Negamco (originally Nemadji) has been around since the late 1950's. After an initial run of the Basketball game in 1959 the company merged with the Big League Manager company and for most of it's original run was distributed and produced in conjunction with that game. While the same company produced both games they marketed the Negamco series of games as the "little brother" to the Big League Manager series since they were simpler and less expensive games. To my knowledge the games were available only through mail order. The company stopped producing new season sets in the 1990s.
This copy contains the 1958 season cards but the game was
manufactured some time in the 1980's or 1990's. When I acquired the
game all the team packets were sealed with tape. After
playing about 20 games, and seeing the short amount of time that the
adhesive on the tape will stay sticky after being opened, I feel pretty
confident that the game had never been played with until I did so.
All the parts looked untouched.
The player cards are in VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition. The game contains a complete set of player cards. A few of the cards have fainter printing, and some have some light discoloration and or staining which they must have suffered while in storage. The cards are remarkably thick, so I suspect the company made a huge initial print run and had lots of overstock that they continued to sell over the years. Each team is stored in a thin plastic sleeve which tears very easily, and some sleeves I did in fact tear while playing with the game. You will definitely want to replace these with something more durable. Taking into account the various printing flaws and storage damage, overall I would grade the cards 7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below) but most are in perfect condition.
The game parts are in EXCELLENT condition. The game is 100% complete. It includes all the parts that originally came with this edition of the game. Some of the paperwork is too large to fit in the box so it has been curled over. A few pieces have suffered some incidental light creasing. 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. The box bottom has a few light stains. Otherwise great shape with no spits, crushing or writing. I would grade it 8-9 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.