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ALL-STAR Basketball Shooting Game 1960's

Marx was one of the largest toy manufacturers in the US during the 50's and 60's. They issued a number of sports themed games. This Basketball game was one of the most popular. The original version, called "ALL STAR BASKETBALL", had an underhand shooter. The company issued an updated version called "SET SHOT BASKETBALL" in the early 70's that featured the modern overhand shooter. This one was endorsed by the NBA and had the logos of all the then-current teams on the box.

marx all star basketball game parts

The game parts are in VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition. The game is near complete. It is missing one of the two original basketballs and the instructions. The game is in good cosmetic condition with no signficant rust and very few dents. A few scratches in the paint, particularly around the arc where the shooter rotates.

marx all star basketball game parts

I have tested the game out and it works basically as it should. The plastic shooter works well. He is free of cracks and still has most of his original paint. He does have a few stains as does the shooter handle (these are not visible in the picture). The scorekeeper mechanism works well. The ball is also in good shape. No cracks or dry rotting. Not 100% positive that it is the original ball but it seems right. It has enough weight to it to operate the scorekeeper. The only thing that doesn't seem to be working is the bell on the shooter. It could be that I have not installed it correctly because I can't see what exactly is supposed to cause the clapper to strike the bell. Overall I would grade the game parts 6-7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

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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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