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SELCHOW & RIGHTER
Home Team Baseball Game
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.
The game parts are in VERY
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).
The game box is in VERY
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).
(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
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 well taken care of.
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
faired pretty well. Game
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 playable as
is. 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.
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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