Being a Kiss fan and an avid collector it was only natural for me to search flea markets and garage sales for anything Kiss, considering my personal favorites are the original seventies collectables. After obtaining many collectibles I realized that the Holy Grail of Kiss memorabilia would be the Bally Kiss pinball machine.
As fate would have it around April, 2010 I received a call from a friend stating he knew someone that wanted to sell a Kiss pinball machine. I could not believe what I was hearing, but quickly realized I would never be able to afford such a rare collectible, but maybe just maybe they were selling it cheap. I went back and forth with the seller until she finally said “make me an offer”. Well, with my eyes closed I blurted out a ridiculous offer of three hundred dollars, expecting a fast decline but, much to my amazement she accepted it.
I can still remember seeing the pinball machine for the first time. I walked through a back yard in suburban New Jersey. The seller opened a wooden door to an old shed and there it sat in all its glory. It was shoved in a corner with all types of junk stuffed on and around it, just waiting for me to rescue it. My eyes went instantly to the back glass that was still intact. I noticed slight wear on the playfield and some fading of the body paint. I couldn’t believe what great condition it was in considering the seller settled for such a low price.
At first I wasn’t expecting very much, after learning it hadn’t worked for years but at that instant I knew it was a dream come true. I quickly learned how to repair the late seventies Bally Kiss pinball machine and the rest has been KISStory.