1965 season

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.  

The game company recently changed hands and APBA is no longer printing in the old familiar format we all grew up with.  They are now laser printing the cards rather than using a traditional printing process.  Also the cards now come printed on thinner paper stock.  Some even come only in perforated sheets rather than the die-cut thicker stock of the past.   I guess it makes sense financially for them to do it this way but in my opinion the older cards are of much higher quality.

This listing is for a card set for use with the APBA Baseball game.  You need to already own the game in order to use these cards.    If you don't already have a copy of the game just click HERE to see a list of the complete games that I have available for purchase.

apba baseball game card

The card set is overall in GOOD-VERY GOOD condition.  This is a complete set of player cards reflecting the 1965 season stats.  The set includes the XBs and the original roster sheet (no XBs roster sheet).  It was created in 1966 and including the XBs consists of 24 cards per team.  I have inventoried and inspected the cards and every card has been accounted for.  The cards were used in a draft league so some look unused while others look like they were played with quite a bit, although none are in really terrible shape.  As you might suspect the better players are the ones that show more use.  

The main condition issue is that many of the cards that were played with have a tiny piece of tape or two at the edges, or the glue residue from same.  
In a few cases this has caused minor tearing on the faces of some cards where the tape was removed.  This is at the very edge of the affected cards so it does not interfere with your ability to read the cards at all.  I'm not sure why this was done but I suspect they were displayed on a board for the draft.   Other than the tape issue the set is in pretty decent shape with some cards having light to moderate fingerprint stains or rubbing and a few having creases or stray pen marks.  The XBs are the original thin paper type with rounded edges.  For the most part the XBs look unused with a few having light creasing.  There are a couple that were cut unevenly and are missing a larger part of the corner.  I would grade the set 4-5 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).   

apba baseball game teams

The envelopes are in VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition.  They show typical shelf wear in the form of creases and a couple have very minor stains.  None are torn and none have been written upon.  I would grade them 6-7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).  

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Do you know that sinking feeling when you are in the middle of replaying a season or sequence of games only to find that the card for one of the key players is missing?  Well I have thoroughly inventoried this set and compared it to the roster list so you can be assured that you won't get that feeling while playing with this set.   I am not of the opinion 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 original roster list.  

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.

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