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Ethan Allen All Star
Baseball Game 1951 Edition
Cadaco has been producing
the ETHAN ALLAN ALL STAR BASEBALL GAME since the 1940's. It is in many
ways the root of modern games like APBA and STRAT-O-MATIC. Very simple
to play. You just
put the disc in and spin the spinner to get the result of the at-bat.
The card set is overall in
VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition. The game contains a complete set of 1951
edition player discs. These are all original, Cadaco-produced discs,
photocopies or home-made discs. Click
for a complete list
of the players included with this set.
I have inventoried and
inspected the cards and every card has been accounted for. About 1/3 of
these have light creases at the thinnest part of the disc and one has a
tear at this thin spot. None have been written upon and none are
stained. They are a bit yellowed from age. I would grade them 6-7 on a
scale (see condition guide below).
The other game parts are in
GOOD condition. The game is not complete but can be played as is. It is
missing the baserunner pegs and the scoresheets (easy enough to
improvise). The playing field has some caving and a small hole punched
in the middle of the "Spinner Results Key" but no stains or writing.
Overall I would grade the game parts 4 on a 10 scale (see condition
The game box is in POOR condition. All 4 corners
have split seams plus there is a split in one of the large aprons. On
the bright side there are no missing pieces. There is a bit of writing
on the lid and it has suffered a few small tears in the artwork. It
also has quite a bit of grime on it. This would probably clean off. It
dusted it but I did not want to scrub too hard for fear of peeling off
more of the cover art. I would grade it a 2 on a 10 scale (see
condition guide below).
Did you ever notice that on
that big auction site there seem to be a huge number of 1968 CADACO ALL
STAR BASEBALL GAMES? Well one problem that novice sellers / collector's
often run into is that the copyright date on the box and game parts
remained the same for many years in a row, but every year CADACO put
out a brand new set of player discs for ALL STAR BASEBALL. So you
cannot determine the age of the game simply by looking at the copyright
date. You need to know which players came with which edition.
Another thing you need to
be aware of is that many players had more than one disc created for
them. The discs were changed depending on the performance of a player
during the previous year. So even if you do know the player names for a
set you still need to be sure they are the correct discs for that
give this grade
to brand new, unused items. NEAR MINT (9):
Shows virtually no use. Seldom if ever played.
will have at worst some dented corners from shuffling around in the
box. Perhaps some very light handling creases to the
or other minor flaws with the game parts. Boxes will have
the slightest hint of shelf wear. EXCELLENT (7-8):
The game has seen some use but it was obviously taken care of
well. Cards may have denting to the corners, perhaps
light stains or other very light handling wear, but the vast
majority will be close to flawless. Game parts
some light handling creases or other signs of
careful use. Board might have just a hint of color loss or
corners. Boxes will have light rubbing to the artwork or
some minor dishing or a very light stain. VERY GOOD (5-6):
The game was not especially well cared for, but it still has
fared pretty well. Cards will have dented corners and
some may have rubber band wear to the edges. A few cards
than 10%) may have handling creases, yellowing to the
(a few may be yellowed on the faces), or light stains.
couple may have writing or some dried rubber band residue (this will be
noted). All card results will be fully readable.
parts will show obvious use but nothing will be torn, badly
stained or have any serious damage. Box may have
rubbing, light staining, dishing, 1 or 2 neatly split corners,
minor writing and/or a few pieces of tape. No major
damage and artwork will still be generally attractive. GOOD (3-4):
Obviously no care was taken with the game but it is still perfectly
playable. Cards will show moderate to heavy use and many will be
yellowed, stained, creased, written on or have rubber band
residue. A couple may be torn and taped back together.
card results will be fully readable. Other game parts show
considerable use but the game is complete with all parts in
condition. Box may have staining, writing, split
dishing and/or other structural damage but it will be intact and still
Only suitable to fill a space in your collection.
heavily worn and some are badly damaged. Game will be missing
parts (these will be noted). Box will have serious damage and
be missing aprons or badly torn.
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