I have had both... For collectors anything older even with the 'blank'
playfield is more collectible. The 3 manikin golf games like this are
1. Mini Golf - MOST desirable due to era proper artwork. It's a
pretty machine / backglass. FUN, valuable, and desirable for resale.
These will run $ 4,500 or so in average/nice unrestored, but nice
2. Southland Little Pro - Had one and sold it explained below... It
is the BUTT ugly sister to Mini Golf. If you want the gameplay then
grab it... It has ugly 60's formica all over the cabinet and a drag
queen on the BG with ugly colors and artwork. The one I had was MINT
- like out of the box mint unbelievably to be honest... and I sold it
for $ 3,000 - just what I paid for it...
3. Bromley Little Pro - If Southland Little Pro is the Ugly sister -
the bromley version is the bastard stepchild... A later copy, but does
have very different gameply. Ramps, crodile, windmill, etc... many
moving parts on holes that you need to time / have skill for to hit -
timing, strength of shot used, etc... I'm a collector and have plenty
of higher end manikin games in my collection so ya I'd prefer to have
a Mini Golf for the collector in me... I also have 2 young boys and
for sure the Bromley version is a better choice with the kids - it's a
freaking MINI GOLF course on the playfield !
These run around $ 1,500 - $ 2,000 high end.
So, it depends on what you like. The Southland although pretty rare
to see come up for sale, isn't the MOST desirable. The Mini Golf will
go for the type of money with the same gameplay that you need to be a
collector of finer things to appreciate it and the value of it. The
Bromley will be enjoyed by everyone and it's not a big cost leap. If
you're not a big 'ARCADE' collector then the Bromley is fine choice.
Alot of these arcade games are so cool and alot of you pinball only
guys miss the boat on this stuff. I have a collection of about 100
games - 50 / 50 between pins and arcade of all sorts, bowling, gun,
baseball, unusual, etc... Glad to see you're considering something
different... The variety in my collection is always a big hit and
people go to the 'different' stuff first instead of pinball. I love
the pins so it's all good...
If you want any more advice on this stuff just email me - I'd be glad
to help you on price, look at pictures, etc...