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APBA BASEBALL GAME
1981 season cards INCLUDED

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.  


apba baseball card

The card set is overall in VERY GOOD-EXCELLENT condition.  The game contains a complete set of player cards reflecting the 1981 season stats.  This set also includes the XB set and the original roster sheet (noXBs roster sheet).  I have inventoried and inspected the cards and every card has been accounted for.  There are 20-30 cards that were on the top or bottom of the pack and are to some degree tanned from exposed to the brown envelope surface.   There are also a couple players on the CUBS with some other sort of small stains.  Otherwise the cards look hardly used.  None or creased, torn or written upon.  I would grade them 6-7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).  

apba baseball teams

The other game parts are in VERY GOOD condition.  The game is 100% complete with all of the game components accounted for.   It has obviously been played with.  The boards have some fingerprint staining near the edges.  This is most serious on the "A" board, on the other boards it's not anything too noticeable.   There are also some stains on the tabs of the Sacrifice Booklet.  Otherwise the parts are in good shape.  Perfectly playable.  Overall I would grade them  5 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

apba baseball game parts

The game box is in GOOD-VERY GOOD condition.  It has some light rubbing and other general shelf wear.  The corners and parts of the sides have been mended with tape.  I would grade it a 4-5 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

apba baseball game box

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.

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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.

CONDITION GUIDE: 

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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