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(Topic ID: 214114)

Thinking of buying a broken College Queen pinball machine

By sandyjohn522

2 years ago

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  • Latest reply 2 years ago by jrpinball
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#1 2 years ago

I found a Gottlieb Colleg Queen pinball machine for $400. I asked the seller if it powered on and lit up, and he said yes. He also says it's stuck on 10 points, and won't move from there. In the picture he posted I don't see the 10 points, so I'm guessing it get that far and then not doing anything. I saw where at auction they go for between $200-$400. I pointed that out, and he said he would take $200. I'm an older woman, and I'm trying to buy one fairly cheap for my granddaughter. We owned a similar machine when my girls were younger, and we loved it. I'm lucky that I have someone that works on these nearby, just not sure what it would cost. Does this sound like a machine that would be easy to fix, or is it junk? I think $200 sounds like a real deal, but if it needs lots of work, could this lead to hundreds of dollars to repair? Thanks for any help!

#2 2 years ago

The cosmetic condition is much more important than the operational condition when it comes to value.
Original cabinet paint should be in reasonably good condition, as well as the playing surface and backglass.
The metal coin door, legs and coin slot bezel plate should be reasonably rust and dent free.
Just about any operational issue can be repaired, usually fairly easily. That particular model isn't very collectable or valuable to begin with, so $200 in average or better condition sounds about right, especially of you need to have it repaired.
Post your general location so that local repairmen can possibly reach out to you.

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