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1908 to 1936 Baseball Board Game Collection (10)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $812.00
Collection of ten classic twentieth-century baseball games, two of which represent different variations of the same game, plus a set of illustrated children's blocks produced by McLoughlin Bros. dating from 1884. The highlight of the group, in terms of visual appeal and perhaps rarity and value as well, is the extraordinary circa 1917 "Parlor Baseball-America's National Game" (trademarked by Teddy Hobbes), which includes its original paper sleeve. Also included is the original version of "The Great American Game" that includes its rare game box. While we attempt to note whether or not all of the major game pieces are included, it is possible that some of the games are missing a few minor pieces or game cards. 1) 1908 "Peg Base Ball." Similar color graphics are displayed upon both the box cover and game board. Complete with dice and wooden pegs. Manufactured by Parker Bros. The box (12 x 10.75 inches) is in Very Good to Excellent condition. 2-3) "Home Base Ball Game." Presented here are two different examples of this 1911 game manufactured by McLoughlin Bros. Each game is identical in design, with the only difference being the color of the box (one is red, the other green). The red box is in Good condition, while the green box is in Fair condition (none of the box aprons present). Both games include the unusual hitting device and a number of the circular wooden pieces. 4) Circa 1917 "Parlor Baseball-America's National Game." This is a very substantial and extraordinary rarity. The large colorful game board (22.75 x 22.75 inches) is ideal for display and features a baseball diamond design and three game spinners. Included with the game board is its original paper sleeve/wrapper in which the board game was packaged, which features a colorized illustration of a crowd of fans entering a stadium. A "Teddy Hobbs" trademark appears along the top of both game board and sleeve. The non-folding game board is in Very Good to Excellent condition. The easily-damaged wrapper, which is slightly larger in dimensions than the game board, is in a remarkable state of preservation considering its fragile nature. It displays beautifully but has a few tears and is technically in Good condition. No pieces (if there originally were any) are included. 5-6) "Home Team Base Ball Game." Offered here are two versions of the game. The first is the original version, issued in 1917, which features three spinners as part of the game board. Manufactured by Selchow & Righter. The box (18.75 x 12.5 inches) is in Very Good condition overall, with some splitting and clear tape repair to the aprons. The remaining game is the second version produced by the company (probably circa 1920s). Its design features a more slender box (18.75 x 8.75 inches) and the same three spinners on the game board. Excellent condition. Neither game includes the original playing pieces. 7) 1925 "The Great American Game." The game, which is of tin and wood construction, features a scroll that dictates the game "action." Manufactured by Frantz Toys. Rarer and perhaps as desirable as the game itself is its original box, which is included here. The box (9 x 14 x 3.5 inches) displays a few pencil notations on the front and is in overall Very Good condition with splitting along the aprons (all of the aprons are present and attached). 8) 1926 "Double Game Board." A combination board game for baseball, football and checkers. Manufactured by Parker Brothers. The game box (17 x 9 inches) is in Very Good condition with an abrasion and scratches on the cover and separation along the aprons. The game board is in Excellent condition. 9) 1935 "Baseball Game." Produced by Cutler & Saleeby, the cover features an illustrated game-action scene. The box (12.75 x 8 inches) is in Good to Very Good condition. 10) Circa 1936 "Wilder's Baseball Game." The illustrated cover features a St. Louis Cardinals player sliding into home. Manufactured by the Wilder Mfg. Co. The box (19 x 12 inch) is in Good to Very Good condition with black tape repair along the interior. Present are the original metal pieces and spring-loaded bat. 11) 1884 McLoughlin Bros. blocks: Also offered in this collection is a set of children's alphabet blocks dating from 1884. While technically not a baseball board game, the box top features a number of the illustrated blocks including the letter "B" block depicting a baseball batter. All twelve of the blocks are included (each with two letters, with the exception of one that has the letters "I" and "XYZ"). Manufactured by McLoughlin Bros. The wooden box (10.75 x 7.75 x 2 inches) has been reinforced with clear tape along much of the exterior and is in Fair to Good condition. Please note: due to the number and size of the items in this collection, the shipping charges for this lot (depending on where it is sent and method of shipping) may be substantial. Total: 11 items (10 games and a box of blocks). Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$2,000.
Additional images are available at http://photos.yahoo.com/reaphotos. SOLD FOR $812.00
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