Review: 2011 Score Football

Happy Independence Day to every American out there!

Panini is bringing you the best value in football cards this season with 2011 Score football. Why is this product the best value? Well wouldn’t you consider anything nowadays that is 99 cents a very good value? That’s right, this product is 99 cents per pack. It is less than one dollar. Now that’s value.

Every box comes with 36 packs if you choose to buy a box. You get 7 cards per pack. Every pack has at least one rookie in it and one glossy card in it. You can find tons of inserts like Millennium Men, In the Zone, Hot Rookies, and Complete Players. Among those you could also pull parallel versions including a glossy version, End Zone, Scorecard, Red Zone, or Gold Zone. The rookies even have an SP version with a different picture. You can pull tons of great cards and parallels in this box. Also, you can find autographs in a box at a rate of 5 per case. Not bad at all for 99 cents.

Base:

Rookies:

Gold Zone paralleled rookie

Inserts:

Autographs:

Design:

I actually really enjoy this retro design from Score. I can’t quite put a year on when this design was used or something very similar was done, but it just reminds me of the good times in the 1990s when I first started collecting cards. I love the design of all the inserts as well as the parallels as well. The Complete Players insert is my least favorite as it just doesn’t seem as colorful as the others and kind of feels out of place. I’m not sure it would look better with colors either, but with the rest of the product having some life, it just feels off. But that’s not why I’m docking the star, only a very small part. The reason I am docking the star is that huge white empty space on the top left of the card. I don’t like empty spaces on cards, but especially just plain white empty spaces. I understand that it is used to show you if you have a parallel or not, but couldn’t there just be some sort of placeholder there instead of a plain white spot? And finally, the only other things I don’t like is not being able to tell the SP rookies from the non-SP rookies besides the photo. So there is a different photo…how do we know which one the SP is?And the other is the lack of numbering on the parallels. Last year there was numbering on these same parallels, what changed? Are they still the same as terms of rarity goes?

Checklist:

Well this one is a no brainer. All the rookies you could want? Check. All the veterans you could want? Check. And yeah, some people might want legends in their product. But I could care less sometimes. Sometimes you need to step back and just create a product featuring today’s great players. I love it. There is also a rookie and veteran checklist which is solid as well. I mean, what 99 cent per pack product can you find the possibility of pulling a Tom Brady autograph in it? If I could give it 6 stars for the checklist, I would.

Value:

For 99 cents a pack you get 7 cards. At least one rookie, one glossy, and some other cards. If you look at my videos of me opening the packs you will see I’ve even opened packs that had 3 rookies in them. One glossy rookie, one base rookie, and a rookie insert. Include the other veteran cards from just about anyone in the NFL and you have great value to set collectors, team collectors, kids, player collectors, just about everyone. Secondary values on this product won’t be great, but can you expect a 99 cent per pack product to have high secondary values with everything else on the market? But I’d imagine if you pulled a top rookie autograph or one of the top veteran autographs you would easily pay for your box, which is cheap in price itself. This is great value for your money, just not the greatest if you’re investing or prospecting. It’s a little too low end for that. Everyone else should be buying this up.

Overall:

Overall, this is another low end winner for Panini. I have to say that Panini has been doing a phenomenal job on their lower end products. The last few I have reviewed have been great. This is just another great lower end product to add to that list. The design is great despite the few very small things I had a problem with. Those small things could be fixed in a snap so I couldn’t take off a lot for them. The overall design was great. The checklist has just about anyone currently in the NFL that you could possibly want. I’m just waiting for a few of my favorite rookies, but that’s the lockout’s fault, not Panini. If you’re looking for value in a product this is it. With a ton of inserts and rookies for 99 cents a PACK this is right up your alley.

A huge thank you goes out to Panini for providing this box for me to review. Honestly, I probably had the most fun opening this product than I have opening other products from any manufacturer. You can probably see it in my video that I was having fun with it. I hope the people reading the review see that as well and have their own fun opening it because it is definitely worth it.

To see that video please look below! Sorry that it took two videos, but opening up 36 packs of cards and showing off cards takes awhile.

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Let me know what you think of 2011 Score in the  comments below and I’ll draw a name for a prize from the break. Not sure what I’ll be giving away, but it’ll be something. Might save the auto for the Wheel O’ Prizes, not sure yet!

(SCB Note: Panini has posted all the SP rookie variations so you know if  you pulled one on their official blog)

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20 Responses to Review: 2011 Score Football

  1. Eric says:

    Always like score they are pretty plain looking but always been like, Score is a fun break for a cheap price. tks for sharing

    Eric

    Bluedogcards

  2. Madison says:

    love score! you can buy tons of packs without spending a lot which is useful because there is no card shop around…just a walmart and target!!

  3. CRIFFROCK says:

    love the score cards nice break!

  4. I like how these are different from the rest and go back to your base settings.. Collecting cards seems like a dying hobby please help bring it back.

  5. Nathan says:

    Couldn’t agree more with your review. This is the product for me. Only a buck a pack and the design is better than most of the high end stuff.

    Also, I can’t believe that 90s design concepts are now retro, amazing :)

  6. Daddyoho says:

    Always enjoy score. Great value. Great looking cards and great card backs.

  7. Adam Horner says:

    Great value and good review on the cards here. I kinda wish there were more low end products like these, especially for the kids of today (like we used to be) who can’t afford mid or high end stuff.

    • It’s definitely one of the best low end sets I’ve opened. I’d like to see maybe at least one more like this in the Panini football area and more like this in other sports and other companies.

  8. Wilf says:

    Great low end set. Even though I don’t collect much football, these are nice.

  9. Shane.K says:

    Quite a favourable review of the product – I wouldn’t have rated it quite as high as you did, due to the fact that I think the design will look dated after several years…

  10. cubsfan731 says:

    I loved last year’s design, and even thought about building the set. This year’s design is a little too close to last year’s, in my opinion, but I like this year’s rookie class, and, since this may be my only taste of football this year, several blasters and packs of this product will probably find their way into my possession at some point.

  11. Rj says:

    I’ve never been a fan of the Score product. I like smaller checklists and more risk. The .99 cent price brings me back to the 80s minus the gum. I do however like buying a box and handing them out to kids where I work (nursing home). They visit their gmom/dad and I can make sure the grandparents have a pack or two ahead of time. Always good for a smile.

  12. BA Benny says:

    A great looking set, I love the layout, design and checklist. I have to get me a box or two of these.

  13. Tommy says:

    Nice to see Score put in some players that are NEVER included in any other sets.
    I’m so tired of buying football card sets that have all the same guys in it.
    I’ve bought football cards for some 30+ years and I’m beginning to lose my desire
    to collect because their isn’t any variety of players anymore.

  14. Brett says:

    While I have always been a Score fan for a low end product, it went too low this year by eliminating the serial #rd inserts. Scorecard, goldzone, endzone with no serial #rs. Doesn’t make sense. That was the one thing that helped make this a little more desirable.

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