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Old 03-16-2008, 04:29 PM
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Posted By: DD

Can anyone help with a manufacturer/value/info on this board game? It has a patent date of 1912, and the self enclosed wooden box the game is contained in measures 19x14x3. There are supposedly lineup cards you could order (blank and pre-printed). Has anyone ever seen those?


Edited to add I found one on eBay.

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Old 03-17-2008, 02:28 AM
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Hi David, the game was produced by the Philadelphia Game Manufacturing Company. There are two editions -- Major League Base Ball Game, which you have there, produced from 1912 or '13 well into the 1920s, and Major League Indoor Base Ball, apparently issued only in 1912-13.

The "Indoor" edition is pretty much identical to your edition but for the box lid, which for "Indoor" features an elabourate design depicting sixteen star players of the day. That edition has averaged close to $3500. at sale and auction over the last several years, ranging from over $9600. (an exquisite example at Hunt four years ago) to under $300. (a quite nice example itself, also at Hunt, six years ago).

But that's not why you called! Your generic "green-box" edition doesn't fetch anything close to the "Indoor" prices, but it's certainly no yard-sale item either. Major League Base Ball Game averages around $220. in on-line auctions and sales. The good news if you own one or are selling one is that it's flirted with and even topped $500. on occasion. The good news if you're looking to buy one is that with some patience one can be had for not too much over $100. (one with some notable wear / discoloration / damage to the playing field / gameboard / spinner went for all of $17. on eBay just a couple of months ago). Condition factors into price, although not altogether consistently. Your example, unfortunately, appears to have some significant issues that are likely to hold down the price.

Because the game was popular, had a long production run, and is of particularly sturdy construction, it's still fairly plentiful today. You are correct about the roster "strips" -- a new set was published each year the game was in production, and they could be ordered separately from the company.

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Old 03-17-2008, 06:52 PM
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Posted By: DD

Thanks for the info. I think I may have the pieces and lineups somewhere.

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