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Price Check HUO LOTR


By houseofpin

6 years ago



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#1 6 years ago

Getting ready to pull the trigger on an HUO LOTR. Basically, this is a title I have wanted but never can find locally. Someone who bought my HUO TSPP for $4,600 has been trying to find one locally for $4,600 and has had no luck in like 6 months. He has put out ad after ad stating he would pay $4,600 for one with no luck at all. Do the HUO LOTR's sell for that much more then an HUO LOTR. Truly, I rarely see HUO LOTR's come up on pinside and I only buy HUO's of any of the relatively new pins (since they can normally be found).

Thanks in advance as I want to offer a fair price and truly have no clue as to what I should offer. It has no mods and has been "lightly used".

#2 6 years ago

Depending on the condition and what run it is, I'd say between $5200-6k

#3 6 years ago

Thanks for your input.....so different runs have different values. What run is most and least valuable....that would be some good info.

#4 6 years ago

IMHO, the value would be determined by the condition, regardless of the run. Some playfields had registration issues, while others had poor color saturation. Expect to pay a premium for a perfect example.

I recently had two HUO LOTRs side-by-side (2003 & 2005) and there was very little difference between the two. The 2003 had slightly deeper cabinet colors, but the playfields were nearly identical. I kept the 2003, since it was a first run and had fewer plays.

$5200-6000 is pretty accurate. There was one for sale last week on Pinside for under $5K. WA state?

Steve (in Escalon, CA)

#5 6 years ago
Quoted from houseofpin:

Do the HUO LOTR's sell for that much more then an HUO LOTR.

I'm going with no

#6 6 years ago

>> I rarely see HUO LOTR's come up on pinside

There are a lot of HUO LOTR's....and they are all going to be in the $5k range depending on condition and location

#7 6 years ago

I think lately for a stock HUO LOTR prices have been in the 5k range as others have mentioned. I sold my heavily modded LOTR with some fairly bad cabinet wear a couple months ago for $4600 which I think was a pretty fair price in the current market. We are in the same basic geographical area. LOTR definitely seems to demand a higher pricetag than TSPP right now...

#8 6 years ago

I bought my 2003 HUO with LED controller, color changing LED's, Red DMD filter, Cointaker LED Backbox kit, Pinbits protectors, No cabinet or PF wear, Cliffy's and Shaker installed for $5800.

I have since installed Jay's Projected Palantir and Refinery's POTD, the Red Gem Ring Shooter Rod, Jay's Anti Glare Film for the back glass, brass rail/plastic replacement near the shire and weapons for all the characters so they don't look like tools. I also have some color changing flipper buttons to install.

So I have about $6400 into it. It's probably one of the nicer non-LE's in existence.

#9 6 years ago

I paid $6200 for mine, but it had a ton of upgrades, and the playfield had no wear whatsoever.
I'm thinking that I probably overpaid a couple of hundred bucks, but I bought it from a local dealer who's a stand up guy, and even though this is the 1st pin I've bought from him, I have no problem supporting the hobby.
It's basically like an LE, except for the clearcoated and the back glass.

#10 6 years ago

I was posting that ad on CL and finally found a nice HOU one for $4500. It was not as nice as your TSPP, but close.

#11 6 years ago
Quoted from bowz:

I paid $6200 for mine, but it had a ton of upgrades, and the playfield had no wear whatsoever.
I'm thinking that I probably overpaid a couple of hundred bucks, but I bought it from a local dealer who's a stand up guy, and even though this is the 1st pin I've bought from him, I have no problem supporting the hobby.
It's basically like an LE, except for the clearcoated and the back glass.

I

I keep biting my tongue on that huo lotr you bought. That was a huo only that originally sold for $4k but the money was returned only to be resold for $4.2k. Deals are out there with this title. Over 7k produced and many did make it into homes. As much as that pissed me off I never would have met Gweempose and bought his Le.

#12 6 years ago

I paid $5800 for mine, was purchased new from Marco in 2012, I did get the original receipt ($6500) and original Stern box with matching serial number. It does have FF speakers, FF back box lighting kit, plastic and shire protectors and decals (spinner, add-a-ring), Matt McKee topper, ring shooter mod, clear cabinet protectors around buttons

I have since added Jay's Palantir mod and Hemi's lighted POTD mod.

