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CHELSEA 95/96

 In 1995, Chelsea were not the footballing power house that they are now, however they were still considered big enough to have 13 figures released by Corinthian as part of the 'FAPL Collection' range.

 

 Amongst them were many first time sculpts and a fair number of which have never again been released. The sculpt of 'Dennis Wise' was exactly the same as was previously released as part of the England National range, however the body pose was different.

 

 Russian keeper 'Dmitri Kharine' was released for the first time and a fine job Corinthian made of the sculpt to, a real likeness of the player was achieved and the sculpt was used for all subsequent releases of Kharine. The range also boasted these six first time sculpts, all of which were never released again. The figures are Mark Stein, Gavin Peacock. Frank Sinclair, John Spencer, Erland Johnsen and Scott Minto. All were really fine sculpts too, the Johnsen was noticable for his bright orange hair and the Minto is a favourite of mine purely for the size of the head sculpt and the detailed work that went into the figure, a really fine sculpt.

 

 For me the two highlights of this range were the very first releases of legends 'Ruud Gullit' and 'Gianluca Vialli.' The Gullit was a fine sculpt and very memorable, mostly due to his amazing dreadlocked hairstyle. The Vialli sculpt was the first figure released that was completly bald, both are fantastic sculpts and well worth adding to any collection.

 

 The remaining figures which complete this set were originally intended to be released for other clubs! The figure of Mark Hughes was originally destined to be released for Manchester United, however, as was the case with many figures, the player moved during the production process. Sparky left Manchester United in the summer of 1995 so will have been assigned a Manchester United 'FAPL' base code which was 'PL61' unlike the other Chelsea base codes which end in '9' and the Manchester United base codes end in '1.' The master of Hughes was originally painted in the kit for Manchester United but no plastic figures of him in that kit were ever released.

 

 The same occured for the sculpts of both 'Dan Petrescu' and 'Terry Phelan.' Phelan left Manchester City in November of 1995,so the figure was already past the master model stage at this point and had been assigned a base code which was 'PL111' and previous club Manchester City's figures all end in '1.' The master will have been repainted into the Chelsea kit but the base code was, as always, kept the same. As for the 'Petrescu, well he left Sheffield Wednesday after just one season at the club, in the summer of 1995, so like the 'Hughes' he had already been assigned a base code which is 'PL193' and all the sheffield Wednesday figures base codes end in '3.' I have never seen any pictures of the Petrescu or Phelan masters in any other kit than Chelsea so not suggesting they were 100% painted in the other kits but at the point of original design and assignment of base codes they were not at Chelsea, hope this explains why the base codes vary for this club.

 

 None of these figures are particualry rare and can be added to your collection for relativly little.

 Please click the Headliners logo below to be taken to the Headliners UK club link page.

 Mark Stein

Chelsea

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 PL49

 Dmitri Kharine

 Chelsea

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 PL29

 Dennis Wise

 Chelsea

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 PL09

 Mark Hughes 

 Chelsea

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 PL61

 Please click the Chelsea badge below to view all the Chelsea figures released in the 1997/98 kit, as part of the 'FAPL Collection.'

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 Gavin Peacock 

 Chelsea

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 PL69

 Ruud Gullit

 Chelsea

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 PL89

 Scott Minto

 Chelsea

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 PL189

 Terry Phelan

 Chelsea

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 PL111

 John Spencer

 Chelsea

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 PL109

 Frank Sinclair

 Chelsea

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 PL169

 Dan Petrescu

 Chelsea

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 PL193

 Erland Johnsen

 Chelsea

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 PL209

 Gianluca Vialli

 Chelsea

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 PL309

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