Lost world Jurassic Park Sega.
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The beloved Stern Stars.
I didn't look very close before paying the guy. It was missing every board but the lamp driver board. Luckily it was only $150.
My first purchase was $20 worth of raffle tickets at a pinball expo, I won a Seawitch. The guy helping me load it into the car said "be careful, they have a tendency to multiply". My reply was "this thing is huge, how can you have more than one?" Well, we all know how that turns out.......
2 months later I bought a Goldeneye so I could have something to play while I worked on the Seawitch and the rest is history.
Super Mario bros for 600 about 4 years ago ..... which got my interest in this crazy hobby. I/everyone thought i was crazy buying a pin for that kind of money but come to find out it was a good deal and a drop in the bucket compared to where i am now with 9-10 restored A list games. Crazy how things start..... wldnt change a thing tho as ive meant some of my better friends on this hobby.
I bought an Apollo 13 off Ebay from an operator in April 2004 for $1126. I remember that I got it home and was disappointed that one of the flippers didn't work (a wire broke off) as well as the moon magnet didn't grab the ball (another broken wire). I didn't know a thing about repairing machines but somehow got the wires soldered back on using a soldering gun and plumbers solder and was in business! A short time after that I found Clay's guides which really gave me the confidence to work on machines and start looking for a 2nd machine.
17 years ago I bought a williams gorgar for $900 couldn't get enough this began my horrible addiction 13 pins later tht made my keeper list and still going.....
My addiction started with Jurassic Park. I returned home from a trip to the Pinball Hall of Fame and told my wife, "I think I'd like a pinball machine." We set a budget of $1,000 and I began my search. It actually didn't take long and I found a guy a few hours away who was moving and needed to get rid of his Jurassic Park, X-Men (Arcade), and Street Fighter EX (Arcade). I ended up renting a trailer and taking all three.
In 1994 I purchased CFTBL for $1895 (built in March 1993). Then I looked through the manual and ordered various game-specific spare parts (which I still have) such as an OEM hologram and extra lagoon plastic windows. In the good old days I liked to buy B/W games when they were only two to three years old and just coming off route for the first time. Games that cleaned up very well and were still in great shape. And you could go through the manual and order a plastic set and whatever other unique spare parts you wanted to stockpile. I have had things for years such as new OEM ramps and ruins plastics for IJ and two new OEM center ramps for W?D and lots of other spare parts saved for whenever my games need them. Does anyone still do this (immediately place an order for unique spare parts) after purchasing one of the new Stern or JJP machines?
Space Invaders,around 2002, I think. From a true pinhead who became a friend. He called it a pinball kit, as he'd pretty much stripped everything from the PF to do a complete shop job. I finished the job, and kept it for 7 years. 15 years later, it's the longest I've kept a pin, but that record will soon be passed by TAF, which will never leave. I've owned nearly 50 in 15 years, never fewer than 2 or more than 8 at a time.
Fathom August 1994 Working condition but worn playfield. $200
Found a better one years later and combined the 2 to make one really nice one and sold the other off. =)
Bought the shadow at the end of 2012, and received early 2013. Wanted that game badly. It is never leaving!
My first unofficial game purchase was actually done by my mom in 2002. It was a Gottlieb '2001' purchased at a garage sale for $50 for my dad as a gift. Since it didn't work, she thought it would be a fun little project for him, as he likes to tinker. He opened up the playfield, looked at the inside, and said "nope." Closed it back up, and it sat in our garage for years after.
Fast forward to 2005, and it was the summer of me going into my freshman year of high school. Too young to legally work, but too old for summer camps, I decided to tackle the game. I stumbled over Clay's guides when researching repair guides, and somehow managed to fudge my way through it.
After I fixed it, the following summer I got a job at an amusement park. Saved up, and bought myself a William's Suspense project on eBay for $150, and the rest is history.
Purchased from a dealer online from Florida. I had no idea what I was doing but caught the silverball bug after visit a friend that had a pin. Wanted one that my family could have some fun with. That was many years ago and many pins have come and gone - still my daughters favorite pin so I might own it again should I come across one.
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