Why invest in Pinball machines?

It is believed that pinball is the friendliest sport on the planet, and a hobby you are likely not to lose money on.

Pinball machines everlasting popularity and in a lot of cases, rarity, tends to mean they are not depreciating to zero like most modern technology.

The classic Windows game installed on every home computer in the 90s and early 2000s, along with the new mobile app versions, have brought along a new generation of pinball enthusiasts and with them, the demand and value of Pinball machines have seen a serious increase.

What if you want to cash in?

Generally speaking, a Pinball machine in Australia can be bought for anywhere between $3,000 and $10,000. However, recently the Big Bang Bar (with the rarer gold trim, not brass) sold for a staggering $19,999 USD (approx. $28,000 AUD).

The most popular game of all time was The Addams Family, which was released in 1992. More than 22,000 of the machines have been produced and these can be bought in Australia for about $7,000.

But with rarity inevitably comes value. Perhaps you have one of the few head-to-head pinball machines ever produced, Gottlieb’s Challenger? Crossing the skills of pinball with the arcade camaraderie of air hockey, it would surely be of great interest if one was to come on the market!

So, is it time for you to harness this increase in arcade attention?

Coming into summer, the school holidays and the busy festive season, now is the ideal time to upgrade your arcade machines, particularly your pinball machines!

Maybe you are looking for something unique and exciting to entertain family members of all ages over Christmas. Or perhaps your arcade business is expanding, or your machines need a bit of an upgrade? Or maybe you are just ready to clear some room and grab some coin!

Whatever the reason, look no further than Lloyds Auctions. With over 35 auctions every week, we attract hundreds of thousands of people from all over Australia looking to buy and sell everything from classic cars to… classic arcade and pinball machines!

Previously we’ve successfully sold a 1992 Williams Getaway and a 1978 Williams Phoenix pinball machine and two multi-game tables featuring classic games such as Galaga, Pacman, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong plus dozens of other iconic games.

You’re keen, so what do you do now?

November brings an exciting opportunity for Lloyds Auctions, and for amusement machine enthusiasts, as we look to have our biggest arcade machine auction yet! This auction will have a special focus on pinball machines, but we are also looking for all kinds of arcade machines including coin operated machines.

This is the perfect opportunity for businesses and private ‘arcaders’ alike, to buy or sell, or both! 

Register with us to make the most of your amusement machine investments.

Do you have arcade machines to put in our auction?
Click here to contact us and let’s discuss how we can assist.

Matt Kalinski

Head Of Valuations

Qualifications & Affiliations

American Society of Appraisers Candidate Member

Certified Practicing Valuer AVAA


Matt has been in the valuations space for many years and has extensive experience in the space across an abundance of various industries. He now leads the valuations teams for Lloyds Auctions with a passion for encouraging his team to set and achieve high goals and produce great results for the company whilst growing the team’s skills starting with a great culture and team mindset.