Corinthian released the 3rd annual Stars of the Season range at the 2005 Corinthian Convention, which was held at Villa Park on the 11th of July 2005. As always with a stars of the season series, the only format the figures were made available on was as single blisters, no sachets were manufactured, making the series even more collectable and sought after.
ProStars series 29 made Corinthian history by being the first series to feature a player from Italian side Lecce. Valeri Bojinov was chosen to represent the Serie A side, an apt choice as the young striker scored an impressive 16 goals for Lecce during the 2004/05 season, a scoring tally which earned the teenage striker a move to Fiorentina during the January transfer window for around £9,000,000! The figure was actually released after the players move to Fiorentina!
This series boasted 2 genuine super stars from Barcelona, with Samuel Eto’o and Ronaldinho chosen to represent the historic club. Eto’o was released for the first time and his figure was eagerly anticipated by collectors and certainly one of the best sellers from the range. Ronladinho was a repaint of the series 23 figure; however it was a popular inclusion. Corinthian knew demand for Ronaldinho would be high, especially from Japan, so produced in excess of 12,000 blisters, in fact Ronaldinho accounted for around 20% of the total blisters produced in this series.
Adriano was at his best during the 2004/05 season and was simply unplayable as he scored a total of 40 goals for club and country, truly a striker at his best. The sculpt was the same as the series 25 figure, except this version had the inclusion of Adriano’s facial hair.
Juventus splashed out 16 million Euros on Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovich, it proved to be money well spent as the former Ajax front man scored an impressive 16 goals in his first season in Italian football. The figure is the same as used in series 24.
Completing the line up from Italy’s Serie A are the 2 figures from AC Milan, with Clarence Seedorf and Andriy Shevchenko selected. Seedorf played a huge part for Milan during that season, as did Shevchenko as he scored 26 goals in all competitions. Shevchenko was voted European footballer of the year following his form that season. The Shevchenko figure was an entirely new sculpt, however the Seedorf was the same as first used way back in ProStars series 8.
Fans of Chelsea were treated to 2 first time sculpts being released; both were of the summers new signings, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech. Drogba scored 10 goals in his first season, following his £24,000,000 move from Marseille, a superb sculpt and one which Corinthian would use for all subsequent releases of Drogba. Cech settled in a Stamford Bridge almost immediately following his £7,000,000 move from Rennes, with the keeper setting a new Premiership clean sheet record, as he went 1,025 minutes without conceding a goal, both figures were an instant hit with all collectors.
A young Spaniard called Cesc Fabregas has really impressed for Arsenal during the 2004/05 season, making over 30 appearances and established himself as an integral part of the side. This was the first time Fabregas was released as a Corinthian ProStars and the figure was a near sell out.
Corinthian chose to re sculpt Wayne Rooney, he looks very youthful in this sculpt and this was the first time he was released in a Manchester United shirt, needless to say the figure sold incredibly well.
Jermaine Jenas and Lee Hendrie were both re sculpted and released for Newcastle United and Aston Villa respectively. Jenas first featured back in series 22, while Hendrie had not featured since series 10. Corinthian produced little over 1,500 of each in blister format.
The remaining 3 figures from this series are Henrik Pedersen, Luis Boa Morte and Stewart Downing, for Bolton Wanderers, Fulham and Middlesbrough respectively. All 3 are first time sculpts and none of the 3 would be released by Corinthian again. Downing had just over 2,000 blisters produced, while Boa Morte was the lowest produced, with just 1,687 blisters of the Fulham forward being made.
A superb series with a nice mix of established world stars and new upcoming talent and as a whole the series sold very well, with Corinthian selling a good amount of the case assortments at the 2005 convention.
Corinthian produced 2 special edition figures for this series, with Brazilians Adriano and Ronaldinho chosen, both were painted in their respective clubs away kits. However, no redemption tokens were produced; instead you were able to purchase the figures direct from Corinthian in sachet format with card, for £5 per figure. In addition, collectors who purchased a case assortment received the 2 redemption figures free; this was perfect for the long time collector who wanted every figure released.
In total, Corinthian produced 70,945 blisters for this series, which was considerably higher than the amount produced for series 28 and about the same as for series 26 & 27.
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Luis Boa Morte