Sunday, July 6, 2014

Retail Review #108 (13/14 Score Blaster)

Come to think of it... I don't think I've opened up one of these 13/14 Score blasters before. The stated retail price on the blaster actually made me do a double take clocking in at about twenty dollars. That's quite a jump from the previous years' prices. I guess the box does state that you get more in a blaster than what you did in the past... but for Panini to ask for twice the price and provide just 40% more content looks like a win for Panini.

Price - 

Packs - 11
13/14 Score Packs

Though the suggested price of the blaster was originally quite high, I only paid about seven dollars for it from For that price, this blaster is a fantastic deal. You get a ton of cards in the blaster, and there is the possibilities of getting hits within, though unlikely.

I'm expecting this blaster to really give out quite a bit in terms of insert cards. I'm not going to expect a hit like an autograph, but there should be fun content within this box to appease the collectors who buy it. Being lower-end, I believe companies should give the buyer as much 'fun' as possible. And the way to do that in lower-end products like this is with insert cards.

This was the year of the double rookie class so besides insert cards I should also be seeing quite a few rookies as well. The Hot Rookies subset isn't big on collectors want lists, but pulling rookie cards is always a fun thing to do. Hopefully I get some good ones!

Let's just open this blaster up and see what we get out of it:

Review -
As I thought, the Score break was actually pretty fun! I really delivered in terms of getting rookie cards, inserts, and parallels. There wasn't a hit in the box, but that didn't disappoint me. The first thing that I noticed as I was going through the box was that the packs felt thick - they had a lot of cards in them. That's awesome. Sometimes I forget how packs used to be! When you open up a pack from the 80's or early 90's, you were getting a good amount of cards. And the same can be said of these packs. This makes for a longer and more satisfying break - especially for people who want to enjoy the cards as they come out of the packs.

It was fun to see a slew of Sharks cards come out of the break. Unlike many higher-end sets, Score didn't limit the player selection. Instead, Score aims to include as many players as possible, so I saw some names on cards that I rarely get a chance to see on cardboard. I also got two Sharks rookie cards in the break, which was good for me.

Here were my top three cards from this break:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Semyon Varlamov Card No. NC-4
I think this is the first Net Cam card I have from 13/14 Score. I have a bunch from previous years, but not so much this year. I like the updated look this set has, and the net cam always provides a unique perspective on the action.

#2 - Sidney Crosby Card No. 399
Sid the Kid is still the biggest name in hockey, so getting a parallel card of his is pretty nice. Gone are the days when a parallel card was coveted, but I still enjoy getting it nonetheless.

#1 - Brendan Gallagher Card No. 624
Yep, another parallel! This time a rookie card. Brendan Gallagher has been haunting me a bit in my breaks recently... but that's not necessarily a bad thing! This is a nice gold version of his rookie card.

Overall Value -
For the price I paid for this blaster, the overall value was very good. I probably would not recommend this blaster at its full asking price of twenty dollars though. Score is a wonderful product for novice or casual collectors. It's also a good break if you're looking to see a whole lot of cardboard come out of your blaster box. Break a box for fun if you can find it for a steal!

Let me know what you thought of my break in the comment section below. Have you ever pulled anything good out of one of these? I'd love to hear about it.

Overall Value Score:

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