I'm not sure how this is going to go. Do collectors treat Score with the same reverence and devotion as Topps, Upper Deck and even Fleer?
I guess I'll find out.
Score does have one thing going for it. For an 11-year period, Score was the card set of the people. Kids could buy a rack pack with their allowance money. Even college students like me at the time -- who spent most of their money on textbooks they would never use again -- could throw some change at Score. It was cheap, it was plentiful, it was pleasing.
Score was simple, often colorful, and included most of your favorite players. The backs were wordy, but packed with information. Best of all, you could land a bunch of cards in a single purchase. This wasn't Upper Deck or Pinnacle. Score never got the memo that cards were suddenly an investment. And thank goodness it didn't.
However, there is a certain sameness to Score sets from year to year. In terms of appreciation for individual sets, is there really one Score set that stands out above the others?
There is for me. It's Score's debut from 1988. It's colorful. It has a simple, geometric design. It contains the Reggie Jackson subset. I won't go as far to say that it's the only Score set that matters, but it did set the standard. And it is the only one I have completed or have in a binder.
As for the others, I have modest appreciation for 1993 Score. I think it's very team-centric and I appreciate that. The 1994 set marks Score's entrance into "glossy," which ain't good, but I've always enjoyed the midnight blue borders. And, 1989 Score, while not exceptional, makes me go to a warm, fuzzy place as I recall heading to the strip mall plaza after class and scooping up a rack pack or two.
My least favorite Score sets? I've never been fond of 1992. The orange and purple and green makes me want to get rid of everything from that set. And the backs to 1997 Score are downright intimidating.
But this is an exercise for you. I'm asking you to select the biggest year-to-year improvement and year-to-year bust in Score's brief history. Where did Score suddenly go wrong, or right? If you're like me, it'd all revolve around '92. Biggest bust: 1991-92. Biggest improvement: 1992-93. But again, you're not me, and this is a collective expedition.
Please list in the comments what you think is Score's biggest improvement and biggest bust. And then I'll put up a poll for voting purposes in a week or so.
But first, a look at all of the Score sets:
Anyway, let me know the biggest improvement and bust in the comments. Or you can just cry about missing Score. I'll be right there with ya.