Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for TBO.com on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.
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Retail ramblings: 2103-14 Score hockey
Posted Sep 18, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Oh, for an extra E …
You see, I pulled this Jordan autograph rookie card, but it’s not who you think. It wasn’t retired NBA superstar Michael Jordan; instead, it was Carolina Hurricanes rookie Michal Jordan.
But getting an autograph card from a $4.98 retail hanging pack of Panini America’s Score hockey at Target is a nice return. Talk about the parallels — a Jordan who shoots and scores in North Carolina.
Score hockey was released in July as Panini’s first hockey product of the 2013-14 season. It has a 550-card base set, plus 30 team leader cards, 10 season highlight cards and 60 Hot Rookie cards.
The pack that I bought had 52 cards and broke down this way: 45 base cards, two red parallels, two gold parallels, a season highlights card and a Hot Rookie card — plus that Jordan guy.
The design of the base cards is simple and tasteful. Most are vertical layouts, although there are a few horizontal shots. If I have a criticism, it would be that some of the action shots are cropped a little too tightly; some players’ skates are cut off from the photo. But in general, there are some very good action shots; my favorite (of the cards I pulled) is card No. 87 of Jiri Tlusty, who has his arms raised in triumph after scoring a goal. Unbridled joy.
The venerable Score logo is at the bottom of the card, stamped in silver foil.
Like Topps’ O-Pee-Chee hockey product, packs of Score hockey are written in English and French. So, considering that there was an autograph card in the pack I bought, it certainly qualified as a paquet de valuer (value pack).