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Member: leckmeck
From: Afton,MN USA (find on the map)
Specialty': Electromechanicals from the 70's
Member since: 02/03/2011
24 pinball machines
last updated: 03/26/2024
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pinball nameDBmanufacturerconditionis it for sale?notespictures
3 JOKERS Williams (USA)Set up, plays!NeverThis is a sample unit of 3 Jokers produced in the spring of 1970, as inferred by Jay Stafford of the IPDB. It has two serial numbers: the cabinet is serialized 65384, but the lightbox is 65382. Found in long-term storage at Action Pinball Warehouse in Minnesota, it was one of the first handful of games I bought after becoming infatuated with EMs in the fall of 2010. I was enamored with the artwork on the backglass, which was in practically flawless condition. The cabinet and playfield, however, were not nearly as nice—especially the latter, which had horrible damage where a previous owner drilled new post holes—so I foolishly set out to improve things by following every cockamamie restoration technique I read on the internet. I tried to touch up the cabinet, but this effort snowballed into nearly every square inch of paint getting replaced. The same thing happened with the playfield, on which only tiny fragments of original artwork now remain. Being a total novice, I made many dumb mistakes and suffered many frustrating setbacks, so this project got shelved a half-dozen times over the years. But now, in 2019, it is finally done.
ABRA CA DABRA Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!NeverNovember 2020: I found a nicer, low-miles Abra Ca Dabra that will displace my other project. Serial number 04372, 40k clicks on the meter. December 2023: another deep restoration completed. Playfield by Wade Krause, backglass by Ron Webb, plastics by Pinball Rescue, sweat by me. Combine ’em all, you get magic!
ATLANTIS Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!NeverPicked up June 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. S/N 06856. Previous owner bought it from a YMCA in 1980. With over 99k plays on the meter, it must have been on free play for the kids. Still, the playfield is largely intact, though filthy and swirled. Much better are the coin door and backglass, the latter being original and 99% perfect. The cabinet is scratched to bare wood in places and has some graffiti, but is still pretty good. August 2020 update: I just completed a 220-hour cosmetic and mechanical restoration job on it. The finished game—replete with a Wade Krause reproduction playfield—is now installed in the game room. Hooray!
BLAST OFF Williams (USA)Set up, plays!NeverBought from Stashyboy, who gave it a very nice restoration.
BON VOYAGE Bally (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationNeverThe seller was a retired dentist who bought this game (serial number 2115) in 1980. His kids are grown and gone, none of them want it, and he needed the space. Some of the magenta on the cabinet has faded away—mostly around the coin door—and the particle board back has a missing chunk, but it’s otherwise sound and should make for a nice player.
CARD WHIZ Gottlieb (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationNeverMay 2018: I bought a very nice Card Whiz (SN 07347) from a woman whose family has owned it since 1980; it was her Christmas present that year. It has the best-looking backglass for this game I have ever seen. Except for the foam padding marks, it’s perfect. Very glad to have this game again. I missed my old one, beater though it was.
CENTIGRADE 37 Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!NeverPicked up in July 2014. My second Centigrade 37 from DirtFlipper. A couple of notches nicer than the previous one. Serial number 04930 with 50k clicks on the replay meter. Restoration completed December 2017. Lotta elbow grease went into this one. The magenta on the cabinet was resprayed to bring it back to its former glory. The playfield was touched up, inserts leveled, and clearcoated with lacquer. A Ron Webb reproduction backglass was the finishing touch.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND Gottlieb (USA)In storage, workingNeverEM version. Flawless backglass.
DIMENSION Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!NeverSerial number 04219. Picked up spring 2014 from another collector in Iowa. It was in rough condition all around: a poor cabinet that had been repainted twice, a badly flaking backglass, broken plastics, and a playfield with worse than average wear. The antidote was a donor cabinet with a new stencil job, a NOS playfield, a reproduction backglass, a set of reproduction plastics, a giant order from PBR, and a whole lot of work. The NOS playfield came with some defects that I covered with vinyl decals of my own design. The presence of strong black keylines on the playfield art camouflages them nicely. Restoration completed September 2018.
GOLD STRIKE Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!NeverLocated on eBay December 2015 and shipped to me from Schenectady, NY. Serial number 05425. This is a formidable project that will be getting a donor cabinet, a Wade Krause playfield, a Shay Assad backglass, and a lot of my time. Restoration completed March 2017.
GOLDEN ARROW Gottlieb (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationNeverSerial number 06164 with 68k clicks on the meter, this Golden Arrow was abandoned in the laundry room of an apartment building in Minneapolis. The landlord sold the property in May 2018 but didn’t take the game, and the new owner had no use for it. Given its location in a commons area, the condition could have been terrible. Against the odds, it’s actually quite nice. The only bad thing is the delaminating paint on the top of the lightbox, presumably from a leaky overhead pipe. The best part is the unfaded and flake-free backglass; it’s rare to find a nice original on this game. It’s going to need a plastic set and a set of paperwork. Please let me know If you have originals of the latter for sale.
