This was one of the very first games ever released by Cadaco-Ellis. Initially called TOUCHDOWN the company soon changed the name when they secured the endorsement of Elmer Layden of Notre Dame fame. I have seen the Elmer Layden version referred to as predating this one, but this game has a copyright date of 1934 so it came before the Elmer Layden version. The game is a simple, dice-driven, football strategy game. It was sold by Cadaco from the 1930's - 1950's. Later editions are not endorsed by Layden. It is the predecessor to Cadaco's later Foto-Electric Football game.
This is the very first version of the game and is quite rare. I have been collecting Cadaco games for years and this is the first copy I have managed to get a hold of.
The game parts are in GOOD-VERY GOOD condition. The game is 100% complete, including the original wooden dice, and shows typical wear from normal use. The field has some staining / foxing but the colors are still attractive and have not suffered any significant fading. Overall I would grade the game parts 4-5 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box is in GOOD condition. The box is made of very thin cardboard so it is remarkable that it has survived more or less intact. There are a number of splits in the aprons and corners but nothing is missing. Cover art has a few stains but still attractive with nice colors. I would grade it a 4 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.