Score Baseball Set Reviews

I began collecting Score baseball cards not long after I began collecting Topps cards in 1990. Which is to say I came home one day to find a factory set of 1989 Score waiting for me. These cards were different—glossy, with detailed blurbs, multiple photos and a position called "RP". I was intrigued, especially after getting my hands on the 1990 and 1991 sets and finding many dudes omitted from the respective Topps sets.

 

SCORE SET: 1988  1989  1990  1991  1992  1993  1994  1995  1996  1997  1998

 

1988 Score

Set Size: 660​

Card #1: Don Mattingly

Subsets: ---

The Best Cards: #---

Notable Uncorrected Error Cards: #40 Willie McGee ("excited" misspelled "excitd") #87 Rick Honeycutt (stats wrong) #100 Jack Clark (1985 listed twice in stats) #104 Dennis Eckersley ('87 and career CG wrong) #209 Marvell Wynne (misspelled "Marvelle") #251 Scott Fletcher (stats listed with Cubs instead of White Sox)

#264 Bob Forsch (one loss in 1977 instead of seven) #285 Ted Simmons (listed with "Cardinal" in 1978) #508 Jose DeLeon (blurb years messed up) #565 Gene Garber (listed with A's instead of Royals 1973-74) #572 Donnie Hill (1984 SB wrong) #587 Lee Tunnell (extra . in 1987 ERA) #640 Chris Gwynn (listed as R/R instead of L/L)

My Thoughts On The Set: ---

#239 Doug Decinces and #293 John Candelaria are shown as Angels, though the former finished '87 with the Cardinals and the latter finished '87 with the Mets.

1989 Score

Set Size: 660​

Card #1: Jose Canseco

Subsets: ---

The Best Cards: #---

Notable Uncorrected Error Cards: #58 Tim Teufel (reads 1985 "TWINs") #94 Eddie Murray (1986 average misaligned) #120 Cecil Fielder (back photo reversed) #125 Greg Gross (reads "Gregg" on back) #175 Wade Boggs (in blurb, career avg. incorrect) #185 Bryan Harvey (1987 games incorrect) 

#219 Bill Swift (1987 CG wrong) #230 Lou Whitaker (1985 games incorrect) #249 Floyd Bannister (given batting header instead of pitching) #306 Randy Myers (1987 hits wrong) #387 Luis Polonia (1985 triples wrong) #399 Bobby Thigpen (blurb saves total wrong) #411 Shawn Abner (1987 stats wrong) #438 Jeff Russell (career saves wrong) #453 Todd Stottlemyre (given batting header instead of pitching)

#488 Shawn Hillegas (1987 IP wrong) #509 Bobby Meacham (1984 games reads 099) #530 Jay Buhner (uniform number wrong on back) #561 Don Slaught (1987 games incorrect) #583 Donnie Hill (1984 SB wrong) #611 Ted Simmons (shown with "Cardinal" in 1978) #624 Mike Harkey (1988 BB wrong) #628 Charlie Hayes (listed as OF) #642 Dwight Smith (1987 HR wrong) #647 Todd Frohwirth (described as southpaw in blurb) #650 Dave West (career hits wrong)

My Thoughts On The Set: ---

 
 
1990 Score

Set Size: 704​

Card #1: Don Mattingly

Subsets: ---

The Best Cards: #---

Notable Uncorrected Error Cards: #310 Roger Clemens (blurb says "dominate" instead of "dominant") #350 Mark Thurmond (1986 ERA misprinted) #469 R.J. Reynolds (blurb says "footware") #483 Joe Hesketh (blurb reads "rookiess") #501 Tim Teufel (reads 1985 "TWINs" on back) #503 Matt Williams (given uniform #9 instead of #10) #530 Erik Hanson (blurb says "seson") #637 Juan Gonzalez (reads 1986 "Sarasots")

#682 Willie Greene (misspelled "Green") #685 Tony Gwynn Dream Team (blurb reads "battling" instead of "batting) 

My Thoughts On The Set: ---

 
1991 Score

Set Size: 893​

Card #1: Jose Canseco

Subsets: ---

The Best Cards: #---

Notable Uncorrected Error Cards: #6 Bret Saberhagen (blurb says "mised" instead of "missed") #15 Ricky Jordan (blurb says "legue" instead of "league") #28 Bip Roberts (blurb says "playd" instead of "played") #46 Mike Scott (blurb says "dominate" instead of "dominant") #53 John Tudor (did not win 41 games in 1981) #68 Bill Sampen (blurb says "along" instead of "long") #95 Cal Ripken Jr. (blurb says "genuis" instead of "genius")

