Series 1 - Secret Sachet Edition
This was the very first series of Prostars, it all began here!
The range was released on the 12th of January 1999 and the set comprised of 16 figures, with the figures being released on 2 different packaging formats. The Secret Sachet edition figures were those painted in the players club or nations home kit. The Ruud Gullit figure was released in 2 different suit colours, the sachet version had him painted in a Navy suit. Paul Scholes was included due to Brian Laudrup moving from Chelsea after being there for a very short time.
The reason why Scholes was chosen as the replacement for Brian Laudrup seeemd straight forward, Laudrup had moved clubs, or was it?
This story is one i have told many times and it all relates to the Laudrup brother who moved to Chelsea in the Summer of 1998. Brian Laudrup moved to Chelsea and as Corinthian had previously released him, as part of the Denmark National range of Headliners, he seemed an obvious choice for incluson in the very first series of Prostars. However there was a factory mix-up and it was Michael Laudrup who they created a master model in Chlesea's kit, not Brian!
It was this master model of Michael Laudrup that Corinthian used for all the promotional material relating to this series and to make matters worse he even appeared on the series 1 secret sachet pack, although on the back of the pack Corinthian correclty listed him as Brian Laudrup. The Laudrup figure was pulled from the range and hastly replaced with Paul Scholes and i firmly believe the England figure was used becasue Corinthian had just ran a promotion and it waas this figure which was the mail away special, so perhaps they had surplus stock left over and as they needed a quick repacement it seemed an ieal oppurtunity to both fix a problem and use up surplus stock, that is my theory anyway. so Corinthian repainted some of the stock in the Manchester United Away kit.
Although this was the very first range of Prostars, it was made up entirely of previously released figures. All 16 figures had previously being released in one of Corinthians many Headliner ranges but bear in mind that this was back in 1999, long before the internet really took off, so there was no real way for many collectors to know about the overseas releases, so many will have thought it was the first ever release of these figures.
These figures are neither as scarce or as valuable as their blister counterparts but there are still some collectors pieces amongst them. Batitstuta was produced in the lowest volume which explains that figures rarity. Although Corinthian released these figures as secret sachets, priced at £1.99 each, they also allowed collector club members to purchase the figures direct for £2.49 each. The figure which proved to be the most popular seller was Ronaldo, no surprise given his status at the time. The Roberto Baggio in Italy home kit was an instant hit too and can sell for around £10 today with a platinum pack of him fetching £25+.
The redemption figure for this series was chosen to be Ronaldo in the Brazil home kit, a great choice as he was regarded as the best player in the world at that time. To get your hands on this Ronaldo all you had to do was collect 8 tokens, 1 token came with each figure, and send it away to Corinthian along with a £1 contribution towards p+p.
Each figure came issued with a collectors card and a collectors information file and each of the 16 figures was made as a Platinum pack.
Karl Heinz Riedle
Ed De Goey
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