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Earlier this summer, I discovered the genius of the Panini World Cup sticker collection at the Kiosk of my local supermarket. They were giving out free albums that also contained free stickers to start your collection off. I love anything that is 'retro' and these stickers reminded me of the 1990 World Cup sticker collection. Even at 25, I am still sucked into this stuff....anything to make me feel young again!! As good as this 2010 version is, they just don't 'make them how they used to'. Let me explain.
I collected the old 1990 version back when I was a wee nipper at the ripe old age of 5. It was released in two different phases - the first phase had red sticker packets and the second phase had blue sticker packets. Each phase had loads of different stickers on top of the usual player profiles and country crests - it had stickers of stadiums, greatest World Cup moments (hand of god etc.), greatest World Cup goals (Archie Gemmill etc.), great World Cup players (Puskas, Eusebio, Moore, Pele, Maradona etc.) It was an education as well as a sticker collection. It also had every result from every World Cup match. It came in a huge hardback binder with hundreds of pages. Legendary. When you compare it to the thin, paperback 2010 Panini version, it is a no-contest. The Panini version pales in comparison. However, the good memories from 1990 and some nostalgia pushed me on the purchase the 2010 collection and get some of my childhood back!!
It works by basically collecting a sticker fot every corresponding place in the book. Each sticker is numbered and you place it carefully into the album. There is also space for you to fill in scores from each match and track the tournament until the end.
As mentioned above, the 2010 collection is fairly basic compared to it's predecessors. It contains player and national crest stickers and that is basically it. Not even a sticker for the managers! However, this basic format still accounts for over 600 stickers in the album. This can be explained - there are 32 teams in the World Cup now so a sticker for every player leads to lots and lots of stickers!!
Another drawback, one that is linked to the quantity of stickers, is their price. A packet of 5 stickers costs 50p. This is very expensive, especially in the current economic climate. There is roughly around 650 stickers (not sure on the exact amount - pretty sure it is around this number) so to fill the album would cost roughly £65 on the assumption that you would get NO doubles. You could easily double this figure when you factor this in. Far to expensive for a sticker collection. The scary thing is, however, that a lot of people actually purchase them! Panini must be raking it in.
Apart from the cost and value, there is something so awesome about sticker collecting. It is addictive, no matter the age. There is no better feeling than opening a packet and getting a star player from a big name country, such as Fernando Torres or Steven Gerrard. There stickers just heighten that World Cup fever.
Some tips......make sure that you know a few people that are also collecting the stickers so that you can swap your doubles to save money and time. Also, there is a service that you can use direct from Panini in order to complete your collection. You can order up to 50 stickers and they charge you 10p a sticker. Useful, but again quite expensive.
All in all, these Panini stickers are good fun and remind me of collecting stickers from when I was a kid but they are expensive and I am sure most parents would avoid in the current climate when they see the price! A recommend - but only for the die-hard football fans!!
It's fair to say that, before the World Cup started, my 6 year old son was keen on football, but wasn't completely 'into' it, as it were. He enjoyed playing with a football with his mates, what 6 year old wouldn't? Understanding, though, was virtually non existent, and if a match was on TV, he wasn't that interested.
Shortly before the World Cup started, the Co-op were doing a special offer whereby you received a free World Cup sticker book with any purchase. Immediately, we gave it to our son, Will, who was more excited at having something to do and collect stickers for than for it being about football. However, as he started looking through it, he slowly got more excited and started finding out more info about the various nations taking part, and their star players.
The stickers are available in packets of 6, with each packet costing 50p. I think at one point I worked out that to completely fill the sticker book, without having any duplicates at all, would cost around the £60 mark, as each of the teams had around 20 players in their squad (at the time) and then there were extras like the team photo and the national flag.
The book is well presented, and while it doesn't have a great deal of explanation about the teams, it does have a table of the groups and details of the dates when all the matches were played. The only annoyance I had, which couldn't have been avoided, I suppose, was that some of the players in the book never actually made it to the World Cup. This was unavoidable as the book came out before the teams were officially announced. However, something curious was that David Beckham was included in there, whereas they knew quite a while back that he wouldn't be able to play due to his achilles. Other surprise non inclusions were players such as Ronaldhino, and it's players like him that my son focused on.
Moreso than having something collectable, it's the educational side of things in terms of learning about the players and the teams, and being able to show how the World Cup works that I found this was useful for, with Will. He picked up on some of the lesser teams because he liked their flag, or because their players had cool hair, and things like that. He started watching the games a bit more, and has even grasped a concept of some of the trickier rules of the game. He thoroughly enjoyed the World Cup itself as well as the sticker book, and although the World Cup is now finished, it's still something worth striving to complete if you have the time, patience and can afford to keep buying all those duplicates!
It's a pleasantly designed book, with a team to a double page, and with involving artwork on each page. There are stickers for each of the venues, and also one for the Cup itself, and I liked the overall presentation. I remember when I was a kid I had one similar collectable thing for Italia '90, and this helped me get more involved in football and who the stars were at the time. My son now has a bit more of an inkling about World football, and not just how it works in this country. The sticker book has helped him get into it, and is well worth having as a memento of this year's World Cup, as well as having something for you to refer back to as well. Recommended if you can still get hold of one. Just because the World Cup has finished, it doesn't make this obselete. It's collectable now, and well worth finishing if you're halfway through.
Remember the stickers? I'm sure most of us collected these when we were kids; World Cup stickers, stickers from cartoons, films or other great events.
I remember collecting stickers from lots of Disney cartoons, Star Wars films and animal themed stickers. I used to beg for cents, visits to my grandma were especially frequent in the time I was collecting. Whenever I got enough to buy a pack I ran to the store and bought it, even if that meant I ran to the store multiple times a day, waiting was not an option. I remember the anxiety which came with opening each pack to see if it contained a sticker that I did not previously own, but even if the sticker was a "double" one it did not matter, since trading sticker with friends was probably the most fun part of collecting experience.
