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PSYCHIC baseball
CARD game 
1929 EDITION





Psychic Baseball had a few different editions produced during the early-mid 20th Century.   The first version was made by the Psychic Baseball company in 1927 followed by a slightly revised version in 1929.  Both of these were packaged in a small, nicely illustrated box that served as a board for keeping track of the position of the base-runners by poking small wooden pegs into the lid.  Players drew cards to determine the outcome of each at bat.  This was done by playing cards for each pitch, followed by playing another for hit determination and yet another for baserunning .  It was actually a pretty sophisticated game for the time.  Parker Brothers then bought the rights to the game and re-issued it in 1935.  This version came in a large box with a much bigger playing board and used the standard Parker Brothers wooden pegs found in many games of that era .  

psychic baseball game parts 1929

psychic baseball game parts 1929

The game parts are in EXCELLENT-NEAR MINT condition.  The game includes all the parts that originally came with this edition of the game with the exception of the wooden base-runner pegs.  The cards are pure white and are free of stains, writing, tears or creases.  Most have nice shap edges but there are couple with minor nicks.  The surfaces of the cards do have faint scratches in the wax coating so the game was played with, but very carefully.  The instruction booklet is likewise in very nice shape.  No tears, stains, creases or writing.  Just some light handling wear.  The bottom edge of the cover is rippled so it may have had a droplet of water land on it at some point.  There is one original scoresheet included which has some light handling creases and some tanning on the reverse.  Also included with the game is what appears to be an advertising insert describing the features of the game and how to organize a league in your hometown.  Along with this is a newspaper clipping describing a tournament at the YMCA in NYC that was attended by Lou Gehrig.  The Overall I would grade the game parts 8-9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).  

psychic baseball game box 1929

The game box is in EXCELLENT condition.  The lid is very clean and free of stains, writing, creases or tears.  The colors are nice and bright.   The game used this lid as the playing board so there are holes punched at the bases and in the outfield scoreboard where you would place the pegs to keep track of base-runners and outs.  The white box bottom has a few stains but is otherwise in good shape.  Niether the lid nor the bottom have any splits or other structural damage other than holes mentioned above.  I would grade it a 7-8 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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