Made a midnight to 10:30 am road trip this morning to drop off my Xenon in Washington, PA and pickup Flintstones in Pittsburgh. Wilma, its home.
Here is my FIRST NIB purchase ! Happy Father's Day to me and every holiday up through Christmas. We just got home at 2:30 am with this. Been up since 5 this morning and after driving 4 hours home from Nashville and then 4 hours round trip for the pickup, I am way too tired to open it up. More pics to come.
Bally Sea Ray I scored from CL in cincy. Dirty but is cleaning up great. PF is near perfect but BG has flaking and previous owner did bad touch ups. Perfect candidate for Phoebe's magic. Picked up from warehouse next to a self-storage lot. "Breaking Bad" Bounder RV was in the lot and swear to God, the seller had a bald head, thin rim glasses but no Heisenberg mustache or goatee. This is my first game with a chop-top glass, older pre-diamond stainless coin door and Christian Marche artwork. Now I want a Bally Skyrocket !
Here is the Old Chicago that I picked up in Peoria, IL 2 weeks ago. 10 hour marathon drive from Nashville, TN (my work location during the week) to Peoria with a stop in Indianapolis to sell a backglass and then back home in Cinci at 2am. This is the 3rd Old Chicago I have owned and plan for this one to be a keeper. I also included pictures of the repaint I just completed on my Flip Flop! (3rd one I have owned and 2nd one I have repainted). Now just need to stay focused and put it back together before I rip into OC. Yeah, right.
2 Bally zipper flippers: 1969 Bally Op Pop Pop and a rare 1967 Bally Surfers.
Won the Op Pop Pop on ebay Thursday from seller Rob Berk. As I planned Friday to make a trip to pickup the game, the thought of an 8 hour round trip to Warren, OH for just one game seemed wasteful. So, Friday night about midnight after watching too many YouTube zipper flipper game videos, I see a CL ad that is 11 hours old for Surfers in Northwest PA and another Pinsider posting about the sale. I quickly fire off emails to the seller and then stress for the next two hours why there is no response (Duh! Normal people go to bed). Has the game been sold already? Are my emails going to a spam folder? I somehow get about 4 hours sleep and then around 8 am start to get a response from the seller. Game was still available and we work a deal for a Saturday night pickup. Head out at 10:20 am Sat and return home this morning 18 hours and 920 miles later. I need to go to work tomorrow so I can get some rest
Mystery zipper flipper game. Always a good day to take off work and make a road trip. Headed through heavy rain... the reveal will be later today.
What do you do when a cheap game comes up on local CL even though you already have that title?? Duh !! Yes, I have a problem.
Quoted from bluespin:
You take any parts off the 2nd machine that are better than the 1st and swap them out making your 1st game better. Then you sell/trade the 2nd lower quality game.
Great minds think alike. That was my justification to the boss (wife) for the purchase. This is actually the 4th Flip Flop I have purchased over the past 29 years. Sold # 1 to my brother in law and he still has it. Sold # 2. Restoration of # 3 has been off and on for almost 3 years with a cabinet re-stencil and is very nice already. Didn't really need # 4 but couldn't pass it up.
What has become my obligatory truck pictures from my purchase this morning. Fireball is one of my grail games and I was fortunate to find it 25 minutes from my house from a local Pinsider.
My truck is happy to stay in the same county for once. If this fell through, I was tempted to jump on a Bally Dogies in eastern PA that popped on CL 2 days ago. Would have been 1000 plus miles and 18 hours to snag a game that I have never played but would like to try. Fireball was a no-brainer.
The 1972 Fireball I picked up on Saturday has some interesting history according to the backbox door. I forgot to ask the seller but I believe he said he bought it from Texas. The giveaways are the Cowboy sticker, 92.5 KZPS FM (Dallas) and Joe's info from Whicita Falls. I tried goggling Tramp's but had no luck finding where it is or (most likely) was. The old Bud Man sticker brings back memories. Ski Beech is North Carolina.
Quoted from CollinT:
Nice! I've stayed at Ski Beech in NC a few times. Lots of Beech trees in that area
Total score on the sticker, if you ever decide on selling it, pm me
If you really want the sticker, I'll send it to ya for the cost of postage. It doesn't jive with the Texas vibe. That assumes I can remove it in one piece with a razor blade. No, the machine does not come with it
Flash Gordon left yesterday according to plan. Had to find something to replace it and a suitable candidate raised its hand on CL. Never had a Bow and Arrow but always wanted one since I played it as a kid back in '76 in the same pool hall that had Flip Flop, Old Chicago, Wizard, Space Mission, Little Chief, Grand Prix and others. Here are the truck pictures. It has a date with Mean Green. If I get out of the doghouse with this one, C-Ville is next up
Well, not home yet, but here is my first pick up this morning in Chicago. Game number two for this trip is in Rockford.
