What is my pinball machine worth? Question of game’s cash value. Coin-op

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In this article, I’ll be explaining several aspects about a pinball machine that I believe are incredibly important items that add or take away value of a game, from collectability to the condition of the playfield, backglass, electronic boards (for modern solid state games), and all around general condition of the cabinet. Granted, there are even more factors that determine a pinball machine’s value… please read all of the factors to determine the value of a pinball machine (below). After reading the article you may want to get a Free appraisal of your pinball machine. Possibly for sales purposes, divorce or even insurance reasons (image upload is required).

For the illustrative purposes of this article, I’ll be using a recent Craig’s List ad I found for a Bally’s Eight Ball pinball machine (not the most sought after game, especially this one!). You’ll notice the asking price on this ad is $850 (Please see screen capture image below). Remember this isn’t a Medieval MadnessMonster Bash or even a Twilight Zone.

A Little About The Game.

CR ad

Craigslist ad of a nonworking Bally Eight Ball pinball machine (Not selling for $850.00).

Here is a detailed picture that the owner posted of his Bally: Eight Ball machine playfield.

Here is a detailed picture that the owner posted of his Bally: Eight Ball machine playfield.

Before contacting the owner, I checked the 2013 Mr. Pinball® Pinball List & Price Guide and found that the listed value is set at $850.00. According to the price guide, the listed value describes a pinball machine with a good playfield (missing minimal to no paint/ink) and a playable/working game. PLEASE NOTE: If you would like me to look up your game’s book value, please post a comment below and I will get back to you with that information.

Yet, the Craig’s List ad shown has NONE of these! It reads, “eight ball pinball game that needs serviced [sic] all bumpers and flippers worked when full game was powered up all lights worked but game won’t actually work now and cant find key to door.”

(Let me translate) The truth: This owner’s game does “Light up”, meaning the playfield lights turn on. But the machine is DEAD! The game does NOT coin up or play. The displays do not light up (that usually denotes board issues). To use this analogy: Basically it’s a junk car with no working engine but wants to sell it for book value! So knowing all of that, I offered $350 cash (sight unseen, except for these small pictures) for his game. At first he turned me down… but after about a month, the owner realized it wasn’t going to sell, and that I was giving him a more than fair price for the condition of his game. In fact he received several other offers for exactly $350.00 from other collectors as well.

Owner's picture of his Bally "Eight Ball" pinball machine.

Owner’s picture of his Bally “Eight Ball” pinball machine.

The owner of this Eight Ball Pinball machine even mentioned that there is the exact same game on ebay for $1,095.90. I was kinda rude (more like full of pride) and said that I was the author of I saw the same pinball machine listed on eBay for lots more money. You’ll notice three things about that previously mentioned eBay auction… One: It hasn’t sold for that price (and it won’t because it’s way over-priced)! Two: The over all playfield condition is far superior to this owner’s game! Three: The displays have been tested and are in working order. Why is this so important? Because each Bally replacement display costs $54.95 plus tax EACH! (or $219.80 plus tax for all 4 displays) for this game!

I decided to take the almost two hour drive to go and inspect the game, and the condition it was in. Before I left, I questioned the owner about “how does the playfield look?” He replied with… “It’s in great condition! It has only minimal wear on the playfield”. I really had to take his word on that seeing that he wasn’t providing me more detailed pictures then the one’s he posted on Craig’s List.

Owner's picture. Side of his Eight Ball pinball machine.

Owner’s picture. Side of his Eight Ball pinball machine.

Once I arrived, we went down to the basement to look at the game. I quickly realized that that funky colored green on the tiny pictures wasn’t a shadow or something wrong with the image. It was where someone handpainted it to cover up a HUGE bare spot of wood right in the middle of the playfield.

Pictures that I took of the pinball machine

My picture of Eight Ball pinball backglass.

My picture of the fake Fonzie on the backglass of Bally’s Eight Ball. I’d have to say, this was the ONLY redeeming quality of this game. The backglass was almost in mint condition. It had minimal flaking in the yellow lettering of “Eight Ball” but other than that, it was in perfect shape.

Eight Ball pinball machine playfield detail showing the badly handpainted touch ups!

Eight Ball pinball machine playfield detail showing the badly handpainted touch ups! You can see that the green is so far off in color that it really stands out! Each pool ball was also hand painted.

The images that I took really show off the game’s damage. Look at that playfield! It’s been “touched up” poorly! In order to restore this game you’ll have to buy a new playfield. Just so happens that Marco Specialties sells an Eight Ball playfield for a grand total of $595.00 (PLUS shipping and handling)!  Plus this game had some hacks on the electronic boards that would need to be fixed! Honestly, this guy would have to pay me to take the game!

The many things to take into consideration to determine a game’s value!

Purple area details the poorly handpainted area of this badly damaged playfield. They even slapped some mylar over it, to protect it!

The purple area highlights the poorly handpainted area of this badly damaged playfield. They even put Mylar over it to protect their touchups. What should have been done is mylar should have been applied years before any damage began. Playfield damage like this is usually caused by never changing out the pinball machine’s ball.

Back of eight ball pinball machine with a painted wooden board slapped on the back!

Here is a picture of the back of eight ball pinball machine with a painted wooden board screwed on the back! It’s paneling from a home! You’ll also notice about the 8 on the head, there is bondo covering up major damage, and it’s painted white.

