1971 edition

"> Marx was one of the largest toy manufacturers in the US during the 50's and 60's.  They issued a number of sports themed games.  The Basketball game was one of the most popular.   The original version had an underhand shooter but the company issued an updated version in the early 70's that featured the modern overhand shooter.  This one was endorsed by the NBA and had the logos of all the then-current teams on the box.  

marx SET SHOT basketball parts 1

marx SET SHOT basketball parts 2

marx SET SHOT basketball parts 3

marx SET SHOT basketball parts 4

The game parts are in EXCELLENT condition.  The game is complete with the exception of 1 basketball (should have 2).   The small instructions sheet is also included but it got left out of the picture.  Some very minor bends but on the whole looks like it was played with very little.  Just some scuffing where the player rotates around.  No rust or signs of neglect or abuse.  I have tested out the shooting and scoring mechanisms and both work.  I initially had a hard time getting the ball to stay on his hand and couldn't make any shots but with practice I got to where I could sink a few.  It may be that it needs to be adjusted or pehaps it just requires a very precise touch.  In any case I found it to be pretty difficult to get the hang of.  Overall I would grade the game parts 7-8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).  

marx SET SHOT basketball box 1

marx SET SHOT basketball box 2

The game box is in EXCELLENT condition.  All flaps are present.  Some light creasing on the flaps and one of the corners of one flap is torn but still attached to the box.  A bit of rubbing in spots on the front cover art but on the whole very nice.  The remains of some price stickers are still attached to the front.  Colors are nice and bright.  I would grade it a 7-8 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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