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By Pecos

6 years ago

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#3819 5 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Manufacturer: Williams
Game/Type: Strike Zone / EM 2 Player
Month/Year: September 1970
Production: Unknown
Cost: $300
Condition: No Pics! OP: "...project machine ... I haven't started on it not sure what all it needs but the score motor is not intact"
Manufacturer: Williams
Game/Type: Super-Flite / EM 2 Player
Month/Year: October 1974
Production: 1,901
Cost: $325
Condition: No Pics! OP: "...project ... needs repairs"
Manufacturer: Chicago Coin
Game/Type: Sound Stage / EM 2 Player
Month/Year: July 1976
Production: 3,000
Cost: $300
Condition: "...project ... needs repairs, looks to be in decent shape for a project but I haven't done anything yet so not sure"
Location: Albany, NY
Contact/Link: albany.craigslist.org link

I emailed this fellow almost 2 weeks ago and he indicated he had sold "most" his pins and didn't want to be left without a project. However he said he'd get back to me with photos and haven't heart from him since! Going to ask again see what happens

#3834 5 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Too good to be true?
Manufacturer: Bally
Game/Type: Nitro Ground Shaker / SS AS-2518-35, 4 Player
Month/Year: May 1978
Production: 7,950
Cost: $25
Location: Pickerington (Columbus), OH
Contact/Link: columbus.craigslist.org link
Condition: Unknown

He probably forgot a zero haha
No way someone would be like "yep... Looks like a Jackson to me!"
That's hardly anything today. And people overvalue EVERYTHING.

#3876 5 years ago
Quoted from Cheddar:

A friend tried to pick up the pink panther. After being very sketchy about the whole process the guy texted him 5 minutes before he was to arrive and told him he did want to sell at that price.
Total d-bag

That's so rude. What a jackass. People have no respect or courtesy anymore :/

#3891 5 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Cost: $300 Ea.
Location: Denver, CO
Contact/Link: denver.craigslist.org link
Condition: "20+ EM & Early SS Pinball Machines 300 each. Sold as Found"

Wish I was nearby. Sounds like a great opportunity.

#3895 5 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Cost: $300 Ea.
Location: Denver, CO
Contact/Link: denver.craigslist.org link
Condition: "20+ EM & Early SS Pinball Machines 300 each. Sold as Found"

From the guy himself:
"MONTANA Pinball Machines 20+ 300 each

First come First Served Storage Unit Friday morning. I need Space for Half Semi with Ball Bowlers which left Montana on Friday.

I’ll be in Denver over the Holidays

NO LIST. If interested show up with CASH. 9:00 am 

Will NOT save or HOLD any Games for anyone. 

Sold as Found

November 25th.
09:00 am

Public Storage
11550 Huron St
Northglenn CO 80234-3044"

Apparently he's got a whole other set of games for sale in Montana? Didn't make much sense, but if anyone wants I can post the lists of arcade/shooter games he listed.

#3896 5 years ago

Updated listing!
I'm posting this because even though I'm considering this one. I really don't wanna drive way out there for this game. But he's gonna get rid of it and hell I'll suffer the journey for a good price to save a game.
Any pinheads in the area feel free to jump on it. Or maybe someone can meet me halfway?

Manufacturer: D. Gottlieb & Co
Game/Type: Super Score / 2 Player EM
Month/Year: April 1967
Production: 2,925
Cost: $100
Location: Canyon Lake (San Antonio), TX
Contact/Link: Stoneham boston.craigslist.org link

Condition: as is/not working. Includes original documents

#3929 5 years ago

Ugh! All these cheap projects and none of them nearby!! Must be that time of year when people are unloading for that holiday cash!

#3933 5 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Project Pin Parts:
Manufacturer: Williams
Cost: $200
Location: Vista (San Diego), CA
Contact/Link: sandiego.craigslist.org link
Condition: Looks like two Willams pins parted out. Two aprons, two large score reel sets, four small score reel sets (missing parts), one chime box (missing parts), one mech board with some parts, dozens of coils, lots of relay, one score motor + possibly a second in pieces, two credit stepper units, multiple stepper units. OP: "Many many coils. Units. Relays."

That's pretty awesome. Wonder if they'd ship

#3970 5 years ago

From the Facebook Pinball FS group:

Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: Scuba / 2 Player EM
Month/Year: September 1970
Production: 1,450
Cost: $200
Location: Bon Aqua, TN (37025)
Contact/Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/299213816922644/permalink/659728807537808/?sale_post_id=659728807537808
Condition: "It needs alot of work as you can see but they are hard to find and the last one I could find that sold restored went for $3500. This will make a good project for someone. I plugged it up and the bottom lite up and made noise but the top never did. I know nothing about fixing these things but I'm sure most of you in here do. It also comes with the paperwork and some bulbs. If you have any questions I'll try to answer them. You must pick this up yourself or have someone pick it up. I take cash or PayPal for payment. Price drop. That's as low as I can go. Someone save this machine before I give it a try and screw it up...lol"

1 week later
#4065 5 years ago
Quoted from Captive_Ball:

~~~~~Mr. Pinball Classifieds~~~~~
Manufacturer: Mylstar/Gottlieb
Game/Type: The Games / SS 4 Player
Month/Year: August 1984
Production: 1,768
Cost: $400
Location: Ballston Spa, New York
OP: Working but needs complete restoration. In my storage building for awhile. I have a mostly complete 2nd playfield that goes with it.

Is this already gone??

#4113 5 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

SilverBallKid, here is one reason why the seller didn't respond to emails:
Condition: "Good condition. ...I am sorry for not responding to those who emailed. I have had a perfect storm of vacation and family illnesses. Please email again if you are interested and I will respond! Thanks!"

That's pretty funny, how rare that someone is actually aware of the distress their abandoned ad has caused us pinheads!
It's refreshing, I always appreciate people who actually maintain their ads and I too, try to tip a bit extra when buying, although I haven't bought any pins from CL, I've bought a lot of other great items!

#4114 5 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Thank you! Absolutely, Captive_Ball deserves a ton of credit for keeping this thread up-to-date and active. Thank you Captive_Ball for all of your help! But he is not the only one. At the risk of missing someone, as I'm sure that I will, there are so many others who contribute. ForceFlow recently posted a rare find in Ohio and a Pinsider, nikpinball, grabbed it. RyanClaytor has chipped in with ads from 'Mr. P'. Zacaj seems to have an uncanny knack for finding those super bargains that get snapped up in hours and not days. Matesamo has recently joined us and has posted many ads he has found in the northeast. And there are many others: RCA1, Philk, Radius118, Isochronic_Frost, rkahr, Wickerman2, NicoVolta, meSz, YeOldPinPlayer, and hoov. Those are just the Pinsiders who have posted Project Pins in the past month. As you can see, I get lots of help. I thank each and every one of you.
Golly Gee Whiz Guys and Gals, all of this praise has me... ...ing.

I really appreciate the mention! I've gotten that bug of just browsing ads and then sharing the great ones for other pinsiders! Living by proxy aha. I don't have the money or space for these pins, but I have a LOT of free time! It's nice to find them and then help someone else get a project they've been wanting!

#4115 5 years ago
Quoted from Captive_Ball:

~~~Pinsider DAVIDEOKILLS selling some projects.~~~
Link: https://pinside.com/pinball/market/classifieds/ad/42762
Please help with the burden of too many projects. I'm in limbo for at least another month till our new studio workshop is ready to move into. Take one of these projects off my hands. Prices extremely negotiable and trades welcome.
Black Jack(s) $500 for the pair
One complete game and one that is in boxes.
Fan-Tas-Tic $150
Missing a backglass and some minor parts (ball trough switch and maybe some coils).
Force II $500
Nice backglass and playfield. It needs displays and an MPU.
Fire! $1000
I stole the MPU to get High Speed going. It was working great but needs some new rescue plastics. It plays as is but has a lot of air balls.
Sheriff $200
I restenciled the cabinet and haven't been able to get back to this project.
Skipper $50
Haven't put any time into this one but the backglass isn't in great shape and it will probably need considerable work to get working.
Take the whole lot for $1800.

