1970 Munro Sears Toys Professional Table Top Hockey Game Complete w/Plastic Boards & Overhead Gondola Scoreboard Excellent Condition - No Rust FLAT playing surface w/only a trace of wear and tear. We're going right back to the Sears toy department this week. This is the 1970 game Munro made for sale at Sears stores. It was the same exact game as Munro's Bobby Hull game but came in red instead of light blue and was marketed as the "Professional" model instead of bearing Bobby Hull's name. This beauty comes complete with the famous overhead gondola scoreboard and the often missing transparent plastic "glass" above the boards behind the nets!Displayability: It ain't perfect but how many things 47 years old are? I'd say this game is still a looker and will be a main draw in your man cave or game room. Your buddies are gonna be begging you to play when they see it. Take a good long look at the pictures in this description, because this game is every bit as nice as it looks. The playing surface still shines nicely. Wear and tear is minimal for a game of this age. Best of all, the playing surface is surprisingly flat for a child's game that left the factory some 47 years ago! And that flat playing surface puts this game in rare company. The flat playing surface is no accident. It takes me a long time to remove the sag that was present when I got this game and bring it slowly back to flat. Today, this game stands ready to wow your friends and provide years of good old fashioned vintage fun. The metal frame with plastic end pieces is completely rust free.
The graphics feature helmetless players and bright shiny red paint. There are three small dents, two on one side, one on the other.
I took a picture of the biggest one. It's in picture #10. They're not that big and they blend in to the paint and design scheme but I just wanted you to know about them. Each of the plastic end pieces is completely free of cracks or chips or anything of the kind.Playability This game plays even better than it looks! The flat playing surface ensures that. The tin men glide back and forth in their slots without binding up against the playing surface. This game plays exceptionally fast with either of the three included pucks, (wood, magnetic and roller puck).
Munro Toys made the highest quality games back in the day and that quality still comes through five decades later! Underneath, the nearly indestructible metal gear player control mechanisms work like new. They've been freshly lubed for trouble free play. The white goal "lights" pop up every time a goal is scored and also function as automatic puck ejectors with a tap on top.The control rods are straight and operate smoothly. Each of the four red plastic legs is fully functional and flips up from the bottom and locks into place when needed. Accessories First things first, the overhead gondola scoreboard is in absolutely remarkable condition for its age. Let's start with the four-sided cardboard scoreboard that sits atop the white plastic support.
Most of these cardboard pieces have been lost to the passage of time. The survivors are usually beat up pretty badly and look some degree of awful. Take a really close look at the this cardboard piece. I think it's about as nice as you're going to find these days. There's a couple of small creases but they're not obnoxious and they don't take away from the look of the game.All the other cardboard parts are included; the four dials that you use to change the score are historically accurate replicas of the originals as are the paper "flags" that fly at the top of the scoreboards. Each of the 14 NHL teams that existed in 1970 are included including the two newest teams, the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks. Original Montreal and Toronto team nameplates are included for each side of the scoreboard. Each of the plastic scoreboard parts is included. From the 14 flag poles, to the two axles that you twist to change the score, to the plastic top and the hidden, delayed-action puck dropper that you can't see inside the four-sided cardboard. Finally, the white plastic support that holds the entire apparatus above the playing surface is included and it too looks brand new. No cracks, splits or breaks. All the other parts are in excellent or better condition. The white plastic nets have all of their tabs that connect to the playing surface.
All four plastic puck flippers, (one on each side of each net) are included. The tin men representing the classic NHL showdown between the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs are in excellent or better condition! There's only a hint of use. Each tin man is completely free of rust.
I f you had this game as a kid, I don't have to tell you how rare it is to find the clear plastic "glass" that mounts on top of the red plastic "boards" on each end of the game. Some of these plastic pieces didn't survive their first game. These are easily breakable plastic pieces and young boys and easily breakable plastic pieces don't mix very well. One piece was cracked down the middle.
I fixed it as best I could, but there's still a bit missing from one of the ends. The other piece is missing a portion from each end. Still, most of these plastic pieces are long gone, so any piece that has survived this long should get a bit of credit. Box The original game box is included and doesn't it bring back sweet memories? The front cover is the best part of the box and that's good news if you plan on displaying the old school pic of a dad and his sons playing the game.
The rest of the box has seen better days. The end flaps and the backside look like you would expect a 45 year old box to look. So the last thing I would allow to happen is for it to be poorly packaged and damaged in transit. I package these vintage table hockey games like the rare collectibles they are.Your new hockey game will be double boxed. Inside this box, the original game box will be surrounded by packing peanuts. Inside the game each of the game pieces will be surrounded by bubble wrap.
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I also have a huge inventory of parts. Thank you very much for your interest in my vintage table hockey games and accessories. As "Badger Bob Johnson" would say, It's a Great Day for Hockey!! The item "Vintage 1970 Munro Sears Toys Professional NHL Tin Table Top Hockey Game" is in sale since Tuesday, January 03, 2017.
This item is in the category "Toys & Hobbies\Games\Board & Traditional Games\Vintage Manufacture". The seller is "daveandjudi" and is located in Madison, Wisconsin. This item can be shipped to United States, to all countries in Europe, to Canada, to Australia.