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The Japanese collector's market had always been very lucrative for Corinthian, with collect numbers rising all the time, so it was no surprise to see a Japan ProStars series released. Due to licensing issues, it was not possible for Corinthian to sell the club figures of Mboma and Petrovic inside the UK, so collectors had to source it direct from Japan, although the official resellers did do a fantastic job of acquiring stock to meet demand.

 

Japan ProStars Series 1 consisted of 4 players, all done in home and away kit, making a total of 8 figures to collect. Zeljko Petrovic was released in the home and away kit of Urawa Red Diamonds, the Yugoslavian was somewhat of a legend during his time at the J-League club.

 

Dragan Stoijkovic was released in the national kit of Serbia and Montenegro, again like Petrovic he was idolised in Japan, with his figure proving very popular.

 

Personally the highlight of this series is the Patrick Mboma figure, who was released 4 times, in Cameroon home and away kit, and also in Vissel Kobe home and away kit. What is interesting is that Mboma played just 10 games for Vissel Kobe, scroing just 2 goals, he was initially intended to be released for Tokyo Verdy, where he had much more sucess, scoring 17 goals in 35 games, however due to a license issue Corinthan could not release him in that kit, instead opted for Vissel Kobe. The figures sold very well, with collectors eager to add such a superb sculpt to their collection.

 

All 8 figures were released as single blister packs with individually numbered collector cards, but no Platinum packs were released for this series. Each figure had it's own blister pack design, unlike the UK ProStars where each series had a generic card for a series release, again this was the extra effort used when appeasing the Japanese collectors market.

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Zeljko Petrovic

Urawa Red Diamonds

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PRO1088

Zeljko Petrovic

Urawa Red Diamonds

Away

PRO1089

Patrick Mboma

Cameroon

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PRO1090

Patrick Mboma

Cameroon

Away

PRO1091

Patrick Mboma

Vissel Kobe

Away

PRO1093

Patrick Mboma

Vissel Kobe

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PRO1092

Dragan Stoijkovic

Serbia & Montenegro

Away

PRO1095

Dragan Stoijkovic

Serbia & Montenegro

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PRO1094

Mboma Cam A PRO1093 Mboma Cam H PRO1092 Mboma Vis H PRO1090 Mboma Vis A PRO1091 Petrovic A PRO1089 Stojkovic A PRO1095 Petrovic H PRO1088 Stojkovic H PRO1094 stojkovic blister h stojkovic blister a petrovic blister h petrovic blister a mboma vissel blister h mboma vissel blister a mboma cam blister h mboma cam blister a japan specials B