Backgammon Jigsaw Puzzle

Brand: Springbok (Authentic)

Title: Jigsaw-Gammon

Image: Dempster 1977

Pieces: 500+

Size: 20.25" x 20.25" 


Review

Overall Experience:  Great

Cut Quality: Great

Board Quality: Firm and thick

Shape Cut: Random and various sizes

Image Quality: Superb

Hardest Area: The orange colors

Puzzle Dust? none

Finish Quality: Smooth shiny

Box Quality: Good and solid

Sealed Pieces Inside Box: yes

Was this purchased new? no

Price: $1.00

Recommend Level: High

Time: 8.5 hours


Assembly

I did my usual sorting routine.

1. Sorting to locate all  the outside border pieces, while....

2. Placing the pieces into the 'general-color' piles. 

3. Then I carried on with a second round of sorting (similar colors sorted by shades/patterns) while placing the pieces flat out on the poster boards. 

The border went together fairly well even though I could not locate the upper right pieces. I double checked the measurements to be sure all the pieces were placed correctly. Also the dark border (which you cannot see) actually has black thin lines running evenly across the edge so there was not mistaking an edge piece. However, I kept going because there was always that possibility (and hope) that a random cut piece or 2 was still in the mix or the edge pieces could easily be cut from the box and match up nicely.

Once the border was assembled (but not complete) I tried to do the dark pieces first, then I tried to do the creamy-light pieces, then I tried to line up all the light colored points, the I tried to do the darker creamy colors, then I tried to do the 'wood-grain' colors and then I tried matching the pieces by shapes.

After all that, it was difficult to get this image to take shape and at that point I figured at least 3 pieces were missing. Actually, before I started assembling this puzzle, I counted the pieces 3 times and there were 503 pieces so I actually felt pretty safe that all the pieces were there. So at the point of the image 'work in progress #3' below, I was considering, "should I go on"? I put a 'cry for help' out to the Jigsaw Puzzle Groups we frequent, asking them if they would continue - of course the majority said to continue - so I did.

At the point of 'work in progress #3', the image was finally taking shape and the pace picked up substantially. I was on a real roll but I discovered another possible missing piece and another and another and so on.....until the image was complete. Turned out there are 9 pieces missing!

That's kinda 'shock and awe'! Really? 9 missing pieces? 

Work in progress #3

Comments...

I really had my heart set on this one because way back in the day Hubby and I used to play Backgammon a fair amount - he almost always won but I was relentless. This was such a cool puzzle to find and we would have kept the board and used it.

Then, as the border pieces were missing, we figured we could replace it with the box and even piece #3 in the creamy color could have been replaced. But after 9 missing pieces and 4 are across more than one color, the box lines would not match up if we tried to use it for replacing pieces. But Hubby said, don't throw it out because you never know if you might come across another one.

This was a Thrift Store find for $1.00 so it's kinda a harsh learning lesson. I've been wanting to get to this puzzle for about 4 years, so that long wait is over with. I was surprised to see it was still available to purchase. If you are interested in buying the Jigsaw-Gammon new it is still available. Click Here

The close up images below share the great quality of the Authentic jigsaw puzzle pieces. They are very thick and must be hard-pressed into place among most of the pieces. Also you can see the 'shades' of different areas from light to dark which helped a bit too. The image is very sharp and clear down to the specks on the wood grain....awesomeness!

Jigsaw-Gammon - the game...

The backgammon jigsaw puzzle is almost 40 years old (no wonder it's missing so many pieces). It one of Springbok's Authentic Puzzle Plus Series and backgammon was more popular back then.

The following images share the detail on the box of the contents contained inside the box and the back of the box which has the rules of the Backgammon Game - yes that would of been nice to utilize this jigsaw puzzle to its full potential......sigh.....   

The above jigsaw puzzle(s) have been added to my Puzzle Hobby Tracker 

I am in the process of recording all my past jigsaw puzzles that I still have for my walls and all my current puzzles.

Then I have the TO DO list that I am adding from my collection. 


More Vintage Springbok jigsaw puzzles....

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