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NORWAY NATIONAL

In May of 1998, Corinthian released a set of 12 figures painted in the Norwegian national home kit. They were released as part of Corinthians ‘Headliner’ range and released under the banner of ‘Norges Tropp’

 

These figures were released on a variety of packaging formats. All 12 figures were available as single blisters, 2 different 4 player packs were produced, as was a 12-player team pack.

 

The figures are all very rare due to the low production volumes and it is believed that these were produced in even lower volume than the likes of Stroppa, Schwarz and Andersson!

 

The 12-player pack is for me without doubt the most rare of all the pre1999 multi packs and is very seldom seen for sale. Anybody lucky enough to be offered one can expect to pay in excess of £200 for it, a real collectors piece as very few were produced.

 

As for the figures themselves, well we were treated to 6 figures never produced again, those 6 of course being- Rekdal, Rudi, Solbakken, Grodas, Haland and Mykland. All 6 were original 1-off sculpts and fine sculpts they are too. The mykland is a particluar favourite of mine purely for his beard. I also like the strong facial sculpt of Solbakken and the Haland figure has a lot of character too.

 

From the other 6 released as part of the set, we also saw a whole new sculpt of Bjornebye and this version is far superior in my opinion to the one released for Liverpool as part of the FAPL range. The very first sculpt of Solskjaer also appeared and for me this too was never bettered by Corinthian.

 

Making up the set are Berg, Leonhardsen, Johnsen and Flo. The Berg was a first time sculpt as was the Flo and Johnsen but the Leonhardsen had previously been released for Wimbledon in the FAPL range.

 

The figures had no collector cards produced but were released with a collectors information file.

Henning Berg

Norway

Home Kit 98

NOR001

Stig Inge Bjornebye

Norway

Home Kit

NOR002

Tore Andre Flo

Norway

Home Kit 98

NOR004

Frode Grodas

Norway

Home Kit 98

NOR007

Alf Inge Haland

Norway

Home Kit 98

NOR008

Ronny Johnsen

Norway

Home Kit 98

NOR010

Oyvind Leonhardsen

Norway

Home Kit 98

NOR011

Erik Mykland

Norway

Home Kit 98

NOR012

Kjetil Rekdal

Norway

Home Kit 98

NOR013

Peter Rudi

Norway

Home Kit 98

NOR014

Stale Solbakken

Norway

Home Kit 98

NOR015

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Norway

Home Kit 98

NOR016

Here is an example of a single blister pack from the Norwegian national range of figures.

 

As you can see the figures came with a collectors information file but no collector cards were issued with the figures.

 

All 12 players were released as Single blisters in May 1998

 

Frode Grodas was the first to be officially retired, on the 8th February 2001, the other 11 figures were retired 1 year later on the 1st of February 2002.

norway single blister

PACKAGING FORMATS

SINGLE BLISTER PACK

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