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THE GREAT AMERICAN BASEBALL GAME
FRANTZ TOYS ANTIQUE TIN

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There are 4 different versions of this game out there.  The original was put out by Frantz in 1923.  2 years later Hustler Toys took over production and simply took the Franz version as is and pasted a "Hustler" sticker over the "Fantz" logo on the spinner (the billboard in left field still bears the Frantz advertisement).  Version 3 was reprinted by Hustler and all references to Frantz are removed from the board.  The final version was put out a few years ago by Shylling Toys.  There are no references to Frantz or Hustler in the last version and the holes for the base runner pegs have been omitted.  

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The game is in VERY GOOD - EXCELLENT condition.  It is the first version of the game.  This one includes a nearly complete set of baserunner pawns (missing 2).  The spinner mechanism works well.  There is some light scuffing and scratching to the tin and a few stains but for a game this old it's in very nice shape.  No rust.  There is a small dent on the cylinder housing but it does not affect the functioning of the spinner.  The wood base is also in very nice shape with no cracks or chips.  Overall I would grade the game 6-7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).  



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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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