This antique baseball card game, From the Field to the Parlor, was produced and distributed by Aydelott’s Base Ball Cards Company, in the early 1900s. The boxed game set comes with 97 baseball action playing cards, 4 white discs that are used as the four bases of a baseball diamond, and three red discs denoting the players who run the bases.
Though no instructions come with From the Field to the Parlor, Internet research indicates that the white discs are placed in a diamond-shape design on the table, mimicking a traditional baseball diamond. The two players then toss a coin to determine who will be the home team. The winner of the toss selects to play either the home or visiting team; the opponent plays the team not selected. The baseball action cards are shuffled. The visiting team player selects the top card and follows the action indicated on the card. If a hit or walk occurs, a red disc (denoting a baseball player) is placed on the appropriate base. Once the visiting team has had three outs, play shifts to the home team player. Play continues until all the baseball action cards have been turned face up (at which point, the cards are reshuffled so play can continue) or until nine innings of play (with no tied score) have occurred. Players keep score for each inning on a notepad.
This antique parlor baseball game is in good vintage condition. After more than 100 years, the box does show signs of wear, with a slightly punctured top-left side, and the graphics are worn, but the box is still in solid condition. The baseball action cards and the colored discs are in great condition. Some of the cards have some minor yellowing and spots, but none of them are creased, torn or frayed.
If you are a fan of baseball or if you collect antique card games, then this rare version of Aydelott’s From the Field to the Parlor makes for an ideal treasure, for yourself or as a gift.