Probably my favorite APBA Baseball item in my APBA collection is a vintage game from 1963, which included the 1962 MLB season. And while this game is not in pristine, mint condition, it has withstood the trials of existing for 52 years because the owner never decided to toss it in the trash. The game box is the one featuring artwork depicting a baseball player swinging a bat (not the box displaying the great Henry Aaron swinging a bat at Connie Mack Stadium).
(Note, click on any of these photos, above and below for a better view)
The contents of the game include the 4 base situation boards, the Hit&Run booklet with the tape material binding, 2 of the old cardboard dice shakers, with the smaller dice, 2 of them still wrapped in the plastic they came in 52 years ago, the old baseball diamond with the path between home and the pitchers mound, a plain cardboard box holding the 20 teams, with long envelopes, the 1962 lineup sheet, and a form for ordering 24 different Great Teams of the past from APBA Game Co. for $1 each, postage paid.
I stumbled upon this game at an estate sale. It was the only APBA game there. It did have a large water stain on the main box cover, and some of the water did seep into the other cardboard box within the game box. Only a few of the teams were affected, but all the teams are accounted for and playable. Many of the teams appeared to have never been touched, with cards in alphabetical order. And even the teams which had some of the water damage, the water damage had apparently turned into dust, and I was able to wipe the dust off the cards, without damaging the card itself.
The impression I got was that this game was sitting unplayed, for the majority of those 52 years. Did the original owner receive the game, and play only a few games with it? Perhaps. Either way, the game is in better shape than any of the games I originally owned back in the 70’s and 80’s because I wore my games out. Here is what is left of my original baseball game box, from the game I purchased in August of 1978:
The 1962 envelopes themselves remain in excellent overall condition (note the water stain on the Phillies’ envelope).
If you look closely at the Choo-choo Coleman card for the ’62 Mets, you will notice he does not have a “12” result, which is supposed to be at dice roll #36 (for reference, see http://www.zackapbahandbook.org).
So that I can handle this game without changing the condition, I have sleeved each of the 400 player cards. I have also printed my own custom envelopes for the 20 teams, with 1962 logos. This way I can handle the teams and cards without affecting their overall condition.
One of my favorite pieces of J. Richard Seitz advertising were his descriptions of the various Great Teams of the Past found on his Great Team of the Past listing/price sheet, like this one featuring 2 dozen teams.
Thank gosh this gem of a game avoided being thrown in the trash …