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RGI Vince Lombardi
Football Game
 1971 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 football game charts 1971

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.

rgi football game parts 1971

The game parts are in EXCELLENT condition. It is 100% complete with all necessary game parts accounted for. The game does not appear to have been handled much. This copy comes with the really nice thick cardboard Defense cards. I suspect the dice included with the game are not original. Overall I would grade the game parts 7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

rgi football game box 1972

The game box is in GOOD-VERY GOOD condition. It has a few small stains, a few edge chips, and 2 split corners. I would grade it a 4-5 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.


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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