There are many other things you should also take into consideration when deciding on a pinball machine’s value. Below is a brief list, in random order, that may depreciate or enhance a game’s value.

Game Title – All games are NOT created equal. Some are just more fun to play and have a nicer art package. This often makes a specific title more desirable or sought after than others.

Condition – Probably the single most important contributing factor to value in almost every item. It’s the same with a pinball machine. A game that is HUO (Home Use Only), NIB (New in Box), mint condition and fully working will demand a higher price over a damaged, nonworking, hacked or poorly touched up coin-operated arcade game.

Appearance – If the game isn’t NIB, is it clean? Or at least well maintained? This is the over all look and feel of the game. If playfield paint/ink is missing, regular maintenance was more then likely neglected on this game. Replacing the ball with a non-corroded ball from time to time is mandatory. Dirty games, or games that smell of smoke, typically DO NOT command the same price as a nice clean, polished, and shiny game, whether it’s working or dead.

Enjoyability  – Is the game entertaining to play or dull? Many of the most sought after games are wanted because they are funny and entertaining to play. Speech calls, playfield toys, etc, keep people coming back to play time and time again.

Desire to sell – This pertains to the owner. How badly is that owner willing to sell it/ how badly does the seller need cash? If the seller really needs to sell the game quickly, then good deals can be had. However, sentimental value or unwillingness to sell usually increases the game’s “Perceived Value”.

Trending – Popularity of a certain title can come and go. With the release of HULK, that old Atari game Jumped up in price during the release of the movie. Yet to me, the game is still dull. Events like this and others like this can often affect the game positively or negatively.

Invested – Amount of money and time the seller has invested in the pinball machine matters greatly. Let say I picked up the above stated eight ball pinball machine for $200. I install the Bally Ultimate MPU for $200. Dismantle, clean and touchup and clear coat the playfield, or replace it with a NOS (New Old Stock) play field for $600. Then redo the pinball machine’s cabinet (stencils cost around $119.95) making it as good as new, maybe even better than right off the Bally line! The game would command at least $1,700 price tag to just recoup a small portion of the time I spent working on the game. That is $600 for well over 200 hours of work!!! That is well below minimum wage! I must be working CHEAP! Basically, I’ll be upside down on this game seeing that the current going rate is only $850. It would be an extremely hard sell!

Reputation – The seller’s reputation can also effect a game’s price! There are high end restoration places that command BIG BUCKs for their games and get it. Then there are fly by night places that hack a game to get it to work and “flip” the game to make a quick buck.

Warranty – Some companies offer a 6 month to a full year warranty on parts and labor! This adds value to a game and often commands a higher price as well. Quite often this is great for brand new pinball machine owners who don’t know how to fix their games. Because sooner or later a pinball machine will break.

Interested in finding out what price is listed in Mr. Pinball Price guide?

Post a comment below, leaving the game’s name and general condition of the game. I reply to all questions.

Author Information

This article was written by Aaron Van Noy who has been a pinball collector for over 15 years. He is the owner of WeBuyPinball.com (buying pinball machines for over 14 years accross the nation). He also owns sellagame.com (Sell us your coin-operated arcade games). He is also the owner of NorthCarolinaPinball.com.

90 thoughts on “What is my pinball machine worth? Question of game’s cash value. Coin-op

  1. Bob Carp

    I have a Gottlieb 1962 Olympics That I bought for $1200 from Crazy Levi of NYC. After getting it delivered ($400) in about 5 days I had to get a vending CO to work on it and basically go through everything. Recently I had them again as it wouldn’t power on and the playfield lights were shorting out and wouldn’t come at all. It is now in real good condition (after $200) in repairs. I am trying to sell it on Craigslist and look for something more modern. I just learned that it has been repainted (according to one potential trader) as the sides don’t have any of the designs and just whitish paint with black speckles. It looks very good however but what would be the value at this point (either retail or trade) Thanks a lot.

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Bob,

      Thanks so much for posting!

      I pulled the 2013 Mr. Pinball price guide value for a good condition (playfield, backglass etc and working) Gottlieb’s Olympic pinball machine. It’s value is listed at $700. For the people that don’t know what it looks like, please see http://ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1714&picno=8255 (It’s an electromechanical game, containing no solid state electronics). I don’t know what your playfield (how much barewood is showing) or backglass (paint flaking/chipping off) look like. So it honestly impossible to for me to put a price on it yet. I’ll be contacting you via email asking for pictures shortly.

      The funny thing about Collectors. They are looking for “original condition” for there playfield cabinets and just about anything else as well (boards being about the only exception for modern pinball machines). I was recently contacted by an owner of a Future Spa pinball machine (dead game) and the original cabinet paint was painted black! I took a closer look, and it had been painted more than one time (you could tell from the head). Long story short, I offered them $100 for it. Granted it’s Mr. Pinball’s book value is only $575. For a non working game and original side art destroyed (plus playfield damages) even they realized it was a good deal).

      Send me pictures of your Olympics, but I’m afraid you are a bit “upside down” on this game. But they are for amusement, so it’s ok.

      Thanks again for posting!
      -Aaron

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  2. Myles

    Hi Aaron, I am looking to sell my Williams Indiana Jones Pinball, it is likely a 6-7 out of 10. Cabinet is consistently faded on all sides, not bright, but looks good for faded. Possible re-import machine from Asia. Clean playfield, new rubbers. Everything is in tact and works, with a few glitchy exceptions:
    One flipper sometimes loses power, when performing flipper tests it works great in diagnostics. Idol ball release gate and center drop targets are not functioning consistently. Ball six opto in main trough is possibly not lined up properly, or has a loose solder point – game occasionally thinks ball six is in the trough even though it is in play.

