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Sports Illustrated HANDICAP GOLF Game
1970 Edition

Along with Sports Illustrated Pro Football, Sports Illustrated College Football and Sports Illustrated Baseball, Handicap Golf was part of the companies first foray into the gaming world. All the games use a similar system of play and they were all very popular. Unlike the other games this one went out of production after Sports Illustrated began it's partnership with Avalon Hill during the mid 1970's so it's the hardest to find of all of the originals. There are 3 editions of the game, the first in a bookshelf style box, the second in a long flatbox and the 3rd a slightly revised and re-titled version (Go For The Green).

This listing is for a complete game. It includes all the components you need to play this edition the game. The game includes the following holes: Hole #1 Merion Golf Club Hole #2 Scioto Country Club Hole #3 Olympic COuntry Club Hole #4 Baltusrol Golf Club Hole #5 Colonial Country Club Hole #6 Seminole Golf Club Hole #7 Pine Valley Golf Club Hole #8 Prairie Dunes Country Club Hole #9 Champions Golf Club Hole #10 Winged Foot Golf Club Hole #11 Merion Golf Club Hole #12 Augusta Country Club Hole #13 Oak Hill Country Club Hole #14 Cherry Hills Country Club Hole #15 Oakmont Country Club Hole #16 Oakland Hills Country Club Hole #17 Quail Creek Country Club Hole #18 Pebble Beach Golf Links

sports illustrated HANDICAP GOLF game box 1970

This particular copy is brand new, still sealed in the original shrinkwrap. The game box is in NEAR MINT condition. A couple corners have some light scuffing and there is a small crease near the bottom left corner of the lid. I would grade it a 9 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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