Wednesday, August 22, 2012

2012-2013 Score Review

With Upper Deck's opening salvo of O-Pee-Chee last week, Panini had to respond with something of their own. And they have.  Score, Panini's first 12/13 product, has hit the store shelves. Much like Upper Deck's OPC, Score is Panini's lowest-end offering, so it'll be very interesting to see how the two products compare head-to-head. In the previous two years, Score has overachieved and provided superb quality at a very modest price point. Will it deliver the same this go-around? Let's see!


Base Card Design -
Buying a box of Score will get you a ton of base cards. And breaking pack after pack, I have to say that the design underwhelms a bit. I find the cards to be neither here-nor-there. In fact, the word I would have to use to describe them is bland. To give some perspective, I need to bring up the previous two years of Score Hockey base cards. When Score first returned in the 10/11 season, they had a throwback retro design that many collectors instantly felt nostalgic about it. It felt familiar but new at the same time. Last year's 11/12 design brought a newer take on the Score base. The design was fun, crisp, and modern. This year's set doesn't feel nostalgic nor modern. It actually reminds me of the forgettable Score sets of the late 90's and early 00's across all major sports. That era of Score is not fondly remembered, and somehow this year's base cards have tapped into that feeling exactly. Not to say these cards are completely horrible - the design is clean, and some of the photos are great for a low end set... but this year Score just felt a bit off and a lot less fun.


The backs of the cards are well done. There is a bit of showiness to the backs that the front lacked. Though it may not be the most ideal place to put the numbering, I do like how the card numbers look at the top of the card. Nice clean lines and rectangular shapes frame everything on the back into an organized and simple presentation - very sweet. Also, along with full statistics, many of the cards feature a full write up for the player - something noticeably missing in OPC.


Season Highlight and Award Winner cards can also be found in the base set. They look exactly like the standard base save for a small banner at the bottom. I actually like the Award Winner cards quite a bit. It's nice to see the players in their suits with a big 'ol trophy.


Hot Rookie cards again feature the newest crop of young NHLers. These cards have had a bit of a make-over. Gone are the computer generated backgrounds that these cards used to sport. The rookie cards now show the player on the ice in an action shot. The rookies found in Score are players that were not included in last year's Panini sets. Unfortunately for them, the Hot Rookies this year share the same fate as their base card brothers - they just don't look that good. The design is a bit generic, and this year I'm a bit at a loss as to who I'm looking to pull from this grouping. Last year had Cody Hodgson, and the year before had P.K. Subban. Maybe it's Chris Kreider of the Rangers this year... but the new rookie hype doesn't seem to be there.

Base Card Design Score:
5/10

Inserts/Game-Used/Autos -
Boxes of Score will come with a big pile of inserts. There are quite a few different inserts sets for hobbyists to collect and build. For collectors who are looking just for hits, Score is not the place to look. While there definitely are hits to be found in the product (in the form of rookie and veteran autographed cards), they don't come easy.


Though I didn't get any autographs in my box, I got some really classy looking cards featuring some stunning photography. The Team Score cards feature players in their All-Star jerseys posing for the camera. Though this is not a new concept, and it's something Score has done before, it is something that just works in a nice way. These cards are super simple and not overly thought out. They let the image do the talking... and that's really enough.


Net Cam cards also use unique photography to make a cool card to have. I really like this Carey Price card above. This card is all sorts of awesome. So much is going on in this photo! If the folks at Panini continue finding shots like this for their Net Cams, I can see them continuing this set on and on as long as they make the Score brand. These photos, no doubt, are what keep collectors coming back and building the set.


There are two types of The Franchise insert set to be found when busting packs. One type features the Original Six hockey teams. The color scheme of the card definitely brings up an older era of hockey. This Bower above is particularly cool as it shows him playing goal the old-fashioned way... sans mask!


The modern Franchise inserts have a futuristic design that is quite nice. I was actually very surprised when pulling this card out of the pack. I'm not sure how many Score cards have this, but these cards have silver foil on them. I can't tell you how much that blows me away! I didn't think Panini would ever put foil on their Score cards, it's just not something they do, but yet here it is in all its shiny glory.


This year collectors will not find glossy parallel cards. Instead, Panini has inserted one Goldrush card per pack. The cards are differentiated by their golden border color. I didn't care for the Score glossies much, so for me these are a step up. For people who collect rainbows of players, these actually work really well because there is an actual difference in the look of the card. The glossies looked just like base when placed in penny sleeves so it became difficult to tell them apart. Making a return this year are Black Ice parallels too. These are much harder to find, and will be a tough challenge to find specific ones you may want.

There are more inserts to find in Score such as First Goal cards and Team Futures. They follow in the same vein as the basic inserts described above.

Inserts/Game-Used/Autos Score:
6/10

Overall Rating -
I'm not sure what it was, but opening up the box of Score this year just didn't cut it for me like it did last year and the year before. Though there are some great looking inserts to look at and find, it wasn't enough to make me excited when opening up the box.

