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REX / WHITMAN
KENTUCKY DERBY game 
1938 EDITION





Whitman manufactured a number of sports-themed games during it's lengthy tenure as one of the top board game producers in the USA.   One of the mainstays of the line were a series of racing games: Kentucky Derby, Regatta and Stock Car Racing.  These were intended for a younger audience so game action was driven by a very simple spin the number and move the token mechanism.   All 3 feature nice period artwork.  The artwork for the Kentucky Derby game was changed a number of times as were the names of the horses running.  I believe the other 2 kept the same artwork throughout their production.

This particular game is an original, pre-Whitman, version of the Kentucky Derby game.  The game was originally produced by a company called Rex Manufacturing.   Whitman bought the rights to the game shortly after this came out.  

Rex / Whitman Manufacturing KENTUCKY DERBY Game parts 1938

The game parts are in VERY GOOD condition.  It is intact and includes all 5 plastic racehorses.  Unfortunately it has suffered some foxing (small brown spots) over the years.  Overall I would grade the game parts 5 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).  

Rex / Whitman Manufacturing KENTUCKY DERBY Game 1938 BOX

The game box is in VERY GOOD condition.  It is in nice shape but has suffered the same foxing as the inside of the game.  I would grade it a 5-6 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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