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Parker Bros. Patent Pending edition
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3.60 x 2.75 x 1.00 inches
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While there is a widespread belief that Pit was copied from the 1903 Gavitt's Stock Exchange (GSE), the box and rules of this edition show that Parker Brothers first issued Pit in 1903 with the label "patent applied for and pending". This was in head-to-head competition with GSE's railway shares game and the much more similar commodities game Bourse from Flinch Card Co.

This earliest edition of Pit had only a 63-card deck, seven commodities with nine cards each, and no special cards like the Bull and Bear introduced in 1904. Of the three open-outcry trading games, only Pit went on to lasting fame and fortune.

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