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What machine did you bring home today? Post your pictures!

By MiamiRedSkin

6 years ago

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#230 5 years ago

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.

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#503 5 years ago

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.IMG_4355.JPG

#504 5 years ago

Unboxing and set up of ACDC Pro LED.IMG_4360.JPGIMG_4361.JPGIMG_4366.JPG

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#637 5 years ago

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 !IMG_4956.JPGIMG_4962.JPGIMG_4954.JPG

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#1348 4 years ago

??? What is with the color DMD ??? YOU working on this ?

#1375 4 years ago

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.





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#1499 4 years ago

Jpop is famous for re-using old pinball ideas in the games he designed and I think we see his inspiration for the lightning lamp inserts on TOTAN in this game.

4 months later
#2317 4 years ago

Who you gonna call? COINTAKER. Thanks Melissa.



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#5210 3 years ago

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

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#5480 3 years ago

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.

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#5481 3 years ago

Ok, here is the hint...

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#5549 3 years ago

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.

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#5552 3 years ago
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.

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#5764 3 years ago

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.

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#5767 3 years ago

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.

#5800 3 years ago

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.

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#5802 3 years ago


#5812 3 years ago
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

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#6042 3 years ago

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

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#6265 3 years ago

Well, not home yet, but here is my first pick up this morning in Chicago. Game number two for this trip is in Rockford.

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#6270 3 years ago

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 is to nothing cool coming up for sale local.

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#6294 3 years ago
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.

#6299 3 years ago

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.

#6300 3 years ago

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.

#6302 3 years ago

Agreed. I have said my peace. Let's see some more games !

#6309 3 years ago

Yes, 1973. Wish it was the 1957.

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#6493 2 years ago

The cabinet and head are a Bally Op-Pop-Pop.

#6500 2 years ago
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.

#6502 2 years ago

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.

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#6792 2 years ago

Bally Freedom ??

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#7024 2 years ago

10k by Christmas.

4 weeks later
#7336 2 years ago
Quoted from Boof-Ed:

Shouldn't that be wrapped?
I had to sit and wait a week a couple of years ago to work out what this was.

What was it?

#7338 2 years ago

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.

#7347 2 years ago

Nice grab on the Rocket III. Let me know if you plan to move it.

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#7409 2 years ago

Snagged these 2 Bally Zipper Flipper games Dogies and Cosmos in Boston, MA this morning.
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Still on trip back home now. Read through the trip diary here:

Taking the pinball addiction to new hights

#7414 2 years ago

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

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#7562 2 years ago
Quoted from wisefwumyogwave:

When you gotta get that third game in the minivan.

ALWAYS have to upvote when someone gets a Flip Flop!

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#8004 2 years ago


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

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#8554 2 years ago

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.

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#8589 2 years ago

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.

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#8666 2 years ago

Loaded and heading home.

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#8669 2 years ago

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.

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#8893 2 years ago
Quoted from loneranger:

These were inside the Gottlieb Silver Slugger I picked up today. Date on the bottom is April 2007. Think they're still good?

You have to ask yourself the question...

“Have those cans of beer been exposed to more than 600 plays in the last 12 years ?”

#8894 2 years ago
Quoted from weaverj:

you called her bluff.

She won’t get really pissed until you go for number 10.

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#9010 2 years ago

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.

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#9014 2 years ago
Quoted from finnflash:

Do you have pinblades in your garage?

Haha. My wife liked that comment. She is a artist and paints murals and does stained glass mosaics. We have “blades” on all sides of the cabinet

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#9017 2 years ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

I think with that last mural she was telling you to buy an MM or MMr, a Hurricane and a Black Rose. At least that’s the way I’m interpreting it.

I’d like to have an MM or MMr but I need a rich uncle to bestow me. What was not in the first picture is a rocket ship from Tomorrowland. I had her put the “FG” on it for Flash Gordon
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#9165 2 years ago

Coldond3 wasn’t kidding when he said he missed his Hokus Pokus. Congrats. Hope you got a great one.

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#9257 2 years ago

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.

#9273 2 years ago

Nice pickup Puffdanny. You have to be running out of room so let me come get that Flip Flop from you

#9283 2 years ago

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.

#9284 2 years ago

Another Dracula?

#9286 2 years ago

You know, we both have a sickness. Maybe we could get half off going into rehab.

#9290 2 years ago

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.

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#9320 2 years ago

NIB Rapid Fire

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#9492 2 years ago

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
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#9496 2 years ago

...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.

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#9564 2 years ago
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.