Game # 2 is Bally '73 Circus. I know, it has boring game play but I played one in my youth and have a nostalgic connection and don't have any space issues. Love the colorful backglass and pinsider Todd let it go super cheap. I am now so backed up with restorations, it's not funny. I am officially in a self (and wife) imposed buying freeze until I move out a couple games...here is to nothing cool coming up for sale local.
Quoted from Grayman_EM:
You bought my Circus I was trying to buy. Todd never answered my PM which I sent over a week ago. Now I know what it feels like to get a good ol' kick in the Cannoli's.
No offense, but I have learned in this hobby (and in life) you have to be bold when you see something you want and then be ready to follow through. I saw your post Friday morning and then I replied to his ad via PM. He responded right away and he sold me the game because I paid his asking price and was able to pick it up at his house 24 hours later. It was perfect timing because I was going to Chicago the next morning to pick up Capersville and I would not drive that far for Circus by itself. I hacked my way through numerous buyers when Capersville popped up on CL in Chicago, probably because I offered too much. Persistence.
I don't mean to keep ragging on about this but his pinside ad HAD a phone number. If he went radio silent on you, you should have called him. When I see a CL listing, I PRAY for a phone number so I can actually TALK to the seller. Cuts out all the crap about emails especially when the deal is not local to me and I want the seller to know I mean business or try to get better pics quick so I can decide if it's for me or not. If you really wanted the game, pick up the phone. I never disclose to the forum with specifics about a game I am contemplating...but I will thank you for the tip.
I should do this by PM but the seller told me YOU went silent, not him, so don't be expecting a reply from him anytime soon. At least you heard from me that the game was sold.
Quoted from animesuperj:
Weird that 2 On Beam's show up that close together in that close of time-frame. Yeah, Rocket 3 I had more interest in. If you're able to get both, let me know. I don't have the time currently to grab both, otherwise I would have already.
What?? I'm 7 hours away and would come to get the Rocket 3. No response yet from seller... may already be spoken for.
Expanding on the On Beam explosion, there are 2 for sale in Ohio right now.
If you are referring to the one in Bluffton, OH (north of Lima) it started at 1200. I offered 600 and he said he would do 900. Then he came down to 750 firm. His ads have dropped to 1000, then 900, then 800, then 750. He just asked if I would do 650. I would if there were 300 in the coin box.
Ha! You just gave me a great idea...I can market a large pinball machine shaped box ready for wrapping that pissed off wives can put underwear and socks in. I know my wife would buy one.
Snagged these 2 Bally Zipper Flipper games Dogies and Cosmos in Boston, MA this morning.
Still on trip back home now. Read through the trip diary here:
Taking the pinball addiction to new hights
Thanks. I didn’t really take the time to check everything but the seller said they were both 100% and no reason to doubt him. Will know for sure tonight after I set them up. Who knows what a 900 mile trip may have jiggled loose
Let us know what the serial number is on your CF. The paint scheme on the coin door has the red reversed from the blue which should indicate an early production. Maybe you even scored a non-starred glass or over the top version. I need some of your luck
Long day Saturday capped off with a better Bally Dixieland zipper flipper single player game. Started the day on the road at 5am for a four hour drive to the VFW show. Played a crap load of games then stopped back for a quick visit with my parents. Arrived in Columbus at 11 pm to do the pickup and finally home and unloaded by 2:20 am.
Here is my latest pickup. A non-working project but the price was right. Unfortunately, the balligator mech in it entirety was removed at some point. They even removed the 2nd flipper button and filled in the cabinet. Playfield has next to no wear and should clean up nicely. BG looks perfect. Side of head has cracking in paint and right side cabinet has wear with fair touch ups.
Arrived home safe from an 9 hour round trip and started the cleaning process. Cabinet is very nice with just one drilled hasp hole and a few scratches. Non-Diamond Plate pf and no mylar but playfield looks fantastic and will polish up nicely. 2 broken plastics and no wear on upper pf. Seller said there was an issue on the power board and has been dead for 5 years but have not powered up. All boards match, no apparent hacks and only one brown spot on one connector.
This title has never been on my list but it was on my way home from a 12 hour road trip, the price was right, playfield has no wear or planking and will clean up nice, backglass has a little flaking (unusual for Bally’s of this vintage) and a near perfect coin door. Added bonus is that it came from Kentucky and meter shows 14,699 plays. Owner says it hadn’t been played in nearly 20 years. And yes, it did come with legs.
