The game was made by Geo S Parker and Co Publishers in Salem, Massachusetts. This game consists of a deck of large cards, each bearing the name, picture, and price of an item that might be sold by a wandering peddler, and four decks (cream, orange, red and blue) of small cards, each with a typical farm product and value.
One player takes the role of the Yankee Peddler, while the others are farmers. On each turn, the peddler places one of his goods face up, while the farmers each play one of their goods cards. The farmer with the highest value card takes the peddler's item, and the peddler writes down the difference between the value of what he sold and what he accepted as his profit (or loss) on that card.
The play repeats until the cards are exhausted. At that point, the peddler adds up his net profit, while the farmers add up the total value of the goods they have purchased. If the peddler's profit is greater than the total value purchased by any farmer, he wins; otherwise, the farmer with the greatest value of products wins.
The rules say that for two players, both are farmers competing for peddler cards as they are turned over. For 5 or 6 players, the farmer cards are distributed equally, but it is suggested that the peddler again be a non-player, as otherwise, the peddler will almost certainly win.
The game is in good vintage condition. The corners of the top lid are all loose as shown in the photographs. Take a moment and review all of the photographs to see the condition of the game.
The cover has great colorful graphics. The box measures 6 ½ by 4 ¾ inches and is about 1 1/8 inches thick. This is a nice game that will look great on a table or bookcase plus you and your family or friends can play the game. Enjoy!
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Ye Peculiar Game of Ye Yankee Peddler Circa 1900s Parlor Game
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