The new APBA Baseball Hall of Fame set is out! Mike Whiteman ordered a copy and was happy to see that Babe Ruth is still the same slugger he always has been. This is his card from the 345-card Hall of Fame set.
Ruth’s Hall of Fame card has power numbers 1-1-1-4-6 with six 14s (one with an asterisk).
A couple things about this Hall of Fame Baseball set that set it apart from other APBA sets:
According to APBA, “The players are carded based on “Normalized” statistics. Each player season stats are based on multi years performance. These stats are then “normalized”. APBA is vague about exactly how many years are used for each card. Even when normalized, I don’t think Ruth would have three 1s on his card. Then again, this card is certainly not up to Ruth’s Monster standards, say 1921 Babe Ruth.
The key here is the use of the word “normalized” which can have many uses. The set could be normalized for the era or normalized for the talent within the set. There is a very good thread on APBA-Between the Lines discussing this topic.
Position-specific outfield ratings
You might notice that Ruth is rated as a RF-2 and a LF-2 as opposed simply an OF-2. All outfielders are rated for their specific position that they played. That’s a big change.
Rumor has it that this change is just for this set. That said, I’ll bet the APBA Company will be paying attention to the response this gets from APBA fans. If it gets positive feedback, my guess is that we may see it on all baseball sets soon.
You want my opinion? The more I think about it, I like it. It seems more accurate and realistic. The biggest issue I see is that some APBA leagues may have to adjust. But the beauty of APBA gaming is that it is very customizable. Even in times of transition, it is easy to modify the game so it works for your needs.
Hey wait, the 12!
I just noticed that the 12 is not at 23 but at 26. APBA had announced a couple years ago that the 23 would be the permanent home for the 12.
Overall, the Hall of Fame set looks very interesting but until I get my hands on the full set of cards. I’m going to wait for a full review. If you are interested, here is the full roster of the cards you receive.
For now, that Ruth card looks pretty nice. Thanks, Mike!