#9580 2 years ago

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

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#9943 1 year ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

The roadside Skylab has changed hands...
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Whoa. Where is the Cheshire Cat grin?

#10022 1 year ago

It is a restoration project for sure and quite rare but I LOVE the artwork and can’t wait to give it the TLC it needs to live again. Thanks to ryanclaytor for cabinet pictures so I can recreate the stenciling.

Part II to this story occurs in 2 weeks so stay tuned.....

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#10032 1 year ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

Anybody down for a trip to the Spa?
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Sure. Just don’t drop the soap

#10035 1 year ago
Quoted from JethroP:

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Wax on, wax off ??

That is nothing. Take a close look at the Silverball Mania backglass.

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#10783 1 year ago

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha !

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#11353 1 year ago

Early Morning Delight after 3.5 years on my wish list.

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#11356 1 year ago

I gave you a convenient link to the song in my post directly above it.

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#11416 1 year ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

Headed back out for a second trip...
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Good score. Sell it to me at Allentown.

#11480 1 year ago

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.

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#11863 1 year ago

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.
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#11913 1 year ago
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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#11964 1 year ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

It’s definitely a day for project games…or maybe two.
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The machine never rests. Congrats on the pickups.

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#12082 1 year ago
Quoted from embryonjohn:

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Yes. The stuffed rom’s head just came on the prototypes

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#12721 1 year ago

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#13002 1 year ago

That was a magical journey all right. I see what you did there. Halfway through your post, I’m wondering “Where the heck is the game and Colson’s trademark cheshire grin?”

You tease us until the last pictures to get the pay off.

Good score.

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#13154 1 year ago

I would be interested to know what 60s or 70s Bally play fields or projects you would have available.

#13194 1 year ago

Uber ?

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#13196 1 year ago
Quoted from Ballypin:

Uber ?
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No Uber, do it old school with a Taxi.
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This was a Facebook marketplace ad in Southern Ohio about 90 minutes from my house. I saw the ad at work minutes after it was posted and was the first to reply. The seller kept his word even though he received over 40 replies and with offers higher than his asking price. I did end up offering more than his asking price.

It’s not perfect, it has some planking and wear in the upper pf area, a few broken plastics but a lower playfield Mylar. It boots up but won’t start a game...sounds like a locked ball is not kicking out and is doing a ball search but the displays are not working so could be a power supply or display driver board issue. Should be a minor fix.

And it is the Marilyn version.

#13213 1 year ago
Quoted from C_Presley:

I was one of those replies!

I spent about two hours last night with the seller, breaking down the game, loading it up and talking about all kinds of things that we collect. His Facebook messenger alert was going off about every 10 minutes.

#13231 1 year ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

Nobody on the word play? [quoted image]

We know that when it comes to tournaments, you are the ringer.

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#13360 1 year ago

So, a Bally Flash Gordon pops up this morning on Facebook marketplace 4 hours away for 400 OBO. What to do ? I messaged the seller and we came to an agreement on price and I get on the road. The whole time I’m driving there he’s telling me he’s getting higher offers. Duh.611C4FB8-825D-4B21-BAC0-7A8E4104C5E8 (resized).jpeg

I did end up paying the seller more than our agreed price since it was in nice shape. Full mylar on lower and upper play field. A little bit of wear at the kick out hole and in the upper play field where the ball enters the field. MPU looks clean but not sure if it boots. The BG has a few scratches in the upper portion that can be easily touched up. Bonus is that it includes the strobe light.
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Take that, Colson.

#13362 1 year ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

You want to play it like that Darrin?

Ha ha. I knew it wouldn’t take long for you to see that comment. The rest of us are just pathetic earthlings trying to keep up with your activity.

#13365 1 year ago
Quoted from Colsond3:And your game wasn't tagged by Rick Brochu on 11/1/1989.

No, but mine has a smiley face. After looking closer at the Flash logo, it’s very similar to the naughty sketch that was all the rage in junior high. It’s just missing the hanging male appendage.
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#13507 1 year ago
Quoted from ZNET:

Congratulations, Pecos! Surfers is among my favorite zipper flipper games. Gameplay is great and Kelley's artistic talent is on full display.

It took two years but I recently got my Surfers playing 100%. I was on on the fence and considered selling but it is my favorite now. The Ring Ding can rack up 500 points but is most times a sure drain. The joy of hearing the 3” bell ring five times and then flailing away trying to save a SDTM. Risk-reward.

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#13748 11 months ago

Not home yet from my first trip to York but picked up a bunch of parts and this sweet little Zale zipper masterpiece Mini-Zag. Shout outs to Ivan ivan1496 for working with me on this deal and Bruce znet for his expert testimony to convince me that I really need game number 17. Here are the obligatory truck pictures.

Colson- are we even now ?
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#13749 11 months ago

York was crawling with zipper flipper games and I even had to zig past Mini-Zag # 2 in the flea market area. I almost bought this one instead but the cabinet had a not too good repaint. Good enough that it didn’t take long for it to be gone and out the door right after lunch on Friday. $475 was the asking price but the seller offered a bit lower.
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#13800 11 months ago
Quoted from o-din:

Loop the Loop is pretty cool with that spinning bumper, a feature originally found on Chicago Coin's Spinball released shortly after Kilroy.

Zale used the spinning bumper again in Rocket III.

#13811 11 months ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

Short trip for a very nice Frank this morning. Glad to have this guy back in the lineup. Lift...lift...lift![quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Now we know what the D stands for

#13855 11 months ago
Quoted from ZNET:

You've started out with two great titles, especially Surfers. Congratulations!

I’ll echo Bruce’s comment about Surfers. Congrats on the scores and it gives encouragement to all of us that there are still gems out there to be found and restored.

#13889 11 months ago
Quoted from Spyderturbo007:

Thanks to dangersem for hauling my ass 90 minutes each way to grab this. I originally went to buy a Dolly, but grabbed this instead. Might go back for his Volley, but I'm not sure yet...
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Atleast they all rhyme Damn, you beat me to it.

#13919 11 months ago

Man, it’s been a long day and I figured you were adding some culture to your life with that opera comment. Then I saw the picture.

Cool pickup.

#13930 11 months ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

I have seen Mozart’s Requiem several times, Don Giovanni, Carmina Burana and several others, mostly at the Lincoln Center in NYC. They used to do the Mostly Mozart Festival up there annually, but I haven’t seen that they’ve had it in the last few years.
And I did major in Classical Guitar my first year in undergrad.

I have watched the Marx Brothers “A Night At The Opera” and listen to “A Night At The Opera” by Queen.

You win.

#13972 10 months ago

So, after sitting around today and seeing nothing on the horizon, I check the local FB ads and see a local project for $ 100 that was up for less than an hour. I immediately respond but some jive turkey saw it first. Not wanting to strike out, and with little time to spare, I offered a little bit more and got the address. Perfect backglass, very little wear, nice cabinet and for less than the title of the game.
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#14091 10 months ago

'Tis the season to be Merry....
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#14233 9 months ago
Quoted from pudealee:

That vacuum sucks...

Sucks = good
Blows = bad

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#14361 9 months ago

Somebody must have got an ass whoopen for removing the skinny Ringmaster head.

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#14436 9 months ago

Not 100% home yet. I watched this Bally 1964 2 in 1 when it was on eBay but could not reach a deal with the seller. The seller then placed it on an online auction site in Columbus and I was able to win the bid. The better half would shoot me for this so I stashed the cabinet at work til the coast is clear but the backbox was an easy early morning transfer to the basement where it has blended with the rest of the herd. BGresto has done this glass before so that will solve the fade issue.

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#14494 9 months ago

Picked up this NIB beauty today. It is for sure mint condition. Probably cherry too
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Fortunate that it fit in the truck.
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#14500 9 months ago
Quoted from Peanuts:

No problem with clearcoat?

Damn ! Shooter lane is chipping already.

Quoted from wolverinetuner:

Does the gumball machine have the TZ white ceramic ball?

Actually, I need to find some silvery gumballs like they do for wedding candy bars.

Quoted from RWH:

Does that come with PDI glass?

I believe it is an option. I'll check with the Double Bubble people in China tomorrow.

Quoted from Colsond3:

You should really lay down cardboard when you’re transporting a game...especially a grail like that.

Rest assured, it rode inside with me. I might be crazy, but I'm not stupid.

Quoted from JethroP:

Did you get a hand truck to go with that?[quoted image]

That would have helped a lot. Or even a backpack.

I know you are all anxiously awaiting some unboxing pictures. Until I get mine set up and dialed in, here is the teaser video from reveal day.

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#14584 8 months ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

Went to pick up a game earlier today. Somehow ended up with two. Might pass the Lost World along.[quoted image][quoted image]

What? Get rid of a game with the highly prized doorbell mod ??

#14593 8 months ago
Quoted from JethroP:

Think of the possibilities....[quoted image]

Just what we need...crotch shots. I’m sure Python would have included it on Zingy Bingy.

