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 1977 Season Cards Included

Ashburn Industries produced a few different Baseball Games during the 1970's. Longball was a statistical replay game. I believe they created set for the 1973-1978 seasons. Some of the players included on a team were those projected to be playing the next year. The final season did away with the individual player cards in favor of team roster cards. Some versions of the game are credited to Skor-Mor. The company also created a well-received Trivia game called Baseball's Greatest Moments which I am including here just for continuity.

longball baseball game card 1977

The card set is overall in EXCELLENT condition. This is a complete set of player cards reflecting the 1977 season stats. This set also includes the roster sheet.

longball baseball game teams 1977

I have inventoried and inspected the cards and every card has been accounted for. None of the teams have been punched out. All cards remain attached in the perforated sheets. They do have a faint musty smell. I would grade them 7-8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

Longball Baseball Game parts 1977

The other game parts are overall in EXCELLENT condition. The game is 100% complete. All the game parts have been thoroughly inspected and all have been accounted for. It does not appear that the game was ever actually played with but it was not stored carefully so the boards suffered some minor warping. I would grade the parts 7-8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

longball baseball game box 1977

The game box is overall in POOR condition. All the pieces are intact but most of the corners have split and there are some tears along the seams of the aprons. I also noticed a couple small holes punched in the lid, probably by a pencil. Box bottom has staining. I would grade it 2 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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