on the curb! Someone grab it!

I'd probably drive by if I was in the area. I edited my post to include "Curb Alert" as well.

#15552 1 year ago
Quoted from Ballypin:

Sounds like a great opportunity....for the seller to have suckers show up with cash and then rob them.

For $300? Bring a friend or two.

I would be over there if it was closer.

#15569 1 year ago
Quoted from PSchwisow:

Eight Ball Deluxe
chicago.craigslist.org link

I just emailed him, but its been posted for 8 hrs now...so its probably gone.

#15619 1 year ago
Quoted from Friengineer:

at $50 and in the Wisconsin Market, that thing was probably gone 10 minutes after it was posted.

I'm sure it's gone too. I even checked market place last night before I went to bed and it didn't show up for me.

EDIT: Just realized my settings was for 60 mi radius. Son of a bitch.

#15683 1 year ago

Now he just needs a Paragon to go with it.

#15695 1 year ago

Package deal. Not mine:

Archived after 5 days
Sold off Pinside
Machine - For Sale
Functional - needs minor work “Pin has rebuilt boards,Works but does not score right. Bowler New rottendog mpu, Works but sound quit, Did work, Both complete games, but need some work. Package deal Both for $100...”
New Kensington, PA

#15744 1 year ago
Quoted from cmack750:

My newest project, picked up this morning after a 1am Craigslist notification and conversation. Cab is pretty rough, and missing the lockdown bar and playfield glass, but the boards are good and it flips!
Been looking for a project one for 2 years now. The people I bought it from were really nice.... But their house was maaaaaayyyyyyybbbbee a little sketchy......[quoted image][quoted image]

#15811 1 year ago
Quoted from edward472:

Amarillo, TX
OP:This pinball machine has been through arcades left and right and has been a great machine! Definitely all there and is super heavy! 150 obo priced to sell!! Message me for more information! Will go fast no holds serious inquiries only!

Complete and only $150? Instabuy.

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#15893 1 year ago
Quoted from edward472:

Not a project
Last Action Hero
Data East
Watertown, WI
OP:Selling a like new Last Action Hero full size pinball machine. 2nd owner - comes with full spare PCB, EEPROM, solenoids, light bulbs, connectors, bands, coin box, sets of keys - full diagnostcs - works great! Serious inquires only - no trades considered

Helluva deal. No room, and have R&M coming, plus just bought a Skateball...otherwise I'd be there.

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#15978 1 year ago
Quoted from bingopodcast:

Extremely common on this game. At least from the handful that I've worked on, all had almost 100% loose inserts.

I had to reglue nearly all of the inserts in my Ship Ahoy. It's probably pretty common in this era. Nothing to worry about really.

#16033 1 year ago
Quoted from edward472:

Location: Midlothian, TX
Price: $500
OP:Worked and we moved it and I think the mover hooked it up wrong I'm sure it's a simple fix

Wish it were closer!

#16060 1 year ago
Quoted from HHaase:

A month ago I'd be pushing hard to get this F2K home. Looks to be a minor project at under a grand.
minneapolis.craigslist.org link

A week ago, I'd be emailing this guy and setting up a time to pick it up! How things can change from day to day.

#16071 1 year ago

Williams Hot Tip - $350
Fremont, MI
grandrapids.craigslist.org link

Seller: This machine is a project pinball machine. It is the SS Hot Tip. Machine has NO BOARDS but is complete other than that. A nice solid project for someone! Back glass is not great, but playfield isn’t bad except for one spot that has some lost paint from removing Mylar.

Great game that will clean up nice for someone!

#16072 1 year ago

Gottlieb Monte Carlo - $700
Fremont, MI
grandrapids.craigslist.org link

Seller: 100% complete project machine. Looks pretty clean overall. From inspection, it’s clear a flasher locked on at some point. We didn’t do anything to this game. Great project for someone!

#16115 1 year ago
Quoted from edward472:

GO GO GO!!!!!
Price: $150!
Location:Scenery Hill, PA
OP:Needs refurbished. Still turns on but can't play
Link: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1022016598199659/

that's a deal! East Coast though

#16175 1 year ago

The "seller" isn't someone that has posted in the community I hope?

