Avalon Hill began producing it's FOOTBALL STRATEGY Game in 1959. At the time the company went by the name STRATEGY GAME COMPANY. It was originally released in a tube format. This was followed by a couple different flat box versions, the earlier ones having a thicker box. In the early 70's it was repackaged as a bookcase game and then given the "Sports Illustrated" tie-in in the mid 70's. There were a few changes made to the possible play selections over the years but the basic format remained the same.
The game parts are in VERY GOOD 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. It has obviously been played with and the parts show wear from use. This is most evident on the Defense cards and the 10 yard marker which have heavy creases and fingerprint staining. Everything is still perfectly useable. The football marker in this early version is actually made of metal rather than the plastic marker used in later versions. Overall I would grade the game parts 5 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game tube
is in VERY GOOD condition. There are a few light stains in
places and some light fingerprint soiling. The metal end caps
have some tarnishing. No crushing or denting. No
holes. I would grade it a 5-6 on a
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.