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Midwest Research 
 1973 Season Cards Included

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 of 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.

statis pro football cards 1973

The card set is overall in EXCELLENT condition.  This is a complete set of player cards/team charts based on the 1973 season stats (issued in 1974).  These are the original cards produced by the game company, not photocopies or home-made cards. The envelopes have suffered some minor tears from having to pry them open because the glue sealed them shut.

statis pro football cards 1973

I have painstakingly created a master list of the players included with every edition of the Statis Pro Football game produced. I have inventoried and inspected each of the cards included with this set and compared them to my list so I can say with certainly that this is a complete set of player cards. Each and every card has been accounted for. There are a couple stray pen marks, and a stain spot here and there, but on the whole they look like they were handled very little.  I would grade the player cards/team charts 8 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

statis pro football teams 1973

statis pro football teams 1973

The other game parts are in EXCELLENT condition. The game is 100% complete with all of the game components accounted for. The play selection cards show typical handling wear including some light fingerprint soiling. Otherwise everything is in great shape and looks barely used. The game is missing one of the 3 "C" clock counters, but you only need 1 to play so the other 2 are spares. Overall I would grade the game parts 7 on a 10 scale (see condition guide below).

statis pro football game box 1973

The game box is in GOOD-VERY GOOD condition. Box has some general shelf wear, mostly light rubbing with a few scuffs and scrapes. There are 2 split corners which were mended with clear tape. No significant stains. No writing.  Box bottom has some caving. 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 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 -  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.

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