#16213 1 year ago
Quoted from edward472:

World Cup Soccer
Location: Rochester, MN
Price: $100!!!
Op:Need to declutter our cabin. No one needs these giant machines. Pretty sure it works.
Link: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/2700693863386967/

Quoted from edward472:

Batman Forever
Location: Rochester, MN
Price: $100!!!
Op:Batman forever pinball game. Fairly certain it works but wife doesn't play pinball to know for sure. Need to free up some cash and room at our cabin
Link: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1024879514576163/

Those don't have listings anymore. Either they're legit and gone, or reported as a scam and removed.

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#16312 1 year ago
Quoted from woody76:

picked up a cheap white water last night that was missing the topper. If anyone has a old topper or even a repro topper I would take it off your hands.

This wasnt the one on ebay in MN was it?

#16367 1 year ago

Joker Poker on Ebay
$400 starting bid
Brooklyn, NY
ebay.com link: itm

"unit turns on but i cant get it to light up, i have no idea how to use it, unit was left behind by previous owner"

#16381 1 year ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Williams ss
Oklahoma City
Pinsider ryanbrooks

Wish this was closer!

#16385 1 year ago
Quoted from woody76:

man this virus has been great for pick ups. All in the last month, Whirlwind, Hurricane, nine ball, F14 tomcat, white water, and just snagged a cheap skateball.

Wish there were some deals around me right now. I could use a project to dig into.

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#16570 1 year ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Tell the seller to be patient. How much is he asking for it?

I offered 100 for it and he said someone is offering for much more than that. I told him I would pass if that was the case. I wasnt really sure how much they go for, but I cant imagine more than 500 for a decent/good condition one.

#16576 1 year ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Heck the lockdown bar is probably worth $50. And the backglass is very nice. Not that it should be parted. I guess being an EM guy I should feel grateful some still see them as old junk.
I feel like in our area it's worth $200 to $350 as a project. Depending of course on your desire for a charming AAB reverse wedgehead with backglass animation. I had a Wing Ding with the head spray painted black. It was tedious but I got it off to reveal fair original paint underneath. Seems like the same thing here or could just do a full repaint.
Anyway, I don't have a Facebook account but it looks to be spoken for anyway.

I guess I see more value in the machine as a whole rather than as parts. I get that the parts value might exceed the value of the game in this condition, but if it's as rare as people are saying, then there is infinitely more value in keeping it whole.

In any case, the backglass and playfield seem to be in great shape, the cabinet might be solid, but can't tell from the pics. It would definitely need work though if someone were to make it presentable in any way.

#16577 1 year ago

Someone took it for 450.

#16591 1 year ago

Williams Post Time
Chicago, IL
chicago.craigslist.org link


I'm selling this pinball machine arcade game from the 1960's. It lights up but currently is not working properly. Please see pictures.

300$ or OBO. Trade?

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#16651 1 year ago

as per usual, too far away.

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#16802 1 year ago
Quoted from Mathazar:

Speaking of Sonic Butterfly, this posted recently in the Denver area for $1K:
cosprings.craigslist.org link
- Absolutely stunning pin with vibrant colors! Very few made and few great ones survived
- Plays and works 100%. Challenging game with strong coils and numerous fun shots.
- Very detailed internal restoration of every internal part. Pictures speak for themselves.
- Complete detailed teardown, cleaning, tuning, fixes and rebuild.
- Original plastics in great condition – no cracks or breaks, except 1 plastic carefully recreated due to “unobtainium” part.
- BEAUTIFUL backglass in MINT condition - stunning!! (If not mint its as close as it gets)
- BEAUTIFUL playfield!! Zero planking with original durable clear coat. These were known to have very nice playfields. Very minor ball trail at playfield top (see pic) and minor shooter wear at ball eject.
- Tasteful leds. Have incandescent bulbs if wanted.
- New rubbers, coil sleeves and replacement parts as needed. Manual copy included.
- Set to free play with easy jumper removal if desired.
- Cabinet does have fade, and some wear spots but presents very well. Replaced removable head panel.
- Sonic brand – Williams parts.
- Smoke free home.
- Will stage in garage for easy breakdown and pickup.
- Serious inquiries only, please.

