We will never hear
An update: Yesterday I settled with the insurance company. They offered me what I considered a fair offer after I threw their initial one back along with a list of a half dozen pinball companies who provided written estimates on the value of a BBB. In the end the settlement was what the last couple BBBs sold for minus the $2500 deductible. I did have plenty of documentation and photos of the game to prove condition, including photos of it being opened NIB when I purchased it.
If the game turns up with police (which I doubt will happen - more luck of it being found by a pinsider) the insurance company somehow will be notified, and I will (supposedly) get first shot at buying it back. At least that is the way the adjuster explained it to me. And in lessons learned, I'll be taking a lot more photos of the rest of my collection to prove condition, from A-listers to the dogs.
Not sure how all this will affect my premiums, but it was, in the end, a relatively painless process. Gut wrenching at times, sure, but painless.
I hope none of you ever have to go through it.
Thanks for all the concern - I love this community.
glad to hear at least that much of positive resolve ........but I'm still hoping for you to get that Baby back someday & soon too
Be sure to also put up security cameras everywhere and hide the DVR or NVR someplace safe.
Glad it was settled for you Mike.
Just for the other guys reading, with my collection the insurance company has a list of my machines and values. I have insurance to cover what they owe me in case of total loss (theft, fire, disaster)
Something I learned many years ago, with everything - not just insurance ... Get every deal you do written out in black and white so if there is any problem down the line, you have it all there in front of you, and all parties are on the same page.
Hope that info can help people out down the track.
I was hoping to hear it was recovered. I am glad you were able to settle with the insurance company for an amount that was fair.
Thanks for the update on the resolution.
What bugs me is there is a likelihood that the a$$hole that made off with this OR now has it in his possession is reading this thread now.
Glad to hear this was taken care of! I've been checking this thread every time it got bumped.
Sooner or later this game will turn up. What happens when it does depends upon who finds it...
Congrats on the insurance $$$ without issues. Hopefully your game will show up in the future... I'm sure this thread will ignite when it does.
Hope it doesn't pop up for sale from a clueless genuine buyer who got screwed buying it from the real thieves. That situation can turn ugly, fast.
Quoted from vid1900:
It was stolen because the thief knew exactly how much it was worth (scrappers don't break into garages).
Even in the 1 in 10,0000000000,0000 chance it was stolen on a whim, everyone has Google.
Depending on location scrapers break in to anything where they think they can get enough copper for their next drug fix. I have seen houses & garages broken into just to steal $50 worth of copper piping. I have also heard of people having their A/C units stolen from their yards while they were sleeping at night.
One thing for sure - it will be a hard machine to sell being owner knew the serial number. Kind of like stealing an original piece of art - it might be worth a ton of money but it will be a tough sell if that was their intent.
And I sure as hell would not want to have a stolen machine sitting in my collection - very risky all the way around!
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