This game has a rather confusing history. Parker Brothers initially began selling the NATIONAL AMERICAN BASEBALL CARD Game in about 1910. The game featured a picture of Pirates legend Nap Lajoie on the reverse of the cards. This version exists with both red and blue colored backings. There were also 2 different card faces produced. One type had nothing but text on the face with each card having 8 play results on it. The other type had just one play result surrounded by some illustrations. In approximately 1920 the picture of Lajoie was removed and a generic player substituted. This version also exists with both red and blue backs and both 8 result and single result faces.
The game parts are in GOOD condition. The game includes a complete deck of 54 cards. It is missing the markers, instructions and paper playing field. The cards show typical handling wear including some fingerprint soiling and some corner creases. One card was torn and mended with tape. A few cards have corners that have split enough that the backing has flaked off. There is no writing on any of the cards. Overall I would grade the game parts 4 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box is in GOOD condition. It is basically intact (missing just one small section of the lid). One of the long aprons on the lid is just hanging onto the lid by a thread and could come off any moment. It could be glued back into place. There is also some chippin along the edges and at the corners. Some water staining is visible. The box bottom is in similar condition with one small apron split along the base. That said the box is in pretty solid shape considering it's age. I would grade it a 3-4 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.