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SPORTS ILLUSTRATED 
DECATHLON game
1984 EDITION




In the early 1970's Sports Illustrated updated their earlier line of sports games giving them a new look and in some cases changing the names.  Along with the updates they introduced a new game - DECATHLON.  The game used the same basic system to generate play results as the earlier PRO FOOTBALL, PRO BASEBALL and HANDICAP GOLF Games.  It allowed you to race some of the greatest runners of all time in a variety of events.   The game was re-named TRACK MEET shortly thereafter and then switced back to DECATHLON again later in it's production run.  Basic gameplay remained the same.  

The game includes simulations of the following events:

1) 100 Meter Dash
2) Long Jump
3) Shot Put
4) High Jump
5) 400 Meter Run
6) 110 Meter High Hurdles
7) Discus Throw
8) Pole Vault
9) Javelin Throw
10)1500 Meter Run


sports illustrated decathlon parts

The other game parts are in NEAR MINT condition.  The game has been verified to be 100% complete with all the parts that were originally included in this edition of the game accounted for.  None of the cardboard counters have been punched out.  It appears that the game was never played with.  Overall I would grade the game parts 9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

sports illustrated decathlon game

The game box is in VERY GOOD condition.  It has 2 splits on the box bottom and some general shelf wear.  No stains or writing.  I would grade it a 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.  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.

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