Circa 1930s Baseball Game Collection (3)

Sold For: $540

Auction Year: 2017 spring

Lot: 1921

Item Year: 1936

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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Collection of three early baseball games, all of which utilize cards to determine the action, housed in their original boxes. 1) Circa 1913 Napoleon Lajoie Baseball Game. Complete with 50 game cards (each picturing the same image of Lajoie on the back), game board, instruction sheet, and four wooden playing pieces. Issued by Parker Bros. The box for this game was the same as that issued for a later game. The title on the lid reads "The National-American Baseball Game." Despite the title, this game is known as the "Lajoie" game because the later edition does not share the same game cards. There is a cigarette burn in the interior base of the box (not noticeable from the exterior; otherwise the box and all of the components display wear commensurate with its age and former use. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Box: 5.5 x 4 x 1 inches. 2) 1936 Fan-Ball. Includes all 100 game cards, felt playing board, and 17 celluloid game pieces (9 brown, 8 white). The interior box lid and base display pencil notations; otherwise the box and all of the components display wear commensurate with its age and former use, including some tears to the box lid. In Very Good condition overall. Box: 6.25 x 4 x 1.5 inches. 3) 1936 The National Game - A Baseball Card Game. Composed of 51 of the 52 game cards, each of which pictures a different Major League player (including Foxx, Traynor, Hartnett, Hubbell, and many other Hall of Famers), game board, and five of the original wood pieces. The box is heavily worn, with a large stain on the lid, and the cards display moderate-to-heavy wear as well. In Fair to Good condition overall. Box: 5.25 x 4.25 x .75 inches. Total: 3 games. Reserve $200. Estimate $300+.

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