Like A Kid In A Candy Store

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You would have thought last Sunday was Christmas day. I couldn’t sleep the night before and was up at the crack of dawn. To say I was excited was probably an understatement. Yet there was no Christmas tree, no stockings hung by the chimney with care. So why the excitement you ask? It was the day…the day my grail was coming home. I had arranged to pick up the machine at 10:00 that morning. Unfortunately, I was ready to go at 5 am!

As soon as I pulled in the sellers driveway, I knew I was at the right house. Sitting outside his garage door was the back box to the World Series pinball machine, complete with the awesome back glass. As he opened up the overhead garage door, I saw about a dozen pinball machines in various stages of assembly/disassembly, a number of arcade cabinets and more parts than you could shake a stick at. Another guy that “got it”! We chatted briefly about our collections and he asked if there was anything I was looking for...

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The Quest For The Holy Grail

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Everyone in the arcade collecting hobby has a “grail”. While I’m not particularly fond of the term, it’s often used to describe the one game you must have in your collection. Rarely is a “grail” one of the more popular games like Donkey Kong or Galaga but rather a somewhat obscure game that you fondly recall playing over and over again.  There is one game I have been seeking for almost 15 years now. It’s not an arcade game…it’s a pinball machine. Stick with me, this will be one of the lengthiest posts I write….

In 1979, my sister and I received the best Christmas gift ever. Well, at least in my opinion. Her opinion is probably different. Santa brought us a slightly used Gottlieb Grand Slam pinball machine. Until I left for college some years later, the pinball machine probably saw more play than it would have on an operator’s route and more action than….well, nevermind. I absolutely loved the game and so did most of my friends.

When I got into the hobby, my fir...

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