Well, I did it again. I re-bought an existing title that I'd already owned. First, it was Data East Star Wars. (which, I intended to re-theme until I realized it was the nicest condition I'd ever seen for a DESW) . Then, STTNG... and now, Scared Stiff.
My list of "wanted" pins is pretty small. One day talking with a friend, he asked (mostly kidding) - "Wait, you HAD a Scared Stiff and got rid of it?"
The short version of the story was: I sold a Scared Stiff, Monster Bash & Woz in a multi pin deal. Double-dumbass on me for having gotten rid of it. Especially having sold them to ride the NIB pinball wave.
I hadn't actually searched for-sale pins for a couple of months, instead saving cash with intention to buy something at SFGE in June. As it turns out, the only thing(s) of substance I bought as a result of SFGE were new tools as a result of the Tubby Incident.
Following the trip down pinball-memory lane, I did a quick search for Scared Stiff and found two for sale. One was a Bryan Kelly or HEP restoration for north of $12k. The other, was this one: https://pinside.com/pinball/market/classifieds/archive/58351
Original photos from the pinside listing, I saved off to here: https://images.eyedyllic.com/Hobbies/Scared-Stiff-Pinside-Photos/n-nhnhFx/
Delivery / Shipping
After my last headaches with STI, I decided to give a reputable arcade & pinball mover a try, this time. Bob Cunningham picked it up in the Rhode Island area on June 25, 2018. It rode in his truck for about a week and landed at his warehouse in Kentucky. He delivered it to me on July 12, 2018.
Experience in the Industry in various capacities
Preps games correctly (Blankets, wrap)
Reasonably Priced ($275)
Depending on his route, can take awhile to get your game.
(12 days to pick up, 18 days for delivery = 30 days total)
He lost my game's legs
(I had to wait another week for a pinball order to come in before I could actually start playing it.)
Despite the leg snafu, I'd definitely consider using Bob again for a pinball move - seems like a solid dude.
Initial Survey of Condition
The machine's condition was better than I expected. The playfield and backglass are really good. They had partially LED'd the playfield, the backglass still had burning incandescent space heaters in it.
The inner side board on the left has a non-structural crack that will fill easily enough. The left side, side art red color is faded by around 60% but the right-side isn't. The cabinet is solid, no real damage to speak of. The ramps are hazy. The haze would flame-polish out but they have ball-wear lines that probably won't polish out without something creative and potentially friction-melty.
All switches and boards work, has all original boards which I see as a plus.
I normally use p21s as a playfield wax, or the meguires carnuba stuff. I know there are Brazilians if wax options out there (dad joke) but I had some of this Mother’s cleaner wax left over from another project and I found that it actually cleaned better than Novus 2.
Don’t know if I’m ready to jump ship to Mother’s but I liked the early results using it like a cleaner.