Obviously not a project, but that a pretty machine. Very nice. If I were closer, I might consider.

#16806 1 year ago
Quoted from HHaase:

Apparently free Bow and Arrow in Minnesota.
brainerd.craigslist.org link

The ad is 7 days old. I bet it's gone already and the ad is still sitting there. I'd still reach out if I was closer though.

#16847 1 year ago
Quoted from pinostalgia:

This is a 6 hours round-trip from me...
Seller said:
"condition: good
make / manufacturer: Balleys
1980 Flash Gordon balleys pinball machine everything is there,paint alittle faded.I traded some work for it so am not really knowing to much about it"
visalia.craigslist.org link
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Easy pickup for 500. Someone is getting a good deal right here.

The playfield looks super nice. Not blown out like other FGs.

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#16957 1 year ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

When was the last time you saw an earthshaker below $2k? I don't think that sounds unreasonable.

Per seller, "game boots up into attack mode"

Might want to shave off another $500 if I'm going to get attacked after I turn it on

#16972 1 year ago
Quoted from edward472:

Last Action Hero
Location:Galesburg, IL
OP: Last Action Hero Pinball machine. All flippers and bumpers in working condition. Art on board and back in excellent condition
Link: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/692074511355811/


#16975 1 year ago
Quoted from vdojaq:

I am 100% all over this, seller is a bit offbeat

Good, because I don't have room!

#17042 1 year ago

Two great pins on the cheap! Wish they were closer to me.

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#17147 1 year ago

Its a scam. The guy moved to Arizona, but has the game in storage, and wants to make sure it goes to a "loving" home. Cant see the game, but would connect me with someone to talk about it. I flagged it at that point. Surprised that its still up.

#17177 1 year ago
Quoted from Cheddar:

Galahad, the backglass is an improvement

This is amazing.

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#17458 1 year ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Alien Poker
Williams SS
Winchester, VA
Pinsider mikedard

I must be missing something. How is that beat up? I'd be there if it were closer.

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#17577 1 year ago
Quoted from HHaase:

This Embryon has a few cabinet and playfield flaws, so an easy cosmetic project. The ad has been up for a few weeks now and regularly getting updated and I'm very tempted but out of room. I'd say you can probably get it down a bit more possibly. Originally listed I think at $1800?
fargo.craigslist.org link

Weekend price of $1300. Go get it!

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#17827 1 year ago

I've got a Spanish Eyes I'm looking to sell. Rough cab, back panel on the cab might need replacement, doesn't have a backbox back panel either. Backglass is also rough, BUT everything has been gone through and it plays like a champ. Very snappy and fast. PF and plastics are in good shape. I would consider this a semi-project. Let me know if interested.

#17879 1 year ago

I wish I had the space for one of these. Would love to own one some day.

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#18466 1 year ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Oribitor One
Classic Stern SS
4 Million BC
Bally EM
Brookfield, IL
TH OCT 1st - SAT OCT 3rd

That 4MBC looks pretty nice under that layer of dust.

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#18728 1 year ago

Really crazy how those two games are still listed, unless the OP just never update the ad. I'd definitely be loading those up. They wouldn't last 10 minutes here in the Midwest.

#18735 1 year ago


This was posted on FB yesterday. I messaged him asking what games he has and generally in what condition, and he answered with one word: projects.

I doubt I'll be able to get more info from him, but if you're close and can check them out in person, Good Luck! If you do go, and you see any Gottlieb wedgeheads (AAB specifically), I would be interested!

#18737 1 year ago
Quoted from mr2xbass:

This guy is Icollectmotorcycles on eBay. For awhile (pre-covid) he was selling games on eBay starting at $1 no reserve. I bought a Gottlieb Soccer from him. Maybe he’s now sold off all the good working games and only has projects left(?). Most the games he had been listing were not perfect.

