Bette Bemis On Cribbage Boards

Cribbage Boards 1863-1998 by: Bette L. Bemis

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Bette Bemis has outdone herself with this priceless collection of cribbage board photo’s, history and price guidelines. A book with half the information included here could be thought of as a masterpiece.

With so little written about the history of cribbage boards, the late Bette Bemis went above the call of duty in her attention to detail. This book is a must have for any cribbage board collector.  Bette Bemis is known throughout the U.S. as an authority on the history of cribbage boards and is the founder of the Cribbage Board Collectors Society. For current pricing, shipping information and availability at Amazon Follow this link : Cribbage Boards 1863-1998 by: Bette L. Bemis

Drueke Deluxe Walnut 2-Track Cribbage Board

Drueke_Deluxe_Walnut_2_TrackClassic Drueke style 2 track cribbage made of Solid Walnut and finished in a choice of contemporary colors.

Reviews for this board are mixed, with the primary complaint being that there are plastic rather than metal pegs included with the game. The price point would typically indicate that the game would come with at least a traditional style wooden peg.  Maybe there are other variables at play.

Metal pegs would be a really nice addition, but trying to include them could very well be cost prohibitive.  The thing about this board is that given it is “American Made”, ” Solid Walnut”, and it retains the “Drueke Brand” it really is rather inexpensive, and you can always purchase your own metal pegs separately.

One would believe that the price point was a major consideration on this item. Drueke new board sales have apparently been dwindling away over the last couple of decades. Unfortunately for the Carrom Co. this began around the time of their acquisition of the company.  This could be The Carrom companies attempt at getting product with the Drueke name back into the market. Thankfully we are seeing at least a mild resurgence in the games popularity.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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50 Cribbage Tips – The Killer Cribbage Book : Dan Barlow

Killer Cribbage Dan Barlow

Killer Cribbage written by Dan Barlow the“1980 National Open Cribbage Tournament Champion”. Published by Puzzle Write Press, an impression of Sterling Publishing. Copyright “2009″; ISBN 978-1-4027-6631-2

Killer Cribbage by: Dan Barlow is actually a compilation of Dan Barlow’s first two books; Winning Cribbage Tips and Play Cribbage to Win. Both of these books, which are now out of print, were also published by Sterling Publishing.

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No flowery phrases here. Barlow gives us a no nonsense read, suitable for both beginners and advanced cribbage players. The first section of the book covers the anatomy of a cribbage board, game playing instructions, a thorough section on scoring your hand, and basic playing strategies. The second half of the book is a more descriptive play by play treatise divided into 50 short chapters, each describing a specific strategy or tactic for winning at cribbage.

The book has over 50 individual tips and strategies that can help your game. For example: Did you know that playing a little more conservatively, while  concentrating on maximizing your pegging instead of going for the big hand can increase your odds for winning, and give you an edge over your opponent?

Do you find that you are constantly coming up a few pegs short of the win? Mastering just a couple of the simpler tips can have you quickly playing like someone with a lot more experience.

If you are a beginner at the game of cribbage… Barlows; Killer Cribbage will get you started with a structured understanding of cribbage play. Likewise this book will serve as an excellent reference to look back on if you draw a blank when it comes to the rules of the game.

Barlow’s straightforward writing style doesn’t get bogged down with flourishes or page filler. Consider this book as a user’s manual for the game of cribbage. These concepts are perfect for a cribbage beginner, and can help propel a more experienced player  move to expert status in a shorter period of time than if they were left to their own devices.

The Walleye Cribbage Board

Fish Cribbage BoardThe Walleye Cribbage Board

Well I could not resist and had to offer a citation about the Walleye cribbage board. “So many boards, so little time”. Do I eat, or pay the mortgage, or add another board to my collection?

After a day on the boat or hanging low, at the cabin a cribbage game is a great way to pass the time away. Good conversation, cribbage, and a favorite libation, it really does not get any better than that for some of us. It is an excellent way to wind down and take inventory of the day’s events.

If you or someone you know is a crazed cribbage playing fisherman, or outdoorsman, there is a good chance you are going to love this unique hand carved, all wood, Walleye cribbage board. At 25″ long, it may be a little bigger than the one that got away, but when you’re done playing it will still make an eye catching wall mount. This game board doubles as a perfect accent piece for a cottage or lake house and can be hung on your wall when not in use.

