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General Chat / Just wanted to know what it's worth but now I'm kind of intrigued.....
« Last post by Jessee024 on September 20, 2019, 04:04:02 PM »
I have this foosball table left over from a benefit garage sale, I know nothing about them I just know that it's old heavy in good condition and has many extra parts....

But seeing the ones on here,  they're so beautiful!

 But the point of the benefit is to raise money for my bestie,  So could anyone maybe just point me in the right direction of what something like this is worth???

 I was always taught you don't need to know everything you just need to know someone who does ;) help a girl out,

70's grand championship table (blue) with red and yellow bow tie men... And a whole extra bucket a bow tie men and parts and a whole extra set of polls... I'll put a picture as soon as I figure it out
 Thanks for reading I appreciate any help I can get!!!
General Chat / Re: Refurbishing old Mirco table (lots of parts left over, too)
« Last post by JimWaterman on September 18, 2019, 10:36:39 PM »
Great restoration job Chris.  Thanks for sharing details and pics!  Happy Foosing!
General Chat / Re: Looking for Parts for 1977 Coin-Op Tournament Soccer Table (Blue Top)
« Last post by Nico2020 on September 17, 2019, 11:37:02 PM »
Hey Guys,

About 5 years ago i was lucky to come across a 1977 Coin-Op Blue Top Tournament Soccer table in very good condition for $125.

Well now that i have the time, i'm looking to add a few missing parts to make it just as it use to be back in the day.

I'm looking for the rod that holds the foosballs and then releases them if a quarter is put in.

I'm sure this is hard to find, so if i cant find one to buy i was hoping to make my own, but i need a photo of what one looks like, so if anyone has a photo of one or has a 70s Tournament Soccer table and could upload a photo of what it looks like, it would be so much appreciated.

I'm also looking for the coin-box for it, although i'm sure i wont find one, this is not very important as the coin-op rod but would be cool to complete the table.

Here are the photos...................

The Table:

The Missing Coin-Op Rod Photo 1:
The Missing Coin-Op Rod Photo 2:

Missing Coinbox Photo:

Thanks for reading everyone!!! 

Hoping someone has photos of the coin mechanism and ball return and everything intact and working, as I've got parts for one but can't for the life of me work out how they go back together.
General Chat / Refurbishing old Mirco table (lots of parts left over, too)
« Last post by chris_hhh on September 16, 2019, 11:28:21 PM »
Hey all,

I recently bought a Mirco table and refurbished it ... but because I made some missteps a long the way, I thought I'd post here in case it's helpful to folks who are also looking to fix up a table. Also, I'm selling a whole bunch of extra Mirco parts and players, too in case you're looking for them.

I bought one of the Championship Soccer tables, which were made in the early '80s and available by mail-order, according to this great blog post. Not sure if it was the Mirco connection to Minnesota or something, but there are a bunch of their tables scattered around the upper Midwest, available periodically on Craigslist.

I picked up the table for $200, but in pretty rough shape. I had one growing up and *loved it* -- but had to sell it during the Great Recession. So, when I picked it up in some random farm house in the middle of nowhere, and the Craigslist seller challenged me to a game ... it was like finding a long-lost relative or something. Meaning, I ... may have overlooked some issues with the table itself, and happily hauled it back home.

Here's how I handled some of those problems, in case it's helpful for folks .........................

- First off, those (infamous?) hand-painted players with the bowler hats (that were apparently made in order to be chipped?). They are a strange but wonderful addition to several of the Mirco tables (but fit all 5/8 rods). Unfortunately, the color gets dull or the players get grimey-looking over time, as the pic shows. I sprayed these down with White "2X Ultra Cover" Rustoleum, then re-painted them with Testors white, matte black, red and yellow enamel paint, and then used Valspar "Anti-Rust Armor" clear-coat to give it added protection. They turned out pretty good! And, there's no chipping, which was what I was most worried about. I fixed one guy's hat with some mortar caulk and it turned out pretty good (basically the only stuff out there that's malleable and strong and sticks to the material these players are made of).

- Screws, player pins, score rods, etc: these were all rusty and full of grime. I got a lot off with CLR and some steel wool. Some screws (the ball cup screws especially) were beyond fixing, so I just replaced them -- it was a beast.

- The wood frame: laminate wood is tough to fix. I just used some Soft Scrub to get out stains. That worked well ... then, I restained the legs -- and could've done a better job. Big thing is to remember there is to adequately sand near the joints -- or else the stain will be extra dark there and look weird.