Is this the fellow who owns that business, is moving and was selling something like 30 pins? I believe it is and it's tempting me to drive out to Ohio

#4188 5 years ago
Quoted from Otaku:

Dear god, look in the background, I sure hope that's the photo of the place he saved it from and not his own place. (Pinball hell???) Regardless, may want to look out for water damage on this Egg Head as well:

Is this "Into the Maw of Despair"?!? That place is a disaster. Would like the know the story on the destroyed pin

#4204 5 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Welcome JAHpinWizard!

I saw that sad sight. It looks like a Williams and at first I thought it might be a Fun Fest or a Swinger based on the front cabinet. Close, but no see-gar! I wonder if it could be restored with a new cabinet??

Any idea what happened to it? I didn't snag any contact info from the ad before it was deleted and I'd totally buy even something that ruined. I'd patch up that poor, melted pinball!

1 month later
#4694 4 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Manufacturer: Bally
Game/Type: Dolly Parton / SS AS-2518-35, 4 Player
Month/Year: October 1978
Production: 7,350
Cost: $350
Location: Circleville (New York), NY
Contact/Link: hudsonvalley.craigslist.org link
Condition: Cabinet painted green. It has a big honkin' lock bar across the coin door.

I can never get to them fast enough!
Darn it

#4721 4 years ago


I'm cringing so hard at this... At least they did a real nice job on the finished product, other than that hideous backglass table...

Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: Batter Up / EM, Solo Player
Month/Year: August 1970
Production: 560!
Cost: $700
Location: Lindenhurst (Long Island), NY
Contact/Link: longisland.craigslist.org link

Condition: ? You decide... I'll just say "severely disfigured"

#4722 4 years ago

Here's an old william's bowler It's pretty trashed and the guy wants more than it's worth, but I figured I'd post this just in case somebody is interested. Not a pinball but he would have better luck selling it if he worked it differently.

scranton.craigslist.org link

(If this isn't allowed let me know and I'll edit/delete this post)

4 months later
#5340 4 years ago
Quoted from Damonator:

Not on Craigslist yet, but if anyone wants all 3 of these for $100 in Oklahoma, let me know (not my games, just someone that contacted me).

Look at those "Arts and Crafts" hand painted backglasses!!! Those are hilarious!!! Jive Time is too funny.

2 months later
#5920 4 years ago
Quoted from Grayman_EM:

Found this on Craigslist yesterday but forgot where it was located? I think it was around $150.00 but it is the worst Drop-A-Card I have ever seen.

Mine is actually worse...

#5921 4 years ago
Quoted from inhomearcades:

13 pins at no reserve.
ebay.com link

Who wants to go in with me on the flame-ravaged Frankenstein? ForceFlow that's your expertise isn't it?!

1 week later
#5998 4 years ago
Quoted from dfrazer:

Before I departed with my Big Ben, I had to capture a pic of the sticker that was attached to it:

I can only think that this machine kept the residents calm, as they were just lulled into a sense of boredom the longer they played.....

Love that sticker, please leave it! That's hilarious!!!
Probably the most interesting thing about that game :b

#6002 4 years ago

Manufacturer: Williams
Game/Type: Magic Clock / EM 2 Player
Month/Year: December 1960
Production: Unknown
Cost: ESTATE SALE (Probably Best Offer)
Condition: See picture

Manufacturer: Bally
Game/Type: Time Zone / EM 2 Player
Month/Year: May 1973
Production: 2,500 produced
Cost: ESTATE SALE (Probably Best Offer)
Condition: See Picture

Cost: Make Offers, Estate Sale 9/16
Location: 3301 Harrelson Street (Las Cruces, NM 88005) from 7am-5pm, 9/16

Contact/Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LCBAS/permalink/935841163259137/?sale_post_id=935841163259137

Notes: Has that very uncommon "Stylin' of the 60's" cab Williams did a few times! I really think they look jazzy!

1 week later
#6206 4 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: Pop-A-Card / EM 1 Player
Features: Add a Ball
Month/Year: March 1972
Production: 825 (!)
Cost: $650 OBO
Location: Watertown, NY
Contact/Link: watertown.craigslist.org link
OP: Pop a card works great have no room 650 obo

That's the AAB version of Drop-A-Card and I can confirm it's a super fun game. Love the 13 drop targets!

3 weeks later
#6518 4 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

ESTATE SALE - FRI 10/27 - SUN 10/29
Seller also has a skee ball machine and what I think is a puck bowler.
Manufacturer: Premier/Gottlieb
Game/Type: Genesis / SS System 3, 4 Player
Month/Year: March 1993
Production: 5,550
Cost: ?????
Manufacturer: Premier/Gottlieb
Game/Type: Genesis / SS System 80B, 4 Player
Month/Year: September 1986
Production: 3,500
Cost: ?????
Location: Pacific, MO (St. Louis)
Contact/Link: https://www.estatesales.net/MO/Pacific/63069/1705188?highlight=Pinball#

Correction, other game is Street Fighter II!
Somebody go, looks like a fantastic sale! I would love either pin!

1 week later
#6601 4 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

ESTATE SALE - 11/17-18
Manufacturer: Data East
Game/Type: Time Machine / SS 4 Player
Month/Year: December 1988
Production: 2,896
Cost: Buy It Now $350.00 obo
Location: Lake Alfred, FL (Lakeland)
Link/Contact: https://www.estatesales.net/FL/Lake-Alfred/33850/1710777?highlight=pinball+Pinball

Wow, I bet you any amount of money, for this price it will be sold days before the sale even starts.

1 week later
#6719 4 years ago
Quoted from hodgesm0:

This looks pretty rough for $1900...

What's good price on it? I'm assuming a whole new cabinet and playfield will probably have to be made/acquired due to the severe termite damage. If I talked reasonably with that member what is a good price for it? DE Star Wars is a fun game and replacing the cab and playfield would workout since I'd want to do all the mods and upgrades, I could design a new cab with the upgrades in mind instead of retrofit the old one

#6744 4 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Another pinball machine falls prey to the coffee table "trend."
Manufacturer: Bally
Game/Type: Speakeasy / Solid State Electronic (SS) 2 Player
Month/Year: August, 1982
Production: 3,000
Cost: Current bid $41
Location: Lebanon, OH
Auction Ends: TU 11/07
Link/Contact: https://www.ebth.com/items/7294030-modified-pinball-speakeasy-theme-table?utm_campaign=website&utm_content=listing&utm_medium=advertising&utm_source=estatesales.net
OP: Item Details
A partial 1982 Bally Speakeasy pinball machine, repurposed to be used as a conversation piece coffee table; operational, but without backbox, ability to score or angle for proper ball movement. Cabinet sides are painted in a dark purple blue color with a “Speakeasy” graphic in red and white. The game table is colorfully decorated with casino graphics such as playing cards, poker chips, and dice. Lighting is activated by a toggle switch to the underside of the right corner at the play end.
This piece is located in a basement and must be carried up a flight of stairs. Please note, this is an item that may be especially difficult to move and/or transport. Unless shipping arrangements are available and made by the winning bidder, that individual is advised to bring appropriate assistance, vehicle, proper materials, and any necessary tools to pickup.
- game is not angled and backbox is missing; intended for use as a table. Wear to exterior includes paint scuffs and damage to wood, as shown.
22.75" W x 19.5" H x 53.75" D
Item #

"I bought this really nice sports car, but I figured it would really be a conversation piece if I cut off all the doors and lifted it. It now serves neither its original purpose nor some utility purpose, it's really just a useless expensive project that you can look at and wince... I'm only looking for about double the original value due to my skilled craftsmanship, I think that's fair!"

#6756 4 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Bally
Game/Type: Party Animal / SS
Mo/Year: May 1987
Production: 2,250
Cost: $500
Location: Annapolis, MD
Link/Contact: annapolis.craigslist.org link
OP: Party Animal Bally Midway pinball machine in really good condition. Fully operational; all lights, bumpers, flippers work well.
Easy pickup from house to vehicle. Needs a home to be played.

No photos? Sounds like a scam fully working for that price.

