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Regrets - best deals you passed on...


By KingDaddy

4 years ago



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#1 4 years ago

In retrospect, what are the best deals you passed on? The $1,500 TZ or TAF from five years ago... The $600 NGG or Fish Tales?

I don't have any regrets - yet. Just interested since the market and prices have changed so much.

#2 4 years ago

Baretta M9. I could have got them for cost. Right after that the military adopted it as their side arm and prices took off.

I should have bought 2, sold one later. Mine would have been free.

LTG : )™

#3 4 years ago

Non-Working Torpedo Alley which was 400, if I remember correctly. I don't really PASS on much that I've been bothered to go see in person...can really only remember this occuring two or three times.

#4 4 years ago

Grand lizard $500.

#5 4 years ago

BBB remake, I watched the whole thing on RGP and still regret not getting in.

I also passed on a $2,000 Williams IJ in 2004

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#6 4 years ago

Working FH and BOP for $500 about four years ago.

#7 4 years ago

A really nice gorgar for 350 about 8 months ago. Shoulda stored it at my buddies

#8 4 years ago

Balking at bidding at pinball auctions in the past (like 10-20 yrs ago)
Where i could have easily acquired a WMS Banzai run several times for under $800,
before the game skyrocketed in demand recently.
Not bidding more on a GTB Spirit at Gene Cunningham's first auction years ago.

#9 4 years ago

Nice working Fathom for $500 back in the mid 90's
TAF IPB playfield for $250 I think, sometime around 2000
CPR EBD playfield
CPR limited edition white Centaur playfield
Genesis $400 about 3 years ago
Nice Stern Dragonfist project for $350. At least I directed it to a good home
I regret not checking CL everyday and missing a project Star Gazer for $450 by a couple of days
Complete BK head with backglass for $10. I bought his playfield to use for coffee table. Found an empty cabinet years later, so I could have had a complete machine for less than $100

#10 4 years ago

Mint condition Safecracker with wings and tokens last year. $4500!

#11 4 years ago

TX Sector in France for $1200 a couple years ago. Haven't found one available since, although others somehow have

#12 4 years ago

My late barber had a Gotlieb Orbit he said I could have for $100. This was in 1993. I passed because I was really into this girl and I had limited funds. I bought her ear rings instead. Shoulda bought the pinball!!

#13 4 years ago

Few years ago white water for 1700!!!!!!!!!!

#14 4 years ago

White water,no topper for $1,700 about four years ago.

#15 4 years ago

Regrets?

I've had a few; but then again, too few to mention.

#17 4 years ago
Quoted from KingDaddy:

In retrospect, what are the best deals you passed on?

About 2 years ago, a nicely shopped out fully working, no fade, Attack From Mars, $2,100. It was right there in front of me. I played it and it was excellent. I had the money in my pocket and a vehicle with me to transport it. I called back 24 hours later (after I came to my senses) and it was gone. I have no excuses. Well, maybe stupidity?

Joe (joemagiera at ameritech dot net)
joemagiera@ameritech.net

#18 4 years ago

Passed on a 12k BBB, $900 whirlwind, and others over the years.....

#19 4 years ago

Passed on a 2k flying turns at Allentown a few years ago.

#20 4 years ago

Staying out of pinball for $0 and having spare funds, spare room, and spare time

#21 4 years ago

Back in college (1998) got a call from my dad that NGG and CV were being closed out. Price to him was $800 each NIB. He passed, then asked if I wanted a couple of games for the apartment at school.

"Nah, too expensive"

I ended up buying a whirlwind that year (my first game) for $475 from the local operator, but not before having my dad call Pat Lawlor to make sure that was an ok price.

#22 4 years ago
Quoted from joemagiera:

About 2 years ago, a nicely shopped out fully working, no fade, Attack From Mars, $2,100. It was right there in front of me. I played it and it was excellent. I had the money in my pocket and a vehicle with me to transport it. I called back 24 hours later (after I came to my senses) and it was gone. I have no excuses. Well, maybe stupidity?
Joe (joemagiera at ameritech dot net)
joemagiera@ameritech.net

Ouch...

#23 4 years ago

NIB Cactus Canyon $1800.

Decided that I'd rather buy RFM instead... which I did.

Kind of like when I bought TiVo stock instead of Netflix when they were both $6.

#24 4 years ago

I passed on a Joust maybe 12 years ago because I had no easy way to get it out (of a basement).

Now I can move just about anything, but of course can't find a Joust for twice that price.

