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APBA FOOTBALL Complete 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 football game first came out in 1958. These games are very detailed and highly realistic yet they are flexible enough to allow you to play at the level of complexity with which you are most comfortable. 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 is just my opinion of course but I consider the "red 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.
This listing is for a complete set of game parts. It includes all the components you need to play this edition the game.
The card set is overall in EXCELLENT condition. This is a complete set of player cards based on the 1981 season stats (issued in 1983) consisting of 37 cards per team. The set includes the XFs, the original roster sheet (plus the XFs roster sheet). These are the original vintage cut cards on quality card stock (not the new thin stock versions).
I have inventoried and inspected the cards and every card has been accounted for. A few cards have small stain spots, and the RAIDERS cards have some tanning on the edges, but on the whole the set looks like it was handled very little. I would grade them 7-8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The envelopes are in EXCELLENT condition. They are in great shape with no tears or stains. I would grade them 8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).
The other game parts are in EXCELLENT condition. The game is 100% complete with all of the game components accounted for. Overall I would grade the game parts 8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below)
The game box is in GOOD-VERY GOOD condition. It has 3 split corners and a some tape on one of the side aprons. The box bottom also has 2 split corners. It is typical to find these boxes badly torn up since the weight of the cards is really more than the box can handle. Other than the splits and the tape this box is good shape with no writing and no stains. I would grade it a 4-5 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
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. I am not of the
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
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 - I would suggest asking 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 taken care of well. 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 fared 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 perfectly playable. 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.