Another unique feature about this fish shaped cribbage board, is that the pegs for this game board are made of wood, and fashioned in the shape of antique style fishing bobbers. The bobber pegs by themselves make for a great conversation piece. Just be certain to keep an eye on your pals so they don’t run down to the lake and try to use them, these are strictly decorative.

This Walleye cribbage board set includes a deck of cards with a fishing lure motif “The Lures of The Past Playing Cards” may also be purchased individually. Likewise you may find the “Trout and Fly Fishing Playing Cards” equally alluring.

3 New Cribbage Template Kits From Chefware

Chefware Introduces 3 New Cribbage Board Template Kits

 

One obvious difference between the Chefware templates and the ones being offered by Rockler is that these are cribbage board making kits. There are three styles available and are all three of them are made in the USA. Each kit includes:

-Steel Template - Cribbage Pegs - Peg Holder Doors - (2) 1/8″ Drill Bits

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Cribbage Board Replacement Pegs

Cribbage Pegs

Cribbage Pegs

There is plenty choose from when looking for replacement pegs for your cribbage boards. You can find many hand made or machine made pegs in virtually any material. Replacement Cribbage Board Pegs are available in brass, stainless steel, aluminum, copper, wood, plastic, bakelite, mother of pearl solid gold or silver.

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Although most standard size cribbage board pegs are designed to fit an 1/8″ diameter hole, if you are planning to make yourown crib pegs you should still take the time to measure the size of the holes in your cribbage board. The standard peg is typically 1 1/8″ tall and tapered to fit smoothly in and out of the hole.

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Larger boards may take a 1- 5/8″ tall peg tapered to fit a 3/16″ diameter hole or a 2- 1/2″ tall peg tapered to fit a 3/8″ diameter hole.

You will generally need 3 pegs per track… two for pegging (keeping score) and the other for keeping track of the number of games won. For more elaborate boards you may use additional pegs for scoring skunks, turns and various other stats of the game or tournament.

29 Cribbage Boards

If you are a beginning cribbage player you may not be aware the score of 29 is the highest single scoring hand in the game. With that in mind there are many cribbage boards vintage and new available in the shape of the number “29″ .

No one is absolutely certain when the “Twenty Nine Cribbage Board” came to be, but it is clearly hear to stay. Will the toilet seat cribbage boards remain as popular? Only time will tell…

Drueke 814

Grandmaster – 4 Track – NaturalDrueke Grandmaster

Four Track Grandmaster Cribbage is crafted of the finest hardwood and offers hours of family fun without taking up much shelf space. Bring it in the car on long car rides. Place the board on the dinner table for a quick game after supper. Now you can enjoy cribbage anywhere and at anytime. Rekindle your love for cribbage and re-learn the game or teach someone how to play.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Drueke 815

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Drueke 815.00 The Three Track Club Cribbage Master

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Three Track Club Cribbage Master crafted of the finest hardwood and offers hours of family fun without taking up much shelf space. Bring it in the car on long car rides. Place the board on the dinner table for a quick game after supper. Now you can enjoy cribbage anywhere and at anytime. Rekindle your love for cribbage and re-learn the game or teach someone how to play.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Drueke 817

 

Drueke 817 - Modern Day Version of The Drueke 2050Drueke 817 The Current Day Version of The Classic Drueke 2050

The Drueke 817 is Classic Drueke. Originally made by the Drueke Co. , which has since been purchased by the Carrom Co.:  Remember the Carrom tables? (same company).

Drueke cribbage boards are made with the same care as they were in the past. The Drueke 817 is by all accounts the current day version of the iconic 2050. Link here for more information the original Drueke 2050 Cribbage Board .

With a few mior differences it is virtually the same board that was manufactured 5 decades ago in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Classic Style Drueke 817 available at Amazon

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Aluminum Cribbage Boards

3 Track Cribbage Board Game Made of Billet Aluminum

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Order Now –> 3 Track Cribbage Board Game made of Billet Aluminum

This is a high quality CNC machined Cribbage board. Made from solid Billet Aluminum. The set comes with 9 metal pegs (black, silver, gold). It weighs 4 pounds (apprx 4 kilos). The dimensions are apprx. 3/4 x 4 x 15 (19mm x 100mm x 380mm) The engraved numbers and tracks allow you top keep easy scoring. Surface has a brushed/satin finish

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Features:

