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Star-Jet price check


By Otaku

3 years ago



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#1 3 years ago

Since we recently had a discussion on this, what's the price speculation for a 1963 Bally Star-Jet? No plans to sell (ever), just seems like many many people want one (high demand, very little left) and I'm curious. Not looking to brag, just really curious about what it would be worth. Helps for a little push in all of this soldering...

Fun rare multiball game with very very desirable artwork, very hard to find. Only under 30 documented online anywhere: http://wedgehead.net/pages/starjet.html My list needs to be updated to include 2 more machines I believe as of right now, also has a numbering typo.

In a pretty small wishlist thread it is listed 5 times. (https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/em-wishlist-list-your-game-projectsshopped-and-wkng-etc-and-location-here) Listed in the EM pinball machine wishlist thread too.

Also linked to the "best backglass of all time" thread, "best playfield art of all time", and "best multiplayer EM" thread by others, although obviously that's highly opinionated and I'm just boosting it up at this point.

What would a good price be for a restored one, vs. a non-restored rough one?

#2 3 years ago

Here is some Star-Jet eye candy courtesy of Pinsider aahgo. Hope you don't mind me posting the pictures here.

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#3 3 years ago

If you sell me yours I will tell you how much it is worth

#4 3 years ago

Such a pretty game. Hard to estimate value on this one. It's one of those games that seems to have gotten more popular/desirable as of late. Boston Pinball puts an Ebay average price of $600 on it but I'm guessing guys would be lined up to buy them at that price.

I thought of your Star Jet project this week though. I was at friends place rummaging around. He's getting ready to clean out his storage room and said he would be giving me some pinball stuff. Included will be a 1960s orphaned Bally head. But alas I believe it is from the single player Bull Fight.

#5 3 years ago
Quoted from AlexF:

But alas I believe it is from the single player Bull Fight.

Ahh, bummer. I'm starting to look into my options of using a newer game cabinet. A big problem would be the lockdown assembly which wasn't removed from the cabinet, I don't think. It's a weird one since you drop the coins into the lockdown bar. At this point I think I'd probably just be happy finding anything and modifying it to work, even if I have to unscrew some nuts to take the bar off or something weird.

Luckily a lot more later Bally games out there where they used the same head (I believe), just the cabinet will be trouble. It's pretty sad, doesn't look like many of the Bally games from that era (1960-1965/early 1966) survived.

http://www.ipdb.org/search.pl?mfgid=47&yr=1960-1966&pl=2-4&sortby=date&searchtype=advanced

If you look at most of these on Pinside (minus the last 5, which were the next generation Bally games with different coin doors and production amounts) they're on the Gene Cunningham mega-sale thread and nowhere else. I found one a while back that didn't have any threads. I am thankful Star-Jet had a cool enough theme to survive with the low production numbers but I feel sad about the other games. It's crazy, it's like a big black hole in pinball history that not only is there because they aren't around but because many people also don't care about those machines. Kind of gloomy. Discovered all of those after I bought my Star-Jet project. There's a bunch of Williams and Gottlieb titles around from that period.

Mad World (they made 1,000 more than Star-Jet) looks like a cool one, I love the lower playfield art. Screams 60's. (Kinda creepy, kinda cool, lol) Especially with the old medicine (also creepy) and whatever the hell else is going on with this artwork. Love the "fuse box" in the middle of nowhere. But again, very few left it seems.

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#6 3 years ago
Quoted from Otaku:

Here is some Star-Jet eye candy courtesy of Pinsider aahgo. Hope you don't mind me posting the pictures here.

how the hell do the bands go through the pops? or are they not pops and just points? Never seen that before.

#7 3 years ago

Just rebound bumpers.

#9 3 years ago

Nor sure but it looks like a skirt is there, so they should.

They look the same as the dead bumpers on Stern Meteor or Nineball, except that they use a larger rubber ring that is also wrapped around other posts, rather than a small ring around just the bumper itself. The skirt would still score when the ball rolls onto it and bounces off the rubber ring.

#10 3 years ago

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#11 3 years ago

Never heard of Star Jet but it looks very cool.