I mean, I'm interested but I can't make a 4+ hr drive just to take a look. Some pics and some info would be appreciated. Just me, but I don't think it's too much to ask. I mean, just a one word response: "Projects" seems super lazy as a seller.

#18778 1 year ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Sorry I guess? In between your posts my wife had a deal setup. I don't even have Facebook so the initial opportunity was all yours.
Everybody hates it when a seller doesn't honor the first in, until they do...and that doesn't go over either I guess. Anyway I should probably just shut up as we all know nothing is certain until it's in your truck and you're pulling out of their driveway. Of course there was the time (long story) that wasn't enough either so...

It's cutthroat in the Midwest. I missed out on a $500 Joker Poker after I had messaged the seller within 30 minutes. I've missed out on a few other good and cheap projects over the last couple weeks. Kinda starting to make me wonder why so many are popping up over the last month. Anyway, you gotta be first in line, and hopefuly...HOPEFULLY, the seller honors their conversation with you, if they even reach out to you, and you can seal the deal with tendered cash and a game in your truck. You win some, you lose some. It's always been that way since I entered the hobby.

#18783 1 year ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Here's a popular one. 1967 Gottlieb Surf Side. Looks decent aside from the backglass.

The game next to it looks real nice.

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#18834 1 year ago
Quoted from chad:

Project games for sale.
Chicago Coin Mustang $295.00
Gottlieb Funland $295.00
Bally Magic Circle $295.00
Gottlieb Ice Review $295.00
Williams Dealers Choice $199.00
Pm me for pictures.

I'd be interested but I have absolutely no space. Seems like great deals if they're in decent condition.

#18848 1 year ago
Quoted from Billc479:

Looks pretty dirty, may be good for parts and backglass is good
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I bet the pf and plastics underneath that dirt will clean up nicely.

#18893 1 year ago
Quoted from hoov:

For all you Bally em fans there's a 4MBC in the Chicago area that was listed for $1200 and he now has it marked it down to $800. Popular game.

If I had the space...

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#19068 1 year ago
Quoted from jaytrem:

Free pin in Brooklyn....
newyork.craigslist.org link
BYOP (bring your own paint). Actually a little tempted myself. Could use to practice cabinet painting.

Retheme project! Half of the work is already done!

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#19760 10 months ago
Quoted from TractorDoc:

Project Quick Draw I pulled from a house destined to be demolished. No, I did not get it for free and it was about a three hour round trip (not counting removal/loading) so I'm just trying to recoup a bit for my efforts.

Machine - For Sale

Quick Draw


As is “Quick Draw PROJECT Game.

I rescued this game from certain doom. Selling as is either for parts or for someone looking for a bit of a project. I'm more of a Solid State guy (vs...”

15 hours ago

Ashland, OH



bummer, just over 7 hrs one way for me...

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#19836 10 months ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Are these gone? I don't have Facebook but when I click on it, it says content not available.

It's a private group, that's probably why you can't see it. Seems like they're still available. He says he's got 600 in each and would like to get the most out of them.

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#20335 8 months ago
Quoted from cpu-slave:

Might be a good deal? 4 EMs for $1400
Manufacturer: Williams
Game/Type: Full House /EM
Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: Wild Life /EM
Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: Pioneer /EM
Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: Sure Shot /EM
minneapolis.craigslist.org link

Seems like a good deal to me.

#20378 8 months ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: Surfer / EM 2 Player
Month/Year: October 1976
Production: 2,700
Cost: $500
Location: Austin, TX
Pinsider: nkowalskiw
Link/Contact: https://pinside.com/pinball/market/classifieds/ad/114301

Too far. Would buy.

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#20556 7 months ago

Spin-A-Card project available from Caucasian2Step
Westminster, CO


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#20611 7 months ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Bally ss
$650 obo
Me: Working pin, nice playfield.

Heckuva buy. Congrats to the person that got it! I'm jelly.

