Quoted from Luckydogg420:
I wonder if these are mostly made by Pinheads that see an opportunity to sell useless parts that have been up-cycled to hipsters. Or if these are mostly made by hipsters that don’t understand that these are useful parts that they are destroying to make furniture.
One mans trash is another mans treasure.
I recently parted out a nice looking Stern Hot Hand pin. Back glass was just OK. The play field is a nice one, not perfect, but nice. At most, this pin would worth $600.00; Maybe $800.00 on a good day. But all of the boards were bad and the Altek replacement boards would cost over $400.00. The percentages were not there.
The cab, back box, the wiring, and parts are going to be donor parts for another build of a different pin. My need of these parts are why I bought the pin, in the first place.
4,117 Hot Hands were produced. There are only 7 pinside people who have it on their wish list. It is not a high demand pin.
I tried to sell the back glass and there were no takers since there was some flaking; The back glass is now a wall hanging.
I'm not sure how I will deal with the play field. One option is a wall hanging; Another is this coffee table business that seems to be happening, but good wood is not cheap and the labor to build a nice coffee table is more than a few hours. The last option is to restore the play field which would not be cheap, either.
The play field is very nice. Not perfect, but perfect but very nice. And I am thinking about using it as a practice unit to learn airbrush and touch up skills. Followed by clear coating. And the then try to sell it that way.
But it could just as easily wind up as a coffee table and you all would know the back story.