In the battle of low-end products, I have to say the winner goes to Upper Deck's O-Pee-Chee. OPC is a pricier product than Score (I think by double... one dollar versus two), but I think I'd still rather get one pack of OPC over two packs of Score. The base cards, parallels, and inserts found in OPC are just stronger by far. For the past two years Panini has really stomped on Upper Deck's Victory as king of lower end. Upper Deck has taken that mantle back this year through OPC.

I would only recommend buying a few packs of Score to test it out and chase some of the better inserts (like Net Cams and Team Score/Futures). It's hard for me to recommend buying boxes and boxes of it - the value just isn't there and to be honest, I think you'd get tired of it very quickly. I say just stick to lose packs and blasters... that's probably the best way to go (unless you're a set collector... then go nuts with boxes).

Overall Rating -
5/10

Check out my box of 12/13 Score:



And here's a video review of a box Panini sent me:

47 comments:

  1. i really like the look of this years set vs. last year! IMO it was a good thing to get rid of the glossy's, and put one gold per pack (instead of box ) this years set has a collectors choice feel to it. i would give it a 8/10 ! thanks for the review, luke!


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  2. Well, what can I say, it is what you can expect from score. I love the look of the Franchise Cards (Pekka Rinne). Part of me misses the glossy cards because it gave you some excitement and seperation from the base cards. Other than that, the photography looks pretty good, kinda wish I could see more of it by possible eliminating the side borders because some of the pictures are tight against them. Overall I would give these cards about 7/10.

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  3. Well I am really excited for this year's set because, I am a huge chet pickard fan since he played in the world juniors! I also love trying to collect this set because, I don't really like the fell of o-pee-chee, but I love collecting a big set because it is such a challenge. I can't wait for victory to come out, but I am dissapointed that there won't be any big names in score or victory

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  4. i am not a huge fan of the base design this year for score. Like you said i would say it's just bland or blank. Maybe if the words were bigger it would be better

    -Mpb7771

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  5. Overall I would have to say have to say 12-13 score was ok, although you did not get a hit some of the inserts were really nice, for example The Franchise and Team Score! I also like the idea how you get a insert in every pack!


    -kronzhockey

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  6. The product = MEH..
    The review = YAH!

    YT-Skroeker24

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  7. Not so sure about this product this year either. my box is still on backorder at my lcs. I've liked previous years of score, but this main ( base ) set, doesnt excite me. love the net cam cards & franchise cards this year. Ill see what i can pull. All & all, did decent for this break.

    Have purchased the product.
    But OPC sure has it beat.

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  8. Hey Luke . I liked your review. I love 12-13 score. I got 11 packs and it' awesome. I like that there are no more glossy cards and now you get gold parallels in every pack.
    Youtube name: elijahking13

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  9. I liked the review. I got 8 packs yesterday and 3 today. I did really good. I like that they took out the glossy cards and now you get gold parallels in every pack. I think thats neat.
    Youtube name: elijahking13

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  10. Well I am really excited for this year's set because, I am a huge chet pickard fan since he played in the world juniors! I also love trying to collect this set because, I don't really like the fell of o-pee-chee, but I love collecting a big set because it is such a challenge. I can't wait for victory to come out, but I am disappointing that there won't be any big names in score or victory

    MrMat18033

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  11. Like every year, Score is awesome. I actually think the base looks really nice, along with all the inserts to be found in the set.

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  12. I am not a huge fan of score but I really like the new franchise cards!

    Thanks for the Contest!

    87Leafsfan

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  13. To be honest i really like score, it is a cheaper brand of cards and fun to open. This set is mainly projected at the young collectors and set builders. Which for the younger collectors it is very cheap, around 1$ per pack which is great and the sets are a 500-600 card set, which is great. When i go to my LCS i always pick up about 10 packs or so just for fun. As you said I to am not so high on the look of the base cards this year. Lasts years base cards were much better. Great review Luke! Can't wait till the newer products come out!

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  14. My honest opinion on score is I do not really like it. The odds to get a big hit is very hard. I'm not too fond of the look of it. The great part is the price. Over all I do not really like it. Thanks for the contest!
    -NothinButHockeyCards

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  15. WhaT you would expect from a $30 product
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  16. i like the look of the base. the team score and the net cams are awesome. i like that they put ekman-larsson in the checklist. i think that the hot rookies are way to plain though.
    phxfan19

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  17. not bad this year, what you would excpect, i love the franchise cards though. - seguinsupporter12

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  18. I think Panini did a terrible job with Score this year. O-PEE-CHEE has done much better than Score again. First of all the design of the Base cards are awful they're design is very bland.The Awards Winner subset cards I think are the nicest cards in the set with the Team Score inserts only becasue of the stellar photogrpahy. I think the net cam cards are also cool. The Hot Rookies I think are the worst rookie card designed in at least the past five years. And the The Orignal Six Franchise cards also have a terrible design, the color combos are just plain right awful. The Modern Franchise cards are very pointless and it seems as Panini just used them as a filler. The Gold Parrels are also very uncreative of Panini and I think if they put some time into it they could have thought have some much better. Score always dissapoints me and it's always a product I stay away from.

