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August 15th, 2008

Circa 1979?

Guess what my son found at a yard sale yesterday?

IMG_3517 by you.

It's all he can think about right now...isn't that crazy?

Who didn't have one of these?  I didn't...but I remember playing the one my cousins had when I visited them.

Have had a hard time pinning down an exact date these things came about, so just guessing there in the title of this post.  Anybody know?  My son would love to know how old it may be.

[1] Circa 1979?
Created 8/15/2008 8:34:33 AM by Andy Donaldson
(Andy Donaldson http://blog.macian.net)

Check this site out http://www.handheldmuseum.com/. From the looks of it, the you have the 2001 re-release model. The original came out in 1978. Ah, the sweet memories of playing someone else's game because your parents wouldn't buy you one...not that I'm still bitter.


[2] Circa 1979?
Created 8/15/2008 8:39:44 AM by Vitor Pereira
(Vitor Pereira http://www.vitor-pereira.com)

Hey, I have one of those. I think I got it in 1982.


[3] Circa 1979?
Created 8/15/2008 8:40:37 AM by Andy Donaldson
(Andy Donaldson http://blog.macian.net)

Check out http://www.handheldmuseum.com/


[4] Circa 1979?
Created 8/15/2008 8:48:33 AM by Adam Gartenberg
(Adam Gartenberg http://www.adamgartenberg.com)

I remember these, too - it's definitely the 1979 era +/- a few years. However, it looks like this might be one they started re-issuing a few years back, and not a true vintage model (hence the 'classic' in the name): http://www.handheldmuseum.com/Mattel/ClassicBaseB.htm

My favorite was the electronic football; I had little enough grasp of the game at the time to begin with, let alone trying to follow all of the little blips on the screen.


[5] Circa 1979?
Created 8/15/2008 8:50:56 AM by Greyhawk68
(Greyhawk68 http://www.greyhawk68.com)

Testing out your comments. Also, I LOVE those old games :-)


[6] Circa 1979?
Created 8/15/2008 9:03:37 AM by Gregory Engels
(Gregory Engels http://inotes.de)

I must disappoint you - this handheld game is from 2001.

http://www.handheldmuseum.com/Mattel/ClassicBaseB.htm

It is a re-release of the 1978 game. http://www.handheldmuseum.com/Mattel/BaseB.htm


[7] Circa 1979?
Created 8/15/2008 9:06:58 AM by Charles Robinson
(Charles Robinson http://www.cubert.net)

It was originally released in 1978, then re-released in 2001. http://www.shareholder.com/mattel/news/20020315-74432.cfm


[8] Circa 1979?
Created 8/15/2008 9:12:42 AM by David Leedy
(David Leedy http://www.lotusnotebook.com)

I had a bunch of these... They actually started remaking them a couple of years ago... I don't know if I remember seeing baseball but football was remade... I think a couple of others... you can probably find them in a large toy store... I think the box had a little bit about the history..

One big change in the new ones is that they use double A batteries instead of the original that used 9 volt.


[9] Circa 1979?
Created 8/15/2008 9:21:49 AM by Mitch Cohen
(Mitch Cohen http://www.curiousmitch.com)

Nice find! I used to have one of those as a kid. It is listed here http://www.miniarcade.com/mattel/baseball.htm as 1978 so good guess. Now you need one of these to go aling with it http://www.miniarcade.com/mattel/newfootball.htm


[10] Circa 1979?
Created 8/15/2008 9:57:02 AM by Carl Tyler
(Carl Tyler http://www.iminstant.com)

Who didn't have one? Anyone that lived in a country that doesn't take part in the "World" Series :-D


[11] Circa 1979?
Created 8/15/2008 10:22:19 PM by Rob Wunderlich
(Rob Wunderlich http://www.dominounplugged.com)

I think you're exactly right.

I recall having a couple (Football was my favorite) and, if memory serves, the gang I remember playing/trading these devices with makes the late 70s right on the money.

Wait 'til he finds a Simon game somewhere (about the same era, no?) ...


[12] Circa 1979?
Created 1/2/2009 6:09:40 PM by Ray Bilyk
(Ray Bilyk http://www.thepridelands.com/)

The Football game ruled!


[13] 14th Anniversary
Created 4/17/2012 8:31:08 PM by Coach Outlet Online
( http://www.getcoachoutletsonline.com/)

nice post !!


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