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1972 Season Rosters 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 complete game. It includes all the components you need to play this edition the game.

sports illustrated pennant race baseball game cards 1972

The card set is overall in VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition. Unlike the earlier versions of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED BASEBALL, the Pennant Race edition of the game had individual player cards. The card results for each player represent his 1972 season performance (not the lifetime stats given for reference on the cards). There were an uneven number of players on each team. Some teams have 19 cards and some 20 cards. I have inventoried and inspected each of the cards and compared them to my list. Each and every card has been accounted for and the total amount of cards comes to the 468 indicated in the instructions. A few have stains. A few have edge tears that obscure a portion of a play result but you shouldn't have any trouble figuring out what it reads. 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 condition. The game is 100% complete with all of the game components accounted for. The field has some light rubbing in places. The previous owner wrote on the dry erase scoreboard with pencil. The instructions show only light wear, as do the dice, pencil and pawns. Overall I would grade the game parts 5-6 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

sports illustrated pennant race baseball game box 1972

The game box is in GOOD condition. All the corners have split, there is some crushing and there are a few stains in places. I would grade it a 3-4 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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