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INTER MILAN 1996/97

 Internazionale, or 'Inter Milan' as they are more commonly known had 9 figures released as part of the 'Italian Superstars' range of Headliners.

 

 7 of those were featured in the first release of figures in March 1997 and they were followed up by 2 more in July 1997, those 2 were 'Djorkaeff' and 'Bergomi.'

 

 A whole host of new and first time sculpts made up this release and all but two of those have never been released again by Corinthian.

 

 First time sculpts included italian goalkeeper 'Gianluca Pagliuca' painted in a very detailed kit and bright yellow sponsorship logo.The sculpt of 'Jocelyn Angloma' is very prominent as is the 'Nicola Berti' figure which featured alot of facial work and made him look older than he was. Aron Winter's figure has always been a favourite of mine as there just seems to be no expression on his face and he has a rather vacant look about him.

 

 The sculpt of Marco Branca was not the one pictured in either the collectors information file, nor the one on the collector card, the face is the same of course but he has a different body pose to the released figure.

 

 The sculpt of Inter Milan legend 'Giuseppe Bergomi' has a real look of authority about it with inward facing eyebrows and tight lips, this prefectly captured the concentration and authority the player displayed throughout his career.

Djorkaeffs sculpt is the same as released for the French national figures.

 

 Paul Ince's figure is exactly the same facial sculpt but on a different body pose to the ones released for England and Liverpool. All the promotional items and even the backing card for the blisters had the Ince pictured as the original sculpt but in an Inter shirt, so Corinthian must have changed the body pose for the figure at a very late stage.

 

 All 9 figures were released during the 1996/97 season and have been listed as wearing the kit from that season but 2 of the figures have the badge in the middle of the kit. Those 2 are Djorkaeff and Bergomi who were both released in July 0f 1997. All of the figures should have been painted with the badge in the middle of the shirt but sadly the first 7 were not, it appears Corinthian addressed this painting error as the figures released in July had the correct kit replication with badge painted in the middle.

 

 Price wise non of the set are particulary rare or hard to obtain and most will cost under £5 with perhaps the Bergomi being the more scarcily found.

 

 I feel i must add at this point that there was a 10th figure made for this release but sadly he was not released, this figure was Brazilian legend Ronaldo!

 

The Ronaldo figure was planned to be released as part of the next series of Italian Superstars; as were a few others i could mention, but sadly this set was never given the go ahead. Ronaldo was instead released as part of the 'Worldstars98' set of figures but his base listed him as 'SER122' an 'Italian Superstars' base code, thus meaning he was made with the intention of including him in that release, so as a result i have included him in this set but no blisters of Ronaldo were ever released in the 'Italian Superstars' packaging.

 

 This was the very first sculpt of Ronaldo and is perhaps my favourite Corinthian ever made of him, just a shame there was a factory error which meant he had his badge on the left of his shirt instead of in the centre, but the sculpt was still a spot on likeness and would be a great addition to anyones collection.

Jocelyn Angloma

Inter Milan

Home Kit 96/97

SER033

Nicola Berti

Inter Milan

Home Kit 96/97

SER035

Youri Djorkaeff

Inter Milan

Home kit 96/97

SER031

Gianluca Pagliuca

Inter Milan

Home Kit 96/97

SER005

Paul Ince

Inter Milan

Home Kit 96/97

SER004

Giuseppe Bergomi

Inter Milan

Home Kit 96/97

SER066

Marco Branca

Inter Milan

Home Kit 96/97

SER084

Ronaldo

Inter Milan

Home Kit 97/98

SER122

Aron Winter

Inter Milan

Home Kit 96/97

SER091

Salvatore Fresi

Inter Milan

Home Kit 96/97

SER069

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