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Home Team Baseball Game
 1948 Edition

Selchow & Righter are best known as the original makers of Scrabble. But during their 100+ year existence they put out a number of different board games. They did not issue very many sports-themed games. Other than this baseball game I am only aware of a couple horse racing games and an auto racing game.

Home Team Baseball was first issued in 1918. The artwork underwent a few revisions during the next 45 years or so but the basic game format remained the same. In the 1950's the original circular wooden player tokens were replaced with more life-like plastic players. The game design received a major overhaul in 1964. I believe that was the final incarnation of the game but it continued to be sold well into the 70's.

selchow and righter home team baseball game parts 1948

The game parts are in VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition.  All the parts have been accounted for. The game looks like it was hardly played with. All the wooden tokens are included in the original wax paper bag. The instructions show only light handling. No stains or writing. The box bottom is slightly caved in but the spinners still work as designed. There is some very faint foxing visible if you look closely at the white areas. I would grade the game 6-7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

selchow and righter home team baseball game box 1948

The game box is in VERY GOOD condition. The lid has suffered some light crushing, light tanning and there are some faint water stains. No splits. I would grade it a 5 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

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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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