2011 Score hit eBay over the last few days, and for the most part it looks to be a retro designed set that hearkens back to the late 80s and 90s. This was the last time this brand really carried any measurable weight in the hobby, and I think it was a great move by Panini to make the cards look the way they do.
When you do a low end set, it is very tough to make it appealing to everyone, unless you are Topps and everyone and their mother collects the set. Basically, you have to make the product so utterly cheap that collectors can justify buying the product and not getting any hits. When you also add in a concept or theme that many collectors identify with from their youth, it adds something you cant sell – nostalgia.
Panini still had their measure of complete lazy approaches as usual, especially in the lack of serial numbers on anything, and the photos they used for non-premiere rookies, but overall it looks really nice. Much, much, MUUUUUUCH better than the splatterpaint disasters of previous years.
So far, we have also seen base variations as a part of this product, something I have said many times is a great addition to any low end set. They arent selling for as much as the Topps variations will, but if you pull one, the cost of the box is low enough that a good part of your investment will be paid back.
Despite the fact that I hate combine photos and the laziness that Panini constantly displays, this set is one of the best they have done all year. That doesnt say much for them, but it does say a lot for this product.
Here are some of the interesting pulls out of this product: