Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 1997 Score Football
Score broke into the trading card business with their 1988 baseball release. They debuted in football a year later with an iconic set that included an impressive list of Rookie Cards including Troy Aikman, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Michael Irvin, Barry Sanders, Deion Sanders, Thurman Thomas, and Rod Woodson. Boxes of that set release routinely sell for $800+.
1997 Score Football doesn’t have the same star-studded rookie class as 1989, but there are some big names. Tiki Barber, Warrick Dunn, and Tony Gonzalez all have RCs in this set.
Score also included two different parallels. Showcase Series has silver foil card fronts while Artist’s Proof cards feature a rainbow foil front with a stamp. Two insert sets are also in packs, with The New Breed cards found once in every 23 packs and The Franchise inserts found just once in every two boxes.
1997 Score Football Box Break
Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Price paid: $30
Pack 1 highlights:
Michael Irvin, Ken Norton, Jr., Eddie Kennison & Orlando Pace RC
Drew Bledsoe, Daryl Johnston (awesome photo choice here) & Zach Thomas
Willie McGinest, Barry Sanders, Curtis Martin, Antonio Freeman & Charles Way Showcase Series (1:7 packs)
Darren Woodson, Troy Aikman, Keyshawn Johnson & Rodney Hampton
Terrell Davis, Jim Harbaugh, Desmond Howard, Deion Sanders & Jim Druckenmiller Showcase Series (1:7 packs)
A couple of Oakland Raiders (yes, kids, the Raiders used to play in Oakland); Napoleon Kaufman & Tim Brown
Shannon Sharpe, Emmitt Smith & Mike Alstott
Dan Marino, Dorsey Levens & Troy Aikman
John Elway CL, another Elway, Bryant Westbrook RC & Neil O’Donnell
Terrell Davis & Tiki Barber RC
Dan Marino, Jake Reed & Michael Strahan
Warren Moon & Eddie Kennison Artist’s Proof (1:35 packs). The Artist’s Proof parallels look amazing in this set!
Michael Irvin, John Elway, Ben Coates & Troy Davis Showcase Series (1:7 packs)
Carl Pickens, Marvin Harrison, Brian Dawkins & Garrison Hearst
Steve Young, Eddie George & four-time Pro Bowler Corey Dillon RC
Bruce Smith, Jerry Rice, Jake Plummer RC, Jim Harbaugh & Ricky Watters
Emmitt Smith, Eric Metcalf & Irving Fryar
Isaac Bruce, Terry Glenn, Johnnie Morton, Jimmy Smith & Antowain Smith RC
Dan Marino, Drew Bledsoe, Rashaan Salaam, Rod Woodson & Terance Mathis Showcase Series (1:7 packs)
Michael Irvin, Kordell Stewart & Jake Reed
Brett Favre, Trent Dilfer, Eddie George & Emmitt Smith The New Breed (1:23 packs)
Jamal Anderson, Ed McCaffrey, Vinny Testaverde, Derrick Thomas & Ben Coates
A duo of Broncos, John Elway & Bill Romanowski
Jason Sehorn & Chris Chandler
Keenan McCardell, O.J. McDuffie, Junior Seau, Ike Hilliard RC & Tedy Bruschi
Marshall Faulk, Ty Law, Kerry Collins, Reggie White & a very underwhelming Tony Gonzalez RC. They couldn’t find a better picture to use?
Barry Sanders, Dan Marino & Wayne Chrebet
Warren Moon, Derrick Thomas, Cris Carter & Bobby Engram
Natrone Means, Robert Smith, Jimmy Smith, Carl Pickens & Brian Dawkins
Jeff Blake, Jake “The Snake” Plummer RC & Willie Roaf
Bruce Smith, Jerry Rice, Ricky Watters & Thurman Thomas
Warren Moon, Joey Galloway, Mark Brunell & Terrell Owens
Jeff Blake, Amani Toomer & Rod Smith
Quite the trio of quarterbacks: Dan Marino, Steve Young & Drew Bledsoe
Jeff Blake, an awesome Errict Rhett card, Herman Moore & Chad Brown Artist’s Proof (1:35 packs)
Marvin Harrison, Johnnie Morton, Andre Rison, Bryant Westbrook Showcase Series (1:7 packs)
Lastly, the Marvin Harrison card back. That is some in depth stat breakdown of Harrison’s 1996 season!
Not a bad break, at all! I was lucky in pulling two Artist’s Proof in this one. My luck in constantly pulling Emmitt Smith inserts also continued when I pulled his New Breed insert. I am always up for adding new Emmitt cards to my collection!
I don’t mind 1997 Score Football’s design. Score has always been on the cheaper side of products and, to me, this one lines up with that. Like I said above, though, the Artis’s Proof cards are excellent, and the inserts look good as well. At less than $1 per pack, I would consider grabbing another box of this one.
Side note: this post marks my 300th straight week with a different cheap wax break! Before Beckett started hosting these for me I posted them to my own blog. To celebrate this milestone post, I will be running a giveaway on my Twitter page. Be sure to enter!
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