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Price check space odyssey


By chubtoad13

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

There’s one of these for sale by me. The guy is asking 800/obo. I don’t have any experience with em machines. I love playing them, but I’ve never owned one.

Just wondering if that’s a good price.

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#2 1 year ago

$500.

#3 1 year ago

https://pinside.com/pinball/archive/space-odyssey

4,300 produced.
Average pinside $500

Boston Pin seems about same over past 5 years, so $800 seems high unless it's mint.

Outstanding shape? Maybe worth it to a collector?

Not exactly rare, but if you like it, who cares?

Good luck.

#4 1 year ago

If it is working 100% I would say $500-$600 is OK depending on condition. I had a Space Mission in similar condition and it went for $550. It is a pretty fun game. The kick out holes are neat, but different.

#5 1 year ago

No more than $500 if it works 100%. That is a VERY common game with some minor playfield wear at the slings and inserts. If you pay around $500, you should be able to get most your $ our of it when it comes time to sell.

It looks like there might be some damage to the backglass in the lower right. I think the Dealers Choice next to it is a better overall game.

#6 1 year ago

I paid 550 for mine, fully working a year ago. Great em, definitely under rated. Slightly more rare to find than space mission. If it’s all there, working, ready to go I’d be happy spending 600. Bargain at 500 level. Bottom line if you wanna keep it forever and enjoy the heck out of it 650 is where I’d draw the line. It really is a great game, almost the end for Williams em production.

#7 1 year ago

Perfectly fair. Backglass is pretty nice too most are totally roached.

#8 1 year ago

The $800 neighborhood isn't totally insane for this title but $650 to $700 is more or less the higher end of things as far as my experience. Prices are like this in my eyes: non working project nice cosmetically $250 to $400, working but still needs some minor work $350 to $500, fully working and recently shopped $$550 to $700.

Over the past 10 years I have owned 5 or 6 of them (or Space Missions). Typically I have paid $200 to $300 as projects and sold them for $550 to $700 once finished.

If I was buying one with the intent to keep it long term & didn't want to have to fix it before playing it I could see paying $600 to $650 for one but I don't think I would pay more than that regardless unless I didn't care about taking a hit when I sold it.

#9 1 year ago

$400

#10 1 year ago

I have space mission.
It is a fun game and does not go stale quick.
Everyone's taste is different though.

$800 is a little high.
But if you really want it and it is in the condition you wanted, buy it.
If you own it and play the snot out of it for 3 years and get $600 for it, you break even in my book.

#11 1 year ago

I went and checked it out today. It was working 100%. The backglass has some issues, but it’s oretty nice. The playfield had a lot of sinking (sunken) inserts and a good amount of wear.
I’m not used to looking for EMs, so maybe the inserts and the playfield wear is normal/fine.
I decided to pass on it though.

#12 1 year ago
Quoted from chubtoad13:

I went and checked it out today. It was working 100%. The backglass has some issues, but it’s oretty nice. The playfield had a lot of sinking (sunken) inserts and a good amount of wear.
I’m not used to looking for EMs, so maybe the inserts and the playfield wear is normal/fine.
I decided to pass on it though.

In the condition you are describing I would say it was a $450 machine (maybe $500 if you really wanted one) so I think you were smart passing on it.

#13 1 year ago

chub, I saw that listing also. I had a couple Space Odysseys and a Space Mission, and
although others like its game play, it really didn't give me that same feel..
Now the Grand Prix, which I had kept, (and only speaking for myself) is a much better
player and can easily be gotten for $800.00 (and less) along with other nice playing machines..
Since it's fairly local, you may want to go over and check it out, and you may really like
it, but still, not an $800.00 machine..

#14 1 year ago

At $800, an EM should have a very good playfield and backglass. I think you made a wise decision. Wait for a game with a good backglass and playfield.

#15 1 year ago

The big issue with EM's or even cheaper SS machines is "the math". If you buy a "fair condition" EM for near market value and toss a $200 backglass into it or even a $50 set of nicer legs (or coin door) you can get upside down very quickly.

So using this machine as an example - you buy it for $550 but are not happy with a couple damaged plastics, condition of legs and the backglass. Next thing you know you find a nice backglass for $150 "I have to grab that" and a good set of used legs for $40 "how can I pass those up" and then toss a new set of rubber rings, a few bulbs and replace a couple other minor parts and next thing you know you have $800 to $900 in a $650 machine.

When buying machines under $1000 it is very important for the condition to be something you can live with or realize just how fast you can get into a machine "too deep".

So keeping it simple - your best bet is find something with at least a nice backglass & playfield, decent coin door, plastics, etc. That way a "cheap machine" doesn't become an expensive machine. There are plenty of "nice" EM's for sale under $750 if you take you time and find the right one.

The other thing - once you find something you think you will like - at least pull up videos of people playing that title and see if "flow" is something that looks good to you. If a machine looks nice - you enjoy the gameplay - and works 100% there are not many titles out their that are not worth $600 to $750 unless they are real dogs. The key is take you time and find the "right machine" for you.

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