    Can you please help me figure out what my machine is worth?

    Thank you and thanks for the article!

    Myles

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Myles,

      Thanks for posting! I pulled the 2013 Mr. Pinball Price guide for a good condition “Indiana Jones The Pinball Adventure” by Williams made in 1993. Your game is Listed at $5,075 (Your game has more value than the pinball machines named Indiana Jones that Stern pinball produced in 2008 $4,325). Your game’s play is far superior and the price tag truly reflects that!

      Cabinet fade is common for a game that has been on location in a bar by a window. The sun will fade the ink over time. There are cabinet decals to replace the originals, but buying them for about $300 plus is actually the easy part! New rubbers are relatively inexpensive ($25 or less). Playfield damage is the one thing that really wasn’t discussed? Is there any bare wood/missing “paint” on the playfield?

      As for the glitches you mentioned, there maybe a string out. Have you ever hear of the switch matrix in your onboard diagnosis of your game? Often on those games an entire string will go out. They often seem like a bunch of random parts fail at the same time, but they are all connected. This is caused by several things. . . Acid/board damage, burned connectors, bad chips, faulty ground etc. But a properly working game is worth more than one that isn’t. Often figuring out what is wrong can take HOURS, then big money to fix. If it a chip and it’s not socketed the new owner has to send out the boards to Clive (http://webpages.charter.net/coinopcauldron/Index.html) for repair. Burned connectors are the easy fix (docentelectronics.com). But once the average person gets into a game they usually figure that they are way over there heads. Hell, even I sometimes think I can’t solve the mystery!

      As for the flipper losing power, I’d check your EOS (End of Stroke) switch to make sure it wasn’t mounted backwards! EOS switches CUT power down to a solenoid to save it from burning up.

      As for value, I’d really have to see the overall condition of the playfield and cabinet to really put a price tag on it. I’ll be emailing you asking for pictures. Obviously it will fall below the price listed in the book stated above. If it’s acid damage to the board because the batteries have leaked, that would be the worst case scenario that I see.

      Thanks again for posting. I look forward to seeing the pictures of your game!
      -Aaron

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  3. ken jackson

    OK here we go have 3 machines left I need to sell because I can not take them to the salt air, First machine Jurassic Park . With the big plastic Jurassic Park top sign. one mark on right side of case,play field very clean new balls, slight wear around the control room slot. Have kept this machine in top running shape . this is one of my most loved games. Also had a pinball pro look over my work to double check it out. In fact he checked out all 3 machines for full working order.
    2nd machine is pinball deluxe limited edition done by C.A Robeinson and co. case shows signs of age alone with play field. play field clean but does have some sign of age in cracking of Finnish red plexiglass has a scratch on it. I rate it a C++ or B- third machine is a rare one only game with 3 play fields yes you guessed it Elektra. 100% working order. This machine did not work when I bought it. Wanted to change play field but things happen play field upper part missing a lot of paint and shows signs of hard use. By far the worst looking machine I ever bought in my life. But it is so rare wanted it to restore to new. Have many hours in trouble shooting and replacing parts (plays great) these were the three I kept after selling the 25 I had. But do to a move must go and need a price point from someone that is not in love with them. I thought I would sell my wife before I sold these 3 machines. If you want pic’s let me know and thanks for your time.

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  4. Lorna

    Hi, I have a Bad Girls machine that I’m trying to get a value on. The playing field is in good shape with a few bare spots smaller than half inch. The flippers, kick outs and all lights work as well as the sound. I had someone come and do some work on it to get it ya back to playing condition and it all appears to play as it’s supposed to.
    It has the original back glass with some cracking In the paint but it’s minimal.
    It does hum when turned on but can’t seem to figure out why.
    It’s on auto play – keys and everything are intact.

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      I looked up Bad Girls pinball machine (made by Gottlieb in 1988) in the 2013 Mr. Pinball Price guide and it’s listed value is $650.00. It sounds like you should get that or quite close to it. Smaller than 1/2 inch playfield wear isn’t the best, yet for a game of it’s age, it isn’t bad either! Minimal backglass cracking is a good thing. Krylon makes a spray paint called Triple Thick that you can spray on backglasses to preserve them from degrading over time (This should only be sprayed on the painted sections not the plain glass area/windows).

      That should help with a ballpark price tag on that game.

      Thanks so much for contacting NC Amusements!

      -Aaron

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  5. Danny

    Hey I have a Sopranos Pinball machine , I bought the Machine Brand new and it still looks and plays new. Nothing wrong with Machine and nothing faded still looks brand new.whats the value of it .

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Danny,

      According to the 2013 Mr. Pinball Price guide there were actually two runs of “The Sopranos” pinball machines. The 2005 version where they made 3,000 has a list price of $3,275. Then there is the 2006 version where only 300 were made. That one has a list price of $3,325.

      Granted for that price the playfields should be clean and not warn. Seeing that it’s a HUO (Home Use Only) game with even less wear than a machine on location that actually increases the value! Having proof of purchase often helps! So for your game… I would NOT recommend going below the listed prices above! HUO games definitely hold there value better. Most pinball machines are put right on location from day one.

