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Stern Cheetah Pinball Value

By yonizzell

4 months ago

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#1 4 months ago

I have someone offering a Stern Cheetah in trade for one of my machines and I’m not sure of it’s value. It’s a fairly rare title with only 1223 games ever produced.

The game needs electronic work, but is solid.

The median asking price on Pinside market is ridiculous, so I’d like some further input.
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#2 4 months ago

Looks nice, probably $4k up

#3 4 months ago
Quoted from Tsskinne:

Looks nice, probably $4k up

That seems a little high to me.

#4 4 months ago
Quoted from radial_head:

That seems a little high to me.

They have been getting crazy on the classic sterns, I don't own one, no stake in the value of this game, but Pinside has it at $6k average value.

#5 4 months ago
Quoted from Tsskinne:

They have been getting crazy on the classic sterns, I don't own one, no stake in the value of this game, but Pinside has it at $6k average value.

I saw that. Median asking price $6,500.

#6 4 months ago

I've been looking for a Cheetah for years. Prices vary greatly on this one. It's really all over the place. It's a classic Stern, it's a harder to find title, and the playfields almost always have a decent amount of wear.

$2500 minimum, up to $3500 IMO. Some owners with nice examples have asked over $5K. Some with beat up examples want the same high prices.

I'd compare Cheetah to Embyron prices. I think around $3000-$3500 is the sweet spot, depending on condition.

Pinside recently updated the estimated value as over $6000. I think that's absurd. It's a sought after classic Stern, but it's not on Quicksilver's level.

My two cents. When you go to sell, you won't have a problem getting rid of it though. And if that guy is offering you Cheetah for LOTR straight up, I'd say no fricking way.

#7 4 months ago


#8 4 months ago

I picked up one about a year ago. Can confirm 4k - 4,200 price point is in line.

#9 4 months ago

What is the other game in the trade?

#10 4 months ago
Quoted from HoakyPoaky:

I'd compare Cheetah to Embyron prices. I think around $3000-$3500 is the sweet spot, depending on condition.

That's gotta be one hell of an Embryon. I think Cheetah has more value. I'd say 4 - 5k in good/great shape. Lesser condition/worn playfield examples in the 3s. Super nice/restored examples closer to 6.

Embryon has gotta be real nice to be in the 3k range. Not the best layout of the Bally widebodies IMO, but of course it is not a common one to find either. Otherwise they can be found under and in the 2k range. One sold earlier this year at $1800 locally and the year before at $1600.

#11 4 months ago
Quoted from yonizzell:

I saw that. Median asking price $6,500.

Pinside prices are laughable!! You're better off buying NIB!!

#12 4 months ago

Without knowing what electronic work is needed, here's what I would say:

Cheetahs routinely go for 3-5k. There are a lot of factors, of course...but that's the real current range.

That one is in pretty nice shape for the title. There is some insert wear, apron smudging, and cab paint issues...but all very minor comparatively to other Cheetahs.
I would place a value of it in the 4-4500 range, and subtract whatever "electronic work" there is that needs to be done from that price.

#13 4 months ago

I should also mention that trades can be tricky. Cheetah is a far rarer title than all 3 of your collection as shown (LOTR, MM, and cyclone), but is it more fun??
Getting a trade value is only part of it. You have to decide which you would enjoy more, what the better value is, and how easy it will be to sell/trade in the future.
Cheetah would be easy to sell and the price likely isn't going down, but I would argue that it isn't better than LOTR or MM...and probably not cyclone either...so unless you are getting a tremendous value on it or it is just a grail game, I wouldn't suggest doing it.

Having said that, it is all in the details of the trade.

#14 4 months ago

The updated MPU possibly indicates some diagnostic work has been attempted. I would guess it needs connectors repinned and the rectifier board near the transformer replaced--neither of which is a huge cost beyond the time it takes. I'd rather have Cheetah than some fairly common game like Cyclone, but I wouldn't want it more than what 5-6k would buy, but I'd say the same of Quicksilver and Star Gazer without ever having played those two. It's a fun game with a lot to shoot for and difficult enough that you aren't running through the entire game every time you play it.

#15 4 months ago

Thank you all for your input!

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