JUMPING JACK Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!NeverThis Jumping Jack has been in my collection since spring 2011. I drove 12 hours to get it from a former operator living in rural Michigan. It’s actually a composite of three machines, including a bottom cabinet for Jack in the Box. This was also the first game I resuscitated from being completely inoperable, which was a big deal for me at the time. Of course, I barely knew what I was doing, and the game needed much more attention and detailing. Over the years, its wobbly cabinet, worn playfield, and buggy gameplay bothered me more and more. When I ran out of space earlier this year, I decided to sell it. But first: it needed a little TLC so the cabinet didn’t collapse and the gameplay was 100%. One thing led to another. And another. Then it became too nice to sell! So now, November 2019, it’s back in the game room.
KING PIN Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!NeverThis was my first pinball machine, picked up in October 2010. It was listed on Craiglist but was actually located just one mile from my house.
LUCKY HAND Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!NeverFound late 2011 on Craigslist near Milwaukee. The owners were a young married couple who met working together at Organ Piper Pizza, which was owned and operated by the husband's grandparents, who gave them this fine example of a Lucky Hand, which was on location in the pizzeria's game room for a number of years. Comprehensive mechanical restoration and light cosmetic corrections completed in November 2014.
PALOOKA Williams (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationNeverAfter cleaning it up, this playfield will shine like new.
PIN-UP Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!NeverThis nice survivor was acquired in Minneapolis, July 2015. Serial number 06577. Clean internals made for a speedy restoration, completed 9/2015.
PIONEER Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!NeverNice and clean example that was picked up locally in April 2022. SN 08653 and 42.8k clicks on the replay meter. It was recently refurbished so it can go right into the game room!
POP-A-CARD Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!Never  
SHIP AHOY Gottlieb (USA)In storage, waiting for restorationNever  
SING ALONG Gottlieb (USA)Set up, needs some workNeverCosmetically uneven but functional project game given to me by a friend in February 2024. The playfield has been crudely slathered with an oil-based finish that is badly yellowed. Fortunately, I have a spare playfield that can be restored and a brand-new reproduction backglass from Ron Webb. Someday this could be a nice game! 92.5k clicks on the meter, serial number 02501.
SKILL-ROLL  Bally (USA)Set up, needs some workNeverPicked up from DirtFlipper, July 2017. Serial number BA1292. It came with a replacement coin door I painted and installed.
SPIRIT OF 76 Gottlieb (USA)Parts machineNeverNo cabinet, but nearly everything in between. Some components are gouged and bent. Somebody must have pushed this game down a stairwell. No twinges of guilt raiding this corpse for parts!  
TARGET ALPHA Gottlieb (USA)Set up, plays!Never  
VOLLEY Gottlieb (USA)In storage, workingNeverApril 2019: I am the fortunate new owner of this super-duper Volley. Serial number 08571. 35k replays.
Pinball machines that leckmeck used to own in the past
(the following games are no longer part of leckmeck's collection)
pinball nameDBmanufactureris it for sale?notespictures
2001 Gottlieb (USA)Sold Grabbed this ‘2001’ from a Craigslist ad, fall of 2011. Serial number 05858, 73k clicks on the replay meter. I was going to restore this game, but I found a Dimension instead. Now it’s sold, February 2019.
4 SQUARE Gottlieb (USA)Sold Pandemic pickup, September 2020. S/N 05365, 60k plays. Nice playfield, mediocre cabinet, terrible backglass. Sold October 2021.
ABRA CA DABRA Gottlieb (USA)Sold Traded for Drop-a-Card summer of 2013, sold to BintzKnocker November 2020. This project has survived water damage and a rodent infestation yet will still make a nice game. The only thing I did was recover the serial number (05753) which a crooked operator scrubbed from nearly everywhere.
ATLANTIS Gottlieb (USA)Sold Great game, looking for another.  
BLUE CHIP Williams (USA)Sold Sold October 2021.  
BON VOYAGE Bally (USA)Sold Another one of these fell out of the sky. Sold October 2021.
CAPT. CARD Gottlieb (USA)Sold Sold April 2017.  
CARD WHIZ Gottlieb (USA)Sold Sold January 2015.  
CENTIGRADE 37 Gottlieb (USA)Sold Traded a sample Lucky Hand to DirtFlipper for this nice example in May 2013. Less than 30k plays on the replay meter. Serial number 5473. Sold 10/16/2014.
DROP-A-CARD Gottlieb (USA)Sold Sold November 2013.  
