Famous Fastballs: a tiny baseball card game!

$6.99 USD

Game Description

Best vintage two player baseball card game, Famous Fastballs by Famous Games Co.

Knock it out of the park with Famous Fastballs, our tiny two-player baseball game! Part of our Beginner Collection of easy card games for new players.

The sweat on the pitcher’s brow as you stare him down, the hum of the ball as it hurtles toward you, the crack of the bat as you swing for the fences like you’ve always wanted...

Do you have what it takes to be a famous baseball player? Order the World’s Smallest Baseball Game today!

How to Play

Beginner Skill Level - Our Famous Fastballs baseball game is designed primarily for new players.Famous Fastballs is a fun, fast-playing simulation of the sport of baseball. The game focuses on the contest between the pitcher and batter which results in walks, hits, and outs.

Hits lead to an additional contest between the fielders and the baserunners, resulting in everything from home runs to triple plays. Throughout the game, pennies move about on the playing cards, tracking statistics and men on base.

Learn the rules to our Famous Fastballs baseball card game with the help of Coach's online tutorials!
  • Players: 2
  • Duration: 5 minutes per inning
  • Includes: 9 game cards, 2 QuickStart cards, 1 info sheet
  • Requires: 8 pennies (or similar tokens)

 

NEW! Narrated Tutorial Videos

Select "Full Screen" or "Watch on YouTube" to see it in HD, or visit the coach below to explore the interactive tutorial at your own pace.

About Famous Games Co.

Famous Games Co. logoWelcome aboard! Famous Games Co is my little home on the web where I design and sell my line of tiny sports cards games to fans around the world. My World's Smallest Sports Games are fun (check out the reviews), quick (30 minutes or less), and conveniently small (so you can take them anywhere and they won't clog up your game shelf).

I've lavishly illustrated these playable works of art in a casual vintage style that turns heads, even while blending in perfectly with hotdogs and beer in your buddy's man-cave. You can read more about me and my journey on the My Story page but rest assured that these games and this site are a labour of love, from me to you.

Have fun,
  Play games,
    Be famous,

Rob Bartel, founder
Famous Games Co.

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  • Product Dimensions: 2.6" x 3.6" x 0.25"
  • Product Weight: 1 oz / 0.06 lbs / 28 g

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How to Play Famous Fastballs

Table of Contents

  1. Welcome
    • Let's get started!
  2. Setup
    • Some important baseball statistics
    • Tracking your men on base
  3. At Bat
    • Baseball's a bluffing game
    • Introducing the At Bat card
    • Strikeouts
    • Walks
    • It's a hit!
  4. The Hit
    • It's all about ball placement
    • Using the Hits card
    • Bat big, pitch small
    • Switching strategies
    • Getting inside your opponent's head
  5. Innings
    • Ending the half-inning
    • Starting the next
    • Understanding the Innings card
    • Five-minute innings
    • Getting inside your opponent's head
  6. Winning the Game
    • Declaring a winner
    • Thank you!

Looking for the rules to our Famous Fastballs baseball card game?

Let Coach show you how to play!

Welcome

So you want to be a famous baseball player... Well step up to the plate for a moment and let's see what you're made of.

Click the bottle cap to continue… »

Setup

Baseball’s all about statistics.

We use pennies to track some stats on these four cards.

Another four pennies track your baserunners on the Infield card.

As you can see, it’s the top of the first inning, with zero outs. The Home team is on the pitching mound and the Visitors have the bat.

Congratulations! You’re ready to play.

At Bat

Now, baseball’s a bluffing game, champ, particularly between the pitcher and the batter.

The pitcher has to throw either a ball or a strike. And the batter? Well, he’s either going to swing or he ain’t. If you can get inside your opponent’s head, you’ll be playing the big leagues in no time!

If the batter’s hand signal doesn’t match the pitcher’s, he’s out!

See how we tracked it on the Outs card?

However, if the pitcher throws a ball and the batter chooses not to swing, the batter earns a free walk to first base.

Move his penny on the Infield card and bring in the next batter.

On the other hand, if the pitcher throws a strike and the batter chooses to swing, we’ve got a hit on our hands.

The Hit

Now a good hit’s all about placement. The batter’s got some control over that but so does the pitcher and his fielding team.

Hit placement is determined by each player drawing 0-3 fingers from behind their back and then adding up the results.

The batter wants the black results and will often play high numbers to achieve them. The pitcher wants the white results so he’ll often play low numbers. The typical result? A single base for the batter.

But the pitcher won’t let that go on forever. At some point he’ll want to switch strategies, lure the batter into a big triple play, and put an end to that half of the inning.

But what if the batter sees it coming and signals with two fingers instead of three to take the home run? It’s a head game, see? And both players are going to be doing their best to keep each other on their toes.

In the meantime, keep batting and hitting and scoring those runs until the pitcher finally gets his third out to end this half of the inning.

Innings

After the third out, advance the penny to the next half-inning on the Inning card, clear the baserunners from the Infield, reset the Outs to zero, and swap Pitcher and Batter cards with the other player.

Because the penny’s in the red column of the first row on the Inning card, that means we’re in the bottom of the first inning.

The color of the column indicates whose turn it is to bat.

Each inning lasts about five minutes. If you’re new at this, try the first five innings to get a taste for the game.

For a longer game, just flip over the Inning card and play the full nine.

Winning

Winning isn’t everything, champ, but youwon’t make it to the World Series without it.

If you scored the most runs over the course of the game, congratulations! You've earned it.

I promised I’d make a famous baseball playerout of you so thanks for letting me show you around the grounds.

Now that you know the game, it’s time to get a league together and play ball. Go on and make me proud!

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