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3M SPEED CIRCUIT 
GRAND PRIX AUTO RACING GAME
1973 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.  


3M game parts


The other game parts are in VERY GOOD 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.  There is some scribbling on the cover of the eraseable scorepad (this side cannot be erased) and the cards have numerous creases.  Each of the speed dials has a small number written on it (perhaps the car number?).  The cars have some extra paint added by the previous owner.  The game is missing the grease pencil.  Overall I would grade the game parts 5 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).


3m inner game box and wrap around field

The game box is in VERY GOOD condition.  It has 2 split corners and some scuffing in the lower right corner of the lid.  There are a few stain spots on the underside of the lid.   I would grade it 5 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).  The wrap-around vinyl playing board is in VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition.  It has a few light creases and there is a small tear in the plastic covering near one edge.   The snap is intact.  I would grade it 6-7 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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