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FRANTZ / HUSTLER
Great American Baseball Game
There are 4 different
versions of this game out
there. The original was put out by Frantz in 1923. 2 years later
Hustler Toys took over production and simply took the Franz version as
is and pasted a "Hustler" sticker over the "Fantz" logo on the spinner
(the billboard in left field still bears the Frantz advertisement).
Version 3 was reprinted by Hustler and all references to Frantz are
removed from the board. The final version was put out a few years ago
by Shylling Toys. There are no references to Frantz or Hustler in the
last version and the holes for the base runner pegs have been omitted.
The game is in VERY GOOD - EXCELLENT condition. It
is the first version of the game. This one includes a nearly complete
set of baserunner pawns (missing 2). The spinner mechanism works well.
There is some light scuffing and scratching to the tin and a few stains
but for a game this old it's in very nice shape. No rust. There is a
small dent on the cylinder housing but it does not affect the
functioning of the spinner. The wood base is also in very nice shape
with no cracks or chips. Overall I would grade the game 6-7 on a 10
scale (see condition guide below).
(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
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 well taken care of.
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
faired pretty well. Game
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 playable as
is. 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.
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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