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3M BLUE LINE HOCKEY GAME
1968 EDITION

This game is part of the series of sports game released by the 3M company during the 1960's and early 70's.  The series includes Football, Baseball, Hockey, Golf, Auto Racing, Horse Racing and Yacht Racing.  I have heard that they also produced a Basketball game but I have never come across one.  

These games all have the same basic format - a slender box containing the game components with a wrap-around vinyl playing board.  All of the games in this series feature high quality game parts.   The 3M catalog was later bought out by Avalon Hill who continued to produce most of the games in the standard AH bookshelf format until their demise in the mid 1990's.  

This particular copy is unusual in that, instead of the typical combination of red team vs blue team, this one includes a white team.  This is probably the tenth time I have sold this game and I have never seen a white team before so I think it's fairly rare.  


3M game parts


The game parts are in NEAR MINT condition.  The game has been verified to be 100% complete with all the parts that were originally included in this edition of the game accounted for.  It appears that the game was never played with.  Only one of the teams has been removed from their bag.  The blue team had it's stickers applied but the glue has since dried out and these have fallen off.  Some are included but I think a few are missing.  There are still enough left on the sticker sheet to label them all, just not on both sides of the figure. This set is unusual in that it has one blue team and one white team.  I have never come across a white team before.  Overall I would grade the game parts 9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).


3m inner game box and wrap around field

The game box is in EXCELLENT condition.  It has one split corner.  Otherwise like-new.  I would grade it 8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).  The wrap-around vinyl playing board is in EXCELLENT condition.  it has a few scuffs on the front cover but the playing surface is clean and free of creases or scuffing. The snap is intact.  I would grade it 8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).  

3m game cover
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CONDITION GUIDE: 

MINT (10):
 I will only give this grade to brand new, unused items. NEAR MINT (9):  Shows virtually no use.  Seldom if ever played.   Perhaps some very light handling creases to the instructions or other minor flaws with the game parts.  Boxes will have only the slightest hint of shelf wear.   EXCELLENT (7-8): The game has seen some use but it was obviously well taken care of.  Game parts might have some light handling creases or other signs of careful use.  Board might have just a hint of color loss or dented corners.  Boxes will have light rubbing to the artwork or perhaps some minor dishing or a very light stain.   VERY GOOD (5-6):  The game was not especially well cared for but it still has faired pretty well.  Game parts will show obvious use but nothing will be torn, badly stained or have any serious damage.  Box may have some rubbing, light staining, dishing, 1 or 2 neatly split corners, minor writing and/or a few pieces of tape.  No major structural damage and artwork will still be generally attractive.  GOOD (3-4): Obviously no care was taken with the game but it is still playable as is.  Game parts show considerable use but the game is complete with all parts in usable condition.  Box may have staining, writing, split corners, dishing and/or other structural damage but it will be intact and still usable.   POOR (1-2):  Only suitable to fill a space in your collection.  Game will be missing parts (these will be noted).  Box will have serious damage and may be missing aprons or badly torn.

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