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RGI Vince Lombardi
1970 Season Included
RGI was a prolific
stat-based sports game creator during the late 60's and early 70's.
Their series included Vince Lombardi Football, Fran Tarkenton Football,
Oscar Robertson Basketball Strategy / Fast Break, Gil Hodges Pennant
Fever Baseball, Jackie Stewart Racing and Rocky Graziano Boxing. During
the early-mid 70's, when the sports leagues began demanding higher
compensation, RGI dropped out of the statistical replay genre and
converted their catalog to basic sports strategy games. They did
however continue to pay athletes to endorse their games and these games
were released under the "PLAY THE PROS MONIKER". Starting in the
mid-late 70's at least 2 other companies issued these games under
different names. For the sake of completion I have included them here,
but be aware that these later games are not replay games.
RGI was different from the
other replay game manufacturers in that it based it's rosters on the
players that were on each team at the close of the previous season. If
you subscribed to the newsletter you would then get updates to the
rosters and ratings over the course of the season. So the rosters that
came with the game often don't match up perfectly if you intend to do
an accurate season replay. Luckily the game uses a very simple player
grading system so if you are missing a few players you shouldn't have
too much trouble doing their ratings yourself. The sample newsletter
enclosed with this copy is dated October 5, 1970 so the game charts
were probably made at the beginning of the 1970 season.
The game parts are in VERY
GOOD-EXCELLENT condition. It is 100% complete with all necessary game
parts accounted for. I have sold a number of these games in the past
and it seems that every copy I get has a different combination of
pieces. Even among copies of the game containing the exact same roster
sheets the color, size and type of paper varies and the layouts of the
individual components vary. So the copy you get may not look exactly
like the one pictured above but it will have everything you need to
play the game. The cardboard insert on which the offensive plays are
mounted has suffered some crushing and the corners have been taped.
Everything else is in good shape and the game was likely never played.
The game smells a bit of moth balls. Overall I would grade the game
parts 6-7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box is in GOOD
condition. Most of the corners have split, some have been mended with
tape. No significant stains or writing. I would grade it a 4 on a 10
scale (see condition guide below).
Price includes shipping
Do you know that sinking feeling when you are in
the middle of
season or sequence of games only to find that the card for one of the
players is missing? Well I have thoroughly
inventoried this set and
compared it to the roster list so you can be assured that you
that feeling while playing with this set. I am not of the
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
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
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.
give this grade
to brand new, unused items. NEAR MINT (9):
Shows virtually no use. Seldom if ever played.
will have at worst some dented corners from shuffling around in the
box. Perhaps some very light handling creases to the
or other minor flaws with the game parts. Boxes will have
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
light stains or other very light handling wear, but the vast
majority will be close to flawless. Game parts
some light handling creases or other signs of
careful use. Board might have just a hint of color loss or
corners. Boxes will have light rubbing to the artwork or
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
some may have rubber band wear to the edges. A few cards
than 10%) may have handling creases, yellowing to the
(a few may be yellowed on the faces), or light stains.
couple may have writing or some dried rubber band residue (this will be
noted). All card results will be fully readable.
parts will show obvious use but nothing will be torn, badly
stained or have any serious damage. Box may have
rubbing, light staining, dishing, 1 or 2 neatly split corners,
minor writing and/or a few pieces of tape. 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 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.
card results will be fully readable. Other game parts show
considerable use but the game is complete with all parts in
condition. Box may have staining, writing, split
dishing and/or other structural damage but it will be intact and still
Only suitable to fill a space in your collection.
heavily worn and some are badly damaged. Game will be missing
parts (these will be noted). Box will have serious damage and
be missing aprons or badly torn.
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