Saturday, February 2, 2013
2013 purchases #1: 2008 Score football value packs (x2)
These two discounted fat packs of 2008 Score football caught my eye, though, and I figured for less than six bucks I could have fun ripping a couple value packs of a set that included my favorite ever NFL draft class. It also didn't hurt that each pack comes with 52 cards, making those a nice value even at their original $3.99 cost.
Score has traditionally been and continues to be a low-end set targeted towards younger collectors--a not-so-crappy version of Topps Opening Day, if you will. That explains the low price despite the huge number of cards per pack, plus the simple base set and inserts.
Speaking of the base set, here's what they look like, front and back:
I pulled a few doubles, but I didn't really care because I wasn't picking these up for set-building--there's 440 cards in the set, including 110 rookies, which aren't so abundant in packs. In fact, even in these value packs, you only get four at a time, meaning I ended up with eight:
While I'm still discussing the base set, I'll take a page out of Spankee's book and attempt to predict the Super Bowl tomorrow based on the number of Ravens and Niners in these two packs:
Speaking if inserts, I pulled a total of 12, what essentially amounted to six one-per-pack inserts in each:
Speaking of the Derek Anderson, I also laughed my ass off when I read the back of the card: "The Browns have a unique situation with two potentially elite starting quarterbacks in Brady Quinn and Anderson." That could only have been written by a Notre Dame homer since anyone with a brain knew Quinn hasn't been "elite" for a single day of his life. Also, try to say "Derek Anderson" and "elite" in the same sentence while maintaining a straight face, I dare you!
Finally, I managed to pull six Wolverines from these packs, which was pretty exciting for me:
So I had fun busting a couple packs for less than $6 and got a few keepers in the process. The rest of the stuff will go towards trades, but for now, not likely by request as I'll probably be including it in current and future trade packages (plus I don't feel like listing out everything I pulled). If you do have a set wantlist for these, though, please feel free to send it my way.
And now we wait and see how long I go without giving in to the temptation of retail packs again!