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We have a Mills Novelty castle nickel slot machine that we would like to sell. It has been in our family for over 60 years. In attempting to research this machine, I have noticed that the castle models have different color combinations on the front. I haven't seen any pictures of machines with our colors (ours is a black background with a red, yellow, silver castle pattern).

Does the color combination affect the value? Can you give me an idea of the value of ours?  (photo attached)

What is a good way to go about selling a slot machine?

Does the seller generally pay to ship it to the buyer, or does the buyer pay and arrange for shipping? If we are responsible for shipping, can you provide an estimate for how much it might cost to ship? And how would we go about shipping it? Getting a custom-made crate would be extremely expensive!

Thank you for whatever information you can provide. I really appreciate your time. Thank you for volunteering your expertise on this website!

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Mills Mystery, blue, castle, and silent, front
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Hi Dee,

I have seen a few black and red ones, they are more uncommon but they did make them these colors. Most were in the blue and red colors. This doesn't affect the value any either way on these Mills castle front machines, a.k.a. blue fronts and a.l.a. Mystery front. I'll attach a value guide here for you, it is old but has a bunch of helpful information on this machine and the values are right in there for today. Crag's list is one place to run a free local adds, or you can consign it to an antique store, auction house, or ebay auction are some other ways to sell it. This is a very common machine and there are lots of these out there in the collector's world. I think I have four of them myself right now but all blue and no black ones. Value range, is from a range of about 900.00 to 1800.00 and sell for around the 1,400.00 area in most cases. Generally the buyer takes care of shipping in auctions, and insurance is available for the shipping. I use a dish pack box from U-Hull, and sometimes also use a wardrobe box so I can double box it, and I line the first box with Styrofoam insulation and then lots of Styrofoam peanuts, then I band the box with metal banding. I then use Fed-X for shipping in most cases.

I hope the information is useful to you.
Thank You
Rodger Knutson
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I am an expert on old coin operated machines, slot machines, trade stimulator's, jukeboxes, old arcade machines, etc. I have been identifying these for people who respond to my web site listed below, for a few years now. In almost all cases I am able to tell them about their old coin operated machines, the year, the value, and other general information about their machines. I do not know much about soda vending machines, coin banks, or scales, but I will try to help you with these if I can. Please email photo's to: info@coinslots.com My web site is at: http://www.coinslots.com

Experience

I bought my first slot machine, a .50 Cent Mills Black Cherry in 1969 and have been hooked from that time, I still have that Slot machine! Before that I found a open barrel full of old scraped jukebox wall boxes behind a restaurant, I wanted them all but never took a one of them. Anything that took a coin drove me nuts!

Organizations
C.O.C.A. and other slot and coin operated machine groups, associations, groups, and clubs.

Publications
Many, the Coinslot magazine, always juken, Coin Slot Journal, Slot Box Collector, and others that I don’t remember at this time.

Education/Credentials
Graduated from Ballard High School in 1969, went to Edison Technical Collage for a couple of years taking welding and metal fabrication, tig, mig, heliarc, also arc and gas welding and fabrication. Then Apprenticed under a slot machine technician who worked in the slot machine industry Reno Nevada, and set up bar poker progressive machines in the casino's, and repaired machine and did the repairs on slot machine circuit boards there. He also was involved in the 2 hand dealer's market and bought and sold machines at the casinos auctions for the secondary market, which includes selling used machine overseas. I learned a ton from this man; he always had the correct answers and took the time to teach me the business. My interest and knowledge in other and older coin operated machine is for the most part, self-taught. It's been my passion from back in 1968 and before, my thirst for knowledge about these machines has kept me more interested over the years, and keeps me searching for more information even today. I have meet and talked to book authors on these machines, attended hundreds of coin operated shows and auctions, and I stay with that to this very day.

Awards and Honors
Take a look at my allexperts rating, and my guest book, links to these are at http://www.coinslots.com Also you can check my 100 percent rating on ebay, as I have been there with ebay from their day one, I am user coinslots at ebay. My other awards come from the very people that I deal with, I always make them happy, no matter what it takes, but they always are happy anyway as the countless thank you letters testify to me, so I know I am doing right, and the best I can. I have found so many hard to find parts for people, I hunt them down and don't stop until I find what is needed to get that customers machine running again and back to life, that is my main goal.

Past/Present Clients
Client privacy prevents this answer, as some are VIP and famous and I will not betray the trust.

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