1927-35 Psychic Baseball Cards part of Advanced Game

‘It’s In The Details’

Title Psychic Baseball Game Cards
Year 1927-35
Size 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″
Images Color
Type Game Cards
Number in Set
27

1927-1935 Psychic Baseball Game Overview

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The 1927-1935 Psychic Baseball Game was a game using playing cards. The cards depict various baseball images of runners trying to reach base – some successfully and others unsuccessfully. A total of 27 cards are in the set.

As few as two people could play the game and it could accommodate up to 18 players. A complete game with rules, score pads, and the playing field could be purchased for $1.00.

The game was developed by the Psychic Base Ball Corporation (389 Fifth Avenue in New York City) and was invented by M.C. Meyer. Sets were printed in more than one year. The first set was printed in 1927 with a second in 1929 and a third in 1935.

Cards all had the same back design printed in green ink. The box that contained the playing field included a generic baseball scene as well as quotes from current players.

“Psychic Baseball isn’t an imitation of my profession. It is baseball nothing esle. It’s given me a taste of the real thing.” – Jess Petty (former pitcher)

“Psychic Baseball is a corking good game and more. I defy anybody who plays this game not to learn something about big league pitching. It beats anything I’ve seen off the regulation diamond.” – Al Marmaux (former pitcher/manager)

The game seemed popular. There’s even record of a tournament being held and none other than Lou Gehrig was in attendance.

Game Play

In a two-player game, one person is essentially the fielding team and the other the team at bat. Both players would draw a card and depending on the card chosen, a pitch would be either a ball, strike, or put into play. One of the interesting aspects was that the batter would have to draw a card with the same type of pitch thrown (fastball or curve) in order to make contact.

In addition, players could try to steal bases. For a game developed nearly 100 years ago, it was fairly innovative.

Psychic Baseball Checklist

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A total of 27 cards are in the set as indicated below. Note that some of the cards are the same.

  1. Curve Ball (Yellow) FB
  2. Curve Ball (Yellow) SS
  3. Curve Ball (Yellow) No letters
  4. Curve Ball (Yellow) LF
  5. Curve Ball (Yellow) RF
  6. Curve Ball (Yellow) CF
  7. Curve Ball (Yellow) CF
  8. Curve Ball (Yellow) CF
  9. Out (Black Ball) TB
  10. Out (Black Ball) SB / 1
  11. Out (Black Ball) SB / 1 and 2
  12. Out (Black Ball) RF
  13. Out (Black Ball) DCF
  14. Out (Black Ball) LF
  15. Out (Black Ball) LF
  16. Out (Black Ball) RCF
  17. Fast Ball (Red) TB
  18. Fast Ball (Red) SS
  19. Fast Ball (Red) P
  20. Fast Ball (Red)
  21. Fast Ball (Red)
  22. Fast Ball (Red) LF
  23. Fast Ball (Red) RF
  24. Fast Ball (Red) RF
  25. Fast Ball (Red) LF
  26. Fast Ball (Red) RF
  27. Fast Ball (Red) LCF

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