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Superstar Baseball!, Sports Illustrated, 1975 advertisement
  Here for your consumerist enjoyment, a selection of vintage print advertisements for tabletop 
  baseball games, with examples from every decade from the 1880s to the 21st century.  Some 
  are full-page display ads from well-known magazines, while others are tiny classifieds from 
  now-obscure ancient trade periodicals.  Some ads are shown full-size, while some images, sorry, 
  are just too darn small and blurry to read, but you should still be able to get the gist of the thing...  

        Games are arranged alphabetically by title, below, with the original source of the ad noted in 
  those instances in which that information is available -- and the year in which the ad ran providing 
  a link to the ad image, which will open in a new window in your browser.  In many cases we've 
  left the surrounding material in the ad image, which maybe lends a sense of the zeitgeist of the era 
  in which the ad ran.  Some we've swiped off the interweb, some we've scanned from our own 
  heaps of acidifying 1960s and '70s baseball magazines, and many have been provided by members     
  of our Baseball Games Forum -- thanks especially to Bruce Whitehill, Tom Nahigian, Mike 
  Rothstein, and Mike Boling for their massive and generous contributions to this page.  





All-Star Baseball Game, Cadaco 1965, at right
All-Star Baseball Game, Cadaco-Ellis, 1965 advertisement

All Star Card Base Ball [ "Polo Grounds" game, WG4 ], The Card Baseball Co., Inc. 1914 Boys' Life, December 1914
All-Time All-Star Baseball, Sports Illustrated Street & Smith's Official 1974 Baseball Yearbook For some reason, a clumsy label retitling the game "All-Time Great Baseball" has been slapped on the box for this ad.
APBA Major League Baseball Game, APBA Game Co. 1973
Armchair Challenge Baseball, Sofa Sports 1990s
'Babe' Ruth's Baseball Game, Milton Bradley Toys and Novelties, June 1929
Ball Park Baseball, Ball Park Inc. Street & Smith's Official 1977 Baseball Yearbook
Bam-Bee-No ~ The National Game, The National Game Co. Literary Digest, December 1921; 1922; 1920s
Bam-Bee-No - The National Game, The National Game Co., 1922
A curious thing, this: Bam-Bee-No was one of the most heavily promoted games of its time, with print ads appearing from 1921 through 1923 in Baseball Magazine, Popular Mechanics, The Saturday Evening Post, and several other popular periodicals of the day. Yet in all our years of collecting and research, we've seen only one lone example of the game itself...
Base Ball, George G Norris Co. The Saturday Evening Post, 23 February 1905
Baseball Game, Elmar Products Billboard, May 1950
Baseball Game, Parker Brothers, 1951 advertisement
Baseball Game, Parker Brothers 1951, above
Baseball Game, Samsonite Playthings, March 1971
Baseball Manager, Wichita Game Co. 1980
Be A Manager, Bamco, circa 1967 advertisement
Be A Manager, Bamco circa 1967, above
Big League Manager, Arrowhead Trading Post / Big League Co 1960 Cord Sportsfacts Baseball Report 1972 Street & Smith's Official 1974 Baseball Yearbook
Big Six, Christy Mathewson Game Co, circa 1921 advertisement
Big Six, Piroxloid Products circa 1922, Christy Mathewson Baseball Game Co., above O'Brien Novelty Co. (distributors), below
Big Six, Christy Mathewson Game Co, circa 1921 advertisement
Bob Feller Big League Baseball Game, Saalfield circa 1950
Calculator Baseball, Calculator Games Co. Street & Smith's Official 1979 Baseball Yearbook
Carl Yastrzemski Action Baseball, Pressman Pressman catalogue, 1969
ChallengeTheYankees, Hasbro Boys' Life, October 1964
Championship Base Ball Parlor Game, Grebnelle Novelty Co. Boys' Life, January 1915
Championship Base Ball Parlor Game, Grebnelle Novelty Co., 1914-15
The Competitive Optional Way, The Competitive Optional Way Inc. Street & Smith's Official 1977 Baseball Yearbook
Danny MacFayden's Stove League Baseball Game, The National Games Co. circa 1930 pamphlet: cover, inside, back cover
Diceball, Ray-Fair 1939
Diceball!, Intellijeux 1991
The Dicex Base Ball Game, Chester S Howland circa 1925
Double Game Board, Parker Brothers Union Hardware & Metal Company catalogue, 1927
Egerton R. Williams Popular Indoor Base Ball Game., Hatch Co. 1889 Players League programme, Buffalo at Brooklyn, 12 July 1890
Electric Baseball, Tudor Metal Products Corp. 1964
Extra Innings, Gamecraft 1974
Fan Craze, Fan Craze Co. 1906 Fans crazy for this legendary set may also want to take a look at our article on the notorious "Billy Owen" card, => here <=
From the Field to the Parlor, The Aydelott's Base Ball Cards Co. Baseball Magazine, March 1912
From the Field to the Parlor, The Aydelott's Base Ball Cards Co., 1910s
Game of Parlor Base Ball, McLoughlin Brothers McLoughlin catalogue, 1897 Collectors interested in the fabled McLoughlin products can find an overview of all their baseball games, books, and toys => here <=
Grand Slam, Sming Game Co. 1980
The Great American Game - Base Ball, Frantz Manufacturing Co. / Hustler Toy Corp. 1923 Union Hardware & Metal Company catalogue, 1927
The Great National Game - Baseball With Cards., The Harking Card Co. Baseball Magazine, circa 1910
Hatfield's Parlor Base-Ball Game, The Hatfield Co. Rock Island Employes' Magazine vol. 8, 1914
Hit n' Run, E. S. Lowe Co. Inc. E. S. Lowe catalogue, 1969
Hit'n Run Baseball Game, Kenner Products Co. 1962
Home Team Baseball Game, Selchow & Righter Selchow & Righter catalogue, 1954 Selchow & Righter catalogue, 1968
Hot Corner Baseball Game, Pro Sports Action Inc. 1991
"Inside" Base Ball, The Popular Games Co. Youth's Companion, 1915, below
Inside Base Ball, The Popular Games Co, Youth's Companion advertisement, 1915

