I've had a similar discussion with my two girls as we've been restoring a Bad Cats playfield. It was blown out when I found it, but we've made it "like new" with a few telltales and imperfections. I've told them, "almost anyone can buy a CPR or have a pro fix it, or spend the next required 90% of time chasing that next 5% of perfection... but then you just have another same "new" Bad Cats like anyone else.
The minor imperfections and telltales and changes prove to us (and anyone else) that we worked on this by hand. And is part of the history if anyone ever asks why.
So, plenty of Drop-A-Cards with perfect cabs out there. Can make convert that one any time into just another restored game. But that history, once it's gone... it's gone.