I was recently purchasing a season for the upcoming Chicagoland Tournament and I chose the 2016 Chicago Cubs. But since I don’t have the team and also wanted to own the first Cub world championship roster in my lifetime I went ahead and ordered it.
However, when I went to APBA’s site to purchase the team and then added the XC cards to the cart I was sort of floored by the total cost. No, I am not slamming APBA for the cost of the set, but was somewhat surprised as I have usually purchased deadball era teams and they are a lot less.
I realize the difference is the number of teams, therefore the much larger number of cards, hence the cost. But the question remained, do I really need to spend $100 dollars on a set if you include the XC’s?
I looked at the rosters and then the XC’s. This brought about the subject matter. Do I or don’t I want or even NEED the XC cards. In the two seasons that I have purchased since APBA has begun to reissue the sets I did get the XC cards.
In all honesty, I find that while you get some monster cards here and there, they are mostly cards that won’t see much past a defensive replacement or blowout relief appearance.
Back in the “old days” when APBA had 20 -25 card rosters and 10 XB cards that you had to tear apart as an option; I always ordered the XB’s as I always needed them as the seasons progressed.
Maybe I am just lazy, but I really don’t need the set for replay purposes. 80% of the cards end up in an envelope stuffed so full it can barely hold them and never get used.
But I realize they play a vital role for those that do actual game day lineups (and for putting THAT much work into a replay I salute you.) So to those of you who read this, how important to you is the XC card set to you?
Thanks to Craig Christian for the photo!