Big League Electric Baseball, Electric Game Co, 1938 advertisement
Jim Prentice Electric Baseball, The Electric Game Co. Big League Electric Baseball, 1938, above Jim Prentice Electric Baseball 1947; 1947; 1949 Super De Luxe Electric Baseball 1949; 1949; 1950; 1950s and below Jim Prentice Electric Baseball Model 48B Lady Luck #90, August 1950 Jim Prentice Electric Baseball Model 73B 1953; 1950s Jim Prentice Electric Baseball 1955 More Jim Prentice ads can be seen at our Jim Prentice / Electric Game Company / Electric Baseball page, => here <=
Super De Luxe Electric Baseball, Electric Game Co, 1950s advertisement
Johnny Bench "Best of Five" Baseball Dart Game, Super Star Sports Games 1977
Johnny Bench Electric Baseball Game, Gotham Pressed Steel Corp. June 1972
Jr. League Magnetic Baseball, Tudor Metal Products Corp. 1964
Lawson's Patent Game ~ Base Ball with Cards, Lawson Card Co. March 1885 Tom Lawson, maybe The Most Interesting Man in the World in his day, hyped his game as "The Greatest Invention of the Age." The heck with that silly telephone and electric light bulb!
Lawson's Patent Game - Base Ball with Cards, Lawson Card Co, 1884 LFBaseball, LF Baseball 1980
Lucky 7th, Ray-Fair 1939
Mag-Powr Baseball, Mag-Powr Games Inc. Toys and Novelties, March 1961
Major League Baseball, Nemadji Game Co. / Negamco 1960 Baseball Illustrated, 1972 Street & Smith's Official 1974 Baseball Yearbook Street & Smith's Official 1977 Baseball Yearbook
Major League Baseball Game, Midwest Research Inc. Street & Smith's Official 1972 Baseball Yearbook
Major League Baseball Game, Statis-Pro Games Inc. Street & Smith's Official 1974 Baseball Yearbook
Mather's Parlor Base Ball Game, Mather Game Co. Meyer Brothers Druggist Vol.27 No.10, 1906 Pearsons Vol.16 No.4, 1906 1909
Mini-Baseball, Atlantica 1990s
National Base Ball Game ~ The King of Indoor Amusements, Thomas-Peter Co. -- 1900s; 1909 National Guard Magazine, 1909 "'Scuse me, Your Highness, but there's a Mr Mather and his patent attorney here to see you... "
National Game of Base Ball, National Base Ball Manufacturing Co. Toys and Novelties, August 1925
National Pastime, Major Games Co. 1930 Baseball Magazine, December 1930
NationalPastime, America's House of Toys and Games 1946
New Base Ball Game., Durgin & Palmer SportingTimes, 1886
The Old Ball Yard 1990s
Our National Ball Game, McGill & Delany circa 1887
Our National Game - Base Ball, Charles W Sever & Co. 1900
Peg Base Ball, Parker Brothers Union Hardware & Metal Company catalogue, 1927
Pennant Race!, Sports Illustrated Street & Smith's Official 1974 Baseball Yearbook
Pitch 'n Play, Playtoy 1979 Argg! Our Expos make it to the Series only to collapse in the bottom of the 9th in Game 7! Even in a cartoon of a kid's fantasy, we just can't win... Thanks a lot, disembodied lips. Hey, waitaminnit, if the kid is pitching... and a walk-off homer wins it... did he just throw that game? But the kid's team wins... What the...
Play Baseball Game Ring, Kellogg's 1949
Play Magne Ball!, Toy Enterprises of America Inc. Toys and Novelties, October 1949