#6787 4 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

This could be any of the below pinball machines. Who cares, its free!
Mario Bros.
Mario Bros Mushroom World
Marion Andretti
Cost: Free!
Location: Madison, WI
Link/contact: madison.craigslist.org link
I have an old Mario pinball Machine that used to be in my ex husbands gaming room! No clue what it's worth but I need the room in my place and want it gone! It's full sized and heavy and works fine!! First one to come get it can take it!! Will need a truck or trailer! Call or text me at

I'd have to take a break from pinside if someone gets a Mushroom World FOR FREE!

#6813 4 years ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Yard sale in Cushing Oklahoma Friday and Saturday.
All kinds of old pin stuff for sale: Pharaoh populated play field, other play fields, old stuff, etc.
stillwater.craigslist.org link

Nice score for someone!!

#6850 4 years ago
Quoted from PinballFever:

Are FB listings allowed here? There's a 1948 Bally "Trophy" payout pinball machine available near me for $350.

Yes, facebook has certainly shown to help get pins on the market. Now even the most casual careless sellers can simply snap a blurry pic, post it on facebook and press the zero an unnecessary amount of times...

"Game. Play pball. Worked once at some point. Ask fair price 10000 thx"

#6892 4 years ago
Quoted from PinPilot:

I paid a local lawn service guy I found on CL $20 via Paypal to go to that garage sale

I know it's been said before but wow, this was such an ingenious idea! It's a total "why the hell didn't I think of that?!"

#6903 4 years ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

That sad looking Royal Guard is still up near Boston for $100
Looks like the backbox disintegrated, but the guts are there for it. I can't tell how bad the water damage might be from the photos, so it might end up just being a parts machine. If so, the lockbar alone is probably worth about $50. If I was closer, I might be more tempted.
boston.craigslist.org link

Rixzilla should be over that way right about now, he could pick it up. Shoot him a message if you're interested! He just left here yesterday.

#7010 4 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

ballypin You could probably ship that via Fastenal for $125. Find a Pinsider that lives near the seller that would be willing to pick it up and drop off at a Fastenal store during their business hours; M-F 7:30AM-5:00PM. If the Pinsider can't palletize and strap down the pin, Fastenal charges an extra $20.
I'm willing to help any Pinsider that needs something picked up in the Atlanta area and dropped at a Fastenal store.

Oh wow, I didn't know they did that! I'm right near one of those. I'll have to keep that in mind for the future!

#7022 4 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Data East
Game/Type: Hook / SS
Month/Year: January 1992
Production: 6,705
Manufacturer: Data East
Game/Type: Batman / SS
Year: September 1991
Production: 3,500
Cost: $2,000 for both
Location: New Hartford, CT
Contact/Link: nwct.craigslist.org link
OP: Selling 3 projects as a package. Data East Batman, Data East Hook pinball machines and Sega Gremlin Invinco Deep Scan dual arcade game console. Would prefer to sell all as a package but am also selling the arcade game separately for $100 in another ad.
The pinball machines are both projects. The cabinets are in decent shape, the boards are clean. 1 display is out.
All three games will power on. Selling them all as project games.....

So tempting... but no space!!!

1 week later
#7064 4 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Manufacturer: Williams
Game/Type: Whirlwind / SS System 11B, 4 Player
Month/Year: January 1990
Production: 7,304
Cost: $200
Location: Denver, CO
Contact/Link: denver.craigslist.org link
Condition: "It's Waterlogged and is still wet.
Parts Machine!!!
Broke Translite Glass when it was unloaded today."

Wonder if those other pins in the back are also parts games, they look rough...

1 month later
#7381 4 years ago

Hey, I’ve been off on vacation, so I’ve only briefly been peaking at Pinside when I get a chance each day. Joining in, thanks for everything Pecos! This thread is one of my favorites along with “what did you bring home today?” Seeing all the deals are great and it gives me a better idea at price/value of games and conditions.

This thread is the fix that both keeps you going but helps keep the addiction at bay!

I also have a request of the fine folks of this thread: does anyone have a lead on a Bally Lost World head? I just bought a fully populated body game with a rough playfield, and I guess the story was that the head was matched with a wrong game left outside and rotted into oblivion. So he kept the head it had and sold the body.

This is for a good cause! I got my buddy hooked onto pinball and he wants to give it a go, so if we can locate a head relatively quickly, this will be his first game he’s going to fix up!
He’s already very involved with miniatures and his dad is interested in working on them too!
So I say: to whatever gallant soul can help me locate a Lost World head you will assist in bringing not just one but TWO good men into the hobby!! A father & son duo!

#7437 4 years ago
Quoted from Matesamo:

Looks like an entire playfield retheme complete with Bud bottle, Marvin the Martin and Tasmanian Devil. What a pairing! Certainly not a sample or a rare item.

Wow, I LOVE these handyman rethemes, they’re such gems! Or more aptly, like glueing googly-eyes and glitter on your gemstones to add that “personal” touch.

#7455 4 years ago
Quoted from ZNET:

RYAN: “Sheesh, that game is hot as sh**. With the purple powder coat."
COLSON: “Whoa! Yes! Whoa!”
RYAN: “Yes! The Colson has scored. Whoa, my man!”
[pinball cross talk]
RYAN: “It better not be a reimport. No it’s a domestic game, it’s”
COLSON: “Yeah that’s a Bad Cats with the gold legs. I better bring some ratchet wrenches, in case I start wanting to unscrew her. You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful clearcoats. . .I just start road tripping them. It’s like a magnet. Just road trip. I don’t even wait. And when you’re Colson, they let you do it. You can do anything."
RYAN: “Whatever you want.”
COLSON: “Grab them by the coin door.. You can do anything.”

I usually hate political humor, but this is clever and funny as hell.
Didn’t even realize what it was until I got to the end. That’s too damn funny.

#7500 4 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Includes Pac-Man arcade game!
Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: Sunset / EM 2 Player
Month/Year: November 1962
Production: 2,275
Cost: $500 For both
Location: Lawrenceville (Indianapolis), IL/IN
Contact/Link: terrehaute.craigslist.org link
Condition: Backglass in poor shape. OP: "bumper rubbers on it a few years ago, not been used since then, most of it works, some lights don't and a couple of the striker/counters don't, use it like it is or restore. Bally pac man game, use to work, very slow at coming on, now only works when it wants to. Needs restored."

Wow that’s a pretty good deal coming with a Pac-Man! I would totally jump on this! Sounds like it needs a cap kit.

#7518 4 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Y2K Apocalypse Find!
Location: Pioche (Las Vega), NV
Contact/Link: stgeorge.craigslist.org link
Condition: "We are selling a mountain of stuff out of 2 commercial buildings in Pioche Nevada. It was an old Y2K apocalypse shelter. Not even sure what all is in there. old clothes, furniture, hundreds of old books, old pinball machines, games, old tools, camping stuff etc. the building is 10,000 or so square feet and you can hardly walk through it. We would like to sell it all as a bundle so we can rent the building."

A Pinsider MUST get to the bottom of this.
Watch it be a dozen Black Knights :b

#7527 4 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Manufacturer: Bally
Game/Type: Embryon / SS AS-2518-35, 4 Player
Month/Year: September 1980
Production: 2,250
Cost: $400
Location: Lawrenceburg (Nashville), TN
Contact/Link: nashville.craigslist.org link
Condition: "It is a parts machine or big project machine. Playfield worn, Backglass junk, cabinet some water /moisture damage. The boards appear to be nice but I haven't pulled them . The MPU has no acid damage and it does boot up."

“The boards appear to be nice but I haven't pulled them”


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#10542 3 years ago
Quoted from jaytrem:

I'm on it!!! Wish I didn't have a meeting at 10. Hoping to beat the rain (and garbage men). Oh yeah, Thanks!!!

The pinside flight is on!!

#10551 3 years ago
Quoted from jaytrem:

Got it! Meeting was postponed for 15 min. It's a Sky Lab missing it's head. Must have burnt up on re-entry. Got a little wet, but not bad. The playfield is in real nice shape. May end up as wall art. Was a super quick pickup so didn't look it over that well. Will post pics later.
Thanks again to parzval and ibuypinballs for the heads up!

that's awesome! Wonder what happened?
Think they're worth following up with later?