DROP-A-CARD Gottlieb (USA)Sold Traded for Abra Ca Dabra in May 2013.  
FIREBALL Bally (USA)Sold June 2016: this multiball favorite is a welcome addition to the game room. Serial number 3545 with 63k plays on the meter. Fun skill shot, and the spinning disk never fails to delight new players. Sold December 2019.
FLIPPER CLOWN Gottlieb (USA)Sold Sold December 2021.  
GOLDEN ARROW Gottlieb (USA)Sold Very nice playfield, problematic backglass, largely good cabinet. 35K plays on the meter. Serial number 6131.  
JACKS OPEN Gottlieb (USA)Sold Traded for Spin-A-Card in September 2013.  
JOKER POKER Gottlieb (USA)Sold Acquired March 2015. EM version and sample game, serial number 01081S. 52k games clocked on the replay meter. NOS backglass. Sold October 2021.
JUNGLE QUEEN Gottlieb (USA)Sold   
KING OF DIAMONDS Gottlieb (USA)Sold Borderline parts machine. Sold November 2013.  
KING OF DIAMONDS Gottlieb (USA)Sold One of two project machines. One will be for sale. Sold October 2021.  
KING OF DIAMONDS Gottlieb (USA)Sold One of two project machines. One will be for sale. Sold October 2021.  
LUCKY HAND Gottlieb (USA)Sold Sample machine 1004S. Traded for Centigrade 37 in May 2013.  
MINI POOL Gottlieb (USA)Sold Found on Mr. Pinball Classifieds late 2016 and picked up spring 2017 from a long-time collector who was exiting the hobby. Modestly flawed but largely virtuous original, S/N 09092. Sold December 2023 to a local collector.
NEPTUNE Gottlieb (USA)Sold SN 6228. Restored by Robert Urbanowicz of PinballMania LLC in fall 2012. He repainted the cabinet with accurate stencils and installed a NOS playfield he sourced from Donal Murphy, RIP. I added a Ron Webb reproduction backglass in June 2013. Sold June 2017.
OLD CHICAGO Bally (USA)Sold Serial number 3894. Found on Craigslist in February 2016. Seven hungry scavengers vied for it, but a good friend provided essential assistance so it could be mine. My wife says the playfield looks like a birthday cake. Sold April 2019 to make space for other projects.
PRO POOL Gottlieb (USA)Sold Serial number 06399. Bought July 2017 from DirtFlipper, who (in his words) "bought this game from John in Milwaukee, who got it from Alex, who got it from Dave, who got it from Sean (in 2014). Sean's Dad bought it from Sean's uncle in 1982. Whew! Very nice shape overall, and has been well taken care of over the years." Fun game, but I have a feeling it will be a short-timer in the line-up. Sold to Pinball763, October 2018.
PRO-FOOTBALL Gottlieb (USA)Sold Traded for Spanish Eyes in November 2012.  
ROYAL GUARD Gottlieb (USA)Sold Sold November 2013.  
SINBAD Gottlieb (USA)Sold Sold November 2013.  
SORCERER Williams (USA)Sold Picked up October 2015. I'm not crazy about solid state games, but I couldn't turn down this one. A seasoned SS technician went through the machine, replaced failed components, and made the game more reliable. Sold to a local collector pal May 2017. I didn't even bother to get the serial number.
SPACE RIDERS Atari (USA)Sold Sold November 2013.  
SPANISH EYES Williams (USA)Sold Decent example. Cleaned, shopped, and sold June 2019.
SPIN-A-CARD Gottlieb (USA)Sold Picked up in a trade, September 2013. Serial number 05674, 29k clicks on the meter. Sold April 2022.  
STRAIGHT FLUSH Williams (USA)Sold   
TRIPLE STRIKE Williams (USA)Sold Sold October 2015.  
DISCLAIMER: This page shows the pinball machine Collection of PinballOwners member leckmeck from Afton, MN, USA. The coin operated pinball machines listed above, including their images, were uploaded into our database by leckmeck himself; leckmeck is the sole responsible for the information contained in this page. The pinball machines shown above are not necessarily for sale! Please refer to the 4th column in the list to know whether a certain pinball is for sale or not. Most likely leckmeck's pinball machines are second-hand (used) pinballs that were once installed in bars and other public places; their value as a collectible largely depends on appearance and functionality of every single machine.
Comments left by other members of our website
 From twindavid on 04-09-2020 23:58:
What a great lineup! Your restorations are wonderful. I especially liked your comments. I felt like we were talking over a beer.
 From kangourou on 06-27-2014 05:45:
Beautiful collection with good titles !
 From daveebs on 03-29-2014 16:07:
Nice collection of EM's! good taste in games.
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