  • Tracks and numbers are engraved into the board*Beautifully rounded and chamfered edges
  • Board is polished to a smooth finish*CNC machined with hi tech machinery from Billet Aluminum
  • Comes with 9 metal scoring pegs (3 silver, 3 black, 3 gold)
  • The dimensions are 3/4 x 4 x 15 inches (19mm x 100mm x 380mm)*It weighs approx. 4 pounds (almost 2 kilograms)
  • Equipped with felt pads on bottom(won’t scratch your table)

The Fat Cat Cribbage Board

The Fat Cat Cribbage Board

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Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Under $10.00

The game of cribbage is a wonderfully interactive card game that is traditionally scored using a wooden board and pegs. The game originated in England over 400 years ago and although it has seen a few transitions through the years it is still the same card game.

The first cribbage boards were hand made and one of a kind, many times simply made from polished blocks of wood.

The popularity of cribbage escalated very quickly and cribbage boards have been manufactured for resale for almost as long as the game has been in existence, even before today’s world of mass marketing and mass production.

If you are an avid player, someone who remembers the game from childhood, or simply want to give it a go- The Fat Cat Cribbage Board is a good example of a well made inexpensive cribbage board (usually under $10.00) that can be delivered to your front door in a matter of days.  This popular item is available through Amazon. Follow this link for current ordering information and pricing The Fat Cribbage Board Current Information. 

Walnut Cribbage Board and Case

New 3 Track Walnut Cribbage Board in Aluminum Case

Walnut Cribbage BoardThis cribbage board with aluminum carry case is trending well and getting great reviews. This is a very traditional looking three track continuous play style of Cribbage game board.

Finished with a Dark Walnut stain, the board has built in storage for cards and your favorite cribbage pegs.

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Rockler Cribbage Board Templates

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 Rockler Is Now Featuring 3 Cribbage Board Templates Through Amazon.com 

Rockler is known for it’s quality woodworking tools and supplies and has really cornered the market with these perfectly made cribbage board templates.

Three to choose from – The traditional   60 point board, a classic continuous scoring one 120 point board, and of course the infamous “Great Big Cribbage Board” template. 

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Where can I find cribbage boards for sale?

Where can I find cribbage boards for sale?

Cribbage Boards can be found in many places, some are quite obvious, and then there are those that you may not have thought of. Regardless of where your favorite purveyor of cribbage boards resides, finding and collecting unique or antique cribbage boards can be a very satisfying hobby or pastime.  Article: Cribbage Board Collecting

Find Cribbage Boards Online:

Purchasing online is likely one of the best sources available for finding all types of cribbage boards;  whether you are looking for new, vintage, antique or simply a unique board.

You can generally find hundreds of listings for cribbage boards at online auction and sale sites such as Amazon Cribbage Boards and e-bay. One major benefit of searching online is that no matter what type of crib board you’re looking for, new or vintage, you will normally have a large selection to choose from.

At Auctions:

You can often compete for rare finds at land based auctions. Many of the truly good cribbage pieces are saved for public sales such as estate auctions and are a wonderful place to find cribbage items that would not get into the market otherwise.

Cribbage board collectors, like many collectors, do not like to let their prize possessions go. Fortunately their heirs do not always have the same infatuation with collecting and prefer to sell the collections for cash.

At  Thrift Shops:

If you take the time to look, you can find a hoard of lower priced cribbage boards at thrift shops. If you look often enough, you may even find a valuable gem that has found its way through to a bargain shelf. This may not be a collector’s paradise; however it is a good place to find an occasional board  or peg set on the cheap. The inexpensive boards are great for craft projects and competitions.

At Vintage and Antique Shops:

It is very likely that if you venture into any vintage or antique shop that you will find at least one cribbage board for sale. Antique store owners can also keep an eye out for you during their travels. Many antique store owners make a large portion of their livings by locating specific items for their regular customers. So if you have a specific type of cribbage board that you are looking for and can make it worth the business persons time to look. You should be able to find someone who is glad to put you on their list of people looking for Cribbage Boards for Sale.

At Yard Sales and Garage Sales

Frequenting garage sales and yard sales is  another way to find the occasional board. These sales may not turn up an abundance of crib boards, however you may be surprised at the unique cribbage board styles you can come across. Many home made or shop class projects eventually end up at mom’s yard sale. Another benefit to the odd board found at a yards sale or garage sale is you will generally pay close to nothing for your find.

No matter where you find cribbage boards for sale, welcome to the ranks of cribbage board collectors across the world.