Corinthian intorduced the ProStars Classics range right towards the end ofthe company's run, with 4 seires being released in under 12 months. The ProStars Classics series is very much as the name would imply, it consisted of popular ProStars figure from previous releases, ones which had always been popular with collectors, although in some cases it did feel as though Corinthian were milking the populairty of a figure, or simply using the sculpt up.
Series 1 was released in September 2007, comprising of 8 ProStars figures, a mix of club and country. Ronaldinho for Brazil, Luis Figo for Portugal, Pablo Aimar for Argentina and Carlos Valderrama for Colombia. This was the first time Aimar was released as a single blister, the previous version only been doin as a sachet product. As for Valderrama he was only previously released as part of the Club Gold Worlds Great figure, this new release did drive the price of that club gold figure down, however the plus side was it did enable collectors to add the excellent Valderrama figure to their collection at a much cheaper price. The 4 club figures from Series 1 are Steven Gerrard in Liverpool home kit, Dennis Bergkamp in Arsenal home kit, then 2 players from Italy's Serie A, Hidetoshi Nakata for Perugia and Gabriel Batistuata for Fiorentina, both in home kit.
ProStars Classics Series 2 followed in February 2008, this time consisting of just 4 figures but what a star studded line up it is. Zinedine Zidane for Juventus, Paolo Maldini for AC Milan, Alessandro Del Peiro in Italy national kit and Lionel Messi for Barcelona, all 4 were in home kits. The Messi sculpt is very poor in my opinion, the one released as part of the Japan club members set is far superior, however it is a must for any Messi collection.
Series 3, released in May 2008, again comprised of 4 figures, Giovanne Dos Santos for Barcelona, Manuel Rui Costa for Fiorentina, Dejan Savicevic for AC Milan and Franco Baresi in his Italy kit. Dos Santos is a superb sculpt and only previously released as part of the Mexico World Cup set released in 2006, but with that set only being released in Mexico, collectors struggled to acquire the figure, so this Barcelona version enabled them, like with the Valderrama from Series 1, to add a superb figure to the collection for a great price and with far less hassle.
The 4th and final series of ProStars Classics was released in July of 2008 and again featured a mix of club and country kits, however all with an Italian flavour. Guiseppe Signori and Francesco Totti were released in Italy national kit, with Gianluca Vialli in Juventus kit and Brazilian Leonardo in AC Milan kit.
All figures in the Corinthian ProStars Classics series were released as single blister packs with collector card and all had Platinum blister packs produced. This series really seemed tailor made for the collectors market in the Far East, given it's reliance on figures from Italy's Serie A and the figures chosen, it really felt that everything was being done with that market place in mind, that said it is still a superb collection of figures and most sold out very quickly upon release.
Alessandro Del Piero
Giovanne Dos Santos
Manuel Rui Costa