Soccer fan Paul Dylan wrote a rather pointed article fraught with frustration about the lack of new seasons for the APBA Soccer Game on his website oneforfive.com.
He says in part:
Will we ever see a 2012 APBA Soccer MLS set? The 2013 MLS season starts on March 2nd. I hope we can have a 2012 card set sometime around then. In the Springtime, after 2012 Baseball sets are shipped, it would seem that there is a slow time in the APBA production schedule. Is it too much to ask to get an estimate as to when (or if) the 2012 MLS set will be released?
To APBA’s credit (and Paul’s too!), they responded quickly to his article. Within one day, APBA CEO John Herson responded to his article and Paul posted his response:
We are going to release the most recent season sets for those leagues and others. The new sets will be cards not sheets. The EPL card ratings are done. Once the 2012 baseball card rush is over. We will start to offer soccer sets. APBA is committed to the soccer game. Now that APBA has completed the baseball reprint project, we can focus on other sports. Our 2013 production plan is the 2012-13 season cards will be prepared and offered in July after the conclusion of the European league seasons. There will be a second release of seasons at the conclusion of the MLS season in November 2013.
While the soccer fan base is indeed small, I would argue it probably the fastest growing among all of APBA’s sports. Paul Dylan’s points are well taken and Herson probably knows this. While baseball is big business with APBA and the past few months were pretty hectic, the APBA soccer is not to be trifled with.
I’ve seen what happens when soccer fans get riled up. :)