Corinthian released ProStars series 36 Stars of the Season 2006/07 in July of 2007. This was Corinthian’s 5th retrospective series which looked back on the season just passed and focused on those players who really shone during the season. Corinthian gave collectors a glimpse at this series when they showcased the master models at the 2007 Convention, I recall attending the convention and been blown away by the quality of the 12 figures on display, I could not wait for the series to be released.
This series also made Corinthian history, as for the first time ever a player from Italian side Palermo was released. Palermo’s distinctive bright Pink kit really caught the imagination of collectors. The player chosen to represent Palermo was a Brazilian forward called Amauri. Palermo bought Amauri from fellow Italian side Chievo on the final day of the 2006 summer transfer window for around £7,000,000. Amauri scored 8 goals in just 18 games, until he got injured in December and did not feature again that season.
Corinthian have to decide on the series line up some months before its intended release, Amauri was creating a real stir in Serie A prior to his injury, so his inclusion at that point made perfect sense. Following Amauri’s injury Corinthian still went ahead and released the player, it costs quite a sum of money to create an entirely new master, so had Corinthian not released Amauri In this series they probably never would have, which would have been money wasted, so I for one am glad that they still chose to release him. Corinthian released just 1,167 blisters of Amauri, an incredibly low number and he was the lowest produced blister in this series.
Francesco Totti was always one of the stars of the season and 2006/07 was no different, with the mercurial forward having his best goals tally ever. Totti made 35 league appearances for Roma that season, scoring an impressive 26 goals, the most Totti has ever scored in a single league season. This sculpt of Totti was the same as first used in ProStars series 34.
Inter Milan won the 2006/07 Serie A title, during that time they went on a record breaking run of 17 consecutive league victories and Dejan Stankovic was an integral part of that team. Stankovic had not featured in a regular ProStars series before and collector relished the chance to get such a quality player in their collections. Stankovic made 34 appearances that season and netted 6 times, however it was his consistent performances and playmaking which made him a must inclusion for this series.
The 2006/07 English Premiership season was exciting and action packed as ever, with Manchester United running out eventual winners. Corinthian honoured their achievement by releasing 2 figures of the newly crowned champions. Louis Saha again featured in a Star of the Season series, having initially appeared in series 25; both figures are the same sculpt. Saha had netted 8 times in the league until he picked up an injury and missed the second half of the season. Saha was still included in the series for the same reasons Amauri was.
Saha was joined in this series by no nonsense defender Nemanja Vidic, who had formed a formidable partnership at the centre of the united defence with England international Rio Ferdinand. Vidic made 25 league appearances that season, scoring 3 goals along the way. This was the first time Vidic had been released as a Corinthian and the sculptors had done a marvellous job, really capturing not only the likeness of the man but also capturing his character.
Corinthian could not predict the future, so when creating the line up for this series they knew the title would most likely be contested between Manchester United and last season’s winners Chelsea, which is why this series also features 2 Chelsea figures. Didier Drogba was prolific as ever during this season, scoring 20 goals in 36 league appearances, he really took some stopping. The figure used was the same as featured in ProStars series 29. Drogba was a real crowd favourite and was the highest produced blister in this series, with 3,295 released worldwide. Joining Drogba was Chelsea team mate Michael Essien, who had made a huge impact in English football following his move from French side Lyon for £25,000,000. Essien was at the heart of the Chelsea midfield for 33 league games that season and scored 3 goals.
Arsenal’s Brazilian midfield enforcer Gilberto Silva had his best goal scoring season ever, netting 10 times in 34 league appearances. Gilberto had never before featured in a regular ProStars series and one was on the highest produced blisters in this series, with 2,703 manufactured.
The Red half of Merseyside was represented by Liverpool’s new summer signing; Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt, who joined for Dutch club Feyenoord for an undisclosed fee. The hard working Kuyt became an instant hit with the Kop following a string of impressive performances, not to mention the fact he scored 12 goals in just 34 league appearances that season. The Kuyt sculpt is superb, he has real distinctive facial features, all of which were captured perfectly by the sculptors. Representing the Blue half of Merseyside was Andrew Johnson. Everton signed Johnson from relegated Crystal Palace for £8,600,000, beating of competition from several other Premiership clubs. Johnson scored 11 times in 32 appearances that season and helped Everton to a respectable league finish. This was the first and last time Johnson would be released as a ProStar.
Aston Villa was a much improved team under Martin O’Neil, most of this was down to the emergence of young, home grown talent such as Gabriel Agbonlahor. This was a breakthrough season for Agbonlahor, he terrorised every Premiership side, including the ’top 4’ and scored 9 goals and appeared in every league game that season. A terrific first time sculpt and a vastly popular figure amongst collectors.
Micah Richards really impressed for Manchester City during the 2006/07 season, appearing in 28 league games and even managing to score a goal too. Richards was really emerging as one of England’s hot young talents, although he was hampered by his somewhat erratic behaviour and petulance at times. The Richards sculpt is superb and was a must have figure for any long term collector; with just 1,254 blisters released he was surely going to become harder to find in years to come.
Corinthian once again produced 2 special edition figures for this series, with Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Liverpool’s Dirk Kuyt 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 just 25,915 blisters for this series, which was even less than the previous series, and considerably less than most preceding series. The figure produced in the lowest volume was Amauri with just 1,167 blisters produced, in contrast to Drogba who had the most produced, with 3,295.
As a long time collector this series was perfect, it featured a staggering 9 first time sculpts and boasted some young talent too, such as Richards and Agbonlahor, not to mention the inclusion of the first ever Palermo figure Amauri.
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