The Italian legend that is Roberto Mancini was the figure chosen to be released in the colours of Sampdoria as part of the 'Italian Superstars' range of figures.
Mancini is not nearly as rare as some of the other Italian release figures but he is still up there amongst some of the hardest to find figures ever released.
Although only 1 figure was released for Sampdoria, Corinthian had intended to release at least 1 more, this was supposed to be French international 'Christian Karembeu.' Karembeu was actually listed in the 'Corinthian collector guide 1999' as having been released but he never made it to general sale so just the master model exists.
The figure was dropped from the range but that had nothing to do with Karembeu securing a move to Spanish giants 'Real Madrid' as he moved after the figure would have been released. Karemebeu was so close to release that he was even assigned a base number, which was to be 'SER044'.
A mint condition loose figure of Roberto Mancini normally fetches around the £10-15 mark with a blister selling for slightly more at between £20-25.
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