Electric Football has had so many cool and significant game through the years that it was hard to narrow down to which games we should put out for display at TudorCON 14. The 1949 Tru-Action No. 500 model was an easy choice – it’s the game where it all started. And despite the “plainness” of the game, and the fact that isn’t a very rare game, it still serves as measuring stick for how far Electric Football has come.
Things got a little tougher as we tried to balance how many years to skip over, but the 1961 Gotham NFL G-1500 game came in as our next display game. Like the No. 500, it holds a number of Electric Football “firsts.” It was the first “large” Electric Football game, the first game with a sideline grandstand, the first game with teams, and…it was THE first NFL-licensed Electric Football game. Besides these firsts, it displays well, being a very impressive game with the metal Yankee Stadium grandstand and the NFL logos on the frame.
We really wanted to display a Tudor Sports Classic No. 600 model (we did bring one), but didn’t have the space. So the next game was another “no-brainer” – the Tudor NFL No. 620 (see top photo). The game we displayed was from 1969, with small Giants and Browns. We were able to date the game thanks to the 1969 Tudor Rule Book that came in the game.
Of course it was 1967 when the No. 620 made it’s biggest splash a part of Tudor’s brand new NFL line. Without fail, this is the game that generates the most conversation at all the conventions we’ve attended. The Tudor NFL No. 620 made a HUGE impact on boys in the late 1960’s.
And we’re not done yet…more to come in future post!!
Earl & Roddy