sabato 18 maggio 2013

Panini London 2012

Official sticker collection

Panini and the Olympic Games are together again for the summer event of London 2012. Last edition was Panini Supersport 1988, in occasion of the Seoul Olympic Games. 
This album was published in UK for "London 2012" and thus it contains all the main British athletes of all sports included at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Besides, we can find the main international stars of each sport.
The album starts with a welcome page, which contains the two first stickers: the silver logos of the Olympic and Paralympic Games:

The following two pages ("London 2012 by numbers") describe the London Olympic Games with curiosities and facts (each associated to a number) with 12 stickers. Do you know that the athletes competing at London 2012 were 10500? 

The album continues showing all the olympic sports. For each sport we have a silver logo of the sport (pictogram sticker), a mascot sticker, the main British athletes (with silver stickers for the best athletes) and silver stickers of the international stars. 
The sports included are: Aquatics (Diving, Swimming, Synchronised Swimming, Water Polo), Archery, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boccia, Boxing, Canoe (Slalom, Sprint), Cycling (Bmx, Mountain Bike, Road, Track), Equestrian (Dressage, Eventing, Jumping), Fencing and Wheelchair Fencing, Football, Goalball, Gymnastics (Artistic, Rhytmic, Trampoline, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis and Wheelchair Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, Weighlifting, Wheelchair Rugby, and Wrestling. 
The amount of stickers for each sport is variable. Athletics is the largest sport with 73 stickers, the smallest are the paralympic sports Goalball and Boccia with 3.5 stickers.
The great stars we find on the album are Michael Phelps (swimming), Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell (Athletics), LeBron James (Basket), Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Fabian Cancellara (Cycling), Gareth Bale, David Beckham (Football), Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic (Tennis).

In the album we find also 2 pages dedicated to the venues of London 2012 with 9 stickers; 3 of them are silver stickers (Olympic Stadium, Aquatics Centre and Lord's Cricket Ground).

Other special sections are "Take a breather" with 3 stickers (Usain Bolt, Hiroshi Hoketsu and Tasha Danvers) and "London Calling: The Story of London 2012" with 28 stickers, which tell the story of London 2012 since July 2003 when London was selected as a candidate with other 8 cities.

 The back cover of the album Panini London 2012

As an appendix to the album we find a poster ("Gold Rush!") of the international favourites that has 24 stickers (included in the packets of the collections). Here we find superstars like Oscar Pistorius and Rafael Nadal.

Album Details:

Name: London 2012 Official Sticker Collection

Publisher: Panini

Sport: Olympic Games

Number of pages: 64

Number of sports: 42                       
Stickers per sport:  between 3.5 (Goalball and Boccia) and 73 (Athletics)

Sticker size: 5.3 x 6.8  cm
Special Stickers: Poster "Gold Rush!" with 24 stickers included in the sticker packets

Total number of stickers: 483

Star Athletes:

Michael Phelps (swimming), Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell (Athletics), LeBron James (Basket), Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins, Fabian Cancellara (Cycling), Gareth Bale, David Beckham (Football), Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal (Tennis).

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