#25 4 years ago

Last year there was a beautiful Gottlieb Magic Carpet for sale on Craigslist about 10 miles from my house. The seller wanted $100 more than I had budgeted for a new machine and wouldn't come down. I'm still kicking myself for not grabbing it.

But a few months later, I was able to use that money to buy my Jet Spin - a game I adore just as much, if not more.

#26 4 years ago

BBB....wish I had borrowed funds and bought 100 of them.

#27 4 years ago

4 years ago on a MB for $4k - biggest plunder to date.

#28 4 years ago

BK2K in excellent condition - $1500 - Xmas 2012.

Idiot = me

#29 4 years ago
Quoted from jfh:

NIB Cactus Canyon $1800.
Decided that I'd rather buy RFM instead... which I did.
Kind of like when I bought TiVo stock instead of Netflix when they were both $6.

OOOUUUCCHHHHHH!

Now that hurts!

#31 4 years ago

$100 Slick Chick

#32 4 years ago

NIB LOTR $2999 on EBAY back around 2007.

#33 4 years ago

Almost anything during the Super Auction days...they seemed like expensive projects at the time, but in retrospect...games like WCS94 for $650, WH2O for $800, Dr. Who for $450, GnR for $1450, etc. I've bought my fair share of 'cheap' games...but back then they were so common it didn't feel like a big deal to miss out on a good price - there was always another around the corner.

#34 4 years ago

Several years ago, I passed on a Robo-War for around 400.

#35 4 years ago
Quoted from OTTOgd:

Several years ago, I passed on a Robo-War for around 400.

Cool game, got to play one for the first time recently.

#36 4 years ago

Several games I've sold and regretted, but none that I passed on.

#37 4 years ago

Judge Dredd for $850 a few years ago. Fully working. Biggest knock was no topper. I even went to look at it, I was right there and passed. I didn't have room and didn't want to hear about it from the wife, so I let it go. I don't know why I let that stop me, I haven't since then.

#38 4 years ago

NOS Nine Ball pf for 300. Thought it was too much because i paid the guy less than that for a NOS Centaur pf. Guy brought them both from France. I meet him at expo to pick up mine. And I still have the Centaur. Just need a nice pf for my Nine Ball or to sell it

#39 4 years ago

$100 KISS

#40 4 years ago

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Quoted from PjM:

4 years ago on a MB for $4k - biggest plunder to date.

Same here. My three biggest regrets. An op had one that he pulled off route after only a couple months to put in his house. It was still mint. Wanted around 4k also. Turned that down. Same year a guy called me had a CV, EATPM and SS needed cash to buy a car. Offered all three for $3500. Why did I pass? Because seeing all the junker late model games at auctions I said I would never own one. Even sold my Transporter the rescue because I liked the early SS pins better.

#41 4 years ago

Tracy Volz. the one that got away.

#42 4 years ago

2 years ago....The Shadow for 1500.00 and Whiter Water for 2500.00

#43 4 years ago

Oh, and Predator until sh$t hit the fan

#44 4 years ago

$1700.00 Elivra and the Party Monsters a couple of years ago. Also a HUO Swords of Fury for $1900.00 in Colorado springs. The seller said it sold on Ebay and went to Florida. Anyone on pinside get this?

#45 4 years ago
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#46 4 years ago

I may have a winner here (only because I've been around longer than a lot of collectors). I passed on a four TZ package deal for $2K back in '96. Way back in '73, I could get any EM I wanted for around $25 to $50 and passed on a lot of them. There were also maybe 5 collectors that I knew of in the SFBA and that was it for competition so I had a lot of time to decide whether to buy or not. Now you have to snap it up and decide what to do with it later.

Steve

#47 4 years ago

Here's a few:

$400 Fathom project in Ohio -- would have had to ship and passed stupidly. Playfield did have some terrible touch ups at least, but even with a CPR that would have been worth it...

Beautiful Family Guy, No Good Goffers and player BOP (all working) for $6k a couple years ago

$4700 Tron HUO about a year ago

$3400 Williams IJ about two years ago, faded and needed love but still

Biggest regret -- not getting into the hobby about 6 years earlier

#48 4 years ago

:DMy biggest regret? Not buying a SS before Ted single-handedly drove the price WAY up!

#49 4 years ago
Quoted from PW79:

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Twenty years from now: perhaps, some "ragrets". Or is it "regrets"?

#50 4 years ago
Quoted from PINBELL:

Mint condition Safecracker with wings and tokens last year. $4500!

I bought a NIB Safecracker for $1200 in '98 or '99, and sold it a few years later. It had been HUO; damn thing would be worth a fortune now.

Brad

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