Aztec bought it in 1990
It wasn't until a few years ago that I realized that you could even own pinball machine and put it your house. It just never occurred to me. Once that mental block was hurdled, it was the "I only need one", "I can only spend $1,500" and my wife thinks I'm insane stage.
Despite reading and watching all the videos I could, I was still such a newb. Power switch? Hmm, I wonder where that is? The top part folds down?
Fortunately, I found a good deal on Pinside for my grail theme, Doctor Who, and took a road trip to Michigan grab it. Idiot that I was, I could have been easily scammed and would have been none the wiser, but I was fortunate to find an honest Pinsider that showed me the basics and sold me a great game.
As other have said, first game to arrive and last to leave.
TWDLE. Wish I had the ability to keep it at the time. One of the most fun and challenging games I've ever laid hands on. Lyman scored BIG on the code!!!
My first game was Nascar. I thought by buying a newer game, that parts would be more readily available. Little did I know that in 2012, Stern was finished with the game and had moved on to bigger and better things. I fixed the game and managed to find the missing parts and a new ramp from some pinsiders. After about 8 months, I found a nice deal on a Fish Tales, which made me realize how bad of a game Nascar was. I sold Nascar the following week for a decent profit and bought a Walking Dead Pro. Now I own 6 machines and have fixed, enjoyed, and sold 2 others.
GTB Time Line in '09. I stared at it every time I came home from work SMH that there was an actual arcade pinball machine sitting in my basement. It looked lonely so I added a few other Pinball pals to keep it company. It ended up in the buy/sell rotation shuffle a year and a half later but you never forget your first pin.
Gottlieb's Texan (4-player 1960) bought in 1976, never got it working.
Gave it away in 1980, after that....a lot of other machines mostly e.m.
My wife and I moved from a small condo to a house with over double the square footage. I hunted for about 3 months for a "good" machine. In reality i knew nothing! I came across a TSSP on pinside locally from a great seller and was very happy my first purchase was of a great condition machine!! I love the deep rules!!
Living in a 1 bedroom apartment, I never thought of owning my own pinball machine. I discovered cocktail pinballs, which I never knew existed. Saw a Roy Clark on Craig's List, and wanted to buy it. The guy said he would deliver it to me, but then kept backpedaling on the delivery, so I decided to forget about it.
Then one came up on eBay and I was able to arrange delivery. I got that in September 2016. I bought 2 more cocktails, Vegas and Night Moves and managed to fit all three in my bedroom.
But that wasn't enough! Bought a Silverball Mania, and then a Xenon, and I've managed to fit those in as well!
Now that I have the SBM and Xenon, the Roy Clark is a joke, but it was my first, so will stay put.
Judge dredd 550 euro. In the coming months sttng and tz for 1100 and 1250. Oh man those where the days....
Mine was a 1972 Gottlieb Pop a card. I bought it when I was 8 years old for $230 and regretfully sold it a few years ago for $600
My first machine was a Williams Liberty Bell for $200, which is pretty good for the California central valley. Someone had cut all of the wiring harnesses at the access hole between the backbox and the cabinet. It took some serious schematic scrutiny, but it works great today!
Tee'd off. Seller was shady as hell but I was so excited to have one. Spent way to much time and money on it, especially since he said it was 100% working!
Oh well, that's how I also learned how to fix them, so I guess it worked out ok.
Included it in a trade for Spiderman. Should have kept it.
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