Vintage and Antique Cribbage Board Collecting
I Like to Collect Cribbage Boards
Maybe I can't call myself an antique cribbage board collector, but I'm a vintage collector for sure. If I see a cribbage board for sale at a garage sale, an auction or a swap meet I am compelled to purchase it, regardless of what it looks like.
It may sound odd, and although I'll purchase almost any style of cribbage board I find at a garage sale or swap meet, unused or totally worn out, my favorite finds are still simple and ugly homemade cribbage boards. My favorite examples of these boards are poorly made with inconsistently drilled holes and unevenly aligned pegging tracks. To me these are true examples of arts and craft or folk art.
Currently my collection is around one hundred boards and probably not worth much more than that in dollars, yet I love, owning each and every one of them. I have a couple of Gems made by Drueke back in the 1950s, but most of my collection consists of homemade finds, or newer cribbage boards manufactured by Bicyle, Pressman, Lowe's and others.
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New Style of Drueke From The Carrom Company
Vintage Drueke cribbage styling, contemporary pastel coloring, and a solid Walnut board. This is one of the most innovative ideas the Carrom Company, current owners of the Drueke Brand, have come up with since they took over the Dueke name in "1990". I'm not sure what that means for the future of Drueke, but these boards are pleasant to look at it.
One way to start a cribbage board collection is to purchase a newer model from an older established company such as Drueke and then begin looking for additional boards to add to your collection. Finding collectible boards at resale shops isn't nearly as easy as it used to be. These days I get most of my nicer boards through e-Bay auctions. You can find some current e-bay listings here:
Cribbage and Apple Pies
Possibly, my passion for collecting these cribbage boards fills the void of not being able to play as often as I would like. It's seemingly harder to find someone who knows how to play cribbage or simply has the time for it. I know my busy schedule doesn't always allow time for game night and the impromptu game just doesn't happen like it did when I was younger.
One of my best friends and I do however make it a habit to get together every year sometime in the fall to have a few games of cribbage, during which we bake apple pies. It's a ritual that begins with a cocktail... A Martini for my pal and Scotch on the rocks for me. It seems God gave me the gift of peeling and coring apples quickly, and those early years as a Pantry Chef didn't hurt either.
As I recall, this all began on one of those rare cribbage nights. When I showed up for the games, he was peeling and coring apples for his pie. He has many talents, but I'll politely say; "Quickly peeling and coring apples is not one of them". So I asked if I could help and he gladly handed me the paring knife. Once he saw me go at it he realize he could make two pies in less time then it used to take to make one pie, if I were to help in the production... and that's the origination of "Cribbage and Apple Pie Night"
Once the apple pies are ready to bake, we slip them into the oven, set the timer and begin to play cribbage... best out of three usually does it before the pies are done. Sometimes we'll have a slice while they are still warm (with ice cream of course), or we'll just split them up and I'll take one home to share with my wife.
Do You Own a Cribbage Board
Facts About the Game of Cribbage
- Cribbage boards are really cool but you can easily play cribbage without a board by writing down the scores on a piece of paper instead.
- To play cribbage you use a standard "52" card deck of playing cards.
- Cribbage is the only game that can be legally played for money in English pubs.
- The score of "29" is the highest scoring hand that can be made in the game of cribbage.
- You cannot score a "19" point hand in cribbage. If someone states they have a nineteen hand, they are generally telling you they actually scored nothing with the hand.
- Whoever deals first in a game of cribbage will have a statistical advantage to win that game.
- There are variations of the game of cribbage that allows for two, three or four player, play.
- Although there is no documentation other than that of his biographer, the invention of the game of cribbage is generally attributed to the poet Sir John Suckling (1609 - 1642) .
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