THIS IS, VERY LIKELY, A ONE-OF-A-KIND, NEVER PRODUCED VINTAGE 1969 HASBRO PIZZA PIE GAME DESIGNED BY THE LEGENDARY MGA (MARVIN GLASS & ASSOCIATES), COMPLETE AND IN PERFECT WORKING ORDER, AND BEAUTIFUL COSMETIC CONDITION WITH ITS ORIGINAL BOX
If you're a game collector you dream of stumbling across something like this. A collector myself, I rarely ever see a boxed game from 1962 to 1977 that I was unaware of, but to find one that the internet is oblivious to ………..and a number of the world's foremost game experts have never heard of……well, that's a find of no small significance!
I doubt that it is coincidental that I found this game buried in the basement of a bungalow estate sale in Chicago. After-all that's where Marvin Glass' studio was. When I got it home I opened it up to find that it had barely been touched. The game consists of a circular pizza board with four open circular spaces, four different colored wind-up pizza chefs and a dozen sausage pieces that are round and textured on the top, but flat on the bottom. The object of the game, as deduced by the graphics on the box, is to wind-up and line-up your chef so that he slides a piece of sausage into one of the open holes
I instantly began to search the web for any info on this mysterious game, but that turned out to be frustratingly fruitless. There was a "Pizza Pie" game produced by Milton Bradley in 1974, but it was entirely different. The only item I found about this game was a 1969 Patent (US3582079) by MGA that states that now renowned sculptor, and then future MGA CEO Jeffrey Breslow was its inventor. The fact that Milton Bradley issued a game with the same name only 5 years later told me that the copyright for the Hasbro game was not maintained, and that hinted at it never having gone into production
I then contacted the world's leading expert on board games, Bruce Whitehill -former game developer for Milton Bradley, creator of the Big Game Hunter website and author of the board game collector's Bible: "Games: American Boxed Games & Their Makers 1822-1992, And Their Values". Bruce had also never heard of this game and speculated in a email that he "would be surprised if it were just a prototype only because it has all the Hasbro data imprinted in the lower right; I doubt MGA would have done that" and he also theorized that "it may have been a Hasbro game that got to final art copy but was not produced, and what they had was sent back to MGA for their records.". He then kindly offered to post this game on his website and to share my inquiry with the AGPC (Association of Game & Puzzle Collectors). A month later, and we have yet to hear from anyone who knows anything about this game
The box features classic 60's graphics that are bubbling slightly as if they were not affixed in a factory but glued on by hand. There is some shelf wear, and the top is not perfectly clean, but the graphics are bright, there is almost no bowing and the corners, top and bottom, are solid and intact; the top is in very good overall displayable condition. The wind-up pizza chefs work perfectly and obviously add to the collectibility of this piece. All of the other pieces look like new. The board, despite some very slight warping also remains pristine
This is a very strange and fantastically rare piece from the height of America's 3D plastic, skill and action game heyday that began in 1962 with Ideal's Haunted House Game (also by Marvin Glass). If you or someone you love is a serious collector of boxed games I urge you to not let this, the only opportunity you will ever have acquire this game, slip by