Elmer Layden's Varsity The Scientific Football Game is a simple, dice-driven, football strategy game. It was sold by Cadaco from the 1930's - 1950's. Initially it was endorsed by Elmer Layden of Notre Dame fame. Later editions are not endorsed by Layden. It is the predecessor to Cadaco's later Foto-Electric Football game.
The game parts are in EXCELLENT-NEAR MINT condition. The game is 100% complete and shows very little use. There is a scrape mark at the bottom of one of the play legend charts. Otherwise just some minor surface rubs here and there. No writing, no stains, no creases. The scoreboard dials and field markers are free of tarnishing. Overall I would grade the game parts 8-9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box is in VERY GOOD condition. It has 2 split corners and some faint staining. The box was taped shut and this tape remains on part of each long apron and on the adjacent sections of the box bottom. There is also what looks like the remains of a price sticker on the lid. All in all though it's not in bad shape for a 70 year old box lid. I would grade it a 5 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.