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#15620 4 months ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

Haha. The person had started a restoration, and gave up. All the parts in boxes, and a good amount of new parts as well. Projects are good at a time like this.

See what happens when you binge Netflix?

Colson is the new Tiger King.

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#15749 4 months ago

This makes my 3rd Captain Fantastic over the years. Plays 100% and will get a nice playfield restoration. Probably will also attempt a restencil to pimp this one out and make it a long term keeper.

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#15877 4 months ago

Set out Thursday night at 6 PM for what will be a 24+ hour round-trip pick up.

Don’t stop here. Keep the hammer down and westbound. More details and clues to follow before the reveal.

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#15878 4 months ago

Ain’t gonna find it here either.

Roger that.

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#15879 4 months ago

Geez, another state that begins with the letter “I” ? Who knows where this will end ?

I’ll guarantee you that we’re not going to Idaho.

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#15880 4 months ago

This is my first time to Iowa and I didn’t know that this was a thing. This would’ve been a much better picture if I included the nearby Lions Den billboard in the picture.

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#15884 4 months ago
Quoted from bluespin:

Are you picking up exactly ten pins?

No, you struck out with that guess. It is not a sports theme pin and obviously is nothing other than a Bally.

#15885 4 months ago

The game I’m picking up has been featured on this TV show.

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#15887 4 months ago

Almost there ....

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#15892 4 months ago
Quoted from Jaeg:

You are almost to my exit.

Quoted from dothedoo:

Dude, if I'd known you were coming here I would've invited you over for a little social distancing pinball.

DAMN! This trip came together about 2 weeks ago and I kept it under wraps.

#15895 4 months ago

Just got home from this solo trip. 1,524 total miles and 26 hours driving on pure adrenaline so no need for sleep. Started the day yesterday at 6am with the day job then hit the road Thursday at 6pm for an 8 hour drive to Altoona, IA to deliver (2) 1920's antique traffic signals that I sold to a collector friend then onto Lincoln, NE to meet pinsider jbrauer2 to buy this sweet Bally beauty....Wizard! to compliment Capt Fantastic that I bought 2 weeks ago.

I have owned both Wizard and CF in the past and played both as a kid when they were released in '75 and '76 but these are staying for a long time.

I can still hang with Colson

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#15897 4 months ago
Quoted from RWH:

If I had to guess what type of business that was by it's sign, I'd never guess gas...………...

But it ryhmes with gas

#15898 4 months ago
Quoted from scampcamp:

Up near Duluth MN.... there are Pump n Munch conveint stores.

Avoid the cream pies

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#16108 3 months ago

An early Sunday morning pick up for a FREE game only two hours from home. I did give the owner a Benjamin. The owner started a restoration that was never completed. I already have a Rocket III and was hoping for a very nice original back glass with the correct blue background but this one is toast. The playfield is better than my current one so this one will probably end up being a parts machine.

The cabinet may not have any original paint but it still has the correct white flipper buttons. Yeah Colson, I’m talking about you.
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#16222 3 months ago
Quoted from EasternBloc:

24 hour roundtrip to pickup this beauty; seemed appropriate to document a Circle K stop.
Guess what honey, this trip's not for a pinball!
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Need to start a poll to determine how many Pinsiders won't know what the hell is in your truck. I am going to guess at least 10%.

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#16380 3 months ago

He shoots...he scores. From Italy, to the UK, then KY to Ohio.

This could fly again if someone has a certain Bally to trade...

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#16444 87 days ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Looking at 5 pins, one shot.

Pull that off and you can take a break in July.

#16466 87 days ago
Quoted from gdonovan:

Heading out!
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Colson who ??

Great scores my friend.

#16530 83 days ago

So, last Saturday morning I see a FB ad that had been up for 10 hours for this SWEET Evel Knievel a couple hours away at an amazing price. I replied and expected it to be long gone or at least at the back of a very long line. The seller never replied until today with a cryptic update on the ad with instructions on how to be the first person with cash to buy. I went for the gusto, jumped a state line and scored this VERY nice example. It has an acid damaged MPU so a replacement is in order. The game was supposedly in this furniture store for the last 10 years. The playfield is dirty but will clean up nicely. Cabinet is very nice with a touch of fade on the front left side. Very little wear on the PF, spinners and kickout hole. The coin door is perfect with no dents...another sign that leads me to believe it could have been home use. The house door bell for adding credits and the blanked off coin slots are another clue. Also has a 3 ball price card so games were fast. Displays look virgin with no burn and the connectors at the rectifier are not burned or brown.

