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I have a Mills Cherry 10 cent slot machine, but lost the key. How much does that typically detract from the price?? It's in perfect working order otherwise.

The problem is that the buyer has no idea on the condition of the machine without the key.

I would suggest taking the machine to a locksmith and have him either pick or drill the lock out.

Most locksmiths cannot pick a Mills lock.

Once you have it open any potential buyer can inspect the insides.

Replacement Mills locks are readily available. They commonly show up on ebay for under $50.

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David Burritt


My expertise is in the area of antique slot machines. Specifically pre 1940 era machines. I have an extensive price history list of slot machines that have been sold on eBay and other auction houses (e.g., Victoria Casino Auctions, Rich Penn Auctions, etc.). PLEASE, do not send questions about anything that is not coin-op related. I have no expertise in other items and cannot help you.


1. I run a discussion forum on coin operated devices ( 2. I maintain a web site which tracks price trends for antique slot machines ( 3. I published an 8 hour video tape on how to properly restore a Mills slot machine back in the 1990s 4. I published a book (Coin Op On CD) which was distibuted on a CD. This CD had many articles and thousands of photos of antique coin operated devices. It also had many videos of rare and unusual coin operated devices. This CD has since been published on the web ( 5. I have written articles on how to identify fake/reproduction slot machines.

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