#20617 7 months ago
Quoted from bluespin:

I even thought about driving to get it.

no THAT would be a trip! 16 hrs one way...yikes...

#20624 7 months ago

that's pretty cool. too bad those darn things are so long and I don't have the space for something like that. I would love a ball bowler one day.

#20626 7 months ago
Quoted from RonSS:

Do it. Bowlers are awesome!

I would love to but as it stands right now, I would have to take down a half wall and completely rearrange my basement to fit one...plus probably sell/store a game or two to make space. If we were to move in the future, I would definitely reserve some space for a bowler though!

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#20873 6 months ago

Seems like a worthy project:

Stern Galaxy $200
Goodrich, MI

Galaxy pinball for parts or repair.
Missing boards,back glass and parts.
Could be repaired or used for parts.
Easy pick up in the garage.


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#20961 6 months ago

Gottlieb Ice Show AAB
Amherst, OH


#20971 6 months ago
Quoted from AlexF:

I'm the opposite. I think I may be the only guy that sees these deals and says "oh thank god it's not close." Not even being sarcastic. When a great deal pops up close you almost feel an obligation to buy. I love them but have no room.

I'm the same way...with that being said, got anything ya wanna sell?

#20974 6 months ago
Quoted from AlexF:

I don't want to but may put a game up for sale in the near future. My wife is a collector of various things also and I think we are on the verge of being on Hoarders. I'm going to have to condense a bit to make room for her vintage Christmas collection. My other solution is to store a game under other games. I have done that before.

Space is always an issue. I recently sold a game I was hesitant to sell, but the buyer was my friend and he's been asking for it pretty much since I got it so it was a "good" sale. But I wish I had space for a few more games.

My wife is a collector too and thankfully, we collect the same things

#20975 6 months ago

*Middle Pop Alert*
Spanish Eyes
Charlottesville, VA


#20986 6 months ago
Quoted from HHaase:

Yes, but he's also got the drop target boards in the wrong order, so probably having some reset issues with them. If anybody here grabs it, just shoot me a message and I can get you sorted out.
Didn't blackout have speech? If so, it's missing the speech board.

Well how would you know about the drop target boards I wonder?

Awesome of you to offer the technical help if a Pinsider (or anyone I'm sure) picks it up.

Are speech boards hard to come by?

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#21124 5 months ago

I love laser cue.

#21134 5 months ago

Coffee Table Alert
Stern Nine Ball

If he only knew that it would have been more valuable as a non-coffee table. And the fact that there's a smiley face after he said he gutted it


Not sure if the mechs are all there or not, as it looks populated. But the drops are set up in a way that would suggest that they've been glued in place somehow.

#21155 5 months ago
Quoted from newovad:

It wasn't. He still had the backglass and the displays. He turned it into some wall art. He threw out all the boards and said the transformer was toast.

It is. He cut off the back (and the rails) and evened up the top.

Nope. See above.

It's not. The coils are all missing as well. But it has some pretty Christmas lights.[quoted image][quoted image]

Ugh. I'm angry and sad at the same time. WTH was he thinking?

#21159 5 months ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

In the early 90s, before Alltek brought its MPUs, LDAs and SDUs to market, there was no market for used pinball machines that were suffering from defective boards.
MY OP friend said he bought a Meteor at an arcade auction for five bucks and then he parted it out. It was not worth anything because it did not work ( I would have rather he turned it into a coffee table that I could use as a source of parts). I also met a vendor at TPF who said he used to make a fortune on MPUs that still worked. Alltek killed that money maker for him.
So, before you start castigating someone for turning a pinball machine into a coffee table, understand that yesterday's pinball market is not today's pinball market. He could have just tossed it, with its blown out play field, into the trash and none of us would know any better.
As it is, the buyer of this Nine Ball remnant got lots of good parts to use or sell. The next classic Stern coin door I buy might be from that Meteor my friend parted out. Or is could be the coin door from this Nine Ball. And I have bought lots of used Stern pinball parts on Ebay. I never gave it a thought as to where they came from.

