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 particular copy is the 2nd version. It is identical to the 1st version except that the original plastic base-runners were replaced with standard pawns.
The game parts are in EXCELLENT-NEAR MINT condition. The game is 100% complete with all parts accounted for. Overall I would grade the game parts 8-9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box
is in VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition. The box lid has 1 split corner
which extends for a bit along the seam of the top apron. The
box bottom has 1 split corner. Otherwise very nice shape with
no stains or writing and very little rubbing. 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.