Sunday, September 7, 2014

Retail Review #117 (12/13 Score Blaster)

Score is one of the most basic products you can find when it comes to cards. It has long been in the low-end of the hobby... but that's not a bad thing. It's a set that is budget friendly, filled with inserts, and has the occasional hit in it. Last year's Score blasters were available with a stated retail price of just $9.99. That's a pretty sweet price for a good amount of cards to look through on a slow afternoon.

Price - 

Packs - 11
12/13 Score Packs

Even with a super low price of $9.99, I was able to pick this bad boy up for about half of that, just $4.95 online at Wow, that's about five bucks for 11 packs of cards - a really good deal I've gotta say! Being that it's Score, I won't be expecting much from this blaster, but I know I will enjoy seeing all of the different insert cards come out. I appreciate how Panini really crams in a lot of inserts into Score to not only make it more interesting, but for me, it definitely adds a nostalgia feel to it as well.

Each pack of Score should yield me at least one gold card. Nowadays, Score gold cards and base cards don't really have much difference in value. For hardcore collectors, they may not be worth anything at all, but these cards are still great for younger collectors to experience trying to collect a rainbow of cards. Of course, the challenge will be to seek out the really elusive black variations.

I'll open this blaster up and see what comes out of it:

Review -
There wasn't a hit in this blaster, but I wasn't counting on one. This blaster of Score actually delivered me exactly what I expected. Score gave me a solid amount of cards including gold parallels and some inserts. Surprisingly, I was impressed by the quality of the photographs in 12/13 Score. The photo selection quality was definitely noticeable here. It's a small thing, but something to be appreciated.

I really enjoyed getting the Net Cam card and First Goal inserts. These are the types of cards that collectors were a buzz about when inserts first arrived on the scene. It's great that Score carried on the tradition of loading up the product with inserts. These little sets are fun to collect and fun to see who is in them.

My three favorite cards from this break made the top three:

Top 3 Cards

#3 - Gordie Howe Card No. OS2
These old school Franchise insert cards aren't much to look at, and they are pretty easy to find in Score, but I still enjoy finding Gordie Howe cards in my packs. Everyone knows Mr. Hockey, and it's great to see him honored with new cards.

#2 - Chris Kreider Card No. 543
12/13 was not a good year for rookie cards as the companies that year decided to hold off on new rookie cards due to the shortened season. Only rookies who had already skated for their teams in 11/12 got cards if they hadn't had one yet. Of those rookies, Kreider was probably the most sought after one.

#1 - Pavel Datsyuk Card No. TS1
These Team Score cards are definitely a blast from the past. I'm a big fan of posed photos like this every-so-often to add some nice variety to the card set. It also gives you a bit of a different look at the player on the card. These are classy cards that are well done.

Overall Value -
At five bucks, this blaster was a nice deal. I definitely didn't pull any cards that were mind-blowing out of the break, but that wasn't the point. This is a break that I enjoyed doing, and I'll enjoy seeing all the different types of cards now added to my collection. Score has done a great job of making relevant cards that any collector would enjoy.

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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