Without pinball machines to play, their would be no Michigan Pinball Expo. It is people like you who make it all possible. The Michigan Pinball Expo appreciates the kindness of you sharing games from your personal collection and, by doing so, we would like to have you attend the show ON US… for FREE! That is a $60 Value!
That’s right, Bring a game to share, and you will receive a full 4 day SHOW PASS to the Michigan Pinball Expo. Bring two and you will be given two Michigan Pinball Expo SHOW PASSES!; step-up and bring four Pinball Machines then you and three of your family and/or friends get in for free for the entire Michigan Pinball Expo! That is 50 hours of pinball FUN!
Remember, the game(s) must be there until 5pm Sunday afternoon, set to FREEPLAY, and be working 100% and CLEAN. Here at the Michigan Pinball Expo, we set the bar and have the HIGHEST standards anywhere. This is our promise to you. Most games on the list are courtesy of the Detroit Pinball League members who take a tremendous amount of pride in the condition and playability of their pinball machines.
We will have a Volunteer Tech staff that will help keep pinball machines up and running if problems do arise. We do however have a few open slots left and would greatly appreciate your participation. All machines brought to the Michigan Pinball Expo will also be eligible to win one or more Show Competition Trophies and the largest CASH payouts anywhere! $1000.00 in cash to the people we appreciate the most!
- Best in Show: Wood Rail ($100 + Award)
- Best in Show: ElectroMechanical ($150 + Award)
- Best in Show: Solid State ($200 + Award)
- Best in Show: DMD ($250 + Award)
- Overall Most Popular ($300 + Award)
So if you are heading out to the Michigan Pinball Expo, Please consider bringing a pinball machine for all to enjoy! …and who knows, you just may score yourself a Best In Show Trophy!
We will have a team of Volunteers during set-up and tear-down that will be more than happy to help you, in any way possible, to help make things easier on those who are kind enough to share their pinball machines with everyone.
Toggle the boxes below to find out more information about the condition your game should be in, the form to submit your game for inclusion in the Expo, and a printable game pack checklist to assist you in keeping everything organized and together.
- Game must function completely – MPE is not a place to send broken games to have our tech staff fix them – See steps below
- Game powers up and starts games (including all players on multiplayer games)
- EM games reset all score reels and serve up a ball
- All lights are working (Feature / GI)
- All switches work
- All scoring and features work
- Flippers are strong and can return ball to top of playfield
- Tilt mechanism works
- Solid State game coin door adjustment buttons MUST work.
- Games should not have power reset issues
- Set outlanes wide
- Games that can be set to FREE PLAY must be set that way.
- Set Extra Balls to OFF, or to a minimum number – it will keep games shorter and allow more people to play
- CLEAN YOUR GAME FOR EXPO!
- Playfield should be as clean as it can be for its age (no layers of crud that can easily be cleaned)
- Playfield glass should be clean
- Clean or replace rubber (red or white rubber should not have trails of black over them)
- All major features of game are present – plastics, ramps, any toys, etc
- Game must have all hardware needed for assembly – bolts, screws, power cable
- Power cable – Power cable should be grounded, and in good condition (no exposed internal wires, not brittle and cracked), and should be at least 4-6 feet long.
- Game MUST have coin door with lock and key – Key must be on key ring with label (See KEYS section below)
- Solid state games need key for backbox / translite
- EM games should have backbox door (and key)
- Legs must have 2 bolts each, and should not have stripped threads
- Games with detachable heads (EM, early solid state) should have all head bolts
- Games with fold down heads (DMD) should have head bolts, except Stern games that have built in latches only
GAME PACKING AND LABELING
- KEYS: VERY IMPORTANT! Make sure all needed keys are with your game. It is suggested that backbox keys be removed from any coin door location and placed on the same key ring as the main coin door keys. Label this key ring with your game name and your name. Our tech staff will have possession of ALL keys to ALL games, so this is CRUCIAL. If you do not have copies of these keys – make some. If you are bringing more than one game, make sure each game has its own separate key ring.
- Games with removeable heads (EM and early sold state) should have head folded down and secured to the body (similar to an attached, fold down head) for ease of transport. Disconnect the cables from the head if needed.
- Legs should be wrapped together – Label each leg with its location from the game if possible (front left, rear right, etc)
- Label each separate section of the game (Body, head, legs) with the game name AND your name
- Place balls (wrapped in a paper towel for protection), leg bolts, head bolts, keys, power cable, and any leg protectors in a gallon size ZIPLOCK bag, labeled with the game name AND your name, and secure to game – It is recommended to secure this to the legs with plastic stretch wrap (Unless you have a good coin box – see next item)
- COIN BOXES: If your coin box has a lid and stays in place when the game is upright for transport, use the coin box to store the ZIPLOCK bag (Bolts, keys, leg protection, etc). Otherwise, do not send your coin box
Any pinball machine brought for the FREEPLAY area (Located Upstairs) MUST be 100% working and shopped, remain on the show floor, remain turned on and in use, until 5pm Sunday when the Michigan Pinball Expo officially closes. A pinball machine may be FOR SALE in the FREEPLAY area as long as it follows the above guidelines. Also, there are NO FEES for selling a pinball machine in the FREEPLAY area at the Michigan Pinball Expo.