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APBA HOCKEY GAME
(4) 1995-96 PLAYOFF TEAMs 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.  

The game company recently changed hands and APBA is no longer producing the game in the old familiar format we all grew up with.  I guess it makes sense financially for them to do it this way but in my opinion the older cards and components are of much higher quality.

apba hockey game parts

This listing is for a complete game circa 1996.  It includes all the components you need to play this edition the game.  This version of the game includes a mounted rink and the larger double-sided play results boards.  IMO these make the game flow quicker than the current version of the game where you have to keep flipping pages back and forth to get to the various play results.  The game includes 4 playoff teams from the 1995-96 season ( Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks,  Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers).


apba hockey game parts

The game parts are in EXCELLENT-NEAR MINT condition.  The game is 100% complete with all of the game components accounted for.  It does not appear that the game was ever played.  It just shows some incidental wear to the parts from shuffling around in the box all these years.  Overall I would grade the game parts 8-9 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

apba hockey game box

The game box is in VERY GOOD condition.  The box lid has a split corner and some general light shelf wear.   I would grade the box a 6 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.

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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