Uni-Forms apparently are here to stay.

Classic Falcons, Chargers, Cardinals, and Dolphins Uni-forms by Tudor Games

It’s obvious that Tudor has found a successful formula with its new Uni-Forms line of NFL teams. Honestly that has been a hard thing for me to accept. And to Tudor I need to apologize. My first reaction to them was that “this is a terrible idea and the worst mistake that they have ever made”

But since their introduction I have seen many reviews, both positive and negative. The negatives have mostly come from “old heads” like myself who grew up with the game in the 60’s and 70’s and then later rediscovered the game in the 90’s and 2000’s.

When Tudor introduced their line of NFL teams in 1967 the paint jobs were actually pretty bad. But they were still the NFL and with a little imagination you could still identify the teams even though the team logos on the helmets were often just dots in the primary color of the logo or the jersey, pant and sock stripes were not the same as the actual uniforms. This trend continued throughout Tudors existence until 1989 when the company was sold and eventually went out of business.

Even when Miggle Toys acquired Tudor Games and reintroduced their line of NFL teams, the paint jobs where still not very good. They got better with the introduction of “Stamped Helmet” logos, and then in the decade of the 2010’s the current owners of Tudor games began producing teams with decaled logos and stripes. These were some of the most beautiful teams ever produced.

But with the introduction of throwback uniforms and alternate uniforms by many NFL teams every year, it became very hard for Tudor to keep up with the consumer demand for them and remain profitable.

Then came 2019 and the global Covid-19 pandemic. With long lead times, rising production costs and the inability to get products from China in a timely manner, it was time for another change.

Uni-forms has given Tudor the ability to react faster to the ever changing uniform designs being introduced by NFL teams and the opportunity to produce classic and alternate uniforms and even more options to their line of NFL products.

It does take some time to apply them and with some patience, practice and the right tools, you can acquire the skills to produce some very nice-looking teams.

As for me, it is still going to take some time to accept them as an alternate to a beautifully hand painted team. But they have earned their place in the history of electric football and are a testament to the creativeness and use of technological advancements that hopefully will keep the game and hobby of electric football going well into the future.

What’s it worth??

I often get asked what something is worth. Recently a visitor to the website saw a photo of an early Tudor Model 500 produced in the 50’s and sent me the following pictures of his first electric football game and related the following story through a series of text messages.

Lance Stoudenmire of Twinsburg, OH is the owner of this Tudor Model 500 from the period of 1955 – 1959. Lance, now 71 years of age, stated he played with this board when he was 10 years old. which would place it in the period of 1960 – 1961. 

Lance grew up in Cleveland. He stated “That’s Jim Brown & Bobby Mitchell in the back field for the Cleveland Browns” 

“Growing up in Cleveland, I lived one block away from where Bobby Mitchell lived. Jim Brown lived about a half mile away. When Jim was not playing football, his other game was throwing women out of windows. Bobby Mitchell was traded to the Washington Redskins and Browns picked up Ernie Green. He lived 5 houses down the street from my family. I used to play with his son. The Glory days for the Cleveland Browns.”

“I taped the linemen together so they wouldn’t fall over so fast. Better blockers for the running backs. The switch had to be repaired a number of times. To run plays, plug in, pull plug out. My dad had to take it to work a number of times to weld / solder the switch” 

That’s what’s the best thing about being the curator of this museum. Just through a simple question like “What is this worth?”, I get to have conversations with people like Lance about their memories and hear awesome stories of their childhoods all inspired by a simple kid’s game invented over seventy years ago.  

So… What’s it worth?

Monetarily, these games from the late 50’s are only worth about $25 to $50, depending on condition. They are not that rare. Millions were sold. The game boards make great “tweaking” boards but as for the rest of it (the players and accessories) not much value except maybe to a collector. 

For the memories that this particular game inspired for one person … 60 years later? … PRICELESS!!    

 

EF Artist profile: Kyle Nutt

Kyle Nutt is an up-and-coming Electric Football artist who has been around the game and hobby for most of his life. His father is Bryan Nutt, known to most in the Electric Football Community as Beenutt. 

“My dad and I rediscovered electric football after one Christmas morning. We started getting involved in the hobby. Going to tournaments and Miggle conventions. Beenutt (my dad Bryan Nutt) started selling decals and panting teams along with tweaking bases. We are a partnership. I detail the figures and my dad makes the decals. I absolutely love painting teams. “

Phone number. 864 357 2189
My name is Kyle

Below are some examples of Kyles’s work. 

Found this awesome picture and comment posted by Bryan on the occasion of Kyle’s 27th Birthday.

Bryan Nutt
February 12, 2020

“This is my most prized possession in my football room! My son Kyle made this for me when he was a young boy. Kyle painted a figure of each college team and gave this to me as a gift a long time ago. Now he’s a grown man – 27 years old. I’m proud of the man you have become, and I love you very much. Happy birthday Kyle!”

College teams painted by Kyle as a young boy and presented to his dad Bryan (Beenutt) Photo by Bryan Nutt