January 31, 2017

TOYS IN THE ATTIC: The Rattle & Hum of Electric Football and the Tudor NFL No. 620

It's Super Bowl weekend so that means it's time for another self indulgent 'Toys in the Attic' trip down memory lane for this baby boomer...so enter the world of Electric Football


The first Electric Football games were made by Tudor in 1949. The early Tru-Action No. 500’s games are very cool pieces, millions were made between 1949-61. but the heart of Electric Football collecting lies in the NFL line that Tudor* began producing in 1967 and the holy grail is the 1967 Tudor NFL No. 620 with the Browns and Giants.That year saw the introduction of three Tudor NFL Electric Football games, as well as the introduction of Tudor’s miniature mail order NFL and AFL team figures. These games, which Tudor made from 1967-69, are Electric Football classics. They are the small 26” x 16” NFL No. 510 with the Packers-Colts; the mid-size 31” x 18” Sears exclusive NFL No. 613 with the Bears-Cardinals (this was also made as a Montgomery Ward-exclusive No. 619 with the 49ers-Rams); and the large 36” x 21” NFL No. 620 game with the Browns-Giants.



It’s the Tudor NFL No. 620 which seems to be the gold-standard for Electric Football collecting. There are other Tudor NFL games that are harder to find, but this is the game that made the biggest impact on boys of the time. Maybe it was the realistic NFL Gold single-posted goal posts, or how perfect the Giants and Browns looked on the giant “grass” field, but this is the game, more than any other, that men of a certain age want to reclaim. For so many people, their lifelong devotion to the NFL started on a living room floor with a Tudor No. 620.



620’s aren’t exactly scarce but the demand is high. And like most collectibles, condition is everything. A complete game in excellent condition – no frame or field dents, all 22 NFL players, no broken players, and all the little parts like corner flags, team scoreboard names, player bases etc. – can easily exceed the $200 mark. Throw in some extra NFL teams that a kid actually ordered from Tudor, and a No. 620 can cross the $300 mark.

Tudor used the 36” x 21” 620 template from 1967-1977, including on many NFL models that were numbered something other than “620.” Not all of these large games command the same prices as an original 1967-1969 NFL 620.

The 1969 Sears Super Bowl features the Jets and the Colts. As a point of reference, a broken non-buzzing Sears SB III recently sold on eBay for $280.



DYK- In 1947, Norman Sas, owner of Tudor Metal Products and Tudor Games, created electric football. He used a vibrating car race game made by Tudor as the base and added small players which moved down the field as they vibrated.[1] It was an immediate hit. More than 40 million of the games have been sold since its creation, and new editions are sold each year.

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