      Congratulation you had years and years of enjoyment and fun out of it… and it’s still worth a TON of money!

      If you are at all interested in selling it, we always recommend submitting your game for sale to http://www.WeBuyPinball.com Its free and thousands of collectors (your target audience) are notified when you use it.

      Thanks for contacting NC Amusements!
      -Aaron

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  6. shane

    Hello Im thinking about selling my donkey kong tabletop arcade game I have pics if interested txt or call 208-(EDITED for privacy reasons).

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Shane,

      With video arcade games, condition is also a major factor, just like it is with pinball machines. I’ve seen dead Donkey Kong tabletop games go at auctions for $10 and up. There are lots of factors why video arcade games don’t hold there value, one major one being MAME (emulation that mimics a video arcade game). They are often free and they are quite accurate to the original game. You can’t emulate pinball and make the same.

      I would need pictures of your game in order to better assist you at this time. I would need pictures of the outside cabinet, monitor (checking for burn) and board/chipset. Plus, I would need to know if it is in fully working condition. After all I don’t know of a single person who pays top dollar for a car with a broken down engine.

      I look forward to seeing your game.
      -Aaron

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  7. Don Wilson

    I just got a 1932 Juggle Ball pinball machine by Rockola that was in my Grandfather’s store that he had. Is there a way to determine value and obtain parts that may be needed for a proper restoration/repair?

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Ah…You’ve got yourself a PRE-flipper AND PRE-electronic game. They call theses PM’s (Pure Mechanical) games because there is absolutely NO electricity used in them! You are right, it was made by Rock-ola Manufacturing Corporation, of Chicago, Illinois, USA back in September, 1932. It is a single player game. For people not familiar with the game here is a link to look at a Pure Mechanical Juggle Ball pinball machine.

      As for value… There are a ton of factors here. Current condition for restoration purposes. Or would that old of a game be worth more un-restored? That is what I’m actually doing research on right now! I typically do NOT collect games like this. So its too far outside my field of expertise. However, anything pinball, even PM games I’m interested to learn about!

      By any chance can you send me some pictures? I’ll be sending you an email asking for photos soon. Thanks for posting about this unique game!

      Thanks,
      Aaron (Professor Pinball)

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  8. ryan

    i have a jumping jack pinball machine 2 player game and pirates gold pinball machine, neither work, the back glass on the jumping jack is an 8 out of 10 and the pirates gold glass is a 8 out of 10 also, can you give me an idea on the value. i know for the jumping jack that the 2 player is the rarer one. thank you so much for your time

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      I looked up the listed price of your two game in the 2013 Mr. Pinball Price Guide. Your “Jumping Jack” pinball machine made by Gottlieb in 1973 has a book value of $450 in good working condition with minimal playfield damage and a solid backglass (little to no flaking). Your “Pirates Gold” pinball machine made by Chicago Coin Manufacturing in 1969 has a book value of $375. Again, that price is for a game in working condition with minimal playfield damage and about an 8 out of 10 backglass. You are right about the 2 player being rare. Its actually NOT even in the book. I’ve founds that Electromechanical pinball machines just don’t hold value like they once did. The price on them have continued to slip over time.

      Thanks so much for contacting us with questions!
      Aaron Van Noy (Professor Pinball)

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  9. Kurt

    Wanted to see if you had any idea of the potential value/worth of a 1952 Gottlieb Quartette pinball machine. Operational & non-operational value.
    I have one that has been in my family for 44 years that I am considering selling and/or trading, if you are possibly interested. It is currently non-operational. It was operational within the last 5 years, but have not had it repaired since.
    I know that there were only 1450 produced.
    Back glass is in near perfect condition. Wooden legs. Original coin box. All original parts. Schematic included.

    Thanks!

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      I looked up the price for your single player 1952 Gottlieb Quartette pinball machine in the 2013 Mr. Pinball Price guide. you are correct about the 1,450 of them produced, but that was quite common for back then. The book’s listed at $800 for a game in good working contention. Seeing that it is NOT in working condition is a major factor. Electromechanical pinball machines take LOT time to get back up and running. There is NO inboard diagnostic to run. You simply look at the schematic and clean switches until you get it back up and running. Its quite labor intensive and backbreaking work. Plus, I’m sure the rubbers (about ~$25) will need to be replaced, but that is the easy part!

      I actually stopped collecting EM pinball machines as of this year because I don’t find them to be entertaining. However if you find the right collector, I would expect them to pay about $600 for your game in its current condition.

      How do you find the right pinball machine collector? I always recommend submitting your game to WeBuyPinball.com.

      I hope that helps you out a bit. If you have any other questions please let me know.

      Thanks,
      Aaron

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  10. Brian Lane

    Hello. I have two pinball machines. I would like to sell one and keep one, which one is still undetermined. First I have a gottlieb 1972 wild life. New rollover stars and discs, new rubber, flipper coils, lights, legs, coin door, and a few others. Playfield has been touched up by bonus inserts and cabinet has been repainted. Paint isn’t exact as original but close, minus the black splatters that were original. Backglass is in good shape minus a spot where tape had been applied and stripped some color. Plays well with little to no issues.
    Second is a 1976 bally night rider em version. Many new playfield parts, rubber, bumpers, targets, flippers, eos switches, lights. Cabinet is in decent shape with even wear. Backglass is in good shape with minimal flaking. Good working condition.
    Personally I’m leaning towards keeping the night rider, because I like the knock down targets.
    Any imput on value would be appreciated as that may be determining factor on which one I will keep. Thank you

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      I looked up both of your games in the 2013 Mr. Pinball Price guide.