#10583 3 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Sonic
Game/Type: Mars Trek / EM 4 Player
Month/Year: August 1977
Production: Unknown
Cost: Make Offer aka Auction
Location: Albany, NY
Link/Contact: albany.craigslist.org link
OP: Glass intact, good colors. Able to turn on but not operating properly. Added new photos. Colors good but very dusty and some rust. Haven't used it in several years. Local pick up only. Make Offer.

This is spoken for and mine now!! Sadly when she said “some rust” it means I had to pry on the lockdown bar for literally 10 minutes to free it up in order to take a look under... it’s rough but I hope to bring it back.
It’s also got pretty significant moisture damage.
Such a gamble!

#10607 3 years ago
Quoted from jbovenzi:

This one is a good find:
mendocino.craigslist.org link

Think he’d take 2k?

#10638 3 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Data East
Game/Type: Checkpoint / SS DMD
Month/Year: February 1991
Production: 3,500
Cost: $999
Manufacturer: Bally
Game/Type: Baby Pac-Man / SS
Mo/Year: October 1982
Production: 7,000
Cost: $725
Manufacturer: Williams
Game/Type: Reno / EM Woodrail
Month/Year: September 1957
Production: ????
Cost: $150
Seller: Bryan Holmgren
Location: Columbia Station, OH
OP: I need the room so passing along some projects
Checkpoint-starts and plays a game-dmd gassed out- needs shopped-$999/PENDING
Baby Pacman-no mpu-with a working mpu(not included) vidiot flashes 10 times and will go into color bar test but game does not boot. Monitor looks great. Solid cabinet. Nice control panel. Very nice playfield. $725/PENDING
Reno pinball-untested-flaking on glass and wear on playfield-$150

No contact for this one?

#10644 3 years ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

Why can’t one of these pop up down the street from me for that price?

I actually have a lead on 2 strikes and spares not far from me in New York both at similar prices from the same seller.
He hasn’t advertised it, as it was a cold call on my end. I can pass his details along if you want

#10646 3 years ago
Quoted from balzofsteel:

"Closed group"
can't peek
why bother?

Just make a fake Facebook for joining pinball groups if you’re not interested in using the site for anything else. The marketplace is extremely valuable as you find some really great deals from people who are ready to throw the machine out! The pinball groups usually accept your join request in a few minutes. I’m in tons of them

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#10796 3 years ago
Quoted from rkahr:

Important thread - free machine.
-Visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or for Williams system 3-7 potentiometer solutions

I need to move apparently. A freaking entire game for free at the side of the road. WOW

#10841 3 years ago
Quoted from jbovenzi:

I need to explain to the group. I did hear back from the gentleman about this game. He needs to sell it to pay for his wife's medical bills. His opinion of the worth of the game came from being exposed to "American Pickers."
I shouldn't have commented on the price of the pin without knowing the backstory. I did state to him that he was perhaps shooting too high.

Even in American Pickers they picked a guy with loads of EMs and mentioned that only certain ones are worth big money and they won't even bother with any of the common titles. They bought a Wizard! on Pickers

#10846 3 years ago
Quoted from rkahr:

Sweet Hearts pinball at a garage sale in Rockville, MD. Ad says it doesn't work and they want $200.
washingtondc.craigslist.org link
-visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Williams system 3-7 sound board potentiometer solutions

No backglass but hope someone snags this! Decent price and it doesn’t look like it’s too devastated!

#10866 3 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Williams
Game/Type: Comet / SS 4 Player
Month/Year: June 1985
Production: 8,100
Cost: $900
Location: Dix Hills, NY
Seller: Abe Kaplan
Link/Contact: https://www.facebook.com/groups/299213816922644/permalink/1078750828968935/?sale_post_id=1078750828968935&rt=11
OP: I'm selling a Williams COMET Pinball Machine. I pulled this machine out of my friends parents basement with the hopes of restoring it, but lost interest in the project. It turns on, lights up and plays, and the scoreboards are clear and bright. The sound works good and the backglass is near perfect, however the playfield is a mess. Its worn out and some of the plastic pieces are cracked. I would consider this a parts machine, but it could be brought back with some love. Anyway, its a good project for someone who knows more about these machines.

Spoke to this seller, claims an interested party is on the way for Sunday with $800. When asked if he’d entertain offers, he responded that whoever shows up first with money gets it.

Hope this helps a fellow Pinsider! Imo game is not worth the $900. Comet comes up often for less.
It’s definitely NOT a parts machine though, seller is crazy. It plays fine, just some wear spots apparently makes it a lost cause

#10912 3 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: #black-hole / SS 4 Player
Month/Year: October 1981
Production: 8,774
Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: #haunted-house / SS Widebody System 80, 4 Player
Features: IPDB: "Three Level Playfield. Secret passage (false target that drops down after impact to allow entrance to cellar). Trap door that opens for ball. Lightning animation in backglass."
Month/Year: June 1982
Production: 6,835
Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: #volcano / SS Widebody
Year: September 1981
Production: 3,655
Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: #genie / SS 4 Player
Month/Year: November 1979
Production: 6,800
Cost: $1,500 each or $5,000 for all four
Location: Cleveland, OH
Seller: David Spasic
Link/Contact: https://www.facebook.com/groups/958426214184968/permalink/2328480473846195/?sale_post_id=2328480473846195&rt=11
OP: Take your pick. 4 classic system 80 widebodies. $1500 each or all for $5000. All of the games boot but each will need some TLC to be playable with exception of Genie which plays great and has a new Ni-Wumpf board and Titan silicone rubbers.

I’m tempted to jump for Black Hole and/or Haunted House but I’m nervous about 1500 for games that don’t boot and/or have various issues.
I mean fully working ones typically sell for 2k...

#10925 3 years ago
Quoted from jaytrem:

Thanks, message sent, wish me luck!

you lucky dog!

#10953 3 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: Nudge it / Redemption
Year: 1990
Production: 56 (!)
Cost: $200
Location: Owensboro, KY
Seller: Jerry Newton
Link/Contact: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/348903455671113/
Me: Heavily faded on left side. This runs on Gottlieb System 3 boards, so if it has its boards it's worth it just for that alone.

I really hope someone doesn’t part it out! That cab is really sad on the left though wow!

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#11115 3 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: Bell Ringer / Redemption Game
Year: November 1990
Production: 160 (!)
Cost: $250
Location: Grand Prairie, TX
Seller: Eric Debrecht
Link/Contact: 8)https://www.facebook.com/groups/173543789466215/permalink/1165805570240027/?sale_post_id=1165805570240027&rt=11
ME: This is a redemption game, but uses a Gottlien system 3 MPU. If the boards work they can be repurposed for a system 3 pin.

I have an entire populated playfield, lightbox and backglass for Bell Ringer. I would LOVE to get this! Anyone wanna deliver to NY

#11144 3 years ago
Quoted from steviechs:

2 wood rail projects in the Pinball for sale group (closed group, if you aren't a member I'll message on your behalf). Make an offer and pickup before they go to the trash Monday. Pickup in Wooster Ohio (northeast of Columbus)[quoted image]

Wow what is WRONG with people?! Still destroying games in this day and age?
Someone would love those projects.

#11160 3 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Fascination Intl.
Game/Type: Circa 1933 / SS Cocktail 2 Player
Month/Year: February 1979
Production: Unknown
Cost: $500 OBO
Location: Sacramento, CA
Link/Contact: sacramento.craigslist.org link
OP: Cocktail Table Pinball Machine called "Circa 1933" $500-OBO
My wife has declared that my pinball machine collection is too big, so my loss is your gain
It comes with keys and instruction manual
Cocktail game's condition is as follows:
Ø very good cosmetic condition
Ø Has electrical short that pops a fuse
Cocktail Table Pinball Machine called Circa 1933. Needs work. Cabinet and playfield are in good shape. Play field art work is art deco style with flapper girl, man walking dog, cat, etc. Circa 1933 is a Cocktail Style Pinball Machine Produced in February 1979. Manufacturerd by Fascination Int., Incorporated. Machine Type: Solid State Electronic. Allows for 2 Players. There are approximately 35 different cocktail style pin ball machines that were manufactured. Includes maintenance manual.
Smoke-free pet-free home.
You will need a pickup, van, or trailer to haul it.
It weighs around 250 pounds, so bring some muscle.
answer back with an email/phone# so we can arrange pickup in woodland
or for a $50 fee, i can deliver locally in sac, davis, dixon, fairfield areas

One of the better cocktails in my opinion! These never come up near me though...

