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The Elusive and Very Rare Tudor College Electric Football Game


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Not long ago I found a seller on eBay (canuck_parrothead) offering some hand painted college teams for sale. They were being displayed on a Tudor College Edition gameboard. Asked him if he could send me some pics of it. 

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The only other one I had seen an actual pictures of was in the The Greg Carter Collection – The National Electric Football Game Museum (nefgm.org)

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Here's a link to an article by "The Unforgettable Buzz" about this game. 

Tudor's 1971 College Electric Football No. 600 Game (theunforgettablebuzz.com)

Here is a picture of it from the 1972 Tudor Sales Catalog

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If one ever came up for sell on ebay, it would be very interesting to see what it would sell for. 

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On the box, and on the game, I wonder who made the decision to put Alabama is big letters and Auburn in little letters? 😉

"The show described college football matchups and then predicted which team would lose.  A game might be described as follows:

"Phillip Fulmer leads his Rifleman into the Athens Kennel for a shooting match with Jim Donnan's Pack of Drool Dogs. The Volunteer Army has owned the K-9s of late, while the Red Clay Hounds think it's about time to sink their teeth into the Big Orange Rifle Brigade. The Knoxville Army is angry after last week, but the Athens Dawgs will get the job done. Leonard's Loser? Tennessee".   Quote from Wikipedia.

😃Really Enjoy the History.  🏈♾️

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Since Lee Payne was employed by Tudor when this game was designed in 1971, I am almost positive it was his decision what school names were chosen, the font and size of the type, and the placement of the names on the siderails.   

Here is his profile from the Industrial Designers Society of America website.

 US industrial designer who studied in 1953 at the University of Georgia and played on the freshman football team under Wallace Butts. He originally wanted to be an artist, but a lecture by Charles Eames convinced him industrial design was it, and so he went to the University of Cincinnati and received his degree there in 1958.

In the early 1960s, he worked for Walter Dorwin Teague's office in New York, where he worked on the AMF monorail exhibit at the 1964 World's Fair, projects for Federal Express, Tupperware, General Electric, and Tudor Games, for which he developed high-tech electric football and hockey games introduced in 1962.

From 1964 to 1968 he was employed by Tudor as director of product development and worked with the NFL to refine the electric football game players with realistic poses, trademarks, helmets, team colors and the actual numbers of real players.

In 1968 he established his own design firm, Lee Payne Associates (LPA), in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, and consulted with many clients. From 1976 to 1988, he chaired the industrial design department at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. While serving as chair he earned a master's degree in art history from Emory University. In 1981, he designed the original Smartmodem and chronograph for Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. that was featured in a book published by ID magazine, "Product Design-Award Winning Designs for the Home and Office." In 1983, he won an award in a Formica Corporation contest to show off its new ColorCore material with his Neopolitan ice cream coffee table, now in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Other clients included Chiffon, Bosch Power Tools, IBM, Dow Chemical, Georgia Pacific, KitchenArt, Olan Mills and many others.

He also served on the design team for both the Atlanta (1996) and Salt Lake City (2002) Olympic games.

He moved to Jasper, GA in 1996 but continued to teach at Georgia Institute of Technology until his death in 2003.

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21 hours ago, Daryl Collins said:

3) Wyoming

Wyoming is okay, but I like...

22 hours ago, Coach Shawn said:

Boise State

... Better because I grew up in northern Idaho.

#1. University of Southern California

#2  Ohio State

#3  University of Montana Grizzlies. Undergrad degree from the University of Montana.

Enjoy the Journey   T43  🐻

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It was based on the Sears model 613 frame size. The playing surface actual size is 15 x 29 1/4 and the actual overall frame size is 17 1/2 × 31 1/2. Box size is 18 x 32. Since Tudor did not have college licensing they could only use school names and not mascot names. The teams were unpainted white and amber plastic. The conferences on the scoreboard are "Atlantic Coast", Southeastern", "Ivy League", "Big East", "Big Ten", "Southwest", "Pacific Coast" and "Western Athletic". 

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