Avalon Hill began producing it's BASEBALL STRATEGY Game in 1960. The first version was sold in a tube and is quite difficult the find. It was re-released a couple times in the during the 60's / early 70's with minor changes. Both of these versions came in the "flat box" with the earlier ones having a thicker box. Avalon Hill then revamped the game in the early 70's for the first bookshelf version and then again did some minor changes for the 80's bookshelf version.
This is one of the earliest versions of the game that I have seen. It has the base-runner pawns that are shaped like real runners and the green backed die-cut counters. These were replaced with standard pawns for all the later editions.
The other game parts are in EXCELLENT 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. One of the Offense/Defense charts has a small stain. Otherwise everything is in great shape and shows little use. All the counters have been verified present. Overall I would grade the game parts 7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box
is in VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition. There is glue residue from some
tape that was used to hold the lid shut. Otherwise the box
lid is in good shape with no other stains and no writing.
There is minor caving of the lid causing some light
creases near the corners. The box bottom has a small stain
and one split corner. The I would grade it a 6-7 on a
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.