Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1989 Score football wax pack (Hour 3)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 3.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1989 Score NFL wax pack
The cost: 

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

Cards per pack: 15 plus one trivia card (see all in gallery below)
Base set completion: 
15 of 330 (5 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Inserts: 1
Football Trivia Quiz
(1) – Washington Redskins

Autographs/Memorabilia: None

What’s Buzz-worthy: This set is the front-runner for the NFL in 1989 and it’s arguably also the pinnacle of standard Score football while in its inaugural season — at least in the pre-hits era — with a crop of Rookie Cards that includes Michael Irvin, Cris Carter, Tim Brown, Rod Woodson, Thurman Thomas, Deion Sanders, Barry Sanders, Troy Aikman and Derrick Thomas. No members of that Hall of Fame RC crowd were in this one, but it was still a very solid pack with a few Hall of Famers’ non-RCs inside led by Dan Marino. This wasn’t the cheapest pack, so that dropped its fun grade a bit, but if you were around collecting back then you probably remember how big this one was. Pro Set was arguably bigger in its overall impact being more available that year, but the scarcity of Score made it the money set of the day — and still today between 1989 Topps, Score and Pro Set. Would I rip more of these? Only at a lower price because it won’t take too much to land many of those key cards these days if picking off singles on or eBay. Buying what you want is probably the best way to go with these packs being pricier than others from 1989, but it’s fun to try the chase once.

Product Grade: A
Pack Grade:
Fun Grade: B

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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