Review: 2011-12 Panini Score Hockey

The best value in sports cards is back, this time hot off the ice. Panini Score hockey brings you pack after pack for only $1 each, filled with inserts, die-cuts, rookies, and even the occasional autograph. You can see my preview of the product here with more information. But here is my box of 2011-12 Panini Score hockey, brought to you by my future mother in-law as a Christmas present.

And here’s our pulls (one example of each):

Design:

The design of Score is always solid all around. This year, the design brings me back to the 70s or 80s. Back in a year where I was probably not even born. But the design still looks good to me with the colors designed to match the team colors. As always, I love those little additions that make designs merge better into the card. The inserts are all beautiful as well. My favorites being the die-cuts, Making an Entrance, and the Net Cam inserts. This whole product is very solid in the design department and for a $1 per pack product, that’s great.

Checklist:

As with all of Panini Score products, the checklist is always great. This product is full of all the stars of the league, a ton of veterans, and a good number of rookies. Some may dislike some of the better known rookies being short prints, but I think it’s a great idea to add some extra value, which will be discussed below. The only thing that some people may not like is some of the game’s greatest players in history. Personally, I believe that every product does not need to contain those facets. Just like I believe that every product doesn’t need to be a ton of rookies. But the checklist of veterans and rookies in a 500 card checklist is great for set collectors, especially with it being $1.

Value:

The value of this product is some of the best in the industry. $1 per pack of trading cards. How does it get better then that? There are short printed rookies of the top rookies, a ton of base cards, a great number of inserts and limited inserts, and the occasional autograph thrown in there at a better rate then other company’s low end products. As I stated earlier, the best value in sports trading cards is Panini’s Score brand and they don’t disappoint once again.

Overall:

Overall, the Score brand has been a staple of quality low-end products of Panini since they brought it back to sports. The design is always solid in all facets of the product. The checklist is always filled with what seems like every player in the league so you will be able to find your favorite team or players in every box. And when you are buying those boxes, it won’t hurt your wallet and you might get some decent value cards from the box. Say you pull a rookie short print and an autograph in the same box? You are doing well for yourself there. Overall, it’s a great product that gets you in the hockey collecting mood for the entire season.

No video this time around, couldn’t set it up while opening the box by the Christmas tree.

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!