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Rare Printing Plates Give Panini America’s 2012 Score Football Serious Staying Power

October 14, 2012

Traditionally speaking, most collectors look at mainstream, low-price-point trading card products as being low on bells, whistles and secondary-market value, too. But 2012 Score Football has proven to be far from traditional in the three months since its release.

After all, it’s not every day — if ever — that a 99-cent pack has the potential to deliver so much bang for a buck. For the first time ever, Panini America officials randomly inserted 1,600 Printing Plate 1/1s — historically the exclusive domain of higher-end products — into 2012 Score Football, marking the rare cards’ history-making first appearance in the venerable low-end brand.

And their inclusion has not only given the product serious staying power on the secondary market, it’s also helped Score deliver more value than ever before.

Many of the best Printing Plates to hit the secondary market so far have routinely sold for between $40 and $70, highlighted by the likes of Justin Blackmon, Peyton Manning and Rob Gronkowski. Heck, even a printing plate of Marvin McNutt sold for $50.

Those sales figures might not seem so eye-popping in the grand scheme of the football card landscape, but when you consider that every last one of them started inside of a 99-cent pack, they start to become significantly more substantial.

You can check out a gallery of 2012 Score Football’s little metal marvels below, realizing that these represent just the tip of a 1,600-card iceberg. In other words, there are still lots of Printing Plates waiting to be uncovered inside Score’s 99-cent packs.

19 Comments leave one →
  1. October 14, 2012 11:55 am

    Great idea to add some value to this product.

  2. eric cabreros permalink
    October 14, 2012 12:28 pm

    Great idea. Imagine if it is the treasury department. Its priceless!.

  3. October 14, 2012 12:45 pm

    Would be a great idea for Hoops as well

  4. Panini Collector!!! permalink
    October 14, 2012 1:07 pm

    Tracy how come Score Football does not have any memorabilia cards? That would definetly draw in bigger sales profits or auto-patch cards?

  5. October 14, 2012 4:26 pm

    Wow glad to know!!!!! I thought the packs were cheap because there wasn’t any good hits in them. Looks like I will have to grab some.

  6. October 14, 2012 9:52 pm

    Got to love plates! Would love to see more in Basketball products Out of all my 1/1 Ray Allen plates hardly any are Panini and that makes me a sad panda!

  7. Cole Feinbloom permalink
    October 14, 2012 10:28 pm

    This is a great idea, it gets all buyers excited and hopeful to pull one of these.

  8. October 15, 2012 5:49 am

    Yet another reason to love Score, I busted quite a bit of this product but haven’t been luck enough to land a plate yet. There’s still some left at the stores though! Thanks Tracy!

  9. Dill Pickle permalink
    October 15, 2012 6:43 am

    Why is there no jersey cards in score?

  10. Donny Johnson permalink
    October 15, 2012 10:11 pm

    There are no jersey cards in Score because Panini is saving them for inclusion in National Treasures.

  11. Sport Card Collectors permalink
    October 16, 2012 10:50 am


  12. Baked Potato permalink
    October 16, 2012 4:39 pm

    That is a good point- How come there are no mem cards in Score? Do you know why Tracy?

  13. RatPack permalink
    November 9, 2012 5:53 pm

    Bought two packs, pulled a printing plate today (11-9-12) of Charles Woodson……and in the second pack pulled a signed card of Lance Kendricks, Rams TE….what a hit ……score is the best for value…side note also pulled two Rookie SP cards..!!!!!

  14. jerry dossey permalink
    November 14, 2012 4:11 pm

    Just got a tony gonzalez authenic printing plate/ black plate 1/1 edition 🙂

  15. Brian permalink
    April 5, 2013 10:38 pm

    Just picked up a Michael Turner authentic printing plate. Score!

  16. Craig laffey permalink
    April 21, 2013 6:17 pm

    Bought two 10$ boxes of score 2012 n hit a coby fleener auto n tom brady magenta printing plate 1/1… Nice

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