How to survey, appriase and evaluate a pinball machine in the wild?

I made a video for a friend who was going to check out a game for me at an estate sale, and I thought, in the process, let me outline a few basic ideas on how to evaluate, appraise or give a “look-see” to a pinball machine in the wild and determine what kind of condition it’s in? There is no fool-proof guide, but here are some ideas and suggestions for when you come across a game, what to look for and what to do in order to asses its value.

If you have friends that know you’re a pinball enthusiast who occasionally forward you leads on games, this video also is worth them seeing so they know what kind of info you are looking for, and what to look at with these machines to determine if they’re worth pursuing. In this video I go over all the basics, including identifying the different “eras” of machine and what makes them more/less valuable, as well as how to disassemble and transport a machine.

By the way, I am available to help appraise pinball machines if anyone needs any guidance. 🙂

2 thoughts on “How to survey, appriase and evaluate a pinball machine in the wild?

  1. Hi there! I have a 1954 Gottlieb Stage Coach pinball machine and I am having a hard time figuring out how much it is worth. The pinball machine fell into my hands a year ago and I am hoping to sell it, but I am trying to learn as much as I can first. I’m wondering if you would be able to help me? I watched your video and understand these older games are not necessarily worth a lot, but I just need an idea of what mine is worth in order to sell it.

    • In a general sense, the game is worth what you can get for it in your market. You can search the ebay listing averages to get an idea of what a top-quality version might sell for on eBay, but beyond that, for games that old, it’s hard to tell.

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