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Talking Monday Night Football Game
1977 Edition

This was the top of the line for board games back in 1972. Super high tech with it's talking announcer this game was on everyone's Christmas wish list. The game was very popular and was re-packaged in a smaller version as Talking Monday Night Football in 1977. Mattel also produced a Talking Baseball game using the same format.

mattel talking football game parts 1977

The game parts are in VERY GOOD condition. The game includes all the components that originally came with this edition of the game. It may be missing some incidental paperwork but everything needed to play the game is here. The instructions have some handling wear and the gridiron has a crease in the paper.

I have thoroughly tested out the record player and it works as good as can be expected. Keep in mind that these players were not great even when new. They tend to sound "chipmunky" and/or warbley. You need to be sure to use a brand new battery, and you need to make sure you have a good connection with the battery terminals. As long as you keep that in mind it will work fine. I tested all the records and they all worked. Sometimes you have to pop them in and out of the player a few times to get them to line up properly, but I got every selection on every disc to play. I did notice that the defensive plays on the QB Sneak disc are not labeled correctly (the mold must have been out of alignment when they pressed it). However the play selections are all on the disc, just not in the right order. One nice thing about this edition is that the play results are all listed in the back of the instructions. So even if you can't get it a particular play to engage sometimes, you can still keep the game moving along. Overall I would grade the game parts 5 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

mattel talking football game box 1977

The game box is in VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition. Some general shelf wear but no stains or writing. No tears. I would grade it a 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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