Betty or Veronica?
The Beatles or The Stones?
Strat-O-Matic or APBA?
Here is an article from the September, 1987 issue of Sport Magazine discussing the two games.
I don’t necessarily agree with the article’s primary supposition, which can be summed up in the quote below.
From the article:
So which is better? Howard Ahlskog, who runs a monthly game magazine called the APBA Journal, thinks the two games are meant for different audiences. Strat-O-Matic, with its card individuality, managerial choices and overall speed, has strong play value. But APBA, with its statistical accuracy, fewer decisions and detailed charts, has powerful replay value.
The article specifically states that APBA “has more realistic statistics, but Strat-O-Matic puts you in the Manager’s chair.”
Does APBA have “more realistic statistics?” Does Strat-O-Matic offer more managerial options? I don’t know, but it’s always worth a discussion.