I'm not sure what it's worth but you would have to find the right buyer for a price above normal EM prices. It's one of those things where the buyer base is a niche inside of a niche.

EMs are plentiful around here and they are all cheap. I haven't played the majority of them so this one would be no different to those in my mind.

#12 3 years ago

When I attempt to price a rare game, I typically start low, and work my way up.

If I listed a working Star Jet for $X, how quickly would it sell?
With the expectation that you are going to allow shipping, here is my evaluation.

$500 - within minutes. Largest group of buyers. Even non-EM Pinsider would consider buying it just to make a quick buck.
$1,000 - within 10-15 minutes. Still a large group interested in this price. Smaller flip value.
$1,500 -- within an hour. Not as large as the above group, but would still sell quickly. Not much room to make any money on a flip, unless you planned to restore it.
$2,000 -- within a day or two. Much smaller group. But on Pinside, plenty of EM buyers would give serious consideration at this price.
$2,500 -- unknown. There are EM buyers like myself who would seriously consider the game at this price. But it would need to be in stellar shape.
$3,000+ - unknown. If the game was a 9+ condition game, a buyer could be found for this price range.

So, an average shape Star Jet in working condition, I think the sweet spot is $1,500-$1,800.

Marcus

#13 3 years ago
Quoted from Otaku:

Here is some Star-Jet eye candy courtesy of Pinsider aahgo.

My precious...

Quoted from metallik:

The skirt would still score when the ball rolls onto it and bounces off the rubber ring.

yes, this

Quoted from Otaku:

Mad World (they made 1,000 more than Star-Jet) looks like a cool one

There was a Mad World at the sale at Cunningham's place when I picked up Star-Jet. I was very tempted to pick it up too, but thought it was priced a bit high for the condition. Now I wish I had, since there are some parts for Star-Jet I would like to have. (I still need a better lower apron and the back door).

#14 3 years ago

Would the later era Bally cabinet in this thread (https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/parting-sea-ray-by-stern) accept the parts for your Star Jet? It would be a Bally cabinet, only a different playfield glass/lock bar/coin door????

From looking at pictures on IPDB it looks like the body cabinet is deeper on Sea Ray but the rest could work. You'd need to modify it for the ball lift.

#15 3 years ago

I've had the opportunity to shoot at two Star Jets...

The first was on ebay about 5 years ago; not working, worn to wood on the playfield, horrible flaking, pick up only - sold for a little over $650

The second was a collectible auction earlier this year; powered on but would not play, dirty and worn but not in horrible shape - my high bid was 1600 and I did not get it.

I wish I would have found your Star Jet before it was destroyed for entertainment, would have easily paid well to grab it in working shape.

Someday...

#16 3 years ago

The head is different. The next generation games from Star-Jet (like Safari, etc.) seem like it would be a match, though. You can tell by looking at how thin the bottom board on the head is on that Sea Ray. No room for the art.

#17 3 years ago
Quoted from Otaku:

The head is different. The next generation games from Star-Jet (like Safari, etc.) seem like it would be a match, though. You can tell by looking at how thin the bottom board on the head is on that Sea Ray. No room for the art.

It wouldn't be that difficult to sandwich a layer to the bottom of the Sea Ray head to get that thickness if that is all that holds you back.

#18 3 years ago

OK shape, non-working : $1000 minimum
Stellar shape; working : $2000+

Found mine in 2008 on Craigslist coming out of Minnesota.
Bad thing about it is the CAB is painted over in a solid kelly green,
otherwise in Very good shape

#19 3 years ago
Quoted from pinwiztom:

OK shape, non-working : $1000 minimum
Stellar shape; working : $2000+
Found mine in 2008 on Craigslist coming out of Minnesota.
Bad thing about it is the CAB is painted over in a solid kelly green,
otherwise in Very good shape

Mostenbocker's Lift Off may bring back the original paint if it is still underneath the green paint.

https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/bally-four-million-bc-cabinet#post-2985441

Marcus

#20 3 years ago

If the pin was a 4Million BC
I would not have to remove the green paint, it would be a good base coat.

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#21 3 years ago

It's hard to tell from your photo, but the end caps on the lock down bar look lime green...what's going on there?

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