Like the Great American Baseball Game there are a number of different versions of this game out there. The original was put out by Frantz in the early 20's. A few 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 on the left side of the 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. The game features very nice period artwork.
The game is in VERY GOOD condition. The surface is in nice shape for a game of this age. No major scratches. No dents. No rust. Just a light film that dulls the finish. The wooden frame is intact with no chips or cracks and retains it's original stain.
The spinner mechanism works fine but the cylinder tends to shift over time causing it to disengage from the gear that makes it spin. When this occurs you need to stick your hand underneath and slide the cylinder over to the side with the gear on it. The previous owner crosssed out some of the play results on the cylinder and wrote in his own. This was done in pencil so it can probably be erased. The original results are still visible underneath the cross-out results. There were also a few notations made on the instructions panel on the underside of the game.
Overall this is a nice example of a very collectible pre-war tin game. I would grade the game 6-7 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.