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1908 to 1934 Baseball Game Collection with Cards (6)
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $2,088.00
Collection of six early baseball games, spanning the years 1908-1934, nearly all of which utilize playing cards to determine the game action. 1) 1908 Game of Batter Up by Fenner Game Co., Toledo, Ohio. The bottom of the box (3.5 x 5.5 x 1 inches) features a playing field, in which discs are used to represent players. Included are game cards (which determine the result of the play), the instructions, and the discs used to represent players. Excellent condition. 2) Circa 1909 T.J. Jordan Indoor Card Game by The "Tim" J. Jordan Playing Card Company. The game is comprised of seventy-two playing cards (each card determines the result of the play), a small playing field, scorecards, and the rules. Missing just the wooden discs that represent the players. The paper label on the top of the box (6.25 x 2.75 x 1.25 inches) has some chipping. The playing cards have light foxing. Good condition. 3) 1913 Napoleon Lajoie Baseball Game by Parker Brothers. The game includes fifty playing cards (each of which has a blue-toned photograph of Lajoie in a batting stance on the back), the instructions, the game board, and four wooden pieces (used to mark the runners). The cards from this game are very familiar to vintage card collectors. Manufactured by Parker Brothers, the game box for this particular game was identical in design to another of the company's baseball games (The National-American Base Ball Game). The playing cards are in Ex-Mt condition. The box (5.5 x 4 x 1 inches) has some light edge wear, and is in overall Very Good condition. 4) 1921 Major League Ball by the National Game Makers, Washington, D.C. This an interesting dice game which includes diecut generic players which could be "transformed" into specific players by pasting provided labels with player identifications on the lower margins as intended. The players are designed wearing specific team uniforms. The labels include the player's name, position, batting order, etc.) and each is numbered, giving the diecuts the appearance of a card issue. Included is the very rare game board (designed with slots to insert the diecut ballplayers) and nine different team sets of diecut players in their original unpunched format (six team sets are complete: Brooklyn Robins, Philadelphia Quakers, Chicago Cubs, Boston Braves, and Cincinnati Reds), and three are missing a few players (Giants - one player missing, Cardinals - four missing, and Pirates - four missing). No identification labels accompany these unpunched diecut players. We have never before seen these diecut cards unpunched in their original form. The Yankees team set has been punched-out and identified with the labels that were intended to be glued to the base of each. The fourteen Yankees include Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. The original envelope which held the Yankees labels is also included. Presumably, this labeling format allowed the game company the luxury of producing the same game year after year, needing only to change the accompanying identification labels, and we believe that this game was in fact marketed throughout the 1920s. Also included are the two instruction cards plus score sheets. No box. Very Good condition overall. 5) 1922 Baseball - The Modern Card Game by the Schulz Amusement Card Co., Toledo, Ohio. The box (9 x 11 x 1 inches) features illustrations of ballplayers on the cover. The game includes the playing cards (each featuring the same identical photo of a player leaping for a ball on the back) and the game board (with built-in spinners). Very Good condition. 6) 1934 Ask Me trivia game cards issued by the Quaker Oats Co. Included here are twenty-seven trivia cards (includes duplicates) plus instructions. No box (as issued). Very Good to Excellent condition. Total: six games. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000/$1,500. SOLD FOR $2,088.00
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