   Pro Base Ball, PM Game Co.             
        1946, at right 












Pro Base Ball, PM Game Co, 1946 advertisement

Pro-Game Baseball, Pro-Game Baseball 1976
Program IV Pro Baseball, T.L. Harris Publications Baseball Digest, June 1973
Psychic Base Ball, Psychic Base Ball Corp. Boys' Life, December 1926 circa 1928, circa 1930
Pursue the Pennant, Pursue the Pennant 1985
Push Button Baseball, Gotham Pressed Steel Corp. 1962
Quantum Baseball, Chirpman-Zeethoot Inc. 1987
Red Barber's Big League Baseball Game, G & R Anthony Inc. circa 1950
Replay Games Major League Baseball Games, Replay Games Inc. 1981
Sandlot Slugger, Milton Bradley Milton Bradley catalogue, 1968
Sher-Co Baseball, Sher-Co Games circa 1974, 1979
Sher-Co II Baseball Simulation, Sher-Co Games Street & Smith's Official 1979 Baseball Yearbook
Slug 'Em!, Play-Boy Products Co. Union Hardware & Metal Company catalogue, 1927
Statis-Pro Baseball, Avalon Hill 1991
Statis-Pro Major League, Avalon Hill / Sports Illustrated Street & Smith's Official 1979 Baseball Yearbook
Strat-O-Matic Baseball, Strat-O-Matic 1966 Dell Baseball 1970 Boys' Life, July 1971
Strike 'Em Out, Doughboy Industries Inc. Parents Magazine, December 1955
Superstar Baseball!, Sports Illustrated 1975, top of page
Time Travel Major League Baseball, Time Travel Inc. 1980; 1980s
Tom Barker Baseball Card Game, The National Baseball Playing Card Co. Inc. 1913
Triple Threat Baseball, Triple Threat Inc. / Spielzeit 1999 Triple Threat Baseball, Triple Threat Inc, 2003 Tru-Action Electric Baseball Game, Tudor Metal Products Corp. 1964
Waner's Baseball Game, Waner's Baseball Inc. Boys' Life, October 1928
Wilder's Baseball Game, Wilder Manufacturing Co. Toys and Novelties, December 1926
Willie Mays Push Button Baseball, Eldon Champion Games circa 1966
Winko Baseball, Milton Bradley Wisconsin Deluxe Company catalogue, 1951
World Series, E. S. Lowe Co. Inc. E. S. Lowe catalogue, 1969
The World's Greatest Baseball Game, JWW Corp. Street & Smith's Official 1979 Baseball Yearbook
World's Champions Cereal League, Kellogg 1910 "Who the heck is Danny Murphy?," some of you may be asking. A heckuva ballplayer, we'd answer. Stats here, bio here.
"World's Series" Base Ball Game, United Game Co. Baseball Magazine, 1916


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