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W.W. Gavitt Printing and Publishing Co. “Gavitt’s Stock Exchange” Card Game, c.1903
Wonderful card game invented c.1896 by Harry E. Gavitt of Topeka, Kansas, and sold c.1903, called “Gavitt’s Stock Exchange” (“GSE”). The patent was purchased in or about that year by Parker Bros., who then promptly published a very popular game called “Pit” based upon it. But GSE was the original/first version published, and both games attempt to recreate the “excitement and confusion generally witnessed in the Great Stock and Grain Pits of theWorld.”
This set is complete with 33 cards, 8 cards each for 4 different railroad stocks and 1 card called “The Fatal Telegram.” Included with the cards are 3 paper inserts: (i) a sheet with the “Rules for Playing G-S-E”; (ii) an advertising sheet; and (iii) a sheet with reprints of newspaper and journal articles/entries relating to the game and its patent. The cards and paper inserts come in the original box.
The cards, paper inserts and even the box are all in remarkably good condition, “as new” or very nearly so, except that the box is missing on of its top side flaps. It is doubtful that you will find a finer example of this game.
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