Late 1940's edition

This was one of the very first games ever released by Cadaco-Ellis.  Initially called TOUCHDOWN the company soon changed the name when they secured the endorsement of Elmer Layden of Notre Dame fame.   Later it became known as simply VARSITY FOOTBALL.  The game is a simple, dice-driven, football strategy game.  It was sold by Cadaco from the 1930's - 1950's.   

cadaco elmer layden varsity football game parts

The game parts are in EXCELLENT condition.  The game is 100% complete and shows very little use.  The board is slightly sunken but the metal football and 10-yard markers still slide in the grooves.  There is a bit of wear in these grooves.  Includes the 3 original wooden dice.  Overall I would grade the game parts 7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).  

cadaco elmer layden varsity football game box

The game box is in EXCELLENT condition.  A couple minor stains and some light corner and edge wear.  There are a few air bubbles underneath the cover art.  No split corners.  No sun fading.  No writing.  Minimal dishing.  Still has the original $1.00 price tag on the box bottom.  I would grade it a 7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

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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.

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