My understanding was that this was a recent build, not when pinball machines didn't have parts or any way of refurbishing them (as you're referring to). In that context, yeah, it's annoying that someone thought a coffee table would be of more value than the game itself, even in as is condition.

If given it was a recent build, a two second Google search would have made him think twice about it. Regardless, not my game, so at the end of the day, it doesn't matter what I think.

#21170 5 months ago
Quoted from Hairball:

Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: Joker Poker/ SS 4 Player
Features: Zipper flippers, multi-ball and spinning disc
Year: 1978
Price: $800
Location: Hudson, WI
Contact/Link: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1449942398725355/
This pinball machine is not in working order. The back lights up however the deck does not. I’ve owned the pinball machine for 30 years. It stopped working when I moved it to my Hudson, WI house from my childhood home.
Just walked away from this, someone tell me it was a good move
Spots of bare wood and chipped paint on lower playfield and around inserts, most inserts cupped. Plastics warped and cracked and very flaky back glass with the clear packing tape treatment. Cabinet 6/10. Booted up but playfield lighting was intermittent.
Seller was very nice but wouldn’t budge on price given condition. Did I miss out?
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I'm messaging the seller also about it. She responded once, but has been a little quiet, probably getting a lot of messages. I would take it if it was still available. Won't be able to pick it up until the weekend though. It's been on my list for a time and the price is right.

#21174 5 months ago
Quoted from Hairball:

Good luck, she said she had lots of interest hopefully you’re next in line. I was just mentally tallying a new backglass, playfield and plastics plus a full shop job and didn’t see the math working out. Then again it’s not one I have been on the hunt for specifically.

Thanks. We set up a meeting time for Sunday. I'm perfectly happy with a players condition game. I have a wall hanger backglass that i could potentially swap out if mine is better than the one in the game. There may or may not be CPR playfields, but I might just make a pf protector for it to address the cupped inserts. Hopefully the boards are serviceable if there are any issues there. Glad to hear that it booted though! That's a good start.

#21178 5 months ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Joker Poker is a popular title, they made a lot of them, and CPR made the backglass and I believe they made the playfield as well. Should be easy to find a nice used playfield and backglass after someone swapped in new copies on their pin.

Yes, they did. Looks like they only did a silkscreened version, so I'm hoping down the line they will do a rerun (digital printed) version.

Or, as you noted, finding a nice used playfield. But to a certain point, if I'm going to do a swap, I'd rather just do it once, instead of only going to slightly nicer. I'm ok with some wear and bare wood showing. I'm not as picky as some that frequent these forums

From another picture that she sent me, the glass has some flaking, the clear tape treatment as noted by Hairball but it might present better than what I can see in pics.

#21184 5 months ago
Quoted from Hairball:

Hey now… I’m actually trying to be more choosy for my second machine. My first was /is a “players” Tri Zone that is pretty beat.

I didn't mean you specifically

#21187 5 months ago
Quoted from Murphdom:

Manufacturer: Williams
Game/Type: Comet
Year: March 1985
Production: 8,100
Location: Derry, NH
Link/Contact: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/559219241945733/
$300- it went for a swim. Good luck to whoever gets it.

Would be worth looking at. The back didn't look terrible in the pics, and the water on the wiring isn't a big deal unless it's been plugged in and turned on before drying out. For $300, at worst, it's a parts machine. At best, it's a nice player's Comet with a bit of work.

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#21226 4 months ago

Bally Who Dunnit
Jenison, MI

Friday (today) 9-3, Saturday 9-3


#21229 4 months ago
Quoted from DudeRegular:

I was going to poke my brother and tell him to go get this one. The rust makes me lean towards not being a great first project for him being that there could be who knows what with the boards too. Good for someone with spares and experience though.

yeah, it's pretty rough. Probably not worth the $1K asking. If it were 6 or 800, then maybe, but there's a lot of surface rust everywhere like you pointed out, which means it was probably in a damp/humid area for a long time. But despite that, most of the components look like they're in decent shape. This is definitely an "inspect first" game.

