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What's the date of your first pinball purchase?

By kidchrisso

1 year ago

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    #51 1 year ago

    I know I've posted this before; July 24, 1971.

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    #52 1 year ago

    1999, Gottlieb Flying Carpet

    #53 1 year ago

    Gottlieb Pinball Pool. February 1979.

    LTG : )

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    #54 1 year ago

    Mid 1996, not sure of the actual date. The Addams Family and I still have it.

    #55 1 year ago

    Built our game room in the winter of 2009. Our plains were to fill it up with classic arcade games from the eighties . The game room was a Harley Davidson theme and bought everything that we could find that was Harley. I remembered seeing a Harley pinball machine at a Harley dealer and went on a search to find one for our game room. Found a HUO Harley Davidson 3rd Edition to go along with everything else and this was the only pinball machine that I was planing to put in there, the rest were going to be arcades. Ten years later , I have 20 pinball machines and only a small collection of arcades.

    #56 1 year ago

    7/12/11 STTNG for $1500 off Craigslist

    #57 1 year ago

    March 2016, Bally Kick-Off, $300 off Craigslist. We drove from metro Detroit to a place near Goshen, IN. I didn’t know about the Jones plugs, so I unbolted but didn’t completely remove the head because I didn’t want to stress the connecting wires. To let it fit like that in my Ford Escape, my poor wife rode all the way back with her seat shifted fully forward and unreclined all the way. She got a sore back, and wasn’t happy when, after we got back I said, “Look, Honey, the wires can be disconnected!”

    #58 1 year ago

    Flash 1988 $195.00 from my high school hangout arcade "Nautilus" by Nickel and Dime corp. Still have the game.

    #59 1 year ago

    December 1982, bought a 1977 William's Big Deal for 75.00 from an arcade.

    #60 1 year ago


    Bally Bus Stop

    Don't remember what I paid.

    #61 1 year ago

    2011 whirlwind

    #62 1 year ago

    1985, SpeakEasy-4, a birthday-gift from my wife

    #63 1 year ago

    Got into it a lot later than many of you, May of 2013, bought a TOTAN. First game I played was mid-90's sometime.

    #64 1 year ago

    Gottlieb Miss Annabelle a 1959 single player woodrail. This was the first pinball I ever saw or touched. It was in the basement of a coworker of my father. Played it for three hours on that first of many visits. When my fathers company moved us across the country the game was given to me as a gift. The pin sits in my home office. I have had Miss Annabelle since 1966 or 53 years if my math is correct. Over the years I have had well over 500 pins. My current inventory is around 225. Thanks to Miss Annabelle I have had a long happy addiction to our wonderful hobby. Merry Christmas

    #65 1 year ago

    april 1st 2001

    #66 1 year ago

    Lord of the rings nib ... not sure of the year 2004 ? ... then one month later a mint Tales From The Crypt.. I had to have 2 games lol ..
    I wasn’t even a fan of LOTR , but the gameplay got me .

    #67 1 year ago

    Late in 1988, spent the next year learning what the hell I was doing, lot more difficult back then, drove the ditributor who sold me the games crazy!!

    #68 1 year ago

    King of Diamonds from Betson 1969.

    #69 1 year ago

    Post #69 ....wait I was born that year...

    #70 1 year ago

    July 1977, Bally 50/50 for 200 Finnish marks (about $50 back then), some parts missing but I got it working! I was 14 years old.

    #71 1 year ago

    9/19/2016 I bought a Buck Rogers for $750 from someone on Pinside, had a new all-in-one board and was in nice condition. I had eight total by the end of that year and just hauled my 74th total machine down to my basement. I have hauled 66 of them back up the stairs when I sold them.

    #72 1 year ago

    Mine was Fishtails in 2000 for , $2,000 still have it , never leaving .

    #73 1 year ago

    First one was around 1979 . Way before computers . You had to look for them in want adds in a news paper ! Picked up a Spirit of 76 along with a em gun game called Pony Express . I think I payed $350. ea. for them . Only place to get parts was Wico or to stop in to a local vending place .

    #74 1 year ago

    August 1990 Williams PinBot, Still have it.

    #75 1 year ago

    December 14, 2001. Last Action Hero. $1210.70. From Wes Pinball. His house was full of pins. I remember he had TZ and TAF.

    I should have been buying all his great pins then. I was new to the hobby and did not know enough to scoop them up.

    Still have LAH.

    #76 1 year ago

    winter of 2011, bought a raven for $100

    #77 1 year ago

    Don’t know exactly but was around 2004.

    T2 and BoP for around $3700 total retail.

