Let me just touch on the topic of two-carded players now. In the old days, everything seemed to fit on one card. After all, you had three columns. But, what would happen if the player rushed the ball, passed the ball, was a back-up punter, and returner kick offs and punts. With this situation, this guy would need five columns. Obviously he would need two cards. Additionally, with the new Extra Point rules, and the new kick off rules whereby the ball often goes into the end zone for a touchback, you may need a column for kick offs, one for field goals, one for extra points, and another for a pass for a Fake Kick, or one used as a back-up punter. Again, you have more than three columns, so you need more than one card. These players are actually kind of rare. I would estimate that there are only about 25 players in a season set that have two cards.
There are two final areas that we need to discuss before we can make our decision about which set to buy. Many face-to-face leagues, by rules, will drop the receiver’s card down on passing plays to indicate that that player is the intended target. But, how do you drop down Dez Bryant’s card, if you don’t have a Dez Bryant card? Well, APBA has provided APBA WR generic cards, or even APBA generic cards that resemble the regular football cards on the back, and those can be used as a substitute for the non-existent Dez Bryant (or others) card. Each set of blank cards cost $10, and is available, if needed. While many game players use the locator columns to determine who the pass is going to be thrown to, this blank card method is a way for those who like to personally make their selections.
That brings us to our final area of what to do if a player who doesn’t have a card is suddenly designated as intercepting a pass, or recovering a fumble, etc. Well, if you have the Jumbo Set, your problem is solved. You already have a player card so you can proceed directly to that for your result. But, what if the player in question doesn’t have a card? Now what do you do? Well, APBA has created what they call GENERIC CARDS. These cards are all the same in each category, and actually have the same results contained as the actual player cards (in most cases) for those who do have cards in the Jumbo Set. The players are generally grouped by their position which is given a letter grade that corresponds with a generic card of that letter. For example, most offensive linemen are As, and most receivers and defensive backs are Bs, etc. Whenever an event comes up that requires a player who does not possess a card to do something, his name on the roster directs the game player to the corresponding card with that letter grade, and then that generic card is used for the outcome of the play. In most cases, these cards don’t usually amount to much of a return, but they do match the actual player card in the Jumbo Set, so everything is good. It really isn’t difficult, and it really isn’t as confusing as I may have made it out to be.