#11210 3 years ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

Someone is threatening to part out a perfectly good project machine if nobody ends up buying it soon:

You know me, I’m most likely making this trek this weekend to pick it up! Can’t help myself when games are dangerously close to being parted out :’(

#11215 3 years ago
Quoted from trk12fire:

Star Trek Bally, 400
Looks nice!

This is giving off all sorts of red flags.

Redendo's pizza is in Goshen, NEW YORK. But this is posted on craiglist in CALIFORNIA?! Almost all of their social media is dead, or hasn't been updated in years. I will follow up with these folks to make sure it's legit but it doesn't seem that way.

#11217 3 years ago
Quoted from mrpilkington:

Not legit. Look at the email address. Flag 1. Flag 2 is I saw this same exact post in the Midwest a few weeks back.

Just called Redendo's directly and believe it or not, it is legit and according to the girl who answered it's already sold. Maybe the owner is on vacation or something or just posted it in a ton of CL's for some reason?

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#11334 3 years ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

Game was sold to somebody else...hopefully IsoFrost got it. Just thought I'd peek my head in here to see what's going on

Yes, I did! I got lucky, thankfully.
I appreciate Colson’s Pinsmanship! I was able to get it because I happened to check Pinside within 30 minutes of the ad going up. Excited about this game, been eyeing it for a while!

#11357 3 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Gottlieb
Game/Type: Dodge City / EM 4 Player
Month/Year: July 1965
Production: 3,175
Cost: The future is uncertain
Location: Addison, TX
Link/Contact: https://www.estatesales.net/TX/Addison/75001/2093730
ENDS: SAT 12/22
Me: Seller sealed the backglass...DIY gone wrong

They already fixed the glass, nothing to see here

#11379 3 years ago
Quoted from JethroP:

Also required that you sign a personal liability release before coming on property to inspect the game.

Sounds like they’re ready to sue, what the hell.

#11404 3 years ago
Quoted from too-many-pins:

Here I go again - spending time and money trying to make junk into a whole machine. But that is what the hobby is all about. Thankfully I am down to my last couple headless bodies and I have a couple super nice playfields I am looking for machines that have trashed playfields in them to drop those playfields into then I'll be done trying to save some of my junk!

What headless bodies and trashed playfields might you be willing to part with?

#11425 3 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Bally
Game/Type: Lost World / SS 4 Player
Month/Year: February 1977
Production: 10,330
Manufacturer: Sega
Game/Type: Space Jam / SS
Year: December 1996
Production: 2,300 (too many)
Cost: ???
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Link/Contact: https://www.estatesales.net/IN/Indianapolis/46227/2093607
DATE: WED 01/09

Why does everyone hate Space Jam?! I haven’t played it yet, but the game seems like play is decent. It’s not Street Fighturd II so it can’t be that bad.

#11429 3 years ago
Quoted from Dallas_Pin:

Excellent condition Nugent in SA, TX. Lol

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#11507 3 years ago
Quoted from setzkor:

Mars Trek (Sonic) $500
Looks like it's been stored in a trailer. Hard to say how it could clean up.
stcloud.craigslist.org link

The playfield is still gonna be awesome, they made them so well. Mine is and it was stored in a terrible spot like that

#11511 3 years ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

Never saw that title before. IPDB says they made them with real glass and plexi for the BG. Wonder which one this is.
Nice coin door. Myrtle Beach is a drive though. Damn. Wish....I....was....

Same, me and the GF go to Myrtle every year and I went to the Pinball Museum, it’s amazing! Highly recommended! I heard apparently there was some knocking that happened so he’s not on Pinside much anymore, but it’s a shame because he’s very knowledgeable and runs a great museum.

As for the game, never seen Rockmakers before. It looks awesome and I’d love to play it!

Quoted from edward472:

I was tempted. Only a 2 hr drove for me. But none working makes me nervous... I can fix a ss but em might be over my head. Don't need a pinball sized paperweight

If you’ve got time, EMs are very simple once you understand their logic. The only trouble is how simple the issues are, but how time consuming it is to track them down.
I’d personally recommend it, I love my EMs more than working on SS games. But EMs can take a huge amount of time to get working properly

#11512 3 years ago
Quoted from edward472:

myrtlebeach.craigslist.org link
Bally Rockmackers. Non working. $100

Oh wow, it’s a Zipper Flipper game! Looks like it could be fun, add a ceramic ball for some speed.

#11550 3 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Game/Type: OXO / EM
Year: October, 1973
Production: 7,053
Cost: FREE
Location: Sarasota, FL
Link/Contact: sarasota.craigslist.org link
OP: Unfortunately, this base cabinet has termites in it, so I'm about to dispose of it.
It's free to anyone that wants to pick it up before Monday the 21st.
The playfield still looks decent, and there are plenty of parts.
You can disassemble it, and toss the cabinet in the dumpster.
E-mail if interested and I'll provide the address.
Me: The parts can be salvaged to save other games, OR you can make a coffee table out of it and post pictures in this group to torture pecos !

Oh oh, I believe someone was posting last month about having the head for this! Someone please pick it up, and be sure to record the serial number off the cabinet before it’s destroyed

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#11581 3 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: The Valley Company, Subsidiary of Walter Kidde & Company, Incorporated,
of Bay City, Michigan
Game/Type: Spectra IV / Cocktail 4 Player
Features: IPDB: "Playfield is manually rotated under a stationary glass top."
Month/Year: April 1978
Production: ????
Cost: Make Offer
Location: Olathe, KS
Seller: Jeff Fleming
Link/Contact: https://www.facebook.com/
OP: The Valley IV needs a power supply and bumper bands replaced on the playfield. the playfield is in very good condition, glass top is intact and the playfield swivel is good. I don't have the key to the coin box for this one. You can PM me with any offers.

I WANT ONE OF THESE SO DAMN BAD. There are like 6 of them down south and it’s too far for me to pick it up

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#11668 2 years ago
Quoted from luckycreature:

Completely trashed but FREE.
greenville.craigslist.org link

Oooh!! Parts!
Hope someone gets it! Whoever does, try and record a serial number off the cabinet if still legible. It’s definitely junked

#11689 2 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Data East
Game/Type: Monday Night Football / SS
Month/Year: September 1989
Production: 1,492
Cost: $500
Location: Canfield, OH
Pinsider: skypilot
Contact/Link: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/monday-night-football-project-parts
OP: Project or parts machine I’m guessing parts unless you’re extremely enthusiastic. Game came in a group of other games. Water damage to the cabinet. Best offer to get this thing out of my garage.

I’m sad I never get one of these projects! I would love a Monday Night Football!

#11712 2 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Playmatic
Game/Type: Fairy /EM 1 player
Year: September 1975
Production: Unknown
Cost: $450 OBO
Location: Poconos, NY
Link/Contact: poconos.craigslist.org link
OP: Pinball machine I brought as a project from neighbor as he was clearing out to move. Extra parts as pictured including wiring, ramps and solenoids I believe. Price is reasonably firm but make an offer and take it away

This is not New York, just saying :b it’s pretty deep into PA!

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#11748 2 years ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

I was tempted too, but for the time, space, and effort it would've taken. Probably could've made at least 3 working ones out of the bunch, and possibly a 4th with some scavenging.
But, it was marked as sold a couple days ago. Good luck to whomever ended up with them.

Space did me in. I’m a sucker for junked games, as you and others may have noticed! 6 Black Hole projects sounds like a dream but unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be

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#11848 2 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: The Valley Company, Subsidiary of Walter Kidde & Company, Incorporated,
of Bay City, Michigan
Game/Type: Spectra IV / Cocktail 4 Player
Features: IPDB: "Playfield is manually rotated under a stationary glass top."
Month/Year: April 1978
Production: ????
Cost: $150
Location: Florence, AL
Seller: Michael Bracey
Link/Contact: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/366891090522162/

I really want this, anyone know who travels from Alabama to the Northeast?
Spectra IV and Rotation VIII are the only 2 games I would be willing to buy even though I’m at max capacity

#11867 2 years ago

Eh, I’ve actually accelerated my pin buying and I still haven’t spent more than a grand on a pin to date. You can find deals, I’ve found that hardcore networking and word of mouth is the real way to get to them. I always keep my eyes open and try to keep a cash reserve.