#107 Darryl Hamilton (blurb is for Jeff Hamilton) #132 Donn Pall (1988 ERA wrong and "rejuvenated" misspelled) #180 Sid Fernandez (did not allow 779 runs in 1990) #203 Junior Felix (blurb says "NL" where "AL" should be) #276 Mike Morgan (career IP slightly off) #279 Kevin Seitzer (blurb has incorrect number of 200-hit and .300 seasons) #353 Julio Valera (blurb says "progessed" instead of "progressed") 

#413 Shawon Dunston Rifleman (blurb says "in the baseball") #418 Bobby Thigpen highlight (who the hell is "Hal McRae Jr."?) #486 Erik Hanson (blurb says "baseketball") #503 Craig Worthington (blurb misspells Doug DeCinces as "DiCinces") #504 Mark Eichhorn (1989 Braves missing from stats) #517 Ron Robinson (did not K 577 in 1990) #580 Rick Cerone (number of Yankee stints incorrect) #602 Craig McMurtry ("anonymously" misspelled in blurb)

#643 Reggie Harris ("hepatitis" misspelled in blurb) #659 Dann Bilardello (1990 stats wrong) #661 Doug Drabek AS ("through" misspelled) #666 Barry Larkin AS ("coolly" misspelled) #690 Jose Canseco Master Blaster (what the hell is "monmouth"?) #715 Dan Boone (career IP incorrect) #748 Omar Olivares ("league" misspelled "legaue" in blurb) #750 Mo Vaughn (did not steal 44 bases in 1990) #764 Sean Berry (misspelled "Barry" on front) 

#787 Jose Vizcaino ("Offerman" misspelled "Opperman") #799 Scott Ruskin (blurb lists four batting averages but references three) #809 Joel Skinner (blurb error) #811 Pat Tabler (blurb "always" misspelled "alway") #812 Scott Erickson (blurb "record" misspelled "rcord") #825 Ozzie Smith (in blurb, "shortstop" misspelled "shortsop") #837 Randy Kutcher (blurb "infectious" misspelled) #869 Todd Zeile Franchise ("powerful" misspelled "poweful") #881 Damon Berryhill (1989 Iowa stats incorrect) 

* too many vitals errors to list

My Thoughts On The Set: There is something so 1990 about this set. After releasing 660-card sets in each of its first three years of existence, 1991 Score upped the set size to 893, with subsets making up a huge chunk of the additional cards. To this day, 1991 Score has the best (and certainly the most) subsets of any set I've ever collected.

There are an overwhelming amount of spelling errors in this set, but shoot, there's page-long blurbs on just about every card in the set; they were bound to happen with a company still in its infancy.

 
 
1992 Score

Set Size: 893​

Card #1: Ken Griffey Jr.

Subsets: ---

The Best Cards: #---

Notable Uncorrected Error Cards: #---

My Thoughts On The Set: 893 cards for the second straight year...I am salivating today, though at the time I just figured things would always be this way and there was nothing to get overly excited about.

1993 Score

Set Size: 660​

Card #1: Ken Griffey Jr.

Subsets: ---

The Best Cards: #---

Notable Uncorrected Error Cards: #---

My Thoughts On The Set: Wow, a 233-card dip from the 1992 set...what happened?

 
1994 Score

Set Size: 660​

Card #1: Barry Bonds

Subsets: ---

The Best Cards: #---

Notable Uncorrected Error Cards: #---

My Thoughts On The Set: Though a smaller set than what Score produced earlier this decade, there were a high number of players featured in this set that the larger, more established Topps passed over.

 
1995 Score

Set Size: 605​

Card #1: Frank Thomas

Subsets: ---

The Best Cards: #---

Notable Uncorrected Error Cards: #---

My Thoughts On The Set: For the second straight year, Score produced a load of cards for players that Topps ignored.

 
1996 Score

Set Size: 517

Card #1: Will Clark

Subsets: ---

The Best Cards: #---

Notable Uncorrected Error Cards: #---

My Thoughts On The Set: ---

 
1997 Score

Set Size: 551

Card #1: Jeff Bagwell​

Subsets: ---

The Best Cards: #---

Notable Uncorrected Error Cards: #---

My Thoughts On The Set: ---

Japanese star Hideki Irabu was acquired by the Yankees 5/30/97; he was issued a short-print card #551 in 1997 Score.

 
1998 Score

Set Size: 270​

Card #1: Andruw Jones​

Subsets: ---

The Best Cards: #---

Notable Uncorrected Error Cards: #---

My Thoughts On The Set: Unfortunately, Score and its parent company, Pinnacle, went belly-up before Series 2 of this set could be produced, so even the likes of Juan Gonzalez—the 1998 league MVP—did not make it into 1998 Score.