Overview of Basic Set

The new Basic Set is not what you remember it to be. The old Basic Set had 34 cards, and contained the most-used players. With the set, you got all of the starters, and most of the back-ups. For most people, the Basic Set was fine.   But, if you really wanted extra flexibility, you could always purchase the XF set, which added another six players per team (at an additional cost, of course), bringing your total up to 40. So, 40 cards per team was the maximum amount that you could ever have, at least until the 2014 season.

As of 2014, APBA changed its season set plan. At first glance you will notice that the new Basic Set, as a rule, no longer provides cards for linemen. In fact, the set does not provide a card for any player if they didn’t pass/run/kick/or return the ball in some fashion, or another.

Notice, I didn’t say “catch” the ball. A receiver, such as Dez Bryant, doesn’t receive a card if all he did was catch it. This caused a huge stir during the 2014 season, but since then, many have adjusted to the concept. It seemed very weird, indeed, that a seldom known receiver on the team like Dwayne Harris, who rushed for four times for 7 yards and who only caught 7 passes all year, would get a card when a super star receiver like Dez Bryant who caught 88 passes would not. But, that is how it is set up.

So, how many cards do you get with the Basic Set? Well, with the current 2016-17 season, you get 751 cards. Notice also, I said cards, not players. Some players actually have two cards, but we will address that a little later.

The cost for the Basic set it $70.

Basic or Jumbo Football Set

Okay, you’re getting back into APBA football, after taking a bunch of time off for real life, and you have just purchased your new game with the four teams that come with it. After playing a few games, you are now ready to buy your first set of season cards since….well, Nixon was president? Wow, that’s a long time isn’t? But, you know that APBA doesn’t change things very much, that’s for sure. You know that you will get the set of 34 cards per team with your new purchase, and then you can add the six more XF cards, if you like, and you are good to go. But, wait! APBA did change. The 34-card set is gone, and so are the XFs. What happened? Well, we are about to find out.

When purchasing cards sets, you now have two options which are called the Basic Set and Jumbo Set. Each type of set appears to appeal to certain buyer groups, and each group will insist that their set is the way to go. Over the next few days, we will explore the differences between the two sets.