sabato 28 novembre 2015

Bosnia BH Premijer Liga 2015 (Sky Media)

In the spring 2015 the first sticker album of the Bosnia & Herzegovina football league made his appearance, published by the local company Sky Media. The album includes all the 16 teams of the Premier League. In the first two introductory pages there are 9 stickers: a big logo of the BH Premijer Liga (composed by four stickers), the trophy of the competition, the national federation logo and a celebratory picture of the champions 2015 FK Sarajevo (composed by three stickers). These last three stickers were numbered A, B, and C and printed at the end of the season and included in normal packs of stickers. 

The album continues with a double page that includes all the stadiums of the Premier League with a total of 16 stickers. Next to each sticker there are details about the name, capacity and location of the stadium.

Teams are shown in alphabetical order. Each team is displaced over two pages with a total of 20 sticker: the club badge, the team photo, and 18 players. Player stickers include details like date and place of birth of the player. 

The three stickers A, B, and C were printed after the end of the season to celebrate the winner (FK Sarajevo). They were included in sticker packs and could be glued in the second page of the album.

Stadium and club badge stickers of FK Sarajevo, winner of the title 2014/15

Top scorer of the season 2014/15 is Riad Bajic with 15 goals

A sealed packet of the collection

The hardcover version of the album was also printed in few copies

Album details
Full name: BH Telecom Premijer Liga 2014-2015
Publisher: Sky Media
League: Bosnia & Herzegovina 
Season: 2014-2015
Number of teams: 16
Stickers per team: 20
Special sections: - Introduction (9 stickers)
                            - Stadiums (16 stickers)
Hardcover album: Yes

Total number of stickers 345

Personal note: This album has been particularly challenging to complete. I bought three boxes (150 packs) and album and I had many doubles (sometimes doubles in the same sticker pack!) with still more than 50 missing stickers. Stickers were removed from the market and it seemed that it was not possible to request the missing stickers to the publisher. I went through multiple exchanges on a facebook group contacting local collectors and after four months I have finally received the last missing stickers! I want to thank everyone who helped me: Faruk, Anesa, Vedran, Vladimir, Nasiha and Samir.

giovedì 26 novembre 2015

Panini Copa America Venezuela 2007

The Panini album of the Copa America appears in 2007 for the edition held in Venezuela. Quality of the album is excellent with thick cover and pages, whereas the stickers are not very attractive, they have a small size and not high definition. Moreover, even if the cover states "Official Licensed Sticker Album" there are no logos of the federation in the inside of the album: logo stickers are replaced by flags and player sticker are cut so that no shirt is visible, only the face. 

The album opens with the contents on the left and the Roll of Honour on the right page, which includes the first four stickers: the Copa America 2007 logo (two shining stickers), the mascot, and the logo of the South American Football Confederation.
The album continues with two pages about the history of the previous edition (Peru 2004) won by Brazil. In this section there are a total of 12 stickers: 10 action stickers of the final Argentina-Brazil and two shining stickers of Brazil celebrating.

The 12 teams are then shown divided by groups. Each team has 21 stickers: one shining flag sticker and 20 player stickers. Curiously, Chile has also 21 stickers but no individual player stickers. Instead, there are two big team photo puzzles (one composed by 9 stickers and the other by 3 stickers), two supporters puzzles (one composed by three stickers and the other by two), the shining flag, the federation logo, the first jersey, and the second jersey. Another particularity of this collection is that the team Mexico was not included in the packets (only the flag sticker), but it was instead delivered in a separate sheet with 20 stickers of players. 

Group A: Venezuela, Bolivia, Uruguay, Peru

Group B: Brazil, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile

Group C: Argentina, USA, Paraguay, Colombia

After the teams, there is a section about the history of the Copa America. On four pages there are 30 stickers of team photos of most of the winners of Copa America, since its first edition of 1916. The first sticker (Uruguay 1916) is shining. 

Last section of the album is the programme of the competition. In this page there are also two shining stickers to compose the trophy Copa America 2007.