      1972 Gottlieb’s Wild Life = $475
      1976 Bally’s Night Rider = $575 (4,155 of them made vs. 7,000 Solid State)

      It sounds like you’ve put lots of LOVE into your games! Seeing that there is so many new parts that may actually increase there value above the book value…. depending on two things.

      1. Playfield condition: You mentioned playfield touch ups but I’ve seen some that actually devalue the game!
      2. Backglass Condition: Flaking, pealing or missing paint affects the value of the game as well.

      If you would like a better value on your games I’ll need detailed pictures.
      Thanks,
      Aaron

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  11. TIMMY

    I have a Bally Evil Knievel pinball machine and the base and backglass for a Bally Bon Voyage pinball machine. Not sure what kind of operational condition they are in because I aquired them from a storage locker. The glass on the base of both machines are missing and they are partially disassembled. The back glasses appeares to be in good to great condition but the Evil Knievel glass is pictured in reverse from anything i can find on the internet with the name on the left and his picture on the right. Both are for sale and i am wondering what they may be worth

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  12. Chris

    I am curious as to the value the 2013 Mr. Pinball Price guide gives to a Gottlieb Sinbad SS in good working playable condition. The back glass is in very good condition and the play field is in good condition. The box graphics are in good condition as well. All plastics are in perfect condition.

    Several (if not all) of the recommended mods have already been made. The mods include the replacement of the MPU battery and the addition of grounding wires. The MPU board appears to have been replaced as some point in time but with an original Gottlieb ver 4 board which seems consistent with the serial number. The back glass has been clear coated to prevent flaking.

    The serial numbers on all components match the number stamped in the box and printed on the Gottlieb sticker in the the play field area. The only exceptions to the serial numbers are the PCBs.

    If you have any questions or would like to see pictures, please let me know.

    Thanks for your time and consideration.

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  13. Kristin Byers

    Hey! I’m the youth pastor at a church in Red Bluff, California. Our youth ministry has some old games we’re trying to sell to raise money for youth trips. One of the games we have is a Checkpoint (Data East) pinball machine. I don’t know much about it. I know it lights up and talks, but the balls are all stuck in two spots. Other than the balls being stuck, to my knowledge it works great. The painting and frame for the machine itself look great. I was hoping to learn how much this could be worth. What I could expect to get for it and where to even attempt to sell it. Any knowledge you have would be greatly appreciated!
    Thank you so much!
    Kristin

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  14. Dawn Clark

    We would like to know what a Bally Heavy Metal Meltdown pinball machine from the 80’s would sell for. All original parts, audio speakers and visual electronic lights all work, glass on top is intact as well as the working electronic scoreboard. We are looking to sell, any help would be appreciated.

    Blessings
    Dawn Clark

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  15. Mary Spencer

    I have a 1963 63 hole bandit bingo pinball machine for sale. It needs work done to the coin mechanism and also some lights replaced. This machine still works. I’d like to know its value.

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  16. Joleen Campbell

    I have a 1977 captain fantastic brown dirt cowboy pinball machine that I want to sell because our kids our gown now and we don’t play it. It’s HUO and in great physical shape. It needs the circuit board fixed or replaced and we don’t want to do !! But we will if you think we should. It’s hard for us to find someone to work on it where we live I want to know what a fair price is for it..

    Thanks !!!

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  17. Mike Senff

    I have a Williams 4 Roses pinball machine. Probably made around 1962, but not for certain. Got from an antique dealer. The wood on sides is in what I would call poor shape. The back glass on top has some flaking and would need redone. No money is needed to use. No key is needed to open door. Top glass has a crack on bottom right corner so glass needs to be replaced. It works, but it is slow and needs to be cleaned, bumpers replaced, etc.

    What might be a price to set this at for sale? I am not necessarily looking to sell this to a collector only, but might see if I can sell it locally also. My wife bought it as a gift from an antique dealer and I just never have used it and it has sat around the house for 20 years. Sadly, I think it is time to sell it to see if someone else can fix it up and use it for their enjoyment, keep it as a collectible, or someone who just wants it “as is” to play on.

    Thanks for letting me know what it might be worth. If you send me an email, I can upload the photos I took and also take any others you might want to have of the machine.

    Thanks,
    Mike Senff

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  18. Mike Drake

    I have a 1980 Nine Ball machine by Stern that I have had for about 17 years. The play board has some scuffs down by the flippers but the rest is in pretty good condition. It was tested and it plays very well.Any idea what the value might be?

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  19. Debbie

    I have a 1993 Creature from the black lagoon pinball game in good condition. Just wondering how much this is worth and do you think it would pay to fix it up a bit to get a better price? Thanks

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  20. john franzoni

    Hi what is the book prices of the COMET & F-14 TOMCAT GAMES. Both light up, but have not tried to get them fully working, yet. May do that later if large price betwee wotking, and partly working games, both in very good condition with all there. Thanks John

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  21. Christina Altimus

    We have a 1965 Gottlieb Dodge City pinball machine. The glass covering the playfield is broken. The game works with all of the lights and sounds. Minimal wear on the playfield itself. We’re looking to sell and don’t want to ask an unreasonable price.

