SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP 'SFL COLLECTION'
Following on from the success of the 'English premiership FAPL' figures, Corinthian decided to release a range of figures consisting of players from the top teams in the 'Scottish Premiership.'
The 5 teams chosen for release were- Aberdeen, Celtic, Hearts, Hibernian, and Rangers.
The figures were released throughout 1996, starting in January with the release of some Celtic figures and ending in October. The figures were released on a variety of packaging formats, all of which are detailed in the aptly named 'Packaging Formats' section of this release.
This range featured many first time sculpts, the majority of which have never been released again. Only Celtic and Rangers have had more figures released after this range, as for the other 3 teams, these are the only figures Corinthian ever made.
Aberdeen had just the 4 figures produced and they were the last to be released and did not feature on the collectors information file. The 4 figures were released in single blister format and a 4-player pack was made too. The blisters are very rare and highly collectable and the 4-player pack is one of the rarest 4 packs Corinthian ever made, so keep your eyes peeled for that one!
Celtic had the most figures released as part of this range, a whopping 13,far more than any other Scottish team, including their most bitter of rivals Rangers.
Quite a complicated release structure surrounded the Celtic figures as not all were released in single blister format and some were only available as part of the 4 player packs, of which there were 3 made. Celtic were the only team to have a 12 player pack produced, as there were 13 figures 1 had to miss out and that was 'John Collins'
Hearts had 4 figures released all of which were never released again. They are fairly rare but not as much as the Aberdeen set. All were released as single blisters and a 4-pack was also released.
Hibernian is the only 'SFL' team to have had figures released from 2 seasons. The 4 figures are the same but the set released in the 1995/96 kit had 'CALOR' as the sponsor and the 1996/97 set has 'CARLSBERG' as the clubs sponsor.
Rangers trailed behind rivals Celtic with just the 9 figures released. All 9 figures were released in single blister format with 2 different 4-packs also being produced. The only figure not to be released in a 4 pack was 'Brian Laudrup' who was solely available as a single blister, despite that fact he is not the rarest figure, that would be 'Ferguson'
As was customary practice for Corinthian, they sculpted more figures than they intended to release, they did this in case a player moved clubs before they had chance to release the figure, this meant some sculpts were used in promotional shots that were never actually released, indeed 3 unreleased master models were pictured in the collectors information file that came with the figures!
Corinthian had intended to release the Rangers players in the 1996/97 kit as well, but sadly this failed to materialize but the master models were made and pictures have emerged showing them in the 96/97 kit!
The range was fully licensed by the 'SFL' and all the clubs which meant the figures were painted in official club kits along with the sponsorship logo.
As with the FAPL range, Coritnhian ran a 'Free Figure' offer with this release and it could not have been easier to claim your free figure(s) Every figure came with what Corinthian called 'Premier Pounds' and you used these pounds to 'buy' free figures. Each figure came with £500,000 worth of premier pounds and you needed £4,000,000 to claim a free figure, so buying just 8 figures gave you enough to claim a free figure.
Corinthian also produced both 12 and 14 player display stands, which came complete with a special 'SFL COLLECTION' backing card. These display stadiums were available to buy from both retail outlets and direct from Corinthian priced at £5.99.
Along with the usual packaging formats of single and multi blister packs, Corinthian also released these figures in 'single retail sachets' these were individual figures packaged inside a sachet which had a clear window so you could see the player you were buying. These were available in counter top display boxes, which contained 16 sachets per box. Corinthian issued these for people who were non-too fussed about collecting them on blister packaging and treating them as a collectable, more for people who simply wanted the figure to display or indeed play with.
The teams released in single retail sachet were-Celtic, Rangers, Hearts, Hibernian. These packs are very seldom seen for sale due to the nature of the product as it was not intended to be a collectable but over time avid collectors have sought to collect every figure on every format, making these packs very desirable amongst those collectors.
Each figure came issued with a collector card and also a collectors information file.
All though a relatively small release, consisting of just 38 figures, it was a very fine one with many great sculpts but due to the lack of popularity in their native Scotland, no further figures were made.
Below is a table which lists all of the figures released as aprt of the 'SFL COLLECTION'
The table lists the player and his club along with the figures base code. Also listed is the original release date followed by the official Retirement date.
Please click the link button below to view 'PAGE 2' of the 'SFL COLLECTION' release information, there you will find details on the different packaging formats that these figures were available on.