This game is part of the series of sports game released by the
3M company during the 1960's and early 70's. The series
includes Football, Baseball, Hockey, Golf, Auto Racing, Horse Racing
Racing. I have heard that they also produced a Basketball
game but I have never come across one.
These games all have the same basic format - a slender box containing the game components with a wrap-around vinyl playing board. All of the games in this series feature high quality game parts. The 3M catalog was later bought out by Avalon Hill who continued to produce most of the games in the standard AH bookshelf format until their demise in the mid 1990's.
The game parts are in EXCELLENT condition. The game has been verified to be 100% complete with all the parts that were originally included in this edition of the game accounted for. When I acquired the game it was missing 2 horses but I have replaced these with 2 spares I had from a newer version of the game. These 2 replacements are missing the number stickers and the green horse is missing his tail. Otherwise the 6 horses are free of breaks. Everything else looks like it was played with very little. Overall I would grade the game parts 8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box is in EXCELLENT condition. One corner is just starting to split. Otherwise no splits, stains or writing. No crushing. Some minor corner wear. I would grade it 8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below). The wrap-around vinyl playing board is in EXCELLENT condition. Outside of the plastic covering has suffered some scuffs and divots. Inside in nice shape. No creases, writing, stains or tears. Snap is intact. I would grade it 7-8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
MINT (10): I will only give this grade to brand new, unused items. NEAR MINT (9): Shows virtually no use. Seldom if ever played. 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 well taken care of. 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 faired pretty well. 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 playable as is. 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. Game will be missing parts (these will be noted). Box will have serious damage and may be missing aprons or badly torn.