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Price check on a HUO Fireball Classic

By Classics_Master

1 year ago


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#1 1 year ago

Came across a HUO Fireball Classic I’ve considering purchasing and just wondering what it’s value is? I know these are usually like $1,200, but this example has no fading, no playfield wear; even in the non-mylar areas, incredible really. The displays even look new, even the cardboard on the back of them.

It’s an all original HUO game. I’ve never seen an original example this clean with the reds this red. So I’m just curious, as the seller has the game priced high, and it may very well be worth it? But then again, game prices have been hard to figure out lately, especially Bally’s from this era, thanks!

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#2 1 year ago

1500-2000 if you find someone that LOVES this game.

#3 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

1500-2000 if you find someone that LOVES this game.

Yes I was thinking around 2000 would be about tops, but then curious where I saw one listed for sell on here totally restored asking $4500 I believe? I’d think a total original HUO example would be worth more than a restored one? I’d rather have the original mint condition example myself if they are going for this much.

#4 1 year ago

Realistically 2K is fair, I personally love that game

#5 1 year ago
Quoted from Classics_Master:

Yes I was thinking around 2000 would be about tops, but then curious where I saw one listed for sell on here totally restored asking $4500 I believe? I’d think a total original HUO example would be worth more than a restored one? I’d rather have the original mint condition example myself if they are going for this much.

4500 is crazy talk. But everyone likes what they like!

#6 1 year ago

I'm not a fan of it but I see 2K pretty easy.
It looks real nice in pics.
-Mike

#7 1 year ago
Quoted from Grizlyrig:

I'm not a fan of it but I see 2K pretty easy.
It looks real nice in pics.
-Mike

It is, amazing how fresh this game looks, looks brand new.

#8 1 year ago

It's a tough call, as finding near pristine HUO versions of older games doesn't seem to happen every day. And it isn't like the number of them out in the wild is going up. If you don't buy it, you may never find another in that condition for any price. And you probably have a decent idea of what a 'regular' condition version is worth. I think this worth every bit of $2,500 to $3,000. If you love the game and can afford the price, you should go for it. What's the worst that will happen - you will not like it and sell if for a non-catastrophic loss?

#9 1 year ago
Quoted from player-one:

It's a tough call, as finding near pristine HUO versions of older games doesn't seem to happen every day. And it isn't like the number of them out in the wild is going up. If you don't buy it, you may never find another in that condition for any price. And you probably have a decent idea of what a 'regular' condition version is worth. I think this worth every bit of $2,500 to $3,000. If you love the game and can afford the price, you should go for it. What's the worst that will happen - you will not like it and sell if for a non-catastrophic loss?

I completely agree, despite the Fireball Classic not being a Fathom or Centaur, how often do you find an example in this condition? This may be the nicest all original example out there, and look what it would cost to make a bad example look like this! So with that being considered, might be worth it. I’ve had a couple of these Fireball Classics over the years, and all had some kind of fading. Nearly impossible to find one with a superb cabinet and backglass.

#10 1 year ago

I have never seen a Fireball in this condition. This is really really rare. We can’t say that it’s just worth 500 dol more... some collector could pay crazy price for this And I would as well. This is my opinion.
This pinball should be in a museum and on IPDB
This is a collector item.

#11 1 year ago
Quoted from noitbe1:

I have never seen a Fireball in this condition.

Problem is it’s not a fireball. It’s a fireball classic. If it was a HUO fireball, the price it commanded would be much higher imo and much more rare.

#12 1 year ago

I think a better comparison for rare originals like this is versus the cost of a fully restored machine that would cost at least several thousand. The SS isn’t as popular as the EM but is still a good game with plenty of collectors that would love, and pay a premium, to have a find like this in their collection.

#13 1 year ago

Yeah that’s fair. Just never ever seen anyone talk about wanting this game in any condition. I have a friend that has one but I think he just got a great deal on it. Wasn’t specifically looking for it.

#14 1 year ago

I own one but not in that condition. An extremely nice example.

It would be better if you disclosed the amount wanted for the game.

I agree with some of the other posts that the game at $2000-$2500 would be fair given the condition but it probably is much higher.

#16 1 year ago

Then there is this, which looks to be in nice cosmetic condition. And yes, I realize it was not working.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/for-sale-fireball-classic-16

#17 1 year ago

I may have to sell mine at these prices... lol

#18 1 year ago

Nice looking game, just too bad that backglass is faded so badly.

John

#19 1 year ago

I wanted a Fireball Classic for a long time , and I play mine often.
I find it superior to the EM, and I like EM's a bunch (but I do not like zipper flippers - miserable aiming).

That being said, the market is not crazy about this title overall, or the fall-a-particle board cabinet.
2K max...and I would stress only grabbing if you like to play the game.

#20 1 year ago

Mine is just as nice and it would take 2200 if I ever sold it(which won't happen)
He better get that original battery off the MPU.

#21 1 year ago
Quoted from ejg10532626:

I wanted a Fireball Classic for a long time , and I play mine often.
I find it superior to the EM, and I like EM's a bunch (but I do not like zipper flippers - miserable aiming).
That being said, the market is not crazy about this title overall, or the fall-a-particle board cabinet.
2K max...and I would stress only grabbing if you like to play the game.

Yeah in truth original fireball is a poor game to play with some cool gimmicks. Classic is far superior. Problem is it’s built horribly, the cabinets and connectors are total garbage in this era of bally.

#22 1 year ago
Quoted from chuckwurt:

Problem is it’s not a fireball. It’s a fireball classic. If it was a HUO fireball, the price it commanded would be much higher imo and much more rare.

Actually, the Fireball Classic is harder to find this nice than the EM, as the Fireball Classic fades so badly. The original Fireball EM used good paint in the reds, I can’t recall ever seeing a faded one? I have a very nice example in EM, just thought the rarity was finding the Fireball Classic this nice. Hard to believe it’s still 35 years old.

#23 1 year ago

Was Fireball Classic the last Bally to use the classic style coin door with a sticker? Seemed like all Bally games after this had the black midway/video game style coin door? If so, kinda interesting Fireball EM was one of the first to utilize the coin door in 1972 and Fireball Classic the last in 1985.

#24 1 year ago
Quoted from Classics_Master:

Was Fireball Classic the last Bally to use the classic style coin door with a sticker? Seemed like all Bally games after this had the black midway/video game style coin door? If so, kinda interesting Fireball EM was one of the first to utilize the coin door in 1972 and Fireball Classic the last in 1985.

It’s either Fireball Classic or Beat the Clock, both came out the same year

#25 1 year ago

I’ve been looking for a nice fireball classic....if anyone wants to sell theirs, pm me. The nicer the better...willing to pay a few extra bucks for a super nice original one

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