I don't exactly know what made me, after all these years, to buy an sticker album. Nostalgia probably had something to do with it and all the football madness could also be one of the influences. I bought a sticker album! I can say I was more than excited, I was about to relive one of the most fun things I was doing as a kid. Well reliving the experience was not as joyful as one would expect, the fact I could easily buy 20 packs in a first go did decrease the magic of it. Still buying and collecting this stickers as an adult person was still fun, and I managed to find lots of other adults that are collecting these so we could, like small children, exchange the stickers we had extra. If you look at it it is an expensive activity since you have to collect 638 stickers, but it is a great memory thing. Not to mention that collecting these can be viewed as an investment since these sort of things do gain on the value if they are well preserved.
Stickers are of great quality and the print is really great. Some pictures can be brighter than others - this is not noticeable when it comes to football players, but can be annoying when it comes to stadium stickers where the stadiums are combined from two pictures, so even a slight change in brightness is noticeable.
Stickers are easy to stick and can be corrected if you act quickly (if you for example do not stick them straight) without damage to album paper or sticker.
There are 638 stickers to collect, most of them go to players, then we have team pictures, team emblems (shiny stickers), stadiums and some special shiny pictures. They are really beautiful and of good quality.
I don't know, this stickers brought some of my childhood memories back and I think that I will be collecting the stickers again (next World Cup). I do know one thing, if I had children, I would encourage them to collect these things, sure there can be lots of money involved but the experience a child gets collecting and trading (especially trading since this is a good social activity) is in my opinion worth it.
Every now and then a wonderful opportunity arises, one that just cannot be refused, and just like a £3.99 all you can eat shrimp buffet, or the 'throw a wet sponge at a teacher' booth at your school fair, this my friends, is one such opportunity. Now that finally all those men have stopped kicking the ball with their feet (football) over in South Africa, the ever delicious sounding Panini (mmmmmm!) Fifa World Cup 2010 stickers have now become the best investment opportunity since Reggae Reggae sauce, plunging to prices as low as 15p, even less if you buy in bulk like i did- 5 boxes of 50 packs for only £5.
Now, i am aware that some of you will be dubious of this 'opportunity' at this point, after all, who wants to buy packs of stickers from a World Cup that has been, of players that have already played, and what the hell will I do with them all? Well, do not be so hasty there, i would retort, these little 5X7, adhesive squares, have many-a-use. Firstly, there is their obvious use as a memento, mainly for Spaniards and Howard Webb, but also for hoarders. And, for the David Dickinsons among you, there is also the opportunity of a nice return when the stickers gain antique status, especially if there is a huge earthquake or something, preventing further World Cups, and the 2010 World Cup stickers become the last World Cup stickers ever- fingers crossed! But if any of that is yet to tickle your fancy, the stickers also have a plethora of other, just as handy uses, from simple decorations, to sticking posters to walls or covering a sleeping friend as a funny prank. Or the stickers can also be used as an effective frustration vent- i personally spent around 45 minutes just shouting at my Emile Heskey sticker, and felt all the better for it.
So the, to sum up, thee stickers, at the price you can get them, really are an opportunity that is Lamp-ARD to miss! You really do def-O(W)E it to yourself! So, say Capp-ELLO to a world of fun, and get yourself some Fifa World Cup 2010 stickers, now.
==Panini World Cup Stickers==
Not being a big football fan myself and feeling that really Jack is still a little too young to understand the game and the idea behind the World Cup, these Panini Stickers are not something that I would have normally bought had Morrison's not been giving out the albums and stickers away if you spent over £20 on food shopping in the first few weeks of the World Cup.
The Panini Stickers are sponsored by Fifa and are the official stickers of the World Cup. In one packet which retails for 50 pence, you get 5 different stickers which all fit into the sticker album. The album to buy costs around £2.99 pence but with that you also got a few packets of the stickers and the wall poster to hand the special men of the game stickers.
The stickers are all of a good quality and they have a number on the back of the peel off paper which corresponds with their position in the album. This was one good thing about Jack doing this album, in the fact that we were getting him to look at the numbers and tell us what he thought they were and then seeing if, once we had found the right page, he could find the matching number. The stickers that are to go on the wall poster don't have numbers but one letter so these are easy to pick out.
There were literally loads of these stickers to collect and we did manage to get a fair few from Morrison's at the beginning but after this it became quite a costly treat as 50 per packet meaning 10 pence per sticker does seem rather steep to me. This considering that there are goodness knows how many teams in the World Cup and on every page it has not only all the team members but their Team badge and a team sticker.
At the beginning of the album there are stickers which show the different teams stadiums and these are made from two stickers each so again this is more that are needed to be collected.
We did seem to always be buying these stickers and although I would say they are better than buying sweets for a treat, they do work out costing rather much more than I would like to spend on soomethign like this considering that Jack is not really Football mad.
We did like the idea that you can go on the Panini website and upload a photo and get the photo put on a sticker so that it looks just like a football one! (again rather expensive though).
Overall these stickers were a good way to reward Jack for good behaviour without buying sweets. They were sometimes on a buy 3 for 2 offer so could work out cheaper. They involved numbers and letters which I think got his brain working a little and they were fun for him to do.
Although we didn't get anywhere near finishing out album, we will still be keeping it and seeing if there are any swaps around to add to the collection, but I don't think we will ever fill it up.
I would recommend these stickers because they were fun although expensive if you work it out but then so are most things. They are of a good quality and Jack loved doing them.
5 out of 5 stars!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you