Collecting used to be simple. Not hits, just base and perhaps some inset cards. But in most case, even those inserts were just another part of the set. While the huge hits are great, there is something to be said for straight up set building, the essence of collecting. In Hockey, I can’t think of a better set of cards to do that with than 2012/13 Panini Score. While it might skew towards less experienced collectors, there is still enough here for serious collectors thanks to great photography, design and content. In addition the cards are a lot of fun and perfect for set building.
For the purpose of this review, we will classify Panini Score as trading cards even though the price point could easily send them into the fun category. Score Hockey can be found in many different retail configurations. We opened a complete box that contained 36 packs with 7 cards per pack. There are autographs to be found but they are rare.
Here is a look at some of the cards we pulled.
Patrick Kane, front and back
Jordan Eberle, Bryan Bickell, Marc Staal
Sidney Crosby, Ryan Kesler, Shane Doan
Corey Crawford, Zdeno Chara, Cam Fowler
Patrice Bergeron, Nazem Kadri, Ondrej Pavelec
P.K. Subban, Eric Staal, Tomas Vanek
John Moore, Rick Nash, Mike Richards
Drew Doughty, Paul Stastny, Simon Gagne
Cody Goloubef, Michael Stone, Brenden Dillon
Brandon Bollig, Philippe Cornet, Lane MacDermid
Ray Whitney, Sidney Crosby, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Steven Stamkos, Teemu Selanne, Nicklas Lidstrom
Brayden Schenn, Henrik Lundqvist, Martin Brodeur
Evgeni Malkin, Gabriel Landeskog, Steven Stamkos
Base Set Gold Rush Parallels
Jarome Iginla, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Michael Cammalleri, Kristopher Foucault
Ryan Miller, Marc-Andre Fleury
Gordie Howe, Ed Giacomin, Bobby Hull
Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Lundqvist
Adam, Henrique, Craig Smith, Justin Faulk
Design here is solid with great backs, an important feature for a mostly base card set. Photography selection is outstanding as is the design of the insert cards, especially the Net Cam Cards.
Quality and Variety of Players
At 548 base cards, 500 veterans and 48 rookies, you will be hard pressed to notice the absence of anyone. The inserts provide a little old school flavor with some great legends of the game.
Do the hits hold up?
Though hard to find, the autograph hit cards are outstanding with some of the top names of today and the past including Gordie Howe, Bobby Hull, Alex Ovechkin, Gabriel Landeskog and plenty of hit rookies.
Will you want to collect them all?
That really is the point of this set and at the low price point of these packs, it is easy on the wallet and fun to put together.
5 out of 5
2012 13 Panini Score Hockey Cards are a must for true hockey card collectors and a great fun for set builders.
Review box provided by Panini