    #78 1 year ago

    Summer of 1991, bought a Harlem Globetrotters from TnT and honestly can't even remember what I paid.

    New coils and caps aside, the game still kicks ass - thanks Todd!

    #79 1 year ago

    October 1994 Fireball Classic. Hired Colonial Amusements to replace power supply, shopped it myself through trial and error.
    Allowed back glass to fade through ignorance. Sold it for what I paid. Now have a nicer one.

    #80 1 year ago

    First game Dec 25, 1970. Bally Trio. $75
    Fully working, Christmas gift. Imagine my surprise! Never forget it....

    #81 1 year ago

    Bought my DESW in 2009. I was new to hobby. I was thinking DESW must be the best pin in the galaxy but a few year later on the other side of the galaxy discovered AFM.

    #82 1 year ago

    Paid $180 for a 1964 Ski Club at an auction almost eight years ago. What a boring game, but after that I realized that you could actually have pinball machines in your house. A week later I purchased a non-working Speak Easy at a garage sale for $200. After getting that machine in good working order the addiction took over.

    Immediately after that, I agreed w/ my wife to only have a max of three pinball machines in the house. I tried to sneak a forth machine in but was quickly reminded on our agreement. I did sell that forth machine but used that money to buy a Merit Touchscreen. She never stated that I couldn't have an arcade machine, so that's what I did.

    Fast forward > As of now, we have an arcade room in the front of the house & my meager collection of three pinball machines in the back room. We have had 60+ pinball & arcade machines that have come & gone, but that's part of the fun. My wife & I have some fierce competition on the arcade machines (Golden T, Multicade, Touchsceens, etc.) but we cherish our pinball machines.

    Yesterday we had talked about going to movies. My wife stated that she would much rather stay home & play the machines. So we stayed up all night playing JP3 till 4:00 AM. You can't beat that for a cheap date. Love this hobby!

    #83 1 year ago

    In 1969 (ninth grade) my parents said if I attended Essex Catholic HS they would buy me a Gottlieb Sweet Hearts. They paid $125.
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    #84 1 year ago

    High Speed, 1994. Paid $500, very nice condition. Sold 5 years later.

    Twilight Zone, 1999. Paid $800 at an estate sale, ad for the sale was in the newspaper, starting at 10am on a Sunday. Just by luck it was the first item up for auction. About 50 people attended, Bid opened at $800, and that was the hammer price. Another pinhead arrived at 10:15am looking to purchase, I was already loading it up. Machine had just been sitting in the family room for 5 years, beautiful condition, Still in my collection.

    #85 1 year ago

    January 3, 2014. Nice condition Shadow, $2900. Shipped in to CO from Massachusetts. Still probably my favorite game as my collection has grown over the years, and would be the last to leave if it ever came to that.

    #86 1 year ago

    Winter 1995 or 96, TX Sector for $650. Still have it!

    #87 1 year ago

    '98 or '99, Data East Star Wars and Pin*bot on the same day. $1800 combined.

    #88 1 year ago

    Firepower, the "gateway drug" of pinball machines, in April 2013. Really wish I'd gotten into the hobby about ten years before that.

    #89 1 year ago

    12/24/2004. TSPP (NIB)

    #90 1 year ago


    Life has never been the same...

    #91 1 year ago
    Quoted from schudel5:

    Life has never been the same...

    What game was it?

    #92 1 year ago

    1st purchase. I sold my Ibanez bass guitar so my dad and I could buy a Solar Fire in 1992 for $400. I was 14. Had it for a few years and sold it to buy a mountain bike in 1996.

    1st purchase second go around was a Black Knight in 2015 for $1300.

    #93 1 year ago

    Spring 1985 Bally Power Play $100. Needed some TLC.

    #94 1 year ago

    My first one was my Shadow in september 2012 when I was 16 years old. Still own it and still my favourite machine up to date. Best €1100 ($1200) I have ever spent!

    #95 1 year ago

    My wife and I used to play pinball when we were dating back in high school so we treated ourselves to a pin on our 20th wedding anniversary. The date was 07/2009 and the game was Scared Stiff. Paid $2700 for it back then.

    #96 1 year ago

    December 1974....Gottlieb Sing Along from Charles Music Company.

    #97 1 year ago
    Quoted from kidchrisso:

    What game was it?

    Unfortunately, Hurricane.

    #98 1 year ago

    Stern Galaxy, 1983 I can't remember what I payed.

    #100 1 year ago

    Bought an Elvira & the Party Monsters at the TX Pinball Festival in October 2003 for $1200. Sold it to upgrade to Theatre of Magic. Got another EATPM 4 years ago, before selling it again. Have owned 9 different pins over the past 16 years.

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