Beginner's Guide To... Match Attax 2008/09 Trading Card Game

Andy

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TOPPS MATCH ATTAX 2008/2009

The Topps Match Attax 2008/2009 collection consisted of:

21 cards per team including 2 star player cards and 3 man of the match cards.
5 ‘Hundred Club’ players - Fabregas (Arsenal), Cech (Chelsea), Fernando Torres (Liverpool), Ferdinand (Man Utd), Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd).

The Limited Edition cards are as follows:
Ashley Young (Aston Villa) - Starter Pack
Joe Cole (Chelsea) - Collectors Guide
Ishmael Miller (West Brom) - ‘Kick’ Magazine
Fernando Torres (Liverpool) - ‘Match’ Magazine
Valon Behrami (West Ham) - ‘Match’ magazine
Theo Walcott (Arsenal) - ‘Match of the Day’ magazine
Jermaine Jenas (Spurs) - Given away at Asda with Sunday Mirror Newspaper voucher.
Obafemi Martins (Newcastle) - Found in Lucky packets from Martins/McColls newsagents.
Dave Kitson (Stoke City) - Found in Lucky packets from Co-Op stores.
Peter Crouch (Portsmouth) - Found in Lucky packets from Woolworths.
Mikel Arteta (Everton) - Found in Lucky packets from W.H.Smith.
Steven Gerrard (Liverpool) - Collector Tin

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Advertising taken from a ’Match’ magazine for the collection

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The Starter Pack for the collection.
The Starter Pack contained an unopened clear packet containing 25 players including the Limited Edition card Ashley Young of Aston Villa. It also included a Mega Play Pitch (hardback cardboard), The ‘How To Play’ rules guide and Collector Binder. All of these are illustrated below:

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The Topps Match Attax 2008/2009 Collector Binder (found in the Starter Pack)

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The Playing Pitch for the collection (found in the Starter Pack)
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The ‘How To Play’ rules guide (found in the Starter Pack)

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The Unopened clear packet (found in the Starter Pack) containing the Limited Edition card Ashley Young of Aston Villa.

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The Ashley Young (Aston Villa) Limited Edition card found in the Starter Pack.

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The Match Attax Starter Pack only issued by the Retailers ONE-STOP.
This Starter Pack contained all the items which the regular Starter Pack had. The only difference with this Starter Pack was it was the only one which contained a Squad Box shown in the illustration below:

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The Topps Match Attax Squad Box only available in the Starter Pack issued by the Retail Newsagent ONE-STOP.

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The Retail Sales box issued to Retailers.

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The Retail Sales leaflet
Given to retailers to promote the collection. Was issued in unopened Retail boxes of the collection.

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This unopened packet was sent by Topps at the start of the Match Attax collection. It contained the Trophy card for the collection which was not available in regular packets. This is shown below:

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The Trophy Card Front and Back views. This was only found in the packet shown above sent direct by Topps at the beginning of the collection.

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The Match Attax Collector Guide
There were 3 different types of Collectors Guides as they had different picture types on the unopened packets attached to the front cover. Each Pack on the Collectors Guide contained a Joe Cole (Chelsea) Limited Edition card.

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Joe Cole (Chelsea) Limited Edition card found in the unopened packet on the Collector Guide.

The Different Sticker Packets available for the collection were as follows:

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This unopened packet was sent by Topps at the start of the Match Attax collection.

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The clear unopened packet found in the Starter Pack.

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The regular three different picture types of packet available found in retail boxes.

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The three different picture types of pack where the pack ‘INCