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THE ADDAMS FAMILY GOLD - Release question


By Coindork

10 months ago



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#1 10 months ago

Over in the Rick and Morty thread people are talking about huge sales day that Spooky had.
A few people commented asking if it was the quickest a pin has sold out in the history of pinball.

One of the responses was no, and that The Addams Family Gold edition sold 1000 units in a single day.
Is that true? As an owner of an Addams Family Gold I had never heard that.

The story I had always heard is that the machine didn't sell well because it was priced higher than a normal edition and very few were selling to collectors.
I was under the understanding that when Bally had a hard time selling them, many of them got sold to operators back in the day for the same price as a standard and then wound up getting put on route. A lot of gold editions come routed, so that kind of makes sense.

This is before my time as a collector as I was just out of high school.
Any clarification from some of the ops that were around back then?

#2 10 months ago

No. TAFG was not sold out within a single day.

My distributor (at the time, Greater Southern) was pushing my to buy a TAFG for one of my locations for .. hell, months, if not years.

#3 10 months ago

Most of the TAFG machines went to Europe. Probably less than half were here in the states.

I know there was some confusion between TAFG and the Addams family values redemption game being made at the time.

A friend of mine order a new TAFG and got the Addams family values by mistake. The distributor did fix the mistake.

I would be surprised if they sold out in 1 day. It was the highest production game made, that being the standard TAF

#4 10 months ago

It is very possible that they sold 1k in a day... Distributors likely gobbled them up. Which is why so many distributors had so many for sale, months later.

#5 10 months ago

Over 800 were shipped to europe. Number 1, and 900-1000 were domestic, the rest were exported.

#6 10 months ago

My dad bought a Addams Family NIB
$3600 and had to buy a Popeye to get the Gold. There were numerous vendors who wanted the game , CA ROBINSON
Didn’t want to deal with that. Unfortunately he decided to sell the game after a couple yrs.Crazy thing is guys were putting them on route.but back then buying games for the home new was quite rare.

The Addams Family Gold I have now was
Built for export but never made the trip,
A guy bought it, covered it and never played it, it’s in my collection with probably a couple hundred plays. It’s cool with 3 coin slots, black plastic coin box
And different manual .

#7 10 months ago

Mine is #949, 1 owner since new. One of the few domestics.

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#8 10 months ago

Number 553 and near flawless
I did ad color dmd and led the game

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#9 10 months ago

I never heard of 900 games going over seas ?

#10 10 months ago
Quoted from Coindork:

The story I had always heard is that the machine didn't sell well because it was priced higher than a normal edition and very few were selling to collectors.
I was under the understanding that when Bally had a hard time selling them, many of them got sold to operators back in the day for the same price as a standard and then wound up getting put on route. A lot of gold editions come routed, so that kind of makes sense

The collector market barely existed back then. So,yeah, very few games period were sold to collectors.

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