1988 season cards 
Original Issue

Replay Baseball first appeared in 1973 and has had a die-hard following ever since.  While the game never achieved the level of popularity of Strat-O-Matic or APBA it had a lot going for it.  It featured a unique system of batter / pitcher interaction that also did a really nice job of smoothly integrating fielding abilities into the mix.  The batter card was placed on top of the elongated pitcher card and the dice determined how the results on the 2 cards would be combined.  On certain rolls the result was determined by a combination of the pitcher and the defensive player involved (as well as the infield positioning).  The cards are printed on nice, thick, stock.  It flows very nicely despite the constant flipping back and forth in the chart book.  

Over the years there were a few more features added, including the very popular Rare Play Book, and in the late 1980's an updated version of the game was produced.  While still basically compatible with the older version, there are some differences that make it difficult to mix cards produced for the 2 versions.  

The original company ceased production after the 1990 season but the company started up again in 1999 under new ownership.   The newer cards are perforated and must be punched out from a booklet.  The game play is slightly different due to the company doing away with the large pitcher cards.  Otherwise it is essentially the same game and is more or less compatible with the late 1980's version of the game.

This listing is for a card set for use with the late 1980's version of the Replay Baseball game.  You need to already own the game to use this set.  

replay baseball cards 1988

The card set is overall in GOOD condition.  This is a complete set of player cards reflecting the 1988 season stats.  This set also includes the original suggested line-up sheet.  I have inventoried and inspected the cards and every card has been accounted for with the exception of Deveroux of the DODGERS (he only had 43 ABs so you probably won't miss him that much).  As you can see from the pic above the cards are heavily marked, but none of the game info has been altered.  I would grade them 3-4 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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