I recently acquired some old baseball mags from the time I started following the game. The 1974 Street & Smith’s yearbook was a particularly important specimen, as it was there I first saw anything about tabletop baseball. The APBA ad must have grabbed my imagination more than the others, because I sent away for their free brochure and sample cards, and soon afterwards ordered the game.
Looking back from 2008, I’m surprised at how many games were advertising. Who runs print ads nowadays?
My favorite bit is in the APBA ad from another energy crunch 35 years ago:
Street & Smith’s 1974 Yearbook:
- Pennant Race! & All-Time Great Baseball
- Extra Innings
- Big League Manager
June 1973 Baseball Digest: