The STATIS PRO series was originally produced by Jim Barnes Midwest Research company. Avalon Hill/Sports Illustrated bought out the company in the late 70's and they continued to produce STATIS PRO games into the 90s. Rather than dice the random results were pulled from an original set of cards. STATIS PRO was actually my first experience with replay games so they hold a special spot for me. If you've never played one they are a lot of fun and although probably not as statistically accurate I think the game play flows better than strat-o-matic.
This is one the very first versions of Statis Pro that was ever produced. The original format utilized a combination of 1 or 2 dice (depending on the edition) and a spinner to generate the number results. These were soon replaced by a simple version of the Fast Action Card deck. With some minor changes you can use any of these older Midwest Research card sets with the later Avalon Hill version of the game or even use newer card sets with the original game parts.
Overall I would say the player cards are in VERY GOOD condition. Normally I compare the card sets to my player list but this is the first time I have handled this particular season so I can't do that in this case. I have inventoried and inspected each of the cards included with the game, and compared them to the actual team rosters, and I am pretty confident it is a complete set. Every player who played a major role is included. It is possible that a back-up or two is missing but it seems unlikely. The cards represent the 1974 baseball season. The game also includes the errata sheet. A few players have light stains. Otherwise the cards show very little play wear but some players have a small pencil notation or two indicating special status, injuries or pitcher appearances. The envelopes have suffered some tanning and each has it's team record written on the front in pencil. I would grade the cards 5-6 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The other game parts are in EXCELLENT condition. The game has been verified to be complete, with all the parts that were originally included in this edition of the game accounted for, with the exception of the original scoresheets. I will include a handful from a later edition of the game. All 390 of the FACs are here, as are all the charts and the instructions. Overall I would grade the game parts 7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The game box is in GOOD condition. Most of the corners, and 2 of the small aprons, have been taped with clear tape. Otherwise lid is in nice shape with no stains or writing and nice bright colors. Box bottom has some light pencil scribbling. Overall I would grade the box a 4 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
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. Be sure to ask
your card seller if they can guarantee
that the card set is complete.
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.