Series: Seven (1988)
Hardball was first released carded as part of the seventh series (1988). He was also sold in 1989 and was discontinued domestically in 1990.
Hardball came with a green backpack and a gray grenade launcher. The rotating chamber in the grenade launcher can easily be removed.
Birthplace: Cooperstown, New York
Primary Specialty: Infantry
Secondary Specialty: Special Services
After five seasons of playing centerfield in the minor leagues, Hardball came to the realization that the big league scouts just weren't interested in athletic prowess; they wanted star quality. The Joe Team was more interested in team-players than in stars, and they had a real need for a guy who could judge distances accurately and react quickly with deliberation.
"Grenade launchers are fitted with adjustable, graduated sights, calibrated in 25 meter increments. In a firefight, nobody wants to start readjusting sights-especially the blooper man. Hardball can drop a 40mm frag into a bucket from 75 meters, simply by eyeballing it. The man's a natural."
No variations of Hardball (v1) are known to exist.
Versions of Hardball
This was the only version of Hardball ever released.
Reference InformationThe below information contains information about references to various collector's guides, Hasbro references, original retail prices, and other reference material related to Hardball (v1).
Original Retail: $2.55
Hasbro Product: 6512
Lee's Guide: GIJ-88016
Desimone Guide: #197
Tomart's Guide: #GI5898
The Ultimate Guide: Pg. 106 (1st Ed.), Pg. 161 (2nd Ed.)
Action Figure Archive Guide: n/a