SPOOKY'S HOBBY SHOP

MANSFIELD - ZESIGER BAMBINO 
BASEBALL GAME 1940'S




A fun little action game.  The batter places the ball on top of the spring and strikes it with the bat , as if you were hitting a ball off a batting tee.  The ball is hit towards the grandstands and it's final resting place determines the outcome of the play.  The batter has 2 choices: 1) He can attempt to hit the ball through one of the 3 circle cut-outs in the grandstand backdrop which result in extra base hits (or strikes if you fail to get it through the hole).   2) He can hit the ball over the grandstand and get his play result by reading it from the notches on the top of the wall.  Whichever notch the string resides on after the ball has landed indicates the play.  

mansfield-zesiger bambino baseball game

The game parts are in VERY GOOD condition.   Everything has been accounted for except for the spring that is used as a tee.  I'm sure you could rig something up.  The playing field is in nice shape with no stains or writing.  The backdrop has some fingerprint staining at the the bottom and a few scuff marks around the holes and notches (nothing major).  The bat and ball are free of cracks or chips.  The baserunner tokens have fingerprint stains but are otherwise in good shape.  No cracks or significant damage.  The promotional insert does not appear to be an original.  Most likely a scanned copy.  Overall I would grade the game parts 6 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).  

mansfield-zesiger bambino baseball game box

The game box is in GOOD-VERY GOOD condition.  There are 2 tears in the cover art where I assume someone has removed some tape.  Otherwise nice shape with no splits, stains or writing.  Just some light edge/corner scuffing.  One of the long aprons appears to be a bit sun-faded. The box bottom has a number of tears in the covering.  Not sure what that would have been caused by.  Perhaps it was mounted on the wall?  I would grade the box a 4-5 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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