> Does anyone know where I can get the worth of the Wild Wild West pinball
> machine, I am about to buy one and want to make sure I am not paying too much,
> its the 1969 model by Gottlieb. Many thanks!
There is no "Magic Formula" to calculate a collectible items value. There are simply too many variables to consider. My Advice : Look it over VERY GOOD , Play it atleast several games (to test functioning) Is the artwork Intact ? Is the playfield complete (No Missing/Broken pieces - As these can be Rather expensive to replace) Does the Door Lock work, and have key ? Same on the rear door ! Is all glass intact (No cracks or missing glass)? Open the coin door and take a good Sniff.. Does it smell like Old Wood, Or Wreak of Burnt wiring ? Are the Legs in good condition (Firmly attached, and not rusted badly)
If after all this you are satisfied with it's condition, Then rely on your Instincts. If you want it BADLY Expect to pay more. Also a good idea NOT to let the seller know you are DROOLING to get it. A Reasonable price for a '69 Vintage GOOD CONDITION Machine would be between $500-$750 Depending on your budget (And more importantly the sellers NEED for Cash) As a reference point, Check prices on some of the Coin-Op Dealers sites. Like http://pinballsales.com/asp/default.asp There will Probably NOT be any that age on there, But they should have a Classified Ads section where you may find one for sale.
Good Luck in your quest for Pinball Pleasure ! They are a LOT of fun !