Strat-o-Matic’s Rosetta Stone

What a week it’s been for us Do-It-Yourself-types in the Strat-o-Matic world!  First, Len Durrant releases a Japanese League Hall of Famers/Heroes set for both computer and cards, now Bruce Bundy re-opens his blog – that has been dormant for years – giving those of us that like to create our own cards open-source access to the man who has essentially cracked the code of Strat’s card makers.

 On his site (which he calls “Rock n Roll Baseball”) Bruce is now giving us access to download his spreadsheet.  The spreadsheet.  It’s the closest thing anyone outside of a certain building in Glen Head, NY has ever had to the actual Strat formulae.  Congratulations, DIY-ers.  Knock yourselves out! 

from the site:

The SPREADSHEETS download is my actual XLS file that I use to create my cards. NONE of the formulae are HIDDEN!!!!!!!! – they are there for you to learn, edit, manipulate, IMPROVE UPON! The one there presently is in it’s initial stage, and has the initial 2012 BASIC HITTERS CARDS numerically thru several on the initial phases – it is useable! When I complete this file, it will have all the numeric results to recreate virtually all aspects of the SOM Baseball set – BASIC & ADVANCED!!!!!

I’ll never forget the first card I ever made on my own:  Josh Gibson 1934.  I don’t have it nearby, but I’ll dig it out later and scan it in.  Looking back on it, I see major mistakes in the creation – I didn’t have access to Bundy’s formulae at the time – but that sense of accomplishment, holding a perfectly usable Strat-o-Matic card in my hot little hands that I made myself!  That didn’t exist before I created it on my own!  Oh, what a feeling.

I have a feeling that many of us Strat/APBA/whatever else replayers are alike in one regard:  we love to be in charge of our own little universe.  What better way is there to do that than to be the actual Creator of a card?

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13 Comments

  1. Please send me the file for making my own cards

  2. Hi there,

    I had been trying for a while to create my own Strat cards and the formulas I had were pretty close, but I stumbled upon Bruce’s blog by way of this one when looking up cards for reference on google images and finding a Joe DiMaggio Pacific Coast League card which caught my attention. I am having a good time making cards, but I was wondering, is there any type of computer application that anyone has made where you can enter a players name and the year(s) you want and it will pop out a card? I have a very basic understanding of java and so I have made an attempt to create such a thing, but I do not know how to make the program pull information from the internet. If you have a program, or know somebody who does, I would really appreciate access to it. Thanks for the great posts.

    • Well, I personally use Excel to calculate everything, and then I have to get my pencil in my hands, find some paper sheets(for notes and calculating remaining subchances) and sit in front of my computer for some time. For now, I don’t know if any program exists that does it automatically (go ask the Strat-o-Matic company, they surely have something about it 🙂 ). Sorry if I can’t help you. I am sure that you can do something about it on excel, with a lot of IF’s, AND’s, and whatever, but I haven’t tried it. Maybe I’ll get around to it one day.

  3. Please send me your formula’s to create strats baseball cards

  4. Do you have anyway to print the view images on the strat football. My fav team all time is the 68 jets and I would like to use them with cards and dice against friends. Thanks for your help!

  5. Can someone please send me the Excel worksheet? I went to the website and the link is not working!
    You can contact me at haydenredelman@att.net !

  6. Same Russ from before…

    I built a program that takes 3 stat lines (lefty splits, righty splits, and total stats) and runs some java and pops out a card in microsoft word. You still need to manually determine and enter range, arm, error, running, stealing, bunting, hit and run, lefty/righty, but everything else is accounted for. Overall card creation takes about 2-3 min per card. It’s rough, but building a program is certainly doable. I have limited coding knowledge and experience and I could make 100 cards in 1 day if I wanted.

  7. Hey Russ, any change you can send that program over to me? It sounds like something I would definitely be interested in. Thanks a lot!

    schutzk@yahoo.com

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