This version of the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED BASEBALL GAME is more or less the final format. It uses the individual player cards format introduced in the previous PENNANT RACE game but the cards included are a set of the 96 greatest players of all time (through the 1960's). There are some minor variations in the cards that come with the 3 different issues of the game (1974, 1978 and 1985). As before it uses the same basic game play as the previous SPORTS ILLUSTRATED BASEBALL GAME editions. The 1974 version is the last "longbox" edition of the game.
Overall I would say the player cards are in VERY GOOD condition. The game contains a complete set of player cards. I have inventoried and inspected each of the cards and compared them to my list. Each and every card has been accounted for. The cards are all the original cards that came with this edition. The pitcher cards have the white backs (not the yellow backs that come with the later editions). These show typical handling wear including some fingerprint soiling on a few cards and some lightly creased cards. The pitcher cards have an odd finish on the fronts that made it very difficult to remove the cards from the original perforated sheets. This caused some edge tears on a few cards. All card results are still perfectly readable. I would grade them 5-6 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The other game parts are in VERY GOOD condition. The game has been verified to be 100% complete with all the parts listed in the instructions accounted for. The game has obviously been played with. The instructions have handling creases and the board has light rubbing and a few minor stains. Overall I would grade the game parts 5 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box is in GOOD condition. Typical shelf wear for one of these longboxes. There are a number of corner and side splits. No significant stains. No writing. The box lid was taped shut and there is evidence of this. I would grade it a 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. Cards will have at worst some dented corners from shuffling around in the box. 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. Charts may have denting to the corners, perhaps a few may have light stains or other very light handling wear but the vast majority will be close to flawless. 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. Charts will have light handling creases or light stains. Perhaps a couple may have a few stray pen marks or a small edge tear. All chart results will be fully readable. Other 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. Charts will show moderate to heavy use and many will be yellowed, stained, creased or written on. A couple may be torn and taped back together. All card results will be fully readable. Other 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. Charts are heavily worn and some are badly damaged. Game will be missing parts (these will be noted). Box will have serious damage and may be missing aprons or badly torn.