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  22. nick deltorto

    wondering if you could give me a ball park value of a pinball I’ve had for 30 years, actively used, but not much in the last 5. I can send pictures, but you’ll need to send me an email for me to return photo’s. It is a Bally Flip Flop 60’s vintage. It all works, lights mechanicals, no touch up ever done.

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  23. jim

    i have a bally power play works great 1 small glitch play field has age cracks cabinet looks great how much can i get for it and would you be interested in it i live in summerfield florida phone 352-245-**** (EDITED) i can send pics if you want

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  24. Pat

    I have an Alley Cat machine with some wear it is probably 6 out of 10, a Heavy Metal pinball that is fully functional except the flippers stopped working and there is some rust on the chrome parts, also have a juke box that plays 45’s. Also have a Golden Tee Golf game that I still play.

    Any idea as to prices?

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  25. Erin

    Hi. I recently found in our basement under blankets a 1932 Gottlieb Five Star Final Jr. Any idea on value. I’m having a hard time finding out the value. Looking to sell. Thanks!
    Erin

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  26. Ashleigh

    I have The Six Million Dollar Man machine that I am looking to sell it has been sitting in a bedroom by a window for a year or more and it powers on, but the ball will not release. The glass is in great condition, I do not know much about pinball machines a friend gave it to me because they moved and it would not fit in their new apartment. I was looking to get a general idea about what it’s worth.

    Thanks,

    Ashleigh

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  27. Theresa Quisenberry

    Gottlieb”s Fire Queen and ElDorado PinBall Machines
    I inherited these two machines 15 years ago. Their appearance is beautiful.
    They are coin operated. I have had them in the lobby of my business where customers wait.
    Both machines are Not operating now . One of them the ball gets stuck and on the other I believe
    the flippers don’t work. We use to have them serviced monthly but the man died as did his business.
    This happened about 3 years ago. I feel confident my husband could figure out how to fix each machine.
    But we have a shortage of time.
    My Question is the worth if they were in working condition and appearance wonderful?
    What value do the non-working machines have? Am trying to decide it the time & money spent
    repairing is worth it.
    Any input you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Theresa Quisenberry

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  28. Brian Kibler

    I have a bally Sheba pinball machine it works good some wear in the paint but all functions are there. Back glass and playing field in very good condition

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  29. k

    My family owns a 5 cent coin op pinball machine. Interested in knowing its worth. It works. It requires nickles.
    Can you help? Kerry

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  30. Ken Finkelstein

    We have a Star Trek Next Generation pinball machine. It is in very good condition. We have owned it for 15 years and have maintained it regularly. The playfield is still bright and new looking. There is light wear in only one spot. The gentleman who maintains the machine said the legs are not original to the machine, and that a video game coin box face was attached instead of the original one. Can you give me an idea of what the book says it is worth? Thank you.

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Ken,

      That is a wonderful widebody game you have! There were over 11,525 of them made! The value is set at $4,150 for a good working condition game. Depending on damage, that value may go down. But this game’s price has been on the rise over the years. So if the playfield is clean (no wood showing) and fully working… I’d expect it to be valued at exactly the price stated above. Again… its a wonderful game you have!

      -Aaron

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  31. luke holland

    my name is luke i just want to know what my 1975 williams pat hand pinball machine is worth plays great cabnet is in fair condition

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      You are right… Pat Hand was made in 1975. There were 6,500 of them made according to records. In good condition the 2014 Mr. Pinball price guide says the value is listed at $425. It maybe more or less depending on condition… but usually its a little less due to damage and not working. However, if it’s HUO (Home Use Only) it will be worth lots more to a collector.

      -Aaron

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  32. Michele

    Hi Aaron,

    I have a 1974 Hi-Flyer Pinball machine. It doesn’t work anymore. I believe the fuse needs to be replaced. It has very minimal use. How much do you think it would be worth? I have someone willing to pay $200. Is that a good deal?

    Thanks
    Michele

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Hi-Flyer (http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=1167&picno=11324#WeBuyPinball) was made by CCM back in 1974. Its a 2 person player. There is an estimated 544 of them made. The 2014 Mr. Pinball price guide says $375 for a game in good working condition. So I’d say that is definitely a fair price. Usually it’s NOT something as simple as just a “blown fuse”. In fact out of the hundreds of games I’ve fixed, it never has. There is always something causing that fuse to blow. With an OLD EM (Electromechanical and even Solid State) game that can take a LONG time to figure out.

      I hope that helps.

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  33. Ruben

    Hi Aaron!

    I was wondering if you could look up the book value of my Gottlieb Target Alpha 1976. It’s in near mint condition, home use only as far as I know… The backglass is in mint condition, the playfield is in near mint condition (some colouration, no cracks, no repainting, everything in perfect order) Rubbers should be replaced, game works (except when you play with 4 at one time, player 4 always ends up with a ball short), mecanically in good functioning order, some of the popup targets have been broken of due to die hard gaming 😉 but otherwise all plastic is very good, the main right flipper should be replaced though..) Thanks!

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Good old Target Alpha! Fun playing game with a ton of drop targets. There were 7,285 of them made. The going book value is $700 however if it’s in that good of shape with no drill holes for a hasp it maybe valued higher.

      If you’d like you can email me pictures of your game.

