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I remember playing a tabletop basketball game from around 1970, and I haven't been able to find it. It used a ping pong ball. I suppose you could say it was the basketball equivalent of Table Hockey, with metal rods below the floor to control the action.

The court was about 12" x 24", and was a cardboard "floor". The floor had about 10 holes, each in a depression, so the ping pong ball would naturally settle into one of the holes (but would not fall through). Each hold had a metal flipper from below, that was attached to a rod that stuck out on the side. At each end, there was a 12" x 12" vertical cardboard scoreboard, with a little metal hoop with plastic mesh net.

When the ball would settle into a depression that you controlled, you would pull back on your spring-loaded metal lever, and release it, causing the flipper to thwack the ball toward the opposing net. It was pretty well-designed, and you could score from anywhere on the court.
 
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BAS-KET

Although that was a rerelease of the game from ~40s or so.
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Aside from the size and the spring mechanism, it sounds like one of these: http://www.kids-toy-online.com/toys-for-kids-3-years/playwel...
 
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mugs wrote:
Aside from the size and the spring mechanism, it sounds like one of these: http://www.kids-toy-online.com/toys-for-kids-3-years/playwel...


Nah, those are all plastic as well. Bas-Ket was cardboard and metal, none of that space age junk.
 
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Geosphere wrote:
BAS-KET

Although that was a rerelease of the game from ~40s or so.

Yup, that's it. Thanks!

We must have had the 1969 version:


I never would have guessed that the game had been invented 30 years earlier!
 
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I had that same version.
 
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That was a fun game, I wonder how well any of hem have held up?
 
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There was also a rod basketball game. The players moved up and down the court by pulling and pushing the rods. You turned the player by rotating the rod. This all worked just like rod hockey. Just like with BAS-KET, there were cups in the floor that held the ball. At both ends of the court there was a clear plastic wall that included a backboard and rim. To make a shot you rotated the rod to turn the player with the appropriate amount of force to elevate the ball up to the backboard/basket. I had lots of fun playing that one as a kid. Not sure how long it was made, but I wish I still had it.
 
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