Thursday, March 19, 2009

Score Sports Referee Wallet

Score Sports data wallet
For a while now, I've been looking for a data wallet that is a step up in quality from the wallets that most of us use. You know the one I'm talking about. They are made of very thin vinyl and last about a season before some of the little pockets separate from the wallet itself.
I stumbled onto a pretty nice referee data wallet on the Score Sports website. Score Sports is a maker of various sports equipment and has an extensive line of soccer uniforms, equipment and even referee uniforms if you don't want to use the recommended supplier.
The data wallet (product number 773) is made of black nylon and has gray trim. The wallet has internal stiffeners that make writing on it much easier than the typical vinyl variety. The wallet is designed with a pocket on front and back to hold your misconduct cards. When you open the wallet, you'll notice the clear vinyl sleeves used to hold your game card from moving around. A magnetic closure keeps the game card from coming out and keeps the wallet closed in your pocket. The magnet is strong enough to hold a flipping coin against the side of the wallet. The quality of the material suggests this wallet will last a very long time.
The product is designed a little bigger than your normal vinyl wallet. At first, I thought it would be annoying to have this in my pocket, but in all honesty, I didn't really notice it at all. It's a little heavier than the vinyl variety as well, but it was not a problem for me. The quality of the writing surface made up for any negatives.
Here's the best part: It can be had for under $3. Unfortunately, Score charges (for me) almost $12 for shipping. I think they are in CA, so my shipping cost is probably the worst case scenario. I ordered a couple of them for friends of mine since the shipping was the same. If you are looking for a quality wallet, this might be the end of your search.

7 comments:

CSR said...

Thanks for the review! Looks great. I don't carry cards in my shirt pockets. Yellow is in my right hip pocket and red is in right back pocket. Even though I print my own match report cards on card stock, pulling it from the shirt during the match sometimes is clumsy. I'll definitely look into ordering one of these.

Anonymous said...

Is it still holding up?

The Referee said...

Yes, it is holding up. In fact, the more I use it, the more I like it. It's more substantial than vinyl, so it provides a better writing surface.

Anonymous said...

Excellent, I'm considering it greatly!

Anonymous said...

It is now around $15 to ship to KY, have you found these anywhere else?

Anonymous said...

After talking with Jim I finally bought this wallet. Long story short I was ticked it was going to cost $15 to ship when the wallet itself is only 3.95. After calling them they knocked it down to $2.50 and dropped it in normal mail for $5. Not bad. It is holding up very nicely and whenever I get it out the other refs that are with me usually ask to see it and where I got it. Just lettin ya know!!

Anonymous said...

Great tip. My referee mentor has one and is very satisfied.