      -Aaron

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  34. Mazene

    Hi, My friend has a 1963 Valiant Pinball, made by William Company, with a total of 1,090 made. The pinball works and is in good condition. It is located in Fayetteville, NC. I would like to know what it is worth, and if you are interested in buying it. He has asked me to sell it. Mazene

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Valiant made by Williams back in 1962. Its a 2 person game. There was 1,050 of them made. The book value says $525 for a game in good working condition. However games at that age usually have damage that may not be obvious to untrained eyes. For a better estimate please email me pictures.

      Thanks,
      Aaron

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  35. BK

    hi and thanks for your post!

    I am looking at the following pins to purchase from a collector. All of them are in MINT / Showroom condition.
    would love your insights into value. i want to try to make sure i am not over paying.

    Twilight Zone – MINT
    Addams Family GOLD Edition – MINT
    Terminator 2 CHROME Edition – MINT

    Much appreciated!

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      HA!!! If you are paying that kind of $$$$ you shouldn’t worry about it. 🙂

      TZ = 5,800
      AFG = 9,400
      T2 (NORMAL) = 2,025 (This is NOT chromed)

      They have been modified (aftermarket modifications) will deserve higher prices than listed above. So my totals will NOT be accurate for what you should really be paying for them!!!

      Please send me pictures… because I’d love to see them. With the mods you maybe happy paying $20,000 and maybe (NO…probably) more.

      -Aaron

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  36. David

    Hello. I have a Gottlieb Teed Off pinball machine (I think its from 1993) that is in fair condition. Minor rusting on the metal slates that hold the glass in. Everything really is in fair condition and everything works perfectly.

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Ah… Tee’d Off. It was made by Gottlieb back in 1993. They made 3,500 of them… yet I see them for sale a LOT. Book says $1,275. They usually aren’t the most “collectable” of games because Gottlieb never did well once solid state games came out.

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  37. Abby

    Hello,
    I have two pinball machines I am trying to help my mom determine the value of – a Stampede and a Gottlieb Deadly Weapon. They both light up and play, though the Stampede needed the bumpers replaced (we have the replacements but they arent installed). The Deadly Weapon looks really nice but on closer examination of the outside I suspect some paint may have been touched up near the edges (I am not familiar with pinball machines at all- these were my dads. So sorry if I cant be more descriptive). Do you have a rough idea what a fair price would be for these if she decided to sell them?

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Abby,

      Thanks for posting! What Stampede is it? Is it made by Stern (made in 1977 $450) or Chicago Coin (made in 1976 $425)?

      As for the Deadly Weapon made in 1990 by Gottlieb (803 of them made) during there bad backglass days (See Deadly Weapon pinball machine on the Internet Pinball Data Base). That has a higher book value of $675.

      The prices listed above are for good working condition games. Acid damage on the Deadly Weapon can hurt the value as well. Please see Gottlieb System 3.

      I hope that helps.

      -Aaron

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  38. Ross Bergman

    I have a 1977 Gottlieb Mustang that is in working condition. I believe that it is in good condition, no painting for touch up, the rubber could be replaced on bumpers. Missing key for front and back, some lights are burned out. Any idea what the value may be? Thank you in advance.

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Ross,

      I’ve actually owned the Bronco version of this game. Mustang by GTB was made in 1977 it is a 2 person game (Bronco was the 4 person game see links below). They made 2,225 of them. The 2014 Mr. Pinball Price guide recommends $575. That is more than likely the high end for this game unless its fully working with no to minimal backglass damage (flaking).

      Mustang: http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=1645
      Branco: http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=388

      You’ll notice the playfields are EXACTLY the same but 4 person players are considered to be more collectable. Event the Mr. Pinball price guide reflects that with an $800 price tag for about the exact game. They also made lots more of them… 9,160.

      If you’d like send pictures and I can give you a better idea of the exact price.

      Thanks for posting!
      -Aaron

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  39. Sheri Radenbaugh

    Good Morning – I have a 1976 Gottlieb four player Fast Draw machine that I have owned for over 20 years. It is in great condition. I have relocated and am now looking to sell the machine. Can you please let me know what you think fair value would be. I really appreciate your time and expertise.
    Thank you so much

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      The old Fast Draw by Gottlieb http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=828

      It was actually made in 1975 (but who’s really counting, Gottlieb was late to the Solid State party anyways). It is a four person player and they made 8,045. The guide recommends $725 for a good working game.

      However at that age of a game backglass flaking is some what common as well as playfield damage (especially around the plastic inserts, they tend to shrink and sag over time). Fixing a sagging playfield insert initials a heat gun, glue and lots of time, plus usually the paint around it needs to be touched up as well. Feel free to send images so I can take a closer look at it. This is only a ballpark estimate.

      Its becoming harder to sell Electromechanical games (this is my opinion) due to the increased interest in modern solid state games. The game play for modern games is simply more appealing to today’s players. So getting close to the prices listed above, you should be good/lucky.

      -Aaron

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Michael,

      The single player “Deluxe Fun Cruise” made by Bally back in 1966. They made ONLY 460 (because no one enjoyed playing it) and the going rate for a game in good condition is only $250. So seeing that your game is a 5 out of 10 its not looking good. Why so low of a price? It’s because of the “no flippers” throw back idea… NO ONE wanted it. Players enjoyed the skill of pinball during this time. It was a having the extra powerful slings at the bottom just wasn’t enough to keep “players”, that basically launched the ball into play and watched it do its thing, happy.

      http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=658

      I’m sure there is a crazy collector out there that would buy it.

