An Ebay post for an F-14 Tomcat supposedly a prototype, but is it actually?
It has some of the characteristics but no "X" in the serial number (abiguous according to the IPDB,
"Designer Steve Ritchie tells us that there were 10 prototype games made. He also says that, while the X in the serial number means "prototype", this was not used consistently at Williams. One of these games is pictured in this listing with serial number 554-X 94222.)
The Ebay posted unit has a production cabinet like mine. It does have the clear dome and lenses (I also have the clear dome and lenses). The Ebay posted unit has ROMs marked as proto, as mine does not. I have added back the red flashers that were missing at the top of the playfield.
I've posted a pic of the game serial tag in question (95204), then the next pic is of my F-14 serial number tag (99125), and then a pic of my date of manufacture tag, which shows 87117 (does this translate to January 17, 1987?) IPDB shows manufacture date of March 1987, so what does this mean?
Looking at the serial numbers on the Internet Pinball Serial Number Database puts them pretty far down in the list, I don't think either are truly prototype, but just early production units.