APBA has been producing statistical replay games since the 1950's and is acknowledged by most to be the father of all modern replay games. The baseball game first came out in 1952. These games are very detailed and highly realistic yet they are flexible enough to allow you to play at the level of complexity you are most comfortable with. There have been numerous changes to the game over the years and you should be aware that not all cards sets are 100% compatible with all editions of the game. This listing is for a complete game. It includes all the components you need to play this edition the game.
The card set is overall in EXCELLENT-NEAR MINT condition. The game contains a complete set of player cards reflecting the 1984 season stats. This set also includes the XB set and the original roster sheet but no XB roster sheet. I have inventoried and inspected the cards and every card has been accounted for. There is one card that is yellowed on the face. There are a few cards with some light rub-off of the blue backing onto the faces, a few with minor handling wear and one card with discoloration on it's face. The only team that appears to have been used much is the BRAVES and this is only shown by their cards being slightly less stiff. On the whole the cards show little use. These don't have the original APBA envelopes. I would grade them 8-9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The other game parts are in VERY GOOD - EXCELLENT condition. The game is complete with all of the game components. The scoresheets are photocopies. It shows some use but on the whole the game is very clean and was well cared-for. Overall I would grade the game parts 7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box is in VERY GOOD condition. As is usually the case with the big APBA boxes this one has some split corners and rubbing but still holds together well. I would grade it a 5-6 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
This is just my opinion of course but I consider the "blue box" edition of the game to be superior to any of the later issues put out by the company. Once you get the hang of where everything is located on the charts the game flows very nicely. I find that the newer "book" format for the charts slows things down quite a bit.
Do you know that sinking feeling when you are in the middle of
season or sequence of games only to find that the card for one of the
players is missing? Well I have thoroughly
inventoried this set and
compared it to the roster list so you can be assured that you
that feeling while playing with this set. I am not of the
that a simple card count
will do. The sets often came with missing or
duplicate cards from the
factory, and who knows what the original owner may have done with them
in the course of playing with them.... Be sure to ask
your card seller if they have in fact verified
that the card set is complete by comparing it to the
I have also carefully inspected each and every card in order to determine the condition grade I have given to this set. I do not feel that a cursory flipping through of the cards is adequate to determine the condition of a set - it is too easy to miss something. Once again - always ask your card seller to verify that they have done a careful inspection of the condition of all the cards in the set before putting their grade on it.
MINT (10): I will only give this grade to brand new, unused items. NEAR MINT (9): Shows virtually no use. Seldom if ever played. Cards will have at worst some dented corners from shuffling around in the box. Perhaps some very light handling creases to the instructions or other minor flaws with the game parts. Boxes will have only the slightest hint of shelf wear. EXCELLENT (7-8): The game has seen some use but it was obviously well taken care of. Cards may have denting to the corners, perhaps a few may have light stains or other very light handling wear but the vast majority will be close to flawless. Game parts might have some light handling creases or other signs of careful use. Board might have just a hint of color loss or dented corners. Boxes will have light rubbing to the artwork or perhaps some minor dishing or a very light stain. VERY GOOD (5-6): The game was not especially well cared for but it still has faired pretty well. Cards will have dented corners and perhaps some may have rubber band wear to the edges. A few cards (less than 10%) may have handling creases, yellowing to the edges (a few may be yellowed on the faces), or light stains. Perhaps a couple may have writing or some dried rubber band residue (this will be noted). All card results will be fully readable. Other game parts will show obvious use but nothing will be torn, badly stained or have any serious damage. Box may have some rubbing, light staining, dishing, 1 or 2 neatly split corners, minor writing and/or a few pieces of tape. No major structural damage and artwork will still be generally attractive. GOOD (3-4): Obviously no care was taken with the game but it is still playable as is. Cards will show moderate to heavy use and many will be yellowed, stained, creased, written on or have rubber band residue. A couple may be torn and taped back together. All card results will be fully readable. Other game parts show considerable use but the game is complete with all parts in usable condition. Box may have staining, writing, split corners, dishing and/or other structural damage but it will be intact and still usable. POOR (1-2): Only suitable to fill a space in your collection. Cards are heavily worn and some are badly damaged. Game will be missing parts (these will be noted). Box will have serious damage and may be missing aprons or badly torn.