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Avalon Hill / Sports Illustrated
DECATHLON Game 1984 Edition

In the early 1970's Sports Illustrated updated their earlier line of sports games giving them a new look and in some cases changing the names. Along with the updates they introduced a new game - DECATHLON. The game used the same basic system to generate play results as the earlier PRO FOOTBALL, PRO BASEBALL and HANDICAP GOLF Games. It allowed you to race some of the greatest runners of all time in a variety of events. The game was re-named TRACK MEET shortly thereafter and then switced back to DECATHLON again later when Avalon Hill picked it up. Basic gameplay remained the same.

This listing is for a complete game. It includes all the components you need to play this edition the game. The game includes simulations of the following events: 1) 100 Meter Dash 2) Long Jump 3) Shot Put 4) High Jump 5) 400 Meter Run 6) 110 Meter High Hurdles 7) Discus Throw 8) Pole Vault 9) Javelin Throw 10)1500 Meter Run


sports illustrated decathlon game parts 1984

The game parts are in NEAR MINT 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. None of the cardboard counters have been punched out. It appears that the game was never played with. Overall I would grade the game parts 9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).


sports illustrated decathlon game box 1984

The game box is in VERY GOOD condition. It has 2 splits on the box bottom and some general shelf wear. No stains or writing. I would grade it a 5 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).


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Do you know that sinking feeling when you are in the middle of replaying a season or sequence of games only to find that the card for one of the key players is missing?  Well I have thoroughly inventoried this set and compared it to the roster list so you can be assured that you won't get that feeling while playing with this set. I am not of the opinion 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 original roster list.  

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 -  I would suggest asking 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.

CONDITION GUIDE: 

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 taken care of well. 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 fared 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 perfectly playable. 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.

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