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Poosh-M-Up Jr. Baseball Game

Northwestern produced a number of bagatelle/pinball style games from the 1940's-1970's. The early ones consisted of a wooden backing painted with colorful artwork revolving around a particular theme. This was covered with a glass window. The various traps affixed to the board were made of tin. A simple plunger mechanism was used to propel the ball into action. These games came in a variety of sizes. Later on the company switched to a tin backing with a molded plastic shell.

northwestern poosh-m-up baseball game parts

The game is in VERY GOOD condition. The glass is free of cracks and the plunger mechanism works about as well as it ever did - not perfect but good enough to play the game. The previous owner made a few etchings in the frame. The colors on the artwork remain bright but the grain of the wood is visible in may places (see pic below). These games were meant to be propped up on a stand so they would lay at an angle but the stand on this one is missing. You an always prop it up on a book or something or even better hang it on a wall. Overall I would grade the game 6 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

northwestern poosh-m-up baseball game close-up

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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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