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1972 Season Cards Included

This is the fourth version of the Sports Illustrated Baseball game, retitled PENNANT RACE. The game parts were entirely changed for this edition. It still uses the same special dice to generate results, however now the players are individually carded. The game play remained basically the same.

This listing is for a near complete game. It includes all the components you need to play this edition the game. Just missing a couple player cards.

sports illustrated pennant race baseball game cards 1972

The card set is in VERY GOOD condition.  Unlike the earlier versions of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED BASEBALL, the Pennant Race edition of the game had individual player cards. The cards represent the 1972 season rosters but stats written on them are for the lifetime (up to that point) achievements of the players. There were an uneven number of players on each team. I have inventoried and inspected each of the cards and compared them to my list. The game is missing the following players: Theobald MIL, Garr ATL and Mays NYM. All the other players have all been accounted for. There are a couple cards that were not cleanly separated from their original perfortated sheets and this caused some card results to be obscured. I have written these missing results in by hand. Hank Aaron's card was printed off-center and the entire left side of his card is cut off in the middle of the first row so it is basically unplayable. There are a few other cards with random stains or pencil marks. Overall I would grade them 6-7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

sports illustrated pennant race baseball game parts 1972

The other game parts are in VERY GOOD- EXCELLENT condition. The game is 100% complete with all of the game components accounted for. The only issue is that someone used a regular pen to write on the dry-erase scoresheet and this has left faint marks that can't be erased. Everything else is in great shape. Overall I would grade the game parts 6-7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

sports illustrated pennant race baseball game box 1972

The game box is in VERY GOOD condition. The SI longboxes were made of very flimsy cardboard and tended to get pretty beat up. This one is not in bad shape at all. A couple corners are split and one of the long sides has a tear right in the middle which was taped up by the previous owner. There is also a small tear in the box cover art. Lid has some light rubbing and box bottom has heavier rubbing. Overall 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.


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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