Preview: 2011-12 Panini Score Hockey

Panini’s Score brand is back bringing out value again and again.

2011-12 Panini Score is bringing more to the table than ever for their low end set. This set is massive, 500 base cards including some season and playoff highlights, a 45 card Hot Rookies set and a SP Hot Rookies subset makes this one of the biggest sets in all of sports.

And each card comes with 3 parallels. A Glossy parallel found in each pack, a Gold Rush parallel found one per box, and a Black Ice parallel found one per case. And we haven’t even touched the inserts yet.

Some great new inserts are making their debut as well as some old favorites. They are bringing back Net Cams (one of my personal favorites) as well as Snow Globes and The Franchise. But some of the new great looking inserts like the NHL Shield die-cuts, Score B, First Goals, and Making an Entrance are making their debut and I love every one of them. And I can’t forget to the mention the rare inserts like Santa Claus SPs, Stanley Cup Champs, and some sort of secret insert they won’t give away. I love secrets.

And I save the best highlight for last…want another reason this makes it one of the best values in sports? Hard-signed Hall of Famer autographs and other sticker autos. You can’t complain about sticker autos in a product like this and to have Hall of Famers included as well like Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque, and Steve Yzerman? You are crazy if you aren’t buying this at that price.

At around a buck a pack, how can you not like this product? I’ve said from the beginning, Panini makes excellent, must-buy low end products and this is just another one in a long line of them.

36 packs and 7 cards per pack for around a buck each. Wow.

This product will be gone off the shelves as soon as it is released on October 26, 2011, for a price around $36. It is right after my birthday too, so I am welcoming any box of this for a present.

Go check out this Panini Peek of 2011-12 Score hockey for more information!

Preview: 2011 Score Football

Set collectors, low end collectors, team/player collectors, and children will rejoice on July 6th, 2011, when 2011 Score football hits the shelves. This $0.99 per pack retail product has always been a great buy throughout the years for people getting started in collecting or those looking for some cheap packs to open and build a set or find their favorite players. The hobby needs products like this and I’m always happy to see it on the shelves. My rule for these types of products is if they are coming off the shelves, there will be more new collectors to the hobby. That’s a good thing.

2011 Score, produced by Panini, looks like they have revamped the design a bit compared to past seasons and it definitely is looking great. In a regular retail box there will be 36 packs and it looks like it will be a rookie per pack as well as a glossy parallel per pack.  You will also find a few different inserts scattered around as well. I have to say I really enjoy the look of the inserts as well, especially In The Zone and Complete Players. This is all pretty impressive for a buck a pack but that’s not it.

What you won’t find is memorabilia cards. I’m actually happy there isn’t any in this product. It will keep the pack searchers away when I want to pick up a few packs at a dollar store or my grocery store. What this product will have is the occasional autograph though which is great. One per case of blasters and 5 per case of standard retail boxes and you will find current studs like Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Adrian Peterson as well as rookie studs Julio Jones, AJ Green, and Jake Locker, amongst other players. This is a great autograph checklist if you’re lucky enough to pull one from these retail boxes. Again, this is a buck a pack.

One paper Washington. One pack. And you’ll get a shiny new penny in return (at least in Oregon with no sales tax). Can’t beat that.

Don’t forget to check out the Panini Peek for 2011 Score football!

Here is a picture of what a Tom Brady autograph looks like from this set. Is it just me or does it look like Tom took too many hits last year? His autograph is a little messy compared to other recent versions.