Coldond3 wasn’t kidding when he said he missed his Hokus Pokus. Congrats. Hope you got a great one.
He is already realizing how much Flash Gordon is going to kick his ass
Great game. Hope you got a good one with a working strobe.
Nice pickup Puffdanny. You have to be running out of room so let me come get that Flip Flop from you
Colson, you are an absolute machine. I’d be insanely jealous of you but I’m actually on my way to pick up a game myself. Can’t wait to see what you got.
You know, we both have a sickness. Maybe we could get half off going into rehab.
1974 Bally Champ non-working from a FB post. Ad was only up for 30 minutes and I was out the door. Offered and paid more than asking price to allow me to nab it. Kind of a mixed bag...previous owner repainted the cabinet and it looks good but failed to remove and fill 3 bolts from a hasp on the cabinet. Did a good job on the body graphics (almost looks like vinyl) but did not do the head graphics. BG has missing paint. PF has wear at pops and minor planking. Should clean up very well. Finding a Bally within a 2 hour drive is always a win-win.
Here I go again. Picked up a game on my wish list. Left at midnight and drove seven hours to Waynesboro Virginia to pick up a 1966 Bally Gold Rush. Thanks again to bluespin for the lead on this machine. Saw the ad Monday night and messaged the seller and got the game locked down. Play field is very dirty and very little wear. Game appears complete except missing gate over center bonus mushroom bumper. Backglass has a few wear spots but is in much better shape than the last four examples that I’ve considered buying in the past year. Cabinet is solid and has some wear but will clean up and present very well.
Not headed home quite yet. Going to make a stop in Roanoke and see the Pinball Museum and then also stop at Black Dog Salvage before I venture back through Kentucky to pick up game number two. Details to follow...
You have to get up early to be able to compete with colsond3
...and game # 2 is Gotlieb 1967 Surf Side. I am not a Gotlieb guy but it has cool double flippers and roto target goodness. Played a really nice one today at the Roanoke Pinball Museum.
Quoted from NicoVolta:
Hey Ballypin! That was one of my personal machines on the floor. It won a best original ribbon at TPF in 2015 I believe. People LOVE playing Surf Side in 2-player mode after I teach them the rules. It is so much more fun with another player... easily Gottlieb’s best multiplayer of the 60’s.
Did we meet while you were there? Pardon... these 80-hour weeks are hell on my memory!
Nic, no, we did not get the chance to meet. I was told you were in NY when I stopped in last Saturday. I was on a whirlwind trip last Saturday and made a quick stop at the Black Dog Salvage shop then stopped by to see you. I was just going to look but when I saw Surf Side, I snuck a fast game. Surf Side is a cool looking game but I ended up passing it on to another Dayton, OH pinsider who is in the process of restoring it.
I will say that your Skyrocket is drop dead gorgeous and I really want to find one for myself. Yours looks amazing with the clear coated playfield and played fantastic. The LED’s in the Skyrocket make it really pop. I’m sure I’d be about 50th in line if you ever decided to sell it.
Finally found a nice 1966 Bally Bazaar to match up with my avatar picture and wishlist. Bazaar was Ted Zale’s first zipper flipper game and I have been hot and cold on this title for over a year and passed on buying it twice. The stars aligned and I made a trade of project games with another local Pinsider to bring Bazaar home. Bow & Arrow and Amigo left and will now get their due attention to live again.
Think I will change my avatar to Bally Skyrocket in hopes that it will lead me to finding one. I don’t think Nic Shell nicovolta will be parting with his anytime soon
bluespin tipped me off 2 months ago to this March 1966 Bally Six Sticks project for sale by a Pinsider in Texas. A good friend was going to TPF and agreed to bring it back to Ohio so the deal was done. This game has changed hands twice in the last 6 months because it has some cabinet issues and needs a full restoration but I couldn’t resist the goodness that is Ted Zale and gladly welcomed this project to give it another chance at life.
2 more wishlist titles picked up from fellow pinsiders during my first ever trip to Allentown:
Bally Rocket III acquired from colsond3 who did a great job refreshing the stencil colors. A Ted Zale classic with zipper flippers and a spinning bumper.
Bally Loop The Loop purchased from pinjunkie16 is another Ted Zale design and also features a spinning bumper.
Quoted from Colsond3:
Started cleaning out the cabinet, found a post it in there. Now all I can think about is what the hell happened on 9/16/2015...and did they commit fully?
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My guess is that on that date, Colson passed on buying his first project machine. It is a note to the present-day Colson to never go against your pinball logic and just buy and never bye, bye
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