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. To my knowledge they did not produce a Basketball game. The 3M catalog was later bought out by Avalon Hill. 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 feature high quality game parts.
The game parts are in EXCELLENT condition. The game includes a complete set parts. This particular version contains the 11 square-cornered penalty cards (older version contain 15 round-cornered cards). The shot calculator has a small tear near the slot. Does not affect game play. Overall I would grade the game parts 8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box is in EXCELLENT-NEAR MINT condition. One of the short aprons is a bit bowed. Otherwise nice shape with no splits, stains or writing. I would grade it 8-9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below). The wrap-around vinyl playing board is in EXCELLENT condition. No creases or tears. There is some spotting but I think that will clean off if you really rub at it. The snap is intact. I would grade it 7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
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.