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Which back-glass? Repro or BGResto


By goldenboy232

1 year ago



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#1 1 year ago

I am restoring a Quick Draw to sell and bought a nice BGResto from a fellow Pinsider for it recently.

Before I sell the game, it got me thinking that I COULD put the BGResto in the Quick Draw that’s staying in my collection and put the nice repro back glass that’s on my Quick Draw into the one I’m selling.

Both look great and have slight differences in some of the colors. Am wondering if a restored original is considered by collectors as a better way to go instead of a nice reproduction? Or does it really matter?

Here are the two glasses. Can you tell which is which? And which one would you keep?


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#2 1 year ago
Quoted from goldenboy232:

Am wondering if a restored original is considered by collectors as a better way to go instead of a nice reproduction? Or does it really matter?

BGResto is not a restored original. It is a reproduction using a modern printing technology. The Shay reproduction is better and more valuable because it is screenprinted, which is the printing technique used when these games were originally made.

#3 1 year ago

I think the difference is obvious in the two pictures as to which is the better one. Keep the Shay of course.

John

#4 1 year ago

Shay is better.

#5 1 year ago
Quoted from leckmeck:

BGResto is not a restored original. It is a reproduction using a modern printing technology. The Shay reproduction is better and more valuable because it is screenprinted, which is the printing technique used when these games were originally made.

Cool — I didn’t know that!

#6 1 year ago

Can you show both of them lit up? I'm curious how the BGResto and Shay glasses look lit up by comparison.

#7 1 year ago
Quoted from PinballFever:

Can you show both of them lit up? I'm curious how the BGResto and Shay glasses look lit up by comparison.

Yes once the one I’m restoring is ready to power up. Need to put some of the mechanicals back together first.

#8 1 year ago

Oddly I expected the Shay to have more accurate colors. Not sure that is the case looking at both examples on their prospective websites. Makes the decision a bit tougher. Still think I'd lean toward a true silkscreen given the option.

#9 1 year ago
Quoted from AlexF:

Oddly I expected the Shay to have more accurate colors. Not sure that is the case looking at both examples on their prospective websites. Makes the decision a bit tougher. Still think I'd lean toward a true silkscreen given the option.

Yeah, the two main color differences I notice are the woman’s dress and the Gottlieb logo in the upper right. Minor shade variations in the other parts of the glass, but that’s what I notice at the most.

#10 1 year ago

I think the top one looks better, the colors are more vibrant. That is the one I would keep. My guess is the top one is Shay's and the bottom one is BGResto.

#11 1 year ago

I'm guessing the top is BG. The colors are more crisp on that one.
If there is little to no difference between the two back lit, I would keep the top one.

#12 1 year ago
Quoted from ita47:

I think the top one looks better, the colors are more vibrant. That is the one I would keep. My guess is the top one is Shay's and the bottom one is BGResto.

Correct

#13 1 year ago
Quoted from brenna98:

I'm guessing the top is BG. The colors are more crisp on that one.
If there is little to no difference between the two back lit, I would keep the top one.

I think so to. What ever you decide you are on a winner.

#14 1 year ago

I would vote for the top one as well. Matches my memory of the colors better. Which one has the correct color for the Gottlieb logo and the “it’s more fun to compete” slogan? Those colors seem radically different between the two.

#15 1 year ago

I have a BGresto glass. And while much better than nothing or a badly flaking glass, they tend to look better unlit. When illuminated, they look fuzzy like it's out of focus. Not crisp and sharp as silk screened. Now Ron Webb's backglasses are virtually indistinguishable from NOS. Unfortunately he doesn't have a lot of titles.

#16 1 year ago

The bottom one looks better. One of the first things I notice is the lines on a glass. There's jagged and missing ones on the top. Look at the bullet trail black outlines

#17 1 year ago

The Top is the Shay reproduction, the bottom is the BGResto reproduction. I think I'll keep the Shay on mine and include the BGResto on the one I'm selling. Both look really nice. Thanks for all the input!

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