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Scored 1st Strange World sample made!


By hoov

3 months ago



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#1 3 months ago

A good pinball friend of mine who is local used to buy operator's inventory in the 70's and sell it by the truckload - pins, juke boxes, slot machines, etc.. He ended up with a collection of a dozen or so wedgeheads. He now is near 70 and wants to sell all his wedgeheads and buy Chicago Gaming remakes, a Twilight Zone, and an Addams Family. He is selling five wedgeheads to me and the rest to the general public. The funny thing is he didn't even know he had these samples all these years:

Strange World - 1st sample made 01001 S
Hit the Deck - 1st sample made 01001 S
Blue Note - 3rd sample made 01003 S
Buccaneer - 87th sample made 01087 S

The Strange World was on location in South Carolina and ended back up in Illinois.

The Blue Note was on location in Peoria, IL (where I live)

I still have to see if I can figure out where Hit the Deck and Buccaneer came from.

BTW, if anyone from South Carolina ended up with what looks to be an engineering test sample schematic for this Strange World, contact me. It is basically an engineering blueprint copied - the size and color (cream) are different than standard production ones and it seems a little larger. Some have "Engineering Test Sample" stamped/written and copied onto the schematic - some don't. Of the 3 sample schematics I have been only one is labeled Engineering Test Sample.
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#2 3 months ago

Congratulations Hoov! Very cool.

#3 3 months ago

That is cool.

But why would they make 87 buccaneer samples?

#4 3 months ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

That is cool.
But why would they make 87 buccaneer samples?

Good question.

#5 3 months ago

Thanks Alex. I should go buy a lottery ticket asap.

#6 3 months ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Congratulations Hoov! Very cool.

Thanks Alex. Very lucky. I need to buy a lottery ticket asap.

#7 3 months ago

Super pickup! Good luck!
Joel

#8 3 months ago

Very cool. I love seeing these games pop up and learning the back story.

I have Buccaneer Sample #77. It was on location for a couple years in State College, PA (Penn State University) and then in someone’s home there until a few years ago when I picked it up.

Thanks for sharing and welcome to the Buc club.

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#9 3 months ago

Very nice score.

#10 3 months ago
Quoted from hoov:

BTW, if anyone from South Carolina ended up with what looks to be an engineering test sample schematic for this Strange World, contact me.

This might be a dumb question, but what makes you think it's here in SC?

#11 3 months ago
Quoted from edward472:

This might be a dumb question, but what makes you think it's here in SC?

Aren’t we always told to look in the last place we had it?

#12 3 months ago
Quoted from edward472:

This might be a dumb question, but what makes you think it's here in SC?

Let's say it's a guess. It came here to IL with no schematic.

#13 3 months ago

Congratulations on your Strange World pick-up. Always loved the trippy art work on that one!

#14 3 months ago

Hit the Deck first sample game? Talking about the alternate version of Neptune?

Holy crap, I wish I had never seen this post, because now I will forever know that's out there somewhere.

#15 3 months ago
Quoted from hoov:

He is selling five wedgeheads to me

Cool Beans!

Have fun with them hoov!

#16 3 months ago

Didn't someone here have a "Buccaneer" sample game which has different colored cabinet graphics?
Also, does the sample "Hit the Deck" have red playfield inserts like "Neptune"?
I've seen a couple like that, but don't know if they were sample games.

#17 3 months ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Didn't someone here have a "Buccaneer" sample game which has different colored cabinet graphics?
Also, does the sample "Hit the Deck" have red playfield inserts like "Neptune"?
I've seen a couple like that, but don't know if they were sample games.

SteamVette has a Buccaneer sample game but I don't know about colors.

Thing was a couple of miles from my house and I never knew it. Pisses me off.

#18 3 months ago

SteamVette's sample games.....
Buccaneer 01001 S
Hit The Deck 1002 S

#19 3 months ago

My Cabinet has Blue/Blue rather than blue/red.
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#20 3 months ago
Quoted from GSones:

Congratulations on your Strange World pick-up. Always loved the trippy art work on that one!

Quoted from EM-PINMAN:

Cool Beans!
Have fun with them hoov!

Thanks!

#21 3 months ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Didn't someone here have a "Buccaneer" sample game which has different colored cabinet graphics?
Also, does the sample "Hit the Deck" have red playfield inserts like "Neptune"?
I've seen a couple like that, but don't know if they were sample games.

I'll check it next time I go over to his house.

#22 3 months ago
Quoted from SteamVette:

My Cabinet has Blue/Blue rather than blue/red.
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Unique color combination for sure - thanks for sharing. My 01087 S Buccaneer has the same colors as the standard production run.

#23 3 months ago
Quoted from SteamVette:

My Cabinet has Blue/Blue rather than blue/red.
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I think that color combination looks great on the game. They should have stuck with it.

#24 3 months ago

Just a follow-up.

Got a phone call from Steve Young the other day and he told me he has original sample schematics that he can run copies of if anyone wants one. I'm not sure if he has every game but this is nice to know.

He also said just because you see an operator sticker on a sample game doesn't mean that game hasn't traveled to other states in the US besides that one - makes sense.

#25 3 months ago
Quoted from CrazyLevi:

But why would they make 87 buccaneer samples?

Most distributors got at least one sample game. These would be provided to favored operators (or run on the distrib's own route, if they had one) with an obligation to report back on number of plays/earnings and any mechanical issues. It's easier to see for Bally, because some games failed at the sample stage and hence have production quantities ranging from 55 to 110.
.................David Marston

#26 3 months ago
Quoted from dmarston:

Most distributors got at least one sample game. These would be provided to favored operators (or run on the distrib's own route, if they had one) with an obligation to report back on number of plays/earnings and any mechanical issues. It's easier to see for Bally, because some games failed at the sample stage and hence have production quantities ranging from 55 to 110.
.................David Marston

Thanks Dave

Interesting back story. Steve said pretty much the same thing to me the other day about Gottlieb but I like your Bally addition.

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#27 75 days ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Also, does the sample "Hit the Deck" have red playfield inserts like "Neptune"?
I've seen a couple like that, but don't know if they were sample games.

JR
Sorry, forgot to answer your question on the red playfield inserts on sample HtD. No, it does not.

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