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1939 "Game of Friendly Fun" Board Game
Starting Bid - $100.00, Sold For - $116.00
Mattel's 1939 "Game of Friendly Fun" board game is not found in any of the standard guide books. An example is not on display in the Baseball Hall of Fame. It is rarely found in even the most comprehensive private baseball collections. Barry Halper never had one (though we suspect he would have had to have this in his collecting days). Most collectors are not even aware of its existence. Yet, one glance at the outstanding graphics on the box confirms its status as a classic. Presenting the "holy grail" of all baseball-theme game boxes featuring animals! The beauty of this game lies in the gorgeous full-color graphics on the cover. The spectacular image features an assortment of animals engaged in a game of baseball. Not just any animals either. Mattel, in a stroke of promotional genius, merged both wild animals and farm animals. Here, and only here, on this cover, can you find chickens and cows cavorting with foxes and bears on the diamond. Normally, foxes eat chickens. In Mattel's world, they play ball together. That's part of the magic of baseball, and part of the charm of this piece. The actual board game has nothing to do with baseball, but it all comes back to the cover. It is captivating. The box is in Very Good condition overall, with some light staining and splitting to the aprons. The game (13.5 x 10.5 x 1.5 inches) is complete and comes with all of the interior pieces (including the game board). Reserve $100. Estimate $200/$300. SOLD FOR $116.00
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