View Full Version : Looking for a rough valuation on my 1959 Bally ABC Bowling Lanes

5th July 2011, 10:15 PM
Hi Everyone,

A while ago I got an ABC Bowling Lanes in need of a full restoration.
When I first got it someone referred to it as a holy grail..

Out of interest, what is something like this worth?

Cheers! James

13th February 2013, 12:43 PM
I'm now looking seriously at what this is worth. It needs a ground up restoration with the exception of the playfield which is very nice.

All the parts appear to be there except te balls.

What should I expect to get for this?

13th February 2013, 01:08 PM
what condition is the backglass and cab? is it mechanically complete?

13th February 2013, 04:09 PM
a few clear pics would help

13th February 2013, 05:06 PM
There are some photos there, the header box for the bowler isnt shown. The em parts that run the header are pretty crusty and theres a bit of damage to one of the rotor assemblies, but the parts are all there.

15th February 2013, 06:13 PM
Since I'm not getting any replies, let me pull a number out of nowhere.
Lets play the higher or lower game.

$1000. Too High? Or too low?

15th February 2013, 06:58 PM
I think you might have better luck on a US forum as not many of us would know what we were looking at with an unrestored bowler.

I guess because of their size not many appear to have made the trip to our shores?

15th February 2013, 07:11 PM
The problem with that is that the rarity and value are vastly different between the us and australia. The Nintendo uprights are a perfect example of that.

On a related note this one was built for the us market, it says it takes dimes.

15th February 2013, 07:22 PM
sad to say by your description it would be worth around $400-$500

what really drags it down is the shot backglass..you would have nearly zero chance of finding another in Australia

15th February 2013, 07:45 PM
The back glass isnt that bad, I'll clean it up and take some photos

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15th February 2013, 08:00 PM
For me, it would be such a high risk of never getting it going that it is difficult to consider at any price. For someone who knows about these things (like Tony above), it is a few hundred bucks.

Might be better restoring it and then offering it for sale. Then I, and many others I suspect, would be very interested.

15th February 2013, 08:04 PM
If it was restored I'd keep it:p
I have two other EM games to restore too, I want this to go to someone who will see it through, I'd love to see it once it's running.

15th February 2013, 08:06 PM
I'm with Tony I'd have a punt at restoring it at $400 to $500. My arms get sore just thinking about how much sanding would be involved. But that being said how good would it look restored. Cool project.