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Midwest Research
USAC AUTO RACING GAME
 10 Season Card Sets Included

Sports Illustrated USAC AUTO RACING Game is another of the Jim Barnes Games that Avalon Hill acquired the rights to in the 1970's. Like the Statis Pro Series this game is statistics driven. It allows you to replay an Indy 500 using cards representing the drivers that actually raced in the year represented. This is one of the original Midwest Research versions of the game. It includes 10 seasons of driver cards (1952, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1971 and 1972).


usac auto racing cards 1973

Overall I would say the player cards are in EXCELLENT condition. I have painstakingly created a master list of the driver cards included with every edition of the USAC Auto Racing game produced by Avalon Hill. I have inventoried and inspected each of the cards included with this game and compared them to my list so I can say with certainly that this game contains a complete set of driver cards. Each and every card has been accounted for. The 1965-1972 season cards have been punched out. The 1952-1963 cards remain attached in their original perforated sheets. I would grade the cards 8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).


usac auto racing teams 1973

The other game parts are in EXCELLENT condition. The game has been verified to be 100% complete with all the parts that were originally included in this edition of the game accounted for. Only 2 of the plastic cars have been punched out of the strip. Overall I would grade the game parts 8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).


usac auto racing game box 1973

The game box is in VERY GOOD condition. There is a bit of gum residue in the upper left and a small area of soiling on one of the aprons. Otherwise no stains or writing. Nice bright colors. The lid has 2 split corners. I would grade the box a 6 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).



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Do you know that sinking feeling when you are in the middle of replaying a season or sequence of games only to find that the card for one of the key players is missing?  Well I have thoroughly inventoried this set and compared it to the roster list so you can be assured that you won't get that feeling while playing with this set. I am not of the opinion that a simple card count will do. The sets often came with missing or duplicate cards from the factory, and who knows what the original owner may have done with them in the course of playing with them....  Be sure to ask your card seller if they have in fact verified that the card set is complete by comparing it to the original roster list.  

I have also carefully inspected each and every card in order to determine the condition grade I have given to this set.  I do not feel that a cursory flipping through of the cards is adequate to determine the condition of a set - it is too easy to miss something.  Once again -  I would suggest asking your card seller to verify that they have done a careful inspection of the condition of all the cards in the set before putting their grade on it.

CONDITION GUIDE: 

MINT (10):
 I will only give this grade to brand new, unused items. NEAR MINT (9): Shows virtually no use. Seldom if ever played. Cards will have at worst some dented corners from shuffling around in the box. 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 taken care of well. Cards may have denting to the corners, perhaps a few may have light stains or other very light handling wear, but the vast majority will be close to flawless. 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 fared pretty well. Cards will have dented corners and perhaps some may have rubber band wear to the edges. A few cards (less than 10%) may have handling creases, yellowing to the edges (a few may be yellowed on the faces), or light stains. Perhaps a couple may have writing or some dried rubber band residue (this will be noted). All card results will be fully readable. Other 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 perfectly playable. Cards will show moderate to heavy use and many will be yellowed, stained, creased, written on or have rubber band residue. A couple may be torn and taped back together. All card results will be fully readable. Other 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. Cards are heavily worn and some are badly damaged. 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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