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MATTEL ELECTRONIC BASKEBALL
Handheld Electronic Game
This is part of the series
of handheld electronic
games released by Mattel in the late 70's. It is an original vintage
game, not one of the recent reissues. If you are buying with the
intention of actually playing the game I would recommend the originals
over the reissues. The button action and the display screen both work a
lot better on the originals.
The game console is in
condition. I have thoroughly tested the game and can say with certainty
that all buttons, switches and sounds work as they should.
Battery cover is present and battery compartment is clean. The screen has one very deep scratch. Console just
some surface scuffs from normal handling. Stickers on
the reverse are intact and in generally good condition. I would grade
it 6 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 scuffing to the back of the
console. Packing materials, instructions and other paperwork
will show almost no signs of handling. 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.
Console will have more noticable scuffing, maybe
light wear visible on the screen or in the button area.
Paperwork may have some light handling creases.
Packing materials may have a light stain or small chips but will be
intact and free cracking. Boxes will have light
rubbing to the artwork,
some minor creasing, small tears on the flaps or a small stain.
VERY GOOD (5-6):
The game was not especially well cared for but it still has
faired pretty well. Some obvious scuffing from play but all
labels intact and readable. Perhaps a very minor chip on the
edge. Paperwork will have some handling creases and may be
lightly stained or have some writing. Original packing
materials may be damaged but will be intact. Box will have
rubbing, light staining, creasing, small tears, minor
writing and/or a few pieces of tape. Might have a
missing flap. 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. Console will show heavy use but will not be seriously
damaged in any way. May have a few burnt out LED but is
still playable as is. Paperwork will have heavy handling wear
and may be torn and taped back together. Box
may have staining, writing, heavy creases, tears and/or other
structural damage but it will be intact and still
Only suitable to fill a space in your collection.
Game may be seriously damaged or inoperable.
Paperwork will be badly torn. Box will have major
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