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TUDOR NHL Hockey Strategy Game
1975-76 Season Included
Tudor was best known as the
makers of the Electric Football game and their mechanical NFL Football
Strategy board game. During the mid 1970's they must have decided to
branch out and fill a perceived gap in the statistical replay market -
hockey. At the time that this game came out (1976) neither
Strat-O-Matic nor APBA produced a stats-based hockey game. There were
some smaller companies that had games out there but none with large
distribution systems. Looking back it seems like a smart move.
Unfortunately it didn't work out for them....
While it is not in the
same class as Strat-O-Matic the game certainly adequately filled the
gap at the time and it looks really sharp. The game has many
similarities to APBA. The player cards use the 2 digit dice system to
generate play results and the overall strength of the teams will alter
which column you pull results from on the various charts. In the few
games that I played it seemed to produce pretty accurate stats. As with
most first run games there are numerous errors and omissions. The
labeling on some of the charts is wrong. The instructions are lacking
in detail in places. If you are an experienced statistical replay gamer
once you understand the game mechanics the mistakes will become obvious
and you will be able to fix them on your own or improvise. I would not
recommend this game to a novice.
The card set is overall in EXCELLENT-NEAR MINT
condition. This is a complete set of player cards reflecting the
1975-76 season stats. To my knowledge this was the only season ever
produced for the game. I have inventoried and inspected the cards and
every card has been accounted for. Only a handful of teams have been
punched out. The rest remain attached in their original perforated
sheets. I would grade them 8-9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide
The other game parts are overall in EXCELLENT-NEAR
MINT condition. The game is complete except for the puck. This is
really just used as a pawn so anything will do to replace it. All the
game parts have been thoroughly inspected and all have been accounted
for. I would grade them 8-9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box is overall in EXCELLENT condition. It
has suffered some light caving from having another game stacked on top.
No stains or writing. No split corners. I would grade it 7-8 on a 10
scale (see condition guide below).
Do you know that sinking feeling when you are in
the middle of
season or sequence of games only to find that the card for one of the
players is missing? Well I have thoroughly
inventoried this set and
compared it to the roster list so you can be assured that you
that feeling while playing with this set. I am not of the
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
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
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.
give this grade
to brand new, unused items. NEAR MINT (9):
Shows virtually no use. Seldom if ever played.
will have at worst some dented corners from shuffling around in the
box. 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 taken care of
well. Cards may have denting to the corners, perhaps
light stains or other very light handling wear, but the vast
majority will be close to flawless. Game parts
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
fared pretty well. Cards will have dented corners and
some may have rubber band wear to the edges. A few cards
than 10%) may have handling creases, yellowing to the
(a few may be yellowed on the faces), or light stains.
couple may have writing or some dried rubber band residue (this will be
noted). All card results will be fully readable.
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 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.
card results will be fully readable. Other 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.
heavily worn and some are badly damaged. 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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Eric Furman (Spooky's Hobby Shop) ALL RIGHTS RESERVED