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Monkey Basketball Shooting Game
1950's Tin Japan
This is one of the really
fun mechanical toys produced in
post-war Japan that are in such high demand these days. Since
they were often thought of as cheap foreign-made junk very few were
held onto so few have survived. It's especially hard to find
them in the original boxes.
The game parts are in
EXCELLENT condition. Mechanically he works great. You need to "tweek"
the net set-up a bit to align everything properly but once you do he
will go on shooting underhand free throws until his mechanical motor
winds down. His paint job is in wonderful shape, just a a few small
scuffs and scratches, and I can't see any rust on him at all. The rest
of the metal parts are similarly free of rust and have very nice paint.
The net has seems to be torn at the back but all the copies I have seen
have this same opening so I'm guessing this is how it originally came
out of the box. It is otherwise intact with no signficant rips or
tears. Overall I would grade the game parts 7 on a 10 scale (see
condition guide below).
The game box is in VERY
GOOD condition. Other than a
split corner the lid has very little wear. Nice, bright colors. No
stains or writing. Just some scuffing on the edges and corners.
(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
or other minor flaws with the game parts. Boxes will have
the slightest hint of shelf wear. EXCELLENT (7-8):
The game has seen some use but it was obviously well taken care of.
some light handling creases or other signs of
careful use. Board might have just a hint of color loss or
corners. Boxes will have light rubbing to the artwork or
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
rubbing, light staining, dishing, 1 or 2 neatly split corners,
minor writing and/or a few pieces of tape. No major
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
condition. Box may have staining, writing, split
dishing and/or other structural damage but it will be intact and still
Only suitable to fill a space in your collection.
Game will be missing
parts (these will be noted). Box will have serious damage and
be missing aprons or badly torn.
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