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Push Button Electric Baseball Game
Gotham was one of the 3
largest producers of sports-themed tin table games during the middle
part of the 20th century (Tudor and Munro being the others). The
company issued baseball, football, basketball, hockey and racing games.
Most had an electric component. In the case of the baseball game the
electric pitcher hurled his ball when the button was pressed.
There were a number of different
versions of the Gotham Electric
Baseball game but the basic mechanism was the same. Later editions
replaced the tin players with cardboard and modernized the playing
feild. Most of the were player-endorsed by Denny Mclain, Tom Seaver or
Johnny Bench. There was also a Sears version.
The game parts are in VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition.
I have tested the electic pitcher and the spring loaded bat and they
both work as they should. The game is missing a few parts but it has
everything you need to play. Missing are the instructions, the
scoresheets and 2 of the 3 balls (you only need one to play). The field
has a few light scratches and scuffs but this is to be expected since
the game is played by hurling a magnetized ball across the field. The
previous owner wrote "PM" on the pitchers mound. Otherwise there is no
signficant staining or writing on the board. No rust or cracking. The
tin stadium backdrops are in nice shape with just a few bends and
feature period advertising artwork. The players have a few bends as
well. Overall I would grade the game parts 6-7 on a 10 scale (see
condition guide below).
The game box is in GOOD-VERY GOOD condition. There
flaps have some tears and are missing a few pieces. No significant
stains and no writing. I would grade it a 4-5 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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