I recently missed a damn Taxi for only $500 dollars recently. I was super angry over that too. It wasn’t a scam, there’s a local town that has consistently yields insane pin deals if you keep on top of the posts. A Spooksville sold from there for $50 two years ago. Both were WORKING.

In my opinion it’s the speed that collectors find deals that makes it seem dried up. If a deal on a pin exists it is eaten up immediately. When I picked up my Mars Trek last year, I showed up only 5 minutes before someone else and I shook on the deal literally as the other guy pulled in.

People who sell just put their net out all over the place and are overwhelmed with offers.

If you really want to score today in this market, buy the basket cases and parts machines and start buying up parts and connect with the guys who have huge hoards.

#11875 2 years ago
Quoted from shimoda:

Perhaps it is a bit of bad luck. As for not using the right tools - perhaps it is also a case of when I’m working I cant take the time to look for deals because I’m working. Id have liked to get the Jumping Jack and that Alien Poker but this also happened to be one of those times I didn’t have the $ at the right moment.
Jack, when you say you come across plenty of deals you don’t move on, it sounds like you must also have the opportunity to look more often as well. Perhaps that’s just a reason the hobby isn't the best choice for someone like me. I’ve diven deep into pinball and have taught myself to be able to fix anything I need to on these games - mechanically or electronically. Whenever I have the funds, or not, I’m looking. Just happens that the past several months, when I've had the funds, I'm always second, or third in line and miss out. The one exception was a few weeks ago I came across an actual deal, was first in line but needed a day or two to travel to get the machine. At first the guy was gonna hold, but changed his mind ten minutes later for someone closer. I’m not looking to have people tell me how I’m using the wrong methods because they can also find games, even ones they turn down; I wouldn’t rub it in someone’s face that I had better luck than them. Some people get the luck, some don’t. It’s just one of those things. If I have anything to blame it’s obviously my choice of career and my infatuation with all things electromechanical (I faced a similar issue years back when I became obsessed with Hammond organs).
Will take the time particularly to thank John here for posting so often. I know he won’t post games he is after (rocky and bullwinkle) being one I fell in love with and would love to have but won’t assume I’ll ever find one I can afford) but he posts a ton for everyone to see, a real service to those looking. Thanks to everyone else that posts these as well (except when it means I am second in line, of course ). For now I’ll be thankful for the games I do have. Gear envy isn’t any better than gear lust so good luck to everyone looking.

You’ve had an insane amount of games already!! Maybe you’re addicted to the hunt, like many of us here :b if you posted a location or contacted local pinballers you could possibly have people hold games for you!

#11890 2 years ago
Quoted from jeffc:

1960 WMS Black Jack - Save this from getting parted out!!!
Apparently complete.
Roswell, NM

Pass, I don’t wanna get abducted by aliens!

#11907 2 years ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

The pin that is also referred to as El Boro. Only one write up on it and it is not singing praises

I think it’s possibly the worst pin ever made.

Big Top, any of the Sears home model games, and even Street Fighter II are metric tonnes of fun compared to the paltry featherweight El Toro

#11913 2 years ago
Quoted from polyacanthus:

I disagree. Not saying it's the best pin ever but if you want to actually play the game instead of just bouncing the ball around, those two layers of rollover lanes will definitely hone your nudging skills. Some people just get confused on what to do on an EM if there are no drop targets...

I’ve played EMs without drop targets, Mars Trek is one that is absolutely phenomenal. It’s moreso the issue that aside from some nudging, the game is boring and has almost no objective. It’s the sort of game that has extremely low replay value.

I’m a fan of EMs, and I think if they’re set up right they are fast and fun with extreme punishment (no ball saves, no hand-holding) some games especially in the EM era had very little imagination. The scoring usually doesn’t even compensate for poor design! You can make a simple game, deeper with objectives and creative goals. Such as a game like #Rockmaker.
Some games feel like they were made just to be parts-bins!

#11946 2 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

I thought that coffee tables were an abomination (except OXO coffee tables of course ). Someone topped that horrible trend...Now someone is converting pinball machines to overhead lights for a pool table! We're supposed to be weening people off pool tables in this hobby, and this scmuck is trying to enhance someone's pool table experience! [quoted image]

That’s depressing. And a sonic game no less.

#11949 2 years ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

i have a stripped down Hot Hand play field. I’d like to sell it. It is real nice condition. Right it is leaning against the wall. But it could make a nice chandelier. But I’d rather sell it to anybody who would be interested.

[email protected]@K!!

#11973 2 years ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

Even if HUO, at that price looks like the sons are the happy new owners of a Star Trek pin.

Quoted from Timerider:

Yeah, they wouldn't even accept my $1200 bid.

“Uhh are you kidding? I just googled ‘Star Trek Pinball’ and they just made this one in 2014 and it sells for 6k!! Your just lowballing me.”

#12008 2 years ago
Quoted from edward472:

Manufacturer: The Valley Company
Game/Type: SPECTRA IV /4 player
Mo/Year: Jan 1978
Location: Florence, AL

Alright, can anyone find out what this would cost to be shipped? These damn things are taunting me!

#12036 2 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

55 Project Pins for sale
Location: Big Lake, MN
Price: $20,000
Contact/Link: minneapolis.craigslist.org link
For Sale:
55 Pinball Machines
None of these are plug & play, they will all require work
Some of these are parts machines only, many new parts as well.
Serious Inquiries Only Please
I may sell groups of machines separate
I will not take individual pictures, there is just too many machines and too much to do
E-Mail for more information
Revenge From Mars
NBA Fastbreak
Pool Sharks
Eight Ball Deluxe
Eight Ball
Eight Ball
Roller Games
Police Force
Disco Fever
Disco Fever
Disco Fever
Lucky Seven
Bad Girls
Bad Girls
Robo Wars
Spring Break
Charlies Angles
Close Encounters
Close Encounters
Big House
The Lost World
Space Riders
Middle Earth
Last Action Hero
AG Soccer - Rare (500)
Roy Clark

LORD I AM NOT WORTHY and an AG Soccer!

I’d love to get the big house or sega games. They always come at the worst times!

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#12122 2 years ago
Quoted from dasvis:

Boy, that's for sure. Ten years ago I paid $300 for my Embryon, & $185 for Mr & Mrs pacman - both not working, but still....

Mr. & Mrs. Pac-Man is still no more than a $500 game in working condition. I want one, but they’re a dime a dozen and total snore-fest. My Baby Pac needs parents.

#12134 2 years ago

The big deal that has had some parts gutted for $75 is near me. Anyone want that and use it to make one working big deal?

#12141 2 years ago
Quoted from snyper2099:

You would change your mind if you played one that was fully working and you actually played in a group of people that know how to play it. I had a gathering at my house about a month ago with 18 machines and it had the most plays by a landslide. People were waiting in lines to play it.
It's not a bad game but every single one you have played was likely a piece if crap, and not working correctly.
I only state that because I have played more than 10 of them over the last 15 years and the only one that was maintained properly, set up properly, and played correctly is the one that I own. It gets zero love among pinball people but who cares about those assholes?
If you think you do fully understand the game, answer these 5 simple questions:
what is your bonus multiplier at the start of the game (factory default settings)?
how much is an earned yellow maze space worth (including bonus)?
what does pacman say when you complete maze1? how about maze 2?
when do the lower 6 drop targets reset?
The game has an extremely interesting point strategy regarding risk/reward and is very heavy on bonus. If you answer these questions correctly and still think it's a turd, maybe you would like South Park and SFII instead.