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  19. Hi Luke, I really enjoyed reading your review. I think the cards look quite amazing but not as good as last year's Score... still The Franchise cards look sweet!

    Youtube Username: mjhockeycards101

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  20. hi, i like the idea that theses cards are cheap but they seem to not really b4 that great. i might pick this up try it. thanks for the review.


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  21. Score this year is great for the money you spend it is very low end but very fun to open love the base and inserts this year i really like the rookie autos -LeafFanDom12

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  22. I bought a lot of Score last year when the Canucks made their Stanley Cup run to the finals because the cards had unique 'Season/Playoff Highlights' and 'Playoff Heroes' inserts that I wanted, to commemorate their run. I would buy more this year, but I've moved on to higher end stuff. Base cards are taking up too much room, and I don't care to admire them really. Fun set to buy though, more so than OPC.

    Thanks for the contest,

    -ryannturnaa

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  23. Loving the look of the base cards this year!!!!

    -BruinsMA888

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  24. Like the look of last years HOT ROOKIES then this years, but like everything else in this years product.
    Youtube username: Graboguru

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  25. i busted a box of 12-13 score and i was actually impressed the base cards have a clean desighn and the look of the hot rookies look great

    -nuddymud

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  26. I like the look of the product this year and Btw is it Kreidler or Kreider?

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  27. I actually like this years score the look of it is neat i absolutely love the franchise cards although i probably wont break any boxes because it isnt a very higher end product but its very cool so i might break it

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  28. i want in
    youtube username: multihabsfan31

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  29. score is a good product if ur a young collector cuz its a great value for ur money but its not as good as last year

    Youtube- MattsSportsCards

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  30. I really do not like the product. The inserts are bad. The base is horrible. And MrHockeynut77 you said the rookie were the worst rookie design in 5 years I say 10.
    The NetCam look nice and will go for the NetCam set again as soon as I complete last years NetCam set. YT-adlsam19dew

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  31. I took the habit to collect Victory or Score before the beginning of the season, but I won't this year, because of the possible lock-out. But, in a normal season, I would surely have chosen Score. I'll miss the glossies, but getting one gold is always fun, even if they are a lot less rare then it used to be. I think that the 5/10 is pretty harsh. It is not a hit product, but I think the franchise look and the retros, added to the golds, could have give the product a 7/10...

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  32. Oh, it's lfcmontreal on youtube. Sorry

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  33. Yet another great review! I totally agree with the bland design of the cards, but I think the inserts (especially the Pekka Rinne The Franchise card) look awesome. Keep posting!

    YT: blackhawks61895

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  34. This year, I think the rookie crop is a bit weaker than last year's. I like how they added Bartschi and Aliu in the set but was disappointed to find out there were no short printed rookies this year. I dislike the Hot Rookies design because it looks a lot like Collector's Choice. As always, the Net Cam inserts are my favourite. The Franchise cards looks really cool too. Hopefully I can get myself an Iggy one! haha. I would probably rate the product 7/10 for its price (a dollar per pack) and it really builds the hobby. :)

    -Iginlasfan12

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  35. I was like Score but this year is amazing.

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  36. i really liked score last year... but this year not so much there are a few inserts i really like this year but thats about it... i dont think i will get any this year... i actually like opc better this year (it was the opposite last year.. so yeah i agree with 5/10... also im super interested in the erik Karlsson award winners!

    Thanks for the contest!
    -CalebClardy

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  37. i like score but i find it has gone 1 0r 2 steps down.last year i bought a hobby box and it was the best break for me i even pulled an auto!wont be doing the same this year maybe a pack here or there but no hobby boxes.mt ratting would be maybe a 6/10!


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  38. I personally do not like the base card design as much as the previous years. Auto cards are nice, but hard to pull. I would perfer to open a box from a previous year instead. Still a nice affordable product regardless!

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  39. Score's pretty cool. Looking for the Cornet, Silfverberg and Stone Hot Rookies in it.

    You always have good reviews. I love your Sunday blaster breaks.

    -SenzFanForever

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  40. great review net cams ar awesome just bought a pack
    multihabsfan31

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  41. luke i would have to give score the same rating as you did . the only thing i like about score is team score .

    vancanuckman1234

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  42. very good review username Ehab Nasir

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  43. I don't like score either

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  44. People can hate all they want. I think they look awesome and this is the best design I've seen in years. The inserts look cool. I care more about the quality...than the stereotypes you haters give Panini. Just because it's low end doesn't mean it is. I think they look great. A 9/10 for me.. I have to disagree with your bad reviews. Give me a card brand that was sold in 2012-2013 that looks sharp before you prove me wrong.

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    1. thanks for your review of the product. i'm glad that you like 12/13 score. i definitely can't prove you wrong as you are entitled to your opinion. i can see that there are those who do enjoy 12/13 score, but i have found many who have not liked it for various reasons. good luck with this product!

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