Playfield is absolutely perfect with no wear, had about 160 plays on it when I received it,

I would value mine around $6K, with documentation, Stern box and mods

#13 6 years ago

I think $5,200+- a few hundred is right around what they go for on average. $6,000 is pretty pricey for a standard non modded HUO LOTR not saying that it couldn't be sold for that amount just that it would likely take a little while to get that amount for it.

#14 6 years ago

I just purchased one for $5800.It was more than I wanted to pay but it was pretty nice and it was local which was worth something to me.

#15 6 years ago

I just paid $6k for a perfect example of one that is HUO with the following mods
Brass/Gold Tmolding on the backbox.
Brass legs, side rails, lockdown, back box hinges from Mike Chestnut
Full pinbits plastics protectors. Full pinbits character mount plastics.
Arwin plastic protector. POTD ball route plastic.
Shire protector plastic. Golem protector plastic.
POTD ball exit preventer plastic.
Full cliffy set. Full cliffy shooter lane protectors set (3).
Metal leg protectors. Plastic leg protectors.
Leg bolt nylone protectors. Pinball Toppers speaker lighting kit.
Pinball Toppers LOTR ring plastic dressup kit.
Jay's Palantir mod

#16 6 years ago

I have seen two locally on craigslist since X-mas between 4500-4900 both said HUO. Unfortunately I was too busy to jump on either. I saw one posted on ebay with a ton of upgrades out west for around 5200. It was gone within a couple hours. I love LOTR but my personal limit is 5k for one. I think around 4800-5200 is a fair price for a LOTR with no mods.

#17 6 years ago
Quoted from houseofpin:

Do the HUO LOTR's sell for that much more then an HUO LOTR.

About the same. I would think

#18 6 years ago

As I read his initial post I think he was comparing LOTR to TSPP. I would say that Lotr will cost more given that they are in identical condition.

#19 6 years ago
Quoted from LitzDoc:

As I read his initial post I think he was comparing LOTR to TSPP. I would say that Lotr will cost more given that they are in identical condition.

Litz you got it right.....it was a typo.....LOL.

Quoted from gripwhip:

I was posting that ad on CL and finally found a nice HOU one for $4500. It was not as nice as your TSPP, but close.

Glad you found one......we will both have one by this weekend. I found a perfect one and the guy is going to sell it to me for $4,700 as we just finished chatting earlier this evening. His LOTR is like my TSPP that I sold you "very lightly used" so I am jumping on it (he was the only owner and only used it for a couple of parties he had every year). BTW, I miss my TSPP so I hope you are enjoying it. I will still be at 10 pins after this purchase as I sold my TOM, SS and my I500 looks to be gone (3 people interested and just waiting to hear from the guy I am holding it for but 2 others are behind him) as well but I did buy a METPRO and ELVIS and now this LOTR since you came to pick up the TSPP (shaking the collection up a little bit more then I thought I would).....as long as I stay at 10 the wife is letting me do whatever I want !!! However, 10 is her limit and divorces are too expensive !!! She doesn't care what the 10 pins costs as long as it is only 10 pins.....she really got worried when I went from 0 to 16 in 6 months.....she knew I was on my way to over 20 !!!! She put the KABOSH to that quickly. HS2 is probably the next pin to go if I can find a local HULK LE now that I found an LOTR....your collection with TSPP and LOTR is coming together nicely......great titles and I will probably eventually make room for another TSPP as I would say out of all the pins I sold I miss that one the most (I knew I would).

GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR LOTR as well as MY (I mean yours....LOL) TSPP......sob, sob.....I miss Bart !!!

#20 6 years ago

$4700 is a good deal for one in that condition. I would jump on it too. Still enjoying the TSPP, but I actually think I like LoTR a little bit better.

#21 6 years ago

Here is not a bad deal since it includes shipping

ebay.com link » Stern Lord Of The Rings Pinball Machine

Good seller also

#22 6 years ago
Quoted from UKCatsFan76:

Here is not a bad deal since it includes shipping
ebay.com link » Stern Lord of the Rings Pinball Machine
Good seller also

Not trying to be a dick, but that could be a good deal and it could be a terrible deal. There's one pic from far away...the only indication we get as far as condition is this

"This machine is in very nice condition"

#23 6 years ago
Quoted from MinusWorlds:

Not trying to be a dick, but that could be a good deal and it could be a terrible deal. There's one pic from far away...the only indication we get as far as condition is this
"This machine is in very nice condition"

I bought my TFTC from these guys and while I overpaid (it was my 3rd machine) they stand behind their product and when I had problems with my tombstone they sent me a brand new motor and walked me through the entire installation process.

