Been on Emerald Isle, NC all week and played a few pins by what turns out to be a fairly large operator in the area. Pins generally play well and are well maintained. I give him a call to see if he has an AFM or FH on route. He has an AFM but isn't really open to selling. I ask what price would get him to consider. He replies for me to make an offer. I say depending upon condition 3,500 to 4,500. He asks if no shopping involved. I concur. he agrees to 3,500.
I meet him at his shop in Jacksonville. Nice elderly man in the business for 40 years. He has thousands of items on location: pool tables, pins, videos, jukeboxes, etc. He has not gotten old being no fool, that's for sure. Johnny and I go to the movie theater to see the AFM. On the way we talk about the 68 ford 3/4 ton pickup he is restoring and I tell him about my 69 corvair convertible.
The AFM was one of the limited snow white cabinet editions. I mean this game had to have seen more sun in its day than Miami Beach! Cabinet is literally almost pure white. My thinking is a game that needs a decal job, needs a decal job, so extreme need is no biggie. I focus on the playfield next.
Couple pf issues. One insert has wear on black outline. Easy fix. The large red hotdog-shaped insert between the slings is raised on the right side with the wear again confined to the black outline. Should flatten out. I thought it could be a sign of the playfield having warped, but that did not seem to be the case. The rest of the inserts are flat. Very minimal SOL wear. A cliffy puts that in order in a heartbeat. Plastics all unbroken. No cracking on the the ramps. Strobe light works. All martians there and in good shape. One LED out on mothership. A string of lights out on the big light board under the playfield. Most probably an easy fix. DMD a little weak. Back of translite assembly will need some attention. J120 starting to discolor.
Plays great. Everything works perfectly. The kickback on the ball back from the Mothership is the strongest I have experienced on an AFM. Stop in the middle of the second game. No need to paly it anymore.
Most of you will probably shake your head at this, but the clincher for me was when I lifted the playfield, and the manual, large manilla envelope were there together with the UNOPENED GOODIE BAG! I know this is stupid. But that goodie bag really excited me.
I ask Johnny that given the expense of the DMD and the poor condition of the decals if he would accept $2,800. He agrees, and we shake hands.
He will hold the game in his wharehouse for me until I decide whether to ship it to VA, come pick it up or ask him to deliver to my house on Emerald Isle.
I have been toying with the idea of trading my newly shopped MM for an AFM and players to be named later, but at 2,800 I figure I can play the AFM and decide whether to go with one or keep both. Pretty sure I can get my money back on the AFM if I need to.
I figure that it is about time or me to grow up and take on a playfield swap and a decal job. Estimating $200 for the DMD, $350 for the decals, $700 for the playfield and maybe 2-300 for other parts, I'll be in the game for 4,200-4,300 plus my labor of love. I think that is a decent price for such an AFM, especially with the goodie bag!
What do you think?