The sheet with stickers of Mexico players has been released separately 

Leo Messi and Kakà, best players of the world in 2007

Album details
Full name: Copa America Venezuela 2007
Publisher: Panini
Competition: Copa America (Venezuela)
Year: 2007
Number of teams: 12
Stickers per team: 21
Special sections: - Roll of Honour (4 stickers)
                            - Peru 2004 (12 stickers)
                            - History (30 stickers)
                            - Program (2 stickers)

Total number of stickers: 300

mercoledì 18 novembre 2015

Huuhkajat cards - Series 3 (Finland)

The third series of the Finnish eagles has been released in Finland in the summer 2015, following the release of Series 1 in 2011 and Series 2 in 2013
As in the previous editions, also Series 3 includes 123 cards of the National team of Finland (with enumeration from 247 to 369). We present here the complete Series 3 which includes 9 sections: Men's National team, Women's National Team, Hall of Fame, Star Players, Players of the year, Gladiators, Rising Stars, Old Stars, Captain's Ball.

Pohjanpalo (Men's National Team), Heroum (Women's National Team) and Suhonen (Hall of Fame)

Roman Eremenko (Star Player), Jari Litmanen (Player of the Year and Gladiator)

Alho (Rising Star), Lius (Old Star) and Peltoniemi (Captain's Ball)

Collection details: 
Full name: Huuhkajat - Kerailykorttikansio
Publisher: Funfair
Series: 3
League: Finnish National Team
Binder with checklist: Yes
Sections: -Huuhkajat (Men's National Team) 40 cards
                -Naisten Maajoukkue (Women's National Team) 30 cards
                -Hall of Fame - 11 cards
                -Tahtipelaaja (Star players) 10 cards
                -Player of the Year - 9 cards
                -Gladiaattorit (Gladiators) 7 cards
                -Rising Stars - 7 cards
                -Old Stars - 7 cards
                -Captain's Ball - 2 cards
Checklist: click here

Total number of cards: 123

martedì 10 novembre 2015

Panini Champions League 2012/2013

The official sticker album of the Champions League 2012/13 follows the structure of the previous season, with an additional shiny sticker of a player in action per team. Player stickers are also similar, with horizontal layout and player details on the right side.
The album opens with four introductory shiny stickers: the Panini logo, the Champions League logo, and the Unite Against Racism logo (2 stickers). Then a double page celebrates the final 2012 in Munich with four stickers dedicated to the winner (Chelsea) and the two shining stickers with the trophy of the competition. Fixtures of the present season with the road to Wembley compose a double page with two stickers: the official ball and the logo of the Final.

Teams are shown based on the group division. Each team is displayed over two pages and includes 18 stickers: the club logo (shining sticker), the star player in action (shining sticker) and 16 players.

Group A: Porto, Dinamo Kyiv, Paris-Saint-Germain, Dinamo Zagreb

Group B: Arsenal, Schalke 04, Olympiacos, Montpellier

Group C: Milan, Zenit, Anderlecht, Malaga

Group D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia D.

Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar, Juventus, Nordsjaelland

Group F: Bayern Munchen, Valencia, Lille, Bate Borisov

Group G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moskva, Celtic

Group H: Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray, Cluj

The last section of the album is dedicated to the Women's Champions League with two stickers: celebrations of winners (Olympique Lyonnais) and trophy of the competition

Brozovic and Kovacic, young prospects at Dinamo Zagreb together at Internazionale in the season 2014/15 (Kovacic was then transferred to Real Madrid for the season 2015/16)

They don't need an introduction, simply CR7 and Messi

Album details
Full name: Champions League 2012/2013 Official Sticker Album
Publisher: Panini
Competition: UEFA Champions League
Season: 2012/2013
Number of teams: 32
Stickers per team: 18
Special Sections: - Introduction (4 stickers)
                            - Munich Final 2012 (6 stickers)
                            - Fixtures 2012/2013 (1 sticker)
                            - Road to Wembley 2013 (1 sticker)
                            - Women's Champions League (2 stickers)

Total number of stickers: 590