It’s In The Details’
|Title||Parlor Base Ball Game Cards
|Size||2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
|Number in Set
1884 Parlor Base Ball Game Cards Overview
This game was produced in 1884 but the maker is anonymous. The box calls the name of the game simply ‘Base Ball’ but the enclosed instructions refer to it as ‘Parlor Base Ball.’ The box also includes a cartoon image of a generic player.
The cards had printed actions on them to dictate play. Two players could simulate an entire baseball game just from simply following the actions on the cards.
Each card had more than one action as shown here. That was to not only indicate what happened with the batter but also with any base runners. Cards had a basic look with a light-brown colored background and were simplistic in design.
Like many other sets in the early 1900s, the game did not include a formal board and the cards were distributed in smaller boxes with only the cards, game pieces, and instructions. A miniature board was printed on the box bottom in lieu of a full-size board.
1884 Parlor Base Ball Game Cards Checklist
A checklist of this set is not known.