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SPORTING GIJON 97/98

RELEASED IN JANUARY 1998,THIS SET OF 4 SPORTING GIJON FIGURES HAVE;OVER TIME,BECOME SOME OF THE RAREST AND MOST HIGHLY SOUGHT AFTER OF ALL THE FOREIGN HEADLINER RELEASES.

 

THEY WERE RELEASED AS PART OF THE 'SUPER CHAMPIONS CAMPEONES LE FUTBOL' RANGE,DISTIBUTED IN SPAIN BY TOY COMPANY 'IDEAL'

 

THE FIGURES WERE RELEASED AS SINGLE BLISTER PACKS AND A 4 PLAYER BOX SET WAS ALSO PRODUCED,BUT IS VERY HARD TO COME BY.

 

CORITNHIAN RETIRED ALL FOUR SINGLE BLISTERS ON THE 13TH OF AUGUST 2000.HOWEVER,THE 4 PLAYER BOX SET WAS NOT RETIRED UNTIL THE 1ST OF FEBRUARY 2003.

 

EACH FIGURE CAME ISSUED WITH A COLLECTOR CARD,BUT NO INFORMATION FILE WAS PRODUCED FOR THIS RANGE.

Yuri Nikiforov

Sporting Gijon

Home Kit 97/98

SP011

Igor Lediakhov

Sporting Gijon

Home Kit 97/98

SP012

Alberto Tomas

Sporting Gijon

Home kit 97/98

SP013

Juan Carlos Ablanedo

Sporting Gijon

Home Kit 97/98

SP014

HEADLINERS LOGO SPANISH LA LIGA LOGO gijon

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

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 The figures were also released as a 4 player pack and i feel this is the rarest 4 pack ever released. The figures were made in very small numbers and even fewer 4 packs were produced, couple that with the fact they were distributed in Spain and you can soon see why so few are around today, infact in over 3 years i have only seen just a solitary 4 pack for sale.

 

 One lucky collector i know has this 4 pack and has very kindly agreed for it to be imaged here. As you can see in the images below, the 4 player pack contained all 4 figures, the 4 collector cards but sadly no collectors information file was issued.

 

 The back of the pack detailed the range and also listed some more teams to have figures released soon, however as we know only Sporting Gijon and Athletic Bilbao had figures released. Below is a list of the other 8 teams menioned: 

  •  Real Sociedad

  •  Sevilla

  •  Real Zaragoza

  •  Celta Vigo

  •  Real Vallodolid

  •  Real Oviedo

  •  Real Mallorca

  •  Racing Santander

 

 Given the teams mentioned it is a real shame no figures were released for those clubs, as it would have given us some really colourful kits and unique figures, although some Master Models were sculpted!

 

 A huge thanks must go to Corinthian collector Lennart Van De Winkel for providing those images of the 4 player pack, i wonder how he managed to acquire such a rare item!