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Electric Football Game
503 Edition 1960
Starting with the Electric
Baseball game that he
designed for Parker Brothers in the early 1930's, Jim Prentice produced
a string of Electric sports games throughout the middle of the 20th
century. In addition to the Baseball game he made a Football game, a
Basketball game and an Auto Racing game (called Whiz Raceaway). There
were a number of different versions of each of these. As you would
expect for that pre-computerized era, the electronic aspect of the
games is very basic, but the games are still fun to play.
This one dates to the late
The game parts are in GOOD
condition. It includes all the pieces that originally came with this
edition of the game. I could not get this game to work. I think the
battery I used had enough charge in it. The problem is likely that the
motor in the spinner is burnt out. It is a very simple game so if you
are handy you should be able to replace the motor and get it working.
Cosmetically the game is in very nice shape with no stains or writing
and no corrosion on the battery terminals. It would display very well.
Overall I would grade the game parts 4 on a 10 scale (see condition
The game box is in
GOOD-VERY GOOD condition. It has some staining and chipping at the left
edge of the lid. Otherwise the lid is in good shape with minimal shelf
wear and no split corners. The box bottom looks like it may have
suffered some shelf wear but I am not sure. It could just be that the
box had a rough texture to begin with. Overall I would grade it a 4 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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