BOWL BOUND is the follow-up to the SPORTS ILLUSTRATED COLLEGE FOOTBALL GAME of the early 70's.  It is essentially the same game and the charts from earlier game can be used with the later game and vice-versa.  Each game includes a set of color coded team charts.  The charts reflects the success of the team in running a variety of offensive and defensive plays.  It is one of the most playable sports simulations ever created yet still manages to produce realistic results.

sports illustrated bowl bound charts

Overall I would say the team charts are in NEAR MINT condition.  The game contains a complete set of SET 1 team charts.  I have inventoried and inspected the charts and every chart has been accounted for.  I would grade them 9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).  

sports illustrated bowl bound game parts

The other game parts are in EXCELLENT condition.  The game has been verified to be 100% complete with all the parts that were originally included in this edition of the game accounted for.  Actually all the parts are in superb condition and look unused.  The only flaw with the contents is that the tray that holds them in place has small stains on it (foxing).  The game does have a very faint musty smell.  Overall I would grade the game parts 8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

sports illustrated bowl bound game box

The game box is in VERY GOOD condition.  The box is clean and in good shape except for the remains of some masking tape that was used to hold it shut.  The tape backing has peeled off but the glue residue remains.  I managed to gently scrape some of this off but it is very time consuming so I will leave that to the buyer.  Otherwise it's in great shape with little shelf wear.  There is one small split in a long apron.  No split corners and no writing or significant staining.  I would grade it a 5-6 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.  Charts 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 very minor shelf wear.   EXCELLENT (7-8): The game has seen some use but it was obviously well taken care of.  Charts 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 rubbing.  Boxes will have light rubbing to the artwork or perhaps some minor dishing.   VERY GOOD (5-6):  The game was not especially well cared for but it still has faired pretty well.  Charts will have light handling creases or light stains.  Perhaps a couple may have a few stray pen marks or a small edge tear.  All chart 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.  Charts will show moderate to heavy use and many will be yellowed, stained, creased, torn or written on.  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.  Charts 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.

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