      -Aaron

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  40. gabe Lima

    Hello I have a Star Race pinball machine that does not currently work but is in good condition. The playing field has minimal to no damage and there is only minor paint chipping on the sides. Somebody is offering $450 but on pinpedia it says it can go for $900. Should we accept the offer?

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Star Race pinball machine made by Gottlieb back in 1980. It’s a four person player. They made 870 of them. The going rate is $625 in good working condition. If you ‘d like a better estimate, I’ll need to see images of the game. Playfield condition, backglass, working/non-working condition and other parts are critical. Honestly, $450 maybe too much.

      Feel free to call or email me images.

      -Aaron

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  41. John

    I have a 1954 Williams Super Peanut baseball game in good cond, 8 out of 10, can you please give me an idea of what its worth

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  42. Christine

    I have a 1934 stoner “beacon” pinball machine that I would like to have restored but am wondering how much it’s worth? I don’t want to put in more than it’s worth.

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Christine,
      I’m going to need more information about your pinball machine. Please email me directly about this one. Please send photos. I can’t find information about it.

      Thanks,
      Aaron

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  43. Josh

    Hello, We have a 1989 Gottlieb Bone Busters, never on location. Needs flipper coil and servicing but otherwise no problems. Around How much would it be worth? I’m looking to sell?

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Josh,

      Bone Busters INC. by Gottlieb. Made in 1989. They made 2k of them. The going rate has been around $1,300 for good working games. Usually flipper coils do NOT go bad. Typically is another problem. Short to ground (triad “tip” chip) is a common cause to lock on/short to ground. But this is totally guessing without seeing the game. Flipper rebuild kits for Bone Busters are available at Marco Specialties for $75 each flipper (usually not all of that is needed either).

      I hope that helped. I’m just trying to give a ball park of value of a game here.

      -Aaron

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  44. Doug

    Hi. I enjoyed reading through all of the games that everyone has hiding in their basements and garages.

    About 8 years ago or so, I bought one of my favorite pins of all time. Monster Bash.. kids still play it from time to time. 8 out of 10 condition wise. Everything works.. just some decal wear around the legs.

    Any idea what it would go for?

    Thanks in advance.

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Doug.

      In short… A LOT!!!!

      For that game (Monster Bash Pinball Machine) in as good of a condition as you say it is in… it will have a starting price of $10k!!! As long as the drack track is good and the scoop has little to no damage. Plus the many other things that can go wrong with it. If you haven’t changed your 3 double A batteries in some time, please do so now.

      You have a fantastic game… one I hope to own once I have an extra $10,000+ just laying around.

      -Aaron
      Ps. This game will often look like this:
      Monster Bash scoop damage

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  45. kent heyer

    Aaron,

    I have a Bally “Elektra” pinball machine. It is in good/avg condition as far as the glass, field etc. It needs new rubbers on the flippers, a ball extractor and a few light bulbs, as far as I know everything else works, Elektra voice and etc. I am downsizing and would like to get an idea what I might list it for. Any input would be appreciated. ( I reside in the Seattle, WA area)

    Regards,

    kent

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Kent,

      Elektra was made in 1981 and there were 2,950 of them made. The book value is $875 and depending on lots of things you may get up to that as a price tag. Backglass condition, playfield condition and boards all play into the final price tag.

      Elektra is a challenging game with a fun upper playfield. I hope you consider posting it for sale on We Buy Pinball (its free to post games for sale).

      I also hope I was able to help give you a ball park estimate on that game. Feel free to send more pictures to get a better estimate.

      -Aaron

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  46. David

    Hi,

    I just brought home two EM games. 73 Bally Time Zone and the other is a Gottlieb 74 Big Indian. Can you tell me what they are worth – Ballpark..

    Thanks!

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Dave,

      Time Zone maxes out at $575
      Big Indian maxes out at $825

      Not working take hundreds off for each. Plus lots of collectors (including me) simply don’t buy games pre 1976 (electromechanical) games. I don’t find them to be all that fun/exciting to play.

      Hope that helps. Thanks for posting.
      -Aaron

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  47. David

    That does help. Thank you. I paid 700 for both. The big Indian plays and looks beautiful. The Time zone does not power on however it looks like maybe an 8. Not one single flake out of the backless. I love the old EM machines. I like the new machines too. the EM machines just kinda take me back to my younger days.

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      David,

      I’ve picked up several games just because I needed projects. I knew I wouldn’t “make my money back” on them. But I do a lot for the “love of pinball”. Maybe too much.

      -Aaron

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  48. D Stef

    I have a Terminator 2 Judgement Day machine. It looks very good, playfield needs a little cleaning up, but all still bright. But, it no longer works. I would like to sell it, but have not idea what to ask. Is $500 out of line?

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      D Stef,

      This is a newer game. If it’s not working… odds are it has acid damage and a board problem. This will cost $$$ for this fix. The price for this game working is actually listed above.

      -Aaron

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  49. ed alberts

    We have an old Freedom pinball by Bally. Playfield is good but backglass has some paint coming off.Body is fine and is earning money on location. works as it was designed to. What is it’s ballpark value?

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    1. Aaron Van Noy Post author

      Ed,

      There are actually 3 different iterations of this game. I’ll need more information before I can really help you on this one. One is worth more than the other two (The one with bumper between flippers is most valued currently).

      -Aaron

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