All you need to do is ask them and they will send a ton of pics too.

Good experience with them.

#24 6 years ago

"Not trying to be a dick, but that could be a good deal and it could be a terrible deal."

I second that. There seems to be a ring of wear around the start button and on the cabinet corner above the legs. And who knows what's hiding under those side rail flipper protectors? You need a bunch of closeups before you can determine how good of a deal it is.

#25 6 years ago

That being said… I'm pretty sure it's not going to be an HUO machine, otherwise they would have advertised as such.

#26 6 years ago

I had an interest in a Funhouse they were selling a while back, I called them up and they took all the photos I was looking for and emailed them directly to me.

Again, with free shipping, $5K, not bad, just call them and get whatever photos you would like.

#27 6 years ago
Quoted from UKCatsFan76:

Here is not a bad deal since it includes shipping
ebay.com link » Stern Lord of the Rings Pinball Machine
Good seller also

Not bad because it includes the shipping. However, my "gut feeling" just based on what you can see is this is either a routed or heavily played HUO. I always worry when I see the rails around the flippers (mostly put there to hide the wear especially by retailers). The observation about the starter button wear also is telling. Most likely it is not nearly as nice as most HUO's but again they are technically pricing it at about $4,300 or so (when you back out shipping and EBAY fees that they are paying and possibly paypal fees). Being a smart retailer they probably bought it for mid to low $3's and put a little work into it. So most likely it is not a "pristine example".....you are most likely getting what you are paying for and if it was a local pinsider they would probably sell this game in the low $4's is my guess (but you would have to pick it up). My guess is the LOTR that EABUNDY sold was nicer (not HUO either) and I believe he was in the mid $4's if my memory serves me correctly (might have been low $4's). He is the BEST SELLER in my opinion and everyone always seems happy with his pins.

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR INPUT. VERY MUCH APPRECIATED as I had not seen an HUO LOTR come up all that often and never locally. Definitely one I plan to keep for a very long time !!! Will probably never leave my collection as it truly took me forever to find one.

#28 6 years ago
Quoted from MinusWorlds:

Not trying to be a dick, but that could be a good deal and it could be a terrible deal. There's one pic from far away...the only indication we get as far as condition is this
"This machine is in very nice condition"

They generally are pretty expensive but will stand by there pins. I have never bought a pin from them but have sold to them. If anyone is very serious let me know and I can check out a pin for you there as I live ten minutes away.

#29 6 years ago
Quoted from jamespin:

They generally are pretty expensive but will stand by there pins. I have never bought a pin from them but have sold to them. If anyone is very serious let me know and I can check out a pin for you there as I live ten minutes away.

Awesome, thanks for the heads up and offer.

#30 6 years ago
Quoted from houseofpin:

Not bad because it includes the shipping. However, my "gut feeling" just based on what you can see is this is either a routed or heavily played HUO. I always worry when I see the rails around the flippers (mostly put there to hide the wear especially by retailers). The observation about the starter button wear also is telling. Most likely it is not nearly as nice as most HUO's but again they are technically pricing it at about $4,300 or so (when you back out shipping and EBAY fees that they are paying and possibly paypal fees). Being a smart retailer they probably bought it for mid to low $3's and put a little work into it. So most likely it is not a "pristine example".....you are most likely getting what you are paying for and if it was a local pinsider they would probably sell this game in the low $4's is my guess (but you would have to pick it up). My guess is the LOTR that EABUNDY sold was nicer (not HUO either) and I believe he was in the mid $4's if my memory serves me correctly (might have been low $4's). He is the BEST SELLER in my opinion and everyone always seems happy with his pins.
THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR INPUT. VERY MUCH APPRECIATED as I had not seen an HUO LOTR come up all that often and never locally. Definitely one I plan to keep for a very long time !!! Will probably never leave my collection as it truly took me forever to find one.

I've noticed that eabundy usually has some of the nicest deals on pinside. Not sure if he gets great deals himself, or just doesn't mind losing money . I always wish I lived closer to him, hehe.

#31 6 years ago
Quoted from brucipher:

I've noticed that eabundy usually has some of the nicest deals on pinside. Not sure if he gets great deals himself, or just doesn't mind losing money . I always wish I lived closer to him, hehe.

I have bought a few from Eric as well......no issues at all.

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