Pressman is well-known for it's ACTION BASEBALL Tabletop Games of the 1950's and 1960's. There were a number of different editions but they were all essentially the same game except for the player endorsements. Pressman also produced a tabletop game in the 70's which was a combination Baseball / Hockey game. The hockey game is a basic knock hockey game that is played inside a wooden tray. The baseball game is very similar to the older games. It fits into the tray right on top of the hockey game. It's a pretty clever design.
I believe this to be the very first edition of the metal version of the Action Baseball game. It comes in a rather flimsy cardboard box with cello panels. The later editions all have a solid (though still flimsy) cardboard box without the panels. There was another version of the game issued in the 1950's that used a cardboard field.
The game is in EXCELLENT condition. No significant dents or scratches. Nice paint, very little rust. The pitching and batting mechanisms both work as they should. The game is supposed to have a bell that mounts behind home plate which acts as the "umpire" but this is missing. Everything else is present. The instructions call for 3 red and 3 blue pegs but the game includes 2 green, 2 blue and 2 red. These are simply used as markers so this won't affect game play in any way. Overall I would grade the game 7-8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box is in GOOD condition. The top flaps are torn but nearly all pieces are included in the box. The cello film is torn in a number of places. Some light stains on the back of the box in a few places but on the whole the box is very clean. No writing. I would grade it a 3-4 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.