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Here he is-Giovanni Stroppa. This figure is widely regarded as the rarest figure Corinthian has ever released!
Giovanni Stroppa in the white and black kit of 'Udinese' is considered the 'holy grail' of released Headliners. Originally released in Italy as part of the second series of 'Italian Superstars' back in July of 1997 and he has hardly been seen for sale in the secondary market since.
Corinthian did, however, manage to obtain a very limited number of Stroppa's in clear sachet format, which were available for sale at the inaugural collectors convention in 1999. The price for this figure was just £5 but if sold today it would fetch in excess of £100! The collector card that accompanied this figure has itself become a collectors item and has changed hands for as much as £20.
Reasons as to why the Stroppa figure is so rare are not uncommon, low production volume, limited distribution etc, but perhaps the main reason for his scarcity is that most collectors would not have known about his release and here is why:
He was part of the second series of 'Italian Superstars' , which came with a new collectors information file depicting the new figures but it was not Stroppa who was pictured as the Udinese figure, it was infact German marksman 'Oliver Bierhoff.'
Infact Stroppa was not listed on either of the 2 different collectors information files, so unless you actually saw the figure in the shop you would have been unaware of his release.
All of those elements have combined to make this perhaps the rarest of all figures and appears on many collectors 'wanted lists.'
If by some minor miracle you come across a blister pack of Stroppa you can near enough make your own price up, as they sell for anything from £100-200 much dependant on its condition, just the small matter of finding one though....GOOD LUCK!!!
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