Corinthian released Prostars series 14 in December 2001 and was their Christmas release. Given the fact that there was an absence of multi packs for the vast majority of the clubs Corinthian had a license for, they decided to make series 14 a bumper release, which they did by making it a 20 figure series.
There were no figures for Liverpool or Barcelona; this was due to the releases of the Liverpool treble winners box set, as well as the release of some Barcelona figures, as part of the World Club Legends range. Other notable absentees were the omission of any Newcastle United or Middlesbrough figures, the reason for this is that the clubs did not place an order with Corinthian for any new figures.
Prostars series 14 made history for 2 reasons, not only was it the first time a figure in an Ipswich Town kit had been released in a regular series; it was also the first time an out field player had been released wearing gloves! The figure responsible for both these history making events was Marcus Stewart in the Ipswich Town home kit. Stewart was scoring freely in the Premiership and really making a name for himself and could always be seen playing wearing those now infamous gloves. The Stewart sculpt is superb and for me was the best new sculpt in the series, made all the more special by the inclusion of his gloves, truly a real collectors item.
Manchester United was represented by their 2 new summer signings, Juan Sebastian Veron and Ruud Van Nistlerooy. Veron, as it turned out, was the best seller in the range despite being a repaint, as he was released before in Prostars series 5 in the Lazio kit. The sculptors really did a wonderful job on the Van Nistlerooy figure, such a great likeness and an instant hit with collectors and the very first time the Dutchman had been released.
Arsenal had 2 figures released, a repaint of Sol Campbell, previously released in the England kit in Prostars series 7, along with a new sculpt, which was the first time release of left back Ashley Cole. The likeness of the Cole figure was so good, Corinthian used if for many subsequent releases of Cole. Aston Villa had two figures released, which was Moroccan international Hassan Kachoul, the first time the player had been released. Kachoul was joined in this series by fellow Villain Peter Schmeichel, with the sculpt being the same as was used for the FAPL Collection of Headliners, a great sculpt so no need to change it.
A much requested figure was West Ham United’s emerging midfield talent Michal Carrick. Corinthian obliged and delivered a quality sculpt of Carrick in this series and released him along side fellow West Ham United player Paolo Di Canio; who had been released before in Prostars series 9.
Scottish giants and bitter rivals Celtic and Rangers were too represented with Celtic having Neil Lennon sculpted and released for the very first time but Rangers had 2 figures released, which were the two Claudio’s, Reyna and Cannigia. The Cannigia is a wonderful sculpt and highly detailed, with the Reyna being released for the first time as a single blister, as his previous release was as part of a 4 player pack and also as a redemption figure for Prostars series 9, of which only 500 of him were made.
Ruud Van Nistlerooy
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Of the 20 figures released, only one was of a figure playing outside Britain, this figure was Roma’s goalkeeper Francesco Antonioli. A superb first time release and I personally really liked the kit he was released in, a huge amount of detail was put into the facial sculpt too. There were also 2 new sculpts of existing figures, one was Leeds United’s Lee Bowyer, who, if you have seen the previous effort released as part of the FAPL Collection, will know why Corinthian chose to re-sculpt him! I know a couple of Leeds United collector’s who refuse to have the FAPL Collection Lee Bowyer in their collection, cannot say I blame them either.
Teddy Sheringham is always a popular figure to release; in fact Tottenham Hotspur sold out their allocation of Sheringham blister packs in 1 day, I think you could say fans and collectors alike appreciated this new sculpt! Gus Poyet was also released in this series wearing the famous White kit of Spurs, having been released previously, first time was in Prostars series 4 and he also featured for Chelsea in the 1999 club edition 12 figure box sets.
Speaking of Chelsea, they were not omitted from inclusion in this series, they also had 2 figures released, Emmanuel Petit and Gianfranco Zola. Both these figures were repaints, with the Petit featuring for Arsenal in Prostars series 2 as well as the 1999 club edition 12 figure box set, then again in Prostars series 7, this time for France. Zola also featured in the 1999 club edition 12 figure box set, however this was the first time he had been released as a single blister as part of a regular Prostars series, it would not be the last though.
Completing this release is another release for Leicester City, this time Dennis Wise, who; like a few in this series, previously featured in the 1999 club edition 12 figure packs for Chelsea, however this was the first time Wise had been released as a single blister in the Prostars range. Making up the 20 figures is South African international Lucas Radebe, who was released for Leeds United. The Radebe sculpt is one of my personal favourites, due in large to his unique hair style, it even felt prickly to touch. Radebe had been released before, as part of Corinthian’s collaboration with oil company Shell in their Headliners range, where he was released in his South African shirt.
The figures released in the lowest quantity were Chelsea duo Wise and Poyet, along with Reyna and Di Canio. Di Canio had been released before in series 9 but Corinthian wanted to keep the figure collectable, so adjusted the production volume to assure this.
Corinthian’s redemption figures were as popular as ever and always highly sought after by collectors, Corinthian knew this of course so decided to release another 2 in this series, which you could get by redeeming the tokens found with each figure, as this was a bumper series Corinthian upped the required number of tokens needed to 8, still represented great value in my opinion. The 2 figures released were Ashley Cole and Claudio Cannigia. Corinthian did some thing extra special with the kits they were released wearing too. Cole was painted into the Arsenal 3rd kit for the 2001/02 season, which was the first time this kit had been replicated by Corinthian. Cannigia however was not released in the Rangers away kit as you might have expected, instead he was released in the Argentina home kit from the 1990 World cup, which is where the player first burst onto the scene.
Both redemptions figures were instant hits with collectors, due in large to the unusual kits there were released in and I estimate little over 1,000 of each will have been made, although as this was a bigger series and released over the festive period it could perhaps have been closer to 1,500 or even 2,000 if Corinthian anticipated a huge demand.
Juan Sebastian Veron
Paolo Di Canio
West Ham United
West Ham United
Home Kit 1990
2001/02 3rd Kit