I think it’s interesting and unique which is why I wouldn’t mind getting a project for a few hundred, but the extreme start & stop nature of it (the maze) really ruins it for a lot of folks.
I would be interested in playing yours though, now you’ve really made me rethink it

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#12209 2 years ago
Quoted from edward472:

Manufacturer: Segasa
Game/Type: Monaco / EM
Month/Year: July 1977
Production: 4,947
Cost: $150
Location: Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Seller: Eric Michael
Link/Contact: https://www.facebook.com/groups/669815773135120/permalink/2059399967510020/?sale_post_id=2059399967510020
OP: PROJECT PIN. Game needs a ton of work. Would need to rebuild the head. Only thing missing that I know of is the backglass. I have plugged it in and the game tries to start but that’s about the extent of the troubleshooting I have done. Was planning to fix and rebuild but just don’t have the time. PM me if interested.

Ugh how can I resist another Sonic game, I have such good luck with them and they keep popping up so damn cheap.

#12261 2 years ago
Quoted from Atari_Daze:

Non working wolf man with apparent Shrek backglass, Joppa MD, BIN $200 !
ebay.com link » Aracade Style Pinball

Think I’m gonna tackle it.

Update: I didn’t get it someone put in an offer about 3 minutes before mine and got it.

#12264 2 years ago
Quoted from FelixTCat:

Sorry, that would be me although I won't be able to pick it up until this weekend to really figure out what the hell is going on with Shrek back glass. It's an oddball enough machine that for $200 I couldn't pass it up.

Yeah it was stupid of me to not just pay the $200 I sent them a question and waited. Oh well, lesson learned. Please post a thread about it, there is only 1 listed in Pinballowners.com and 2 listed on Pinside so there is essentially NO information out there and I’d love to see detail pics of the whole thing! Also if you need help I can send you details of another pinsider who can print a backglass. You’d need to try and get a high-res scan from one of the 3 owners on the internet

#12278 2 years ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

Oooo...good eye. That's exciting. Wish I was close enough to check it out.

Easy: bourbon and road trip!

#12285 2 years ago
Quoted from frunch:

Mr and mrs Pac project for $300 in Homestead, Florida!
Note this is a new account, so proceed with caution...

Holy crap that wear!!

#12288 2 years ago
Quoted from frunch:

Forgive me gentlemen, i thought i was posting to the project pinball thread.
All i know if it that was close to me I'd already be driving it back home. Is $300 really too much for that?

I’d probably jump in at that but... eh at the same time I’d hesistate. Saw several Pac-Man’s come outta Florida with termite infestations

#12294 2 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Termites are a serious problem for all collectors in Florida

I was digging through my project queue and did a thorough inspection of my Torpedo Alley and found a tiny little sticker that indicates it came out of Florida.... no wonder everything is rusty and shows signs of extreme humidity... the boards are all bowl-shaped due to warping

#12303 2 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

'Red Flags.'
I don't look at Craiglist for pinballs anymore. I don't have the money or the room for more pins. But for some reason I checked the Tucson Craigslist last night and found a game on my wishlist, Flash, in Tempe, that I have been wanting for years. It was a Project Pin but priced right, too right, at only $300.
Red Flag - Yellow Flag #1: Priced well below market value. I should change this to 'Yellow Flag' because I have found some amazing under-priced Project Pins here in Arizona.
The ad had been up for eight hours already so I was expecting it to be sold already. But I replied to the ad by email and to another ad that he had for a Silverball Mania.
I received two emails in the morning saying 'I do' which was rather bizarre since I wasn't asking if he still had the machines. I was offering to buy them.
Red Flag #2: Email answered with what seemed like a canned reply, as if he hadn't even read my email.
One of the ads had a phone number so I called him up and told him that I was looking for a Flash. I told him that I was driving from Tucson and would he hold them for me? I offered $100 more than he was asking for the two machines. He told me that he couldn't do that and that he had someone there wanting them/it. I told him that I had to go to my Credit Union to get the money.
Red Flag #3: Telling me that he had someone there but the games were still available?
I offered to put $100 in his Paypal account if he would hold them for me. I wasn't about to drive almost two hours to Phoenix to find that he had sold the game(s) to someone else. I have learned that this promise is important!! He told me he didn't want that!
Red Flag #4: Why wasn't he willing to work with me? I was offering more than he asked? I was offering a down payment, sight unseen.
Red Flag #5: I got the feeling that he wanted several people to show up so he could have a 'Flash Auction', pun intended.
I then asked for his address and he told me that he would text it to me after I had the money in my hand. Huh?
Red Flag #6: What kind of games were this seller playing? Why wouldn't he give me his address? Why did I have to waste the time to drive to my Credit Union?
I went to my Credit Union. I really wanted Flash. It is one of the games in the great early Williams solid state games trilogy. I already own Firepower and Black Knight.
I called J**** again and told him I was at my Credit Union. He told me that someone was coming to look at Flash which seemed to contradict his earlier statement that he had a possible buyer already there. I told him that I wasn't coming up to Tempe until he accepted or declined my offer. He told me that it was probably better that I not come then.
Apparently this was a 'cash in hand' seller. Or was he looking for more money? He has the right to accept or not the offers that come his way. But what was with all the games? I did not take money out of my Credit Union and I did not make the hot drive to Tempe. I have no hard feelings, sometimes Craigslist sales go like this and I am certain that I made the right choice by passing on this rather strange Craigslist Project Pin opportunity.

It’s hard to be totally sure from hearing only one side. I couldn’t well understand exactly what you were doing either in your post, Pecos (kinda confusing to read is all) but from what I gathered I wouldn’t have bothered at all. I had a similar situation once and I actually went anyway. I was trying to check out a Mars Trek for 2 weeks and the seller wouldn’t give an address or time. Finally after pressing for a 4th or so attempt they sent me an address and time and I hauled out there!

Low and behold even though mysteriously they couldn’t work it out for 2 weeks, it turned out they invited 2 other buyers to come AT THE SAME TIME.
Total garbage. I still got the game but I thought that was utter shit to do to the other folks. I felt really bad for them.

It was a bizarre situation and just didn’t make any sense to me to be totally honest. Lady was retired and could have met me at any time...

People are just weird and can’t make up their mind some times.

#12329 2 years ago
Quoted from Ballypalooza:

He’s a few early pics. It was a beast to remove from the house. It would have been great if they had a key to the head!!
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So I’m pretty sure this is the system 80 right?

#12336 2 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

Manufacturer: Williams
Game/Type: Aztec / EM 4 Player
Month/Year: July 1976
Production: 10,150
Manufacturer: Data East
Game/Type: WWF Royal Rumble / DMD Widebody 4 Player
Month/Year: April 1994
Production: 3,500
Cost: Free
Location: Oceanside, CA
Link/Contact: sandiego.craigslist.org link
Condition: "Pinball probably just good for parts, if that. WWF has one control that doesn't work. Free to whoever is able to take it away."


#12364 2 years ago
Quoted from Ballypalooza:

Yes, you and Rey were right. Thanks to Rey’s post, I reached out to them and they accepted. I have watched all the great deals on this thread......they seem to be as far away from me as possible. Florida, New Hampshire, Oregon.
I guess I just “dumb lucked” into this one.
Now, I need to find the special Game#500 manual.
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Thanks for sharing the serial number as well, I have uploaded it to the Serial Number Database for posterity!

4 weeks later
#12475 2 years ago
Quoted from Pecos:

What's worse than a pin turned into a coffee table? A 'pin' from 1946 turned into a "'shelf , coffee table and side table."
Manufacturer: Bally
Game/Type: Victory Derby / EM 1 Player
Features: Horse Race / Payout Game
Month/Year: January 1946
Production: ??
Cost: $700
Location: Mountainlake Terrace (Seattle), WA
Contact/Link: seattle.craigslist.org link
OP: "This is something I put together, made from a 1946 Victory Derby 5c gambling machine that no longer worked. Has a shelf , coffee table and side table. The shelf has back lit glass and a light for the top shelf. Also 3 adjustable shelf's . It's 74 1/2 in tall. 26in wide and 11in deep . The coffee table has locking storage and 2 drawers made from the original cash box's . Original glass top . It's 50in long , 24 1/2in wide and, 22 1/2 in tall . The side table has a black granite top and storage in the bottom . It's 26in wide , 15in deep , and 21in tall . I kept all the original patina. The graphics are in incredible shape on the play field . The backglass is in good condition too. Would make a great addition to that horse moteef man cave / she shed."
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Wow and what a surprise, it’s ugly as sin.

