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Hey guys and gals. I have a 1948 Bally Ballerina. I've had this pinball machine since I was 9 years old and I'm 26 now. I don't really know much about this machine or what they are worth. I'm looking to find out what this ballerina is worth and the rarity of it. I have tried to search the internet for any information about it and haven't really found much. Any help about it or info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for reading.
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http://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=141&picno=28020

It looks like you have a rare machine and your machine looks to be in pretty good condition. The IPDB has no list of owners and I saw only one entry at the pinball serial number registry. Those machines tend to go from $400 to $1000 or so in average good shape. I think a fully restored wood rail machine could fetch $1400 to $3000 + for the real popular models. It is hard to tell from a couple photos. Sometimes an un-restored antique can have a high value in great original condition. That unusual flipper is one of the firsts in pinball design. I see a machine worth around $800 - $1000 if it is in original good working order. I base this on the rarity of the machine, the good condition of the back glass and playfield. I would probably be willing to pay about that, anyway...C_S
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Thank you very much for the input and help Coil_Smoke. The machine used to work very well but hasn't been played in many many years, which is a shame with how much fun I used to have with it. It worked until my dad messed with something in the back and it quit working and has been since stored. I talked to Dr. Scotts Pinball in Maumee Ohio (about an hour from where I live) about getting it running again and getting all new rubber on the bumpers and what have you (round about $500). I kind of figured it was rare from the very little info I could find about it and seeing it was produced during the war. I have the wood that is missing from the front of the machine to hold the glass in. I found it on the inside of the machine under the playfield lol. Everything is there minus the door for the coin box. I'd say it's in fair shape IMO but I don't really know too much about these. It has wear by the flipper buttons and some wear on the sides. I'll post up some more pictures I took of it yesterday.
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i cant see investing $500 into a woodrail for resale. most woodrail people want to do all the work themselves. as for selling the machine , a machine is only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. there are pricing guides for pins , i think PBR has sold them in the past.
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