Gotham was one of the 3 largest producers of
table games during the middle part of the 20th century (Tudor and Munro
being the others). The company issued baseball, football,
basketball, hockey and racing games. Most had an electric
component. In the case of the baseball game the electric
hurled his ball when the button was pressed.
There were a number of different versions of the Gotham Electric Baseball game but the basic mechanism was the same. Later editions replaced the tin players with cardboard and modernized the playing feild. Most of the were player-endorsed by Denny Mclain, Tom Seaver or Johnny Bench. There was also a Sears version.
The game parts are in VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition. I have tested the electic pitcher and the spring loaded bat and they both work as they should. The game is missing a few parts but it has everything you need to play. Missing are the instructions, the scoresheets and 2 of the 3 balls (you only need one to play). The field has a few light scratches and scuffs but this is to be expected since the game is played by hurling a magnetized ball across the field. The previous owner wrote "PM" on the pitchers mound. Otherwise there is no signficant staining or writing on the board. No rust or cracking. The tin stadium backdrops are in nice shape with just a few bends and feature period advertising artwork. The players have a few bends as well. Overall I would grade the game parts 6-7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box is in GOOD-VERY GOOD condition. There flaps have some tears and are missing a few pieces. No significant stains and no writing. I would grade it a 4-5 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.