Buzz Break: 2012 Sportkings Series E

2012-sportkings-series-e-boxFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at

The box: 2012 Sportkings Series E sports cards
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 5
Base set completion: 
3 of 48 (6 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards: 1

Sportkings (3) – Charles Atlas, Eddie Murray, Steve Cauthen

Insert cards: 1
Premium Back (1) – Roosevelt Brown


Autographs/Memorabilia: 1
Jersey Silver (1) 
– Dave Winfield (announced print run /50)

What’s Buzz-worthy: Sportkings arrived on the scene as a high-end brand nearly a decade ago with stars from throughout all of the sports world on the design from the distant past, giving collectors a unique way to collect the non-traditional sports with some of the big typical names included, too. Fast forward to 2012 for this release and it’s a box with a single hit inside — something more in Buzz’s budget to try as a box instead of picking off singles as this collector had done for years. Simply put, though, this box really wasn’t what I expected. It was a bummer. It had just one truly non-traditional name (bodybuilding icon Charles Atlas) who’s not found on the typical cardboard. (Horse racing is actually pretty common.) Atop that, the lone hit was baseball — but worse, it was a card with an undersized and crooked cut with the bottom of the card off quite a bit. It wasn’t as painful as it could have been since the price here was cheap, but it just wasn’t as fun or varied of a break as I had expected. … These boxes have roughly a one in 10 box shot at a 1/1 of some sort with some strong possibilities on the autograph, memorabilia and art-card front. … They just weren’t found anywhere near this one.

Product Grade: B+
Box Grade:
Fun Grade: C-

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