CARDING High School, College and Pro Football teams

Each category of football contains certain criteria to create cards and teams for APBA Football.

High School:

There are over 15,000 high school football teams in the United States and this offers a great latitude of ratings.  When rating a team, one must look at the level of play each team has, such as State Division 1 (Best), 2, 3,4 or 5 ( worst), some states reverse the order making it 5 to 1 or more.  How a school is ranked by the media in the state and nationally.  The schedule the team plays.  and finally the scoring difference in the victories.  Going undefeated is a big plus.  Currently I have made 34 high school teams.  The best total offense and defense is 104 points and the worst is 16.  The best offense goes to 2013 Aledo Bearcats of Texas with 53 points and the best defense goes to 2016 IMG Academy Ascenders of Florida with a 53. All state teams and conference teams also are used.  Marist Royal Knights of NJ has an 8 offense and an 8 defense, some players were rated (0). I played 2014 Bishop Gorman Gaels the national champions against Marist.  Bishop Gorman won 109-0 holding Marist to 10 yards and BG gaining almost 600 yards.

I have researched over 100 teams of the past and present.


College has great leeway in ratings with Division Bowl, Championship, Two, Three and the lower levels. The best defense is a 49 by a number of teams and the best offense was a 49 by the 2005 Southern Cal Trojans.  Ratings for cards come from All Conference teams, All American, etc.  Rankings by BCS and the media is part of the equation.  For example the basic rating for undefeated 2004 Harvard is a 24 offense and a 22 defense. 1987 Oklahoma had a 46 offense and a 48 defense.  I have made over an estimate of 100 great college teams including some conferences.


The leeway is tighter because you are dealing with 32 teams, so the difference between the top and lowest teams are not as great as College or High School.  The last two years saw APBA low ball the ratings, I am not sure if this is the new trend by the company.  2017 will determine new trend or temporary change.  The CFL, WFL, USFL and some of the 1930’s AFL teams are handled similar to the present NFL.  I have made over an estimate 100 of the Pro teams.




In the History of APBA football there have been 4 major changes or what I call the levels of APBA Football.  The first level was the 1957-1964  years.  In those years players rated 1 started, the formula was keyed to what Mr. Seitz (the original owner) used, which centered around the lines used on defense.  Example: Steve Van Buren of the 1949 Eagles card was made against a 7 man line.  Lenny Moore of the 1958 Colts was on the 4 man line defense.  The long pass offense was full of 50+ yard completions.

In 1965 research was in progress to create a more accurate card calculating system, however it was not completed and the mess known as the 1965 football season was created. The second level.

1966-1981 the  third level had 1st down plus yardage for short passes and the yards for long passes were decreased, cards were calculated based on the average line.

In 1982 the fourth level which is close to what have today with the different plays and setups was created.  The 1966-81 A index disappeared and the B Index became the A index, C became the new B index and a new C index was created.  At first the cards and games resulted in some awfully high scores, one was 80-70.  APBA did and still does refinements to this day to make it more accurate.

Dave U

Introducing – Dave Urban

I’m proud to introduce the newest author to the site, Mr. Dave Urban. I always consider Joe Bonamassa to be the greatest guitar player that no one knows and that is exactly how I feel about Dave Urban with regard to APBA Football.

Dave created cards for APBA baseball and football, including making ratings for the game company’s football game under a signed contract for several years.  He retired from this duty a few years ago and signed a non-disclosure agreement prohibiting him from selling any teams for Football or Baseball.

An interesting tidbit about Dave, on August 25, 1981, he wrote a letter to Dick Seitz and told him his idea for a new football game containing the screen pass, medium pass, draw play the different offense and defensive sets.  On September 17, 1981, Dave received a letter from Seitz informing him that all of his suggested improvements would be incorporated into the new game.  In 1982, Dick Seitz used all of Dave’s ideas and produced the Master game that we play today.  Never the wallflower, Dave voiced his displeasure at the fact that his old sets would not be compatible with the new game rendering them obsolete. Seitz responded saying that he thought he would be happy with new game because it had everything that he wanted. In addition, it was Dave who informed Seitz about the walk and stolen base system that APBA Baseball now uses.

On behalf of myself, Mark Zarb and Ray Dunlap, I would like to welcome you to the team and we are looking forward to reading your contributions with regard to APBA Football history and whatever other topics you want to discuss.