There are many strange hobbies out there, around the world. There are those who do photography, those who build strange machines in their free time and those who collect art. But one of the more interesting, if less known, hobbies is the hobby of collecting vintage slots machines. According to some online casinos news sites, there are a number of people around the world who spend a lot of time and money on collecting vintage slot machines and, apparently, it can be quite an expensive hobby.
The long history of slots
Slots machines have been around for a very long time. They were introduced in the very first gambling houses, the moment that technology for them was discovered, and they have been available to play ever since then. This is why there are some vintage machines that have been around the late 1800s, and all of them which are currently still workable are located within the collections of millionaires who fancy themselves slots connoisseurs. These are not cheap either – a single one of these machines might run a buyer several thousand dollars, while the oldest models can end up ranging anywhere in the tens of thousands mark. This means that the hobby is not an easy one to get into, but those who do find it to be a worthy investment – the resale value only grows with time for machines that are still operational.
The most expensive slot machine ever sold
There are many slot machines that have been sold over the years. Some of them were more expensive than others, but the most expensive sale has not been fully disclosed. All that is known is that a specific collector paid almost a hundred thousand dollars in order to get their hands on an original, 100-year-old Mills machine without any kind of replacement parts. The three reel classic had been kept by a very dedicated collector who, after seeing the offer, could not help but sell the machine.
IT is hard to say what the most expensive machines are worth today, but one thing is for sure: there are certain criteria they have to fulfil.
- They have to have no replacement parts from modern times in order to run
- They have to be a classic, with a registered and identifiable serial number
- The better the visual condition, the higher the price
- The machine still has a cash box
- The machine comes with a certificate of authenticity
If the machine conforms to all of the requirements, it is likely to be very, very valuable. Another thing to check for is the model and make of the machine. Some of the most desired classic slot machines are:
- 1941 Mills Diamond Front
- Mills Hi-Top
- Mills Bursting Cherry
- 1938 Mills Roman Head 5 Cent
- 1946 Jennings Super Deluxe Club Chief
- 1935 Watling Coin Front 25 Cent
If you happen to own any of the mentioned slot machines, then you should try to find out how much people are willing to pay for it, as you are likely to make a lot of money. Alternatively, you could always get into the hobby yourself.