#21230 4 months ago

London, KY


Me: I'm sure it's been listed here before. Backbox is completely gutted. Playfield is beat, but looks complete underneath, missing 1K bonus insert. No coin door.

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#21303 4 months ago

In regards to the "Stern price increase pushing me out of the hobby" thread, I feel glad and thankful that this thread exists and that I'm knowledgeable/inclined/motivated/confident enough to buy and enjoy project games. I think people that are chasing NIB games exclusively are missing out on 90% of the rest of what this hobby has to offer. There's nothing more satisfying than buying a dead game, bringing it back to life and enjoying the hell out of it, for a fraction of the cost of a NIB. I understand that some people just want the new thing, or that they don't have the motivation to work on project games but I'm glad I don't need the newest and that I can see value where others see trash.

Maybe it's because I'm only a handful of years into the hobby and haven't gotten jaded with "what's already been done." but for me, half of the fun is working on the games, while the other half is seeing and enjoying the result.

Just another thanks to everyone that keeps this thread alive and going.

#21310 4 months ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Some people are great pinball players but have no idea what a screwdriver is (which is no crime ). They depend on Stern, and the other mfrs. and the kindness of friends, to keep their pins going. I feel very fortunate ( maybe even blessed ) that I have always been good with my hands.
It is no different than a great guitarist who sends his guitars to his favorite luthier for repair. And the luthier makes great repairs in broken wood but could not rake out a chord if his life depended on it.

To that I agree. I feel the same way, in that I'm fortunate that I've always been a handy DIY type of person. Housework, cars, pinball, it's all the same to me. For the most part, it's nothing that a couple of Youtube videos can't demystify. Again, I feel very fortunate that I'm more inclined than others for this kind of work.

BUT...there are plenty of used games that are in 100% working condition that won't break that bank either. Going back to the original statement, you don't need to only buy NIB games to stay in the hobby. And one could argue that a fully working EM can be more robust than a modern Stern. So there's that

#21315 4 months ago
Quoted from bluespin:

A pinhead with a LOT of experience with EMs and solid states said that for EMs, he cleans all score reels and adjusts their switches and then does the same for the replay unit. He hand tightens any loose screws and that’s it.
He said that you can spend 30-40 hours to completely disassemble all em switch stacks, clean and adjust everything, but if you don’t know what you’re doing you’ll do more harm than good. For beginners (like me) stick to the steps in the first section.

With EM's I'm more of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" person Has worked well so far. It takes me a bit more than 20-30 minutes to get a game going, but I get there eventually. EM's tick another part of my brain that SS games don't. Reading (or attempting to lol) the schematics, and understanding the actual logic behind how an EM works is something that SS or newer games can't do for me and is very satisfying.

Said pinhead does what I usually do outside of a full shop job. Usually score reels and any stepper units (usually anything with a coil) gets cleaned and resleeved and they're pretty solid after that.

#21317 4 months ago
Quoted from bluespin:

I'm interrupting our shop job discussion to post....a cheap project pin...

All good Back to the projects!!

#21387 4 months ago

Big Brave
Eaton, OH


Seller: BIG BRAVE pinball machine.
Very nice play top and back glass.
New targets and rubbers.
Does need some work if you have experience with these machines it will be a easy repair.
If it is posted it is available. Plz come see it if interested.

#21388 4 months ago

Grand Prix
Waukesha, WI


For sale is a williams grand prix EM machine. Needs T.L.C. turns on but won't start a game. Back glass in good shape, just a little flaking on the bottom corner. Needs a total shop job. More pictures available upon request. Game is located in waukesha Wisconsin. Feel free to contact me with any questions jeremy

#21413 4 months ago

Not me.
Lots of bingos for sale and one Williams Rock N Roll. Selling as a lot. All need work.
St. Louis, MO
Best Offer


#21414 4 months ago

Williams Lady Luck
Antioch, IL

Don’t wanna turn on ,but was working fine a few months ago ,,450$ firm

#21415 4 months ago

Here's an interesting EM game that I've never heard of before:
1946 Jack Rabbit arcade machine
Madison, WI

