Mattel Electronics Baseball - Reconditioned version

phitter
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June 29th, 2015, 4:34 pm #1

Out of curiosity I checked today to see if there was a way to determine how long I had been an active ebay member.
It was available, and much to my surprise, my account was opened in February 1999. My life has seen many things
in the past 16 years but, I guess, the constant has always been the search for electronic baseball games.

After all these years, I have a hit list of the few games that have eluded me and I was finally able to cross one off the list
recently - the Mattel "Baseball" reconditioned unit.



The original handheld baseball game, Mattel's vintage "Baseball" is always available on ebay in various conditions
and the game was so popular that it has been reissued as "Classic Baseball" in a slightly modified version.

Back in the day, it was also so expensive (almost $100 in 1978 dollars) that the units were sent for repair.
These reconditioned units were then repackaged and sold in a box labeled "Reconditioned Game."

In those 16 years on ebay, however, I had never encountered a complete reconditioned "Baseball" until recently.
The box or manual would appear from time to time but the complete version was a ghost.

When it arrived, the condition was better than the auction photos. The box had some typical shelf wear but
the cardboard still had a sheen and the flaps that tuck into top and bottom of the box, often missing, were still in place.

Inside, the game was blanketed in the original bubble wrap and instruction manual, too long to fit in the box without folding,
was wrapped lovingly over the top of the game. The game, itself, was in perfect shape looking as though it had never been played.

If you would like to see some more photos: http://electronicbaseball.blogspot.com/ ... ioned.html
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stone193
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June 30th, 2015, 8:25 pm #2

Wow - congratulations on your long awaited pickup.

Thanx for sharing the link - very well done. :thumbsup1:
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BaseballGamesBKW
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Joined: October 25th, 2013, 6:10 am

June 30th, 2015, 11:00 pm #3

Hi, ph -- yes indeed, very nice, very rewarding acquisition. Congrats!
Thanks also for providing those insights into that game's curious history.
We hadn't been aware of most of that or about those variant editions.

Best wishes as well on the continuing success of your excellent blog,
which should be a must-see destination for every fan of electronic baseball!
Hopefully your post here well engender a few more well-deserved visits.
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