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 January 1998 saw the release of 13 figures, all of which were painted in the Italian national kit. This set was fully licensed by the 'AIC' which meant the kit was official. The figures were distributed throughout Italy by the same company which distributed the Serie A club range of figures, 'Giochi Preziosi.'

 

 The figures themselves had all previously been released in their respective club kits. 10 had been released in the Serie A range of figures, with Ravanelli, Zola and Di Matteo being released as part of the FAPL Collection. So although this was a new range it was entirely made up of previously released figures.

 

 It does seem rather strange that Corinthian neglected to release any multipacks for this set, there are 13 figures so they could quite easily have released a 12 player pack and numerous 4 player packs too, as it was Corinthian chose to simply release them as single blisters.

 

 The rarest of the figures is undoubtedly Roberto Baggio, the reason for this is largely down to his popularity amongst the collectors market in Japan. The Japanese are fascinated by baggio despite the fact he has never played for a team in their country. He is as collectible in Japan as the likes of Beckham and national heroes Nakata and Nakamura.

 

 One thing worthy of note is regarding the collector number found on the base of the Ravanelli figure. He is listed as 'SER089' but the number found on his base is actually 'PL295' the same collector number which was used for the Ravanelli figure in the Middlesboro kit for the FAPL Collection. I have never come accross a Ravanelli in the Italy kit with a base code of 'SER089' so i am inclined to believe that Corinthian simply used surplus Middleboro Ravanelli figures and painted them into the Italian national kit, instead of moulding new ones.

 

 Each figure came issued with a collector card aswell as a collectors information file.

ITALY NATIONAL

Alessandro Del Piero

Italy

Home Kit 97

SER019

Paolo Maldini

Italy

Home Kit 97

SER007

Roberto Baggio

Italy

Home Kit 97

SER008

Demetrio Albertini

Italy

Home Kit 97

SER009

Pierluigi Casiraghi

Italy

Home Kit 97

SER012

Alessandro Costacurta

Italy

Home Kit 97

SER015

Ciro Ferrara

Italy

Home Kit 97

SER018

Angelo Di Livio

Italy

Home Kit 97

SER020

Angelo Peruzzi

Italy

Home Kit 97

SER023

Fabrizio Ravanelli

Italy

Home Kit 97

SER089

Roberto Di Matteo

Italy

Home Kit 97

SER112

Filippo inzaghi

Italy

Home kit 97

SER115

Gianfranco Zola

Italy

Home Kit 97

SER121

 To find out more about this release, please click the Italian badge opposite.

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