- Scoring cubes: they get discolored or scratched over time. I tried to sand them with plastic-specific sandpaper (often used for miniature figurines, available at Hobby Lobby) supposedly that fixes discolored plastic, but it didn't work for this project. I then just painted them with Testor enamel paint which looks nice but didn't slide as easily. I threw on some Silicone Spray Lubricant on the scoring rod and that works great.

- Player Rods: This was ... tough. I had the original rods used with the table -- but two were pretty rusty and chipped. I washed and sprayed them down with Rustoleum "Mirror Effects" paint. That ... wasn't durable (which it basically says on the paint's instructions). I then tried Rustoleum Silver "Metallic Accents" Paint. That just fell off -- it didn't stick. I learned that many foosball rods are chrome-plated, meaning you need Rustoleum Primer in order for the paint to actually work. Before I got to that though, I found eight new rods on a table another guy was trashing, so I just used those. Despite it being a different Mirco table, it still worked well.

All this took a couple Saturdays, and now I have my Mirco table back -- but most importantly, it'll be a fun game for my three-year-old and I to play over the long Minnesota winter :)

General Chat / Re: New RP Owner
« Last post by Vann5 on September 14, 2019, 03:50:23 PM »
Try member JSS...look for his contact info (cell number) in this thread:

I have a Rene Pierre blue top table that I bought a bunch of parts for from him--leg bolts, skeleton key for lock, coin box, coin mechanism etc.  I understand he is now making handles for the 14 and 15mm rods  (another thread on here somewhere)

He is a good guy...does what he says he will.  I've sent a check through mail a couple times and got the parts straight away...

Good luck!
I had an American table that I bought in 1976 in Houston as a teenager.  It had red formica on the outside, a really thick table glass with a mild texture that helped hold balls on the toe.  Men were translucent blue and red.  It has wooden octagon shaped handles....the table was built like a tank and weighed a ton!!!!  Had the original quarter slot and had been used in a pool hall probably...had the scuffs of commercial use. 

It was a blast to play.  The rods were heavy...once you became quick on that, a Dynamo or Tornado felt like a lightweight pull/push.

Anyway not sure it is worth a lot, but perhaps to the right person.  I donated mine to the Ronald McDonald House in Houston for the kids to use before moving away from Houston in 2001.  Darn near killed my friend and I carrying it from the truck to the rec room in the house and were both over 6'2" large guys.  Loved that table.

Hard to ship those things...local buyer interest is always a crap shoot.  Got any pictures of it? 
General Chat / Re: Can't find a key
« Last post by AndrewNale on September 06, 2019, 10:18:46 AM »
With blank locksmith can be able to make a new key for you as per my opinion.
General Chat / Re: Choice between two tables
« Last post by ShopTeacher on September 05, 2019, 04:23:22 PM »
General Chat / Re: Choice between two tables
« Last post by alaskan thunder on September 04, 2019, 06:08:20 PM »
Not sure on your market but those prices are much higher than we would pay in the states. Here in FL, the real market value of a whirlwind is probably $100 and that coin op is probably worth $5-600. Obviously the market dictates prices so if those tables are rare in your area, then they may be priced reasonably.

Now in terms of the difference, the coin op is a much better table. As ST said, you get a table that is made to be beat on in a commercial setting so it stands the test of time much better. If you ever play singles, a table with non-counter balanced men sucks. Also, it has wraps on the handles which tells me it's owned by a semi-serious player who probably took decent care of it. It has a coin mech and if you are so inclined, you can stick that bad boy in a bar and probably make some money. Finally, if you ever plan on playing tournaments, the coin op is much more similar to modern tournament tables.

The pics aren't great and I can't tell if the goal is blown out. Look for any chipping on the sides of the goal that reveals brown underneath the white laminate. It's pretty obvious when you see it, it looks like the white laminate has been worn away. Some tables from that generation have the issue and it's pretty much impossible to repair. Doesn't make it a deal breaker but I would personally pay much less for a table with that issue. Rest of the internals look clean so there should not be any issues there.

Good luck!   
General Chat / Re: Choice between two tables
« Last post by keggatron on September 04, 2019, 05:10:07 PM »
Thanks for the response. We're located in Calgary, so unfortunately not near those areas. The guys at work are relatively new to the game, would you suggest going with the Whirlwind? That table looks pretty old and I'm a bit miffed because I missed out on a newer Whirlwind last week that was 450 located in Calgary. Will the missing qualities be quite noticeable on the Whirlwind (ie, non counterbalanced men, different rods, etc)? I haven't played on anything Tornado but bar tables and I know I loved them.

I'm not sure on the prices, but the Sport which I believe is the model that replaced the Whirlwind sells for 1300 new here, and the T3000 is 2900, so I figured 1000 is a good deal. As for blown out nets, can you explain what that means?

Thanks again,
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