There was a recent thread on the APBA Baseball Facebook page about the 1968 reissue set, namely that Bob Gibson no longer has a Z. For those who may not be familiar, 1968 was the year of the pitcher, and it was a season APBA had a little difficulty creating the first time around. In […]

# 26 on the Move

I started playing some games with the 2015 baseball set this week. One thing I begin to notice was a red 26 on dice roll 21. I had never really seen that before. So I began to wonder: Did APBA assign more 26s? Nope, the average card in 2014 had 1.28, and the average card […]

# Calculating the Hockey Card, Part 3

After spending our time figuring out how to calculate an APBA hockey card not once, but twice, we’ll move onto the final installment, the goalie. Just like the relief pitcher in baseball, they can be unstoppable one day and a disaster the next, and finding a good one long term is next to impossible. So […]

# Calculating the Hockey Card, Part 2

In the previous post, I discussed how to create the non-play number portion of a hockey card. In this article, we move on to the actual play numbers. Unlike the familiar baseball card, this is somewhat straight forward and transparent. And like the previous post, this is not perfect, there will be some deviance as […]

# Calculating the Hockey Card, Part 1

In my previous article, I tried to figure out the method APBA uses to calculate the penalty numbers on the hockey cards. I then wanted to tackle the passing numbers (10-15), but I noticed a pattern. Basically, when it came to passing numbers, there was no pattern. Well, initially there was no pattern. Once I […]

# In The Box

In my opinion, one of the weaknesses in the APBA Hockey game is the penalty system. Unfortunately, the original system doled out too many penalties and each successive version has tried to kludge the system rather than just starting from scratch. This article will go into how the system works, how to calculate what numbers […]

# The Single Column Six

In the last dozen years or so, an occasional card will end up with a weird combination of 0s and 6s in the first column. Prior to this time, the only extra base hit you could have with a 0 was a 1. So is there any rhyme or reason to who gets this combo. […]

# The Dreaded Shootout

I am an avid player of the APBA hockey game but I only play tournaments. Since I need to play playoff-style overtimes, I never had to deal with the shootout. However, when I got the 2014 Olympic set, I would have to use the shootout, because that’s what the Olympics did. Even though my Olympic […]

# Fielder’s Choice

A while back, I ran a simulation of the various hit numbers. I then did the same thing, concentrating on the pitching grades. This time I’m going to look at fielding, including the arm ratings for catchers and outfielders. The latter prove to be pretty surprising. First off let’s take a look at the most […]

# Making the Grade

In the original National Pastime game, the only thing that a pitcher contributed was hitting. There were no grades, no subratings, no handicaps. When APBA came out in 1951, the concept of the grade was added, so now pitchers fell into six classes: A&C, A&B, A, B, C and D. The grade was pretty much […]