The only one u will ever see. stored for 35 years has some problems but powers up needs some one that knows about arcade a 1946 wood cabinet. It takes a dime coin

#21416 4 months ago

Bally Bobby Orr Power Play
Covington, KY

Bobby Orr's Power Play is a pinball machine from January 1978, manufactured by Bally Manufacturing Co.
*Pick up only in Covington, KY
*Needs refurbishing; does not work

#21420 4 months ago

Gottlieb Top Card
Schaumburg, IL

Gottlieb top card project I'll be at the hangar Sunday if you wanna take a look at it 905 Irving Park Rd, Schaumburg, IL 60193

This Top Card has been listed for quite some time. Was $900, then $700 for a while. Everything seems to be in pretty decent shape, minus the front of the cabinet.

#21421 4 months ago

Gottlieb Lightning Ball woodrail
Little Falls, MN

1959 Gottlieb Pinball machine. No glass. Back glass is faded and paint peeling. Turns on but does not play, fuses need to be checked. Lost interest. Make an offer

#21427 4 months ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

Like a garage sale, but they don't usually negotiate the price unless it's the last day of the sale.
Also, at some sales, they only let a certain number of people in at a time, so if you don't get there early, you might be stuck waiting on line.

I've never been to an estate sale before, but I have seen some sales show a little flexibility as far as pre-arranging a price (usually on the high side) before the official sale starts.

There is one for a TSPP in WI right now that is an estate sale but is a silent auction. Buy it now price is $9K but offers start at 50% of buying price. A strange set up if you ask me, but this isn't typical either.


It never hurts to reach out beforehand. Each sale is slightly different from what I know, which admittedly isn't much.

#21428 3 months ago
Quoted from FatPanda:

Gottlieb Lightning Ball woodrail
Little Falls, MN
1959 Gottlieb Pinball machine. No glass. Back glass is faded and paint peeling. Turns on but does not play, fuses need to be checked. Lost interest. Make an offer

Down to $230

#21442 3 months ago

3 EBD Projects
seller Gregory177
King George, VA


I am throwing in the towel and selling my 3 eight ball deluxe projects. Two of these are complete and one is missing some of the upper playfield parts. One has a brand new cpr backglass. Also included is a brand new hard top playfield not installed.

Looks like 2 x 1984s and 1 x 1981

#21443 3 months ago

Gottlieb Surf Champ
seller BBC
Streator, IL


FS. Gottlieb Surf Champ. Working, but a project. Needs cleaning, new rubber and a pop bumper coil. Beautiful backglass. Playfield has some wear. Pm for details. Pick up in Streator Il. $650

I'm full to the brim, and then some, otherwise I'd get this

#21468 3 months ago

Stern Stars
Norwalk, OH

seller: Pinball Machine (for parts/not working)

Me: Would be a bigger project

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#21597 3 months ago

Gottlieb High Hand
Osceola, IN


seller: High Hand EM pinball $450 obo. Needs work. Will deliver for additional fee

#21598 3 months ago

Bally Bow and Arrow
Channhon, IL


seller: Machine works but ball chute mechanism needs to be repaired. Ball won’t always load into chute to launch

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#21631 85 days ago

Lucky Ace
Hudsonville, MI


Doesn't work, no legs

#21633 85 days ago
Quoted from FatPanda:

Lucky Ace
Hudsonville, MI
Doesn't work, no legs


#21660 80 days ago

Williams Phoenix
Eaton, OH


I have an old pinball machine that is taking up room in my house. It does not work, all the lights come on when you plug it in but that’s about it. It has a manual that comes with it. I’ll help you move it out but it is pretty heavy. I don’t know too much about it because it was left with the house when I purchased the home Thanks!

#21661 80 days ago

Williams Suspense
Arlington Heights, IL


seller: Williams Suspense pinball machine sold as is. Need to be able to take up 1 flight of stairs. Very heavy. $400 or best offer.

#21678 78 days ago