#12482 2 years ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Buy it and put it back together. Looks like all the parts are there. It was produced in 1946. No production numbers. Pinside does not even have it cataloged.
In the last 73 years I would guess there were many days, weeks, months where this thing could not have been given away. That we even see it all is a miracle.
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Oh yeah, if you have never seen inside one of these old time boat anchors, the wiring will give you a heart attack.

I was trying to figure out how it went together, that’s interesting! So the shelf portion hasn’t been modified too much, the cabinet acts as the legs. How peculiar!

3 weeks later
#12614 2 years ago
Quoted from rkahr:

Here's a whirlwind PF on DC area CL for $300: washingtondc.craigslist.org link
Owner says the PF itself is damaged by termites. Claims it is complete but looks to me like the flippers are missing.
-visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my replacement LED Display Boards for model H & model S Skee Ball

Termites are a big NOPE from me.

#12643 2 years ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

longisland.craigslist.org link
Vintage electromagnetic pinball machines for sale!!!
Excellent working condition, ready to use
Original electronic schematics included
Extra repair supplies included
$100 each, or $250 for all three
Please call if interested: 516-242-5593[quoted image]

I don’t have the cash for this, but if someone needs it picked up and held or dropped off at a fastenal, it’s like a 4/5 hour drive for me and I can do it next week. For a fee :b just putting that out there.

I want the thrill of a new pin without having to own a new one cuz I have too many projects lol

#12666 2 years ago
Quoted from RonSS:

I saw that, but it looks like it's covered in rat feces.

Just talked with the seller. He claims it is dirty but not a rats nest. If anyone wants it let me know. I can hold it for you but I don’t really want it myself.

#12668 2 years ago
Quoted from Matesamo:

I don't know man, if its just dirty than these are some of the worst photos of a dirty pinball machine ever.[quoted image][quoted image]

It’s only an hour from me so I’m gonna grab it and find out!

#12671 2 years ago
Quoted from drsfmd:

Not mine, but this popped up locally. It's beat, and ugly... but it's rare. Too rare to allow it to go to a landfill... and cheap! I'm totally out of space or I'd grab it myself.

I’ve worked out an arrangement so you folks will have an answer within 12 hours!

#12678 2 years ago

Game is picked up, ended up doing a double-header and picked up a Monday Night Football as well. I’m completely dead. I only got 3 hours of sleep, couldn’t get any rest thinking about the day ahead

I’m gonna sleep now and then post pics. It has some surprisingly mice- I mean nice points; as well as some negative points. Overall, I’d think it’s worth it

#12707 2 years ago
Quoted from nascarrey:

Not really a 'project' pin, but 2 used playfields for sale at this estate sale.....St Petersburg Fl.

Time machine and not sure what the widebody one is.

#12734 2 years ago
Quoted from Matesamo:

Oh, let us know how it goes!

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Quoted from Colsond3:

Rats! I missed another one.

I’m a few days late but I finally took some good pictures.

Those of you with weak constitutions may want to look away now.

I may have even better ones. Not sure if I’m gonna tackle it at all or hold it for it’s new owner. Cabinet is absolutely gorgeous and solid. I’m a little jealous

3 weeks later
#13037 2 years ago
Quoted from canoncitypb:

I understand. I appreciate you finding and listing games. This one just makes me wonder what Bally was thinking. I'm guessing they just needed something to put out cheaply. They made 3000 of this? I can't imagine my reaction if I was an operator and received this machine.

Bally has made a few of the most barren, boring games pinball has ever seen. The company also had some incredible games, but also some of the indisputable worst

1 week later
#13169 2 years ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Manufacturer: Bally
Game/Type: Baby Pac-Man / SS
Mo/Year: October 1982
Production: 7,000
Cost: $150
Seller: John V Lupo
Location: Round Lake, IL
Location: https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/417438968848479/
OP: I have this project baby Pacman it's cabinet is in good shape it will need some boards and other items to restore it I was going to make a virtual pinball out of it but don't got no time for more projects asking 300.00 or best would consider trade of an other arcade machine I am asking 300 because of the rareness of the machine but open to all offers thanks

Rare??? Excuse me??
I love my Baby Pac but the only thing “rare” is to find a working one.
For 150 someone should buy it I have a VIDIOT I could spare

Edit: IT’S MISSING EVERYTHING!! Spinners Drop Target memory bank, plastics, monitor. That’s a big mistake.

If someone wants to deliver to NY I’ve got the parts to make it whole again.

#13187 2 years ago
Quoted from pinostalgia:

How about this
sfbay.craigslist.org link
Wico Aftor pinball machine
Game was won on The Price is Right in 1985.
Game works, might need some slight repair and TLC.
Machine is pretty rare..(see pic of info)
Asaking $450 or best offer

Break out The Price Is Right tapes!

#13241 2 years ago
Quoted from rkahr:

Shield your eyes...
Unidentifiable games (classic Bally board sets I think) in this CL ad for $50: smd.craigslist.org link
-visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V Video Sync Combiner kit

Quoted from hazmat7719:

I contacted them days ago, they are not ready to sell yet. It also seems that they are taking offers, not $50 as advertised. I was willing to take a chance at $50 to possibly salvage the coin doors. The seller said that they were in a storage container and this is what they salvaged. Also, there is mold. I think that I will pass.

Absolutely those parts for $50 can go a long way. Just be handy with wire wheels, tumblers and evaporust. But if they think that garbage is worth more they’re mistaken. It’s essentially lawn art.
Some sort of avante garde commentary on today’s world maybe?

#13251 2 years ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

You have not been keeping up with prices for lockdown bars and transformers. Both of which were in that pile.

I question whether you can really salvage a ton of value out of there given the work needed

#13283 2 years ago
Quoted from Daditude:

I have a buddy near me (Dallas, TX area) selling a gottlieb victory, gottlieb raven, and allied leisure star shooter for 800 total.
I have another acquaintance who has a centaur II, stern trident, and bally mata hari for 2500 total.
If anyone is interested, send me a pm and i will get their info to you.

I would love a Victory or a Trident but Texas is so far away it’s not really worth it

#13292 2 years ago
Quoted from Daditude:

My one friend sold the cocktail pin, so he us offering victory and raven for 750 total. He us motivated, so there may be wiggle room there.
The trident and mata hari have sold, leaving only centaur II. He is thinking of keeping it, so if anyone is thinking about making a move for it...I would suggest doing it quickly.

Anyone who wants Raven and is closer wanna go halves and then I can coordinate a pickup to get Victory to me?

#13329 2 years ago
Quoted from Daditude:

I hope someone on here got the raven and victory. He said they are sold and shipping to New York.
He does still have a maverick and earthshaker for sale/trade.

What?!? Who are they??? I want that god dang victory.

#13330 2 years ago
Quoted from Murphdom:

Somebody should scoop these. They are beat but they are both only .99 cents with less than 24 hours left.
Ro Go
ebay.com link » Vintage Bally Ro Go Pinball Machine Rough Condition Pick Up In Upstate Ny
ebay.com link » Vintage Gottlieb Jungle King Pinball Machine Rough Condition Upstate Ny

Finally Upstate is giving me something to work with.

#13335 2 years ago
Quoted from dc2010:

Kinda like it was with superauctions!

Quoted from ForceFlow:

Yup, same here. With a blind auction, for all you know, you could be bidding against yourself.

Now you’re making me nervous.
If there’s a Pinsider who’s also interested in those rough EMs on eBay that are only 25 minutes from my house, PM me now cuz I’m gonna be pissed if someone bids them up stupid high. We can work together

#13346 2 years ago
Quoted from rkahr:

Did you get one? One auction closed for $10 and the other for $20.
-visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V Video Sync Combiner kit

As he mentioned, I was mistaken on my max bid and only got the Ro Go but $10 isn’t bad

#13392 2 years ago
Quoted from dfrazer:

Gottlieb Cowpoke $650
albany.craigslist.org link
The seller said that the machine is located inside of a ground-level storage unit, so it should be an easy pickup for whoever gets this one.
Lockdown bar is not shown, but seller says that they do have it.