2nd pickup in as many weeks...I think I'm getting into Colson territory

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#16542 83 days ago
Quoted from Billc479:

Was that the one on Fisher on Facebook? I thought about it, but distance was a bit far. Congrats on a nice machine.

Yes, same one.

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#16819 67 days ago

Naughty boy.

You took her top off.

#16823 67 days ago
Quoted from Ceckitti:

Didn’t even have to buy her dinner lol

But now there will be no extra balls.

#16841 67 days ago
Quoted from Colsond3:

You pin whore. Hahaha. I’ll be caught up to you in two weeks.
Darrin, I’m coming to hunt in your territory.

Hey, I drive through Springfield several times a week. You gonna bring me a pair of white flipper buttons for Rocket III ?

#16903 64 days ago
Quoted from TractorDoc:

I was blown away when I learned I had the opportunity to bring this game home this weekend. . .

That sucks that I missed buying it.

#16951 61 days ago

Here is some Evel Knievel trivia for you:

The EM and SS backglass both have a light animation motorcycle jumping over English Double Decker buses. Evel attempted to jump 13 of these buses at Wembley Stadium in London, England on May 26, 1975. He landed short, was thrown off the bike and suffered serious injuries. He announced to the 80,000 spectators that he was finished jumping. Ever the showman, he retracted that statement a few days later and then 5 months later on October 25, successfully landed on the ramp over 14 Greyhound buses at Kings Island amusement park, north of Cincinnati, OH. This was his longest jump of his career.

Count the buses and you will find 14.
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#16999 59 days ago
Quoted from jkashani:

Quit talking start chalking! Finally and EBD enters my collection.
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+100 for the chrome legs.

EBD will return to me someday.

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#17156 51 days ago

Not at MY home yet but wanted to share now so I can keep up with Colson.

Been searching several years for a better condition Bally Flip Flop playfield to swap into my repainted cabinet. Finally found a good donor machine in VA 2 months ago but enlisted the help of a friend in the area and fellow pinsider justagefehler to pickup today and store for another month until I can pickup.

This game hooked me in the summer of '76 and this makes the 5th Flip Flop I have owned in over 31 years of collecting.

Still looking for a sample or prototype version that has differences such as a metal top arch, green colored flip flags, yellow rails and older graphic bottom apron.
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#17301 37 days ago
Quoted from JethroP:

The wildlife around here have started wandering into our neighborhoods like never before. I suppose it's the pandemic. So this Big Game (it's a tiger) reared its beautiful head only 10 minutes away from my house. I could resist bagging something that close to home. It was DOA but I plan to resuscitate it in the coming daze. [quoted image]

It is going to take you some time to start rockin' a mullet
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#17437 23 days ago
Quoted from Scoot:

Been looking for one of these for a while.
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Congrats on the search.

Hopefully it came with legs too. Otherwise, it is just another imamculate pin.

#17472 22 days ago

Hey, let’s all lighten up with some joy. Here is the Captain Fantastic I picked up this morning and is the 4th CF I have owned in the last 22 years. This one came from a great pinsider in Elkhart, IN and he sold it to me for what he paid. I plan to take some better parts of it and combine with CF#3 I purchased in May and then offer up that game at NO profit to me. Small way to pay back the hobby.

I’ll probably have sideways pictures but I’ll fix that when I get home.
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#17505 22 days ago
Quoted from JethroP:

Dang it...wish you were closer. I'd like your leftover Capt Fantastic.

That’s nothing. I am picking up Flip Flop # 5 on Friday and then I will have another leftover.

You were closer. But...

The kinfolk said "Jed move away from there"
Said "Californy is the place you ought to be"
So you loaded up the truck and you moved to Beverly

Hills, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars, spensive pinball machines.

#17509 21 days ago
Quoted from JethroP:

I do remember one of your Flip Flops...reusable stencils you made, all that.

Yes, that is FF# 3 that will get a playfield transplant from # 5 and then # 5 will get sold with the not-as-nice # 3 playfield. There is a collector in Lexington that is restoring a Flip Flop with a clearcoated NOS PF and it is drop dead gorgeous. I think I would offer a spare kidney for this.
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Quoted from JethroP:

Maybe you need to make a cross country trip with a trailer like ibuypinballs, bring me some projects, and load up on your return to Ohio.

I am afraid the trailer would quickly fill with Cali people looking to escape east to sanity. As long as they bring some good Bally's along with 'em.