Purse The Pennant first came out during the mid 1980's and was an immediate hit. The colorful cards, beautiful stadium backdrops, and smooth game play captured the attention of lots of fans of the genre. The company continued to produce sets into the 1990's until Dynasty League Baseball took over. They kept the game more or less the same and continue to sell sets today (although they seem to be headed more to a computer only model).
This is the very first edition of the game. It is a "Limited Collector's Edition" signed by the game designer. The game underwent a few changes, starting with the 1986 season, and the 2 versions are really not compatible. So if you want to play the 1984 or 1985 season cards you need this version of the game.
The card set is overall in VERY GOOD condition. This is a near complete set of player cards reflecting the 1984 season stats. I have inventoried and inspected the cards and every card has been accounted for with the exception of 1 card. There is no roster list included, but the game instructions state that the game comes with 700 cards and I count 699. It also states each team should have at least 25 player cards. The Astros only have 24, so I believe the missing card is from them. From what I can see the most likely missing card is the relief pitcher Solano. The cards show some use, but have no major flaws. Just a few incidental creases or pen marks. No writing, no significant stains, no tears or heavy creasing. I would grade them 6 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The other game parts are overall in VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition. The game is 100% complete. All the game parts have been thoroughly inspected and all have been accounted for. The instructions and other paperwork show typical handling wear, but no major damage. I would grade the parts 6-7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box is overall in GOOD condition. It has suffered heavy rubbing and a number of the corners have been mended with tape. I would grade it 3-4 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
Do you know that sinking feeling when you are in the middle of
season or sequence of games only to find that the card for one of the
players is missing? Well I have thoroughly
inventoried this set and
compared it to the roster list so you can be assured that you
that feeling while playing with this set. I am not of the
that a simple card count
will do. The sets often came with missing or
duplicate cards from the
factory, and who knows what the original owner may have done with them
in the course of playing with them.... Be sure to ask
your card seller if they have in fact verified
that the card set is complete by comparing it to the
I have also carefully inspected each and every card in order to determine the condition grade I have given to this set. I do not feel that a cursory flipping through of the cards is adequate to determine the condition of a set - it is too easy to miss something. Once again - always ask your card seller to verify that they have done a careful inspection of the condition of all the cards in the set before putting their grade on it.
MINT (10): I will only give this grade to brand new, unused items. NEAR MINT (9): Shows virtually no use. Seldom if ever played. Cards will have at worst some dented corners from shuffling around in the box. 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. Cards may have denting to the corners, perhaps a few may have light stains or other very light handling wear but the vast majority will be close to flawless. 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. Cards will have dented corners and perhaps some may have rubber band wear to the edges. A few cards (less than 10%) may have handling creases, yellowing to the edges (a few may be yellowed on the faces), or light stains. Perhaps a couple may have writing or some dried rubber band residue (this will be noted). All card results will be fully readable. Other 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. Cards will show moderate to heavy use and many will be yellowed, stained, creased, written on or have rubber band residue. A couple may be torn and taped back together. All card results will be fully readable. Other 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. Cards are heavily worn and some are badly damaged. Game will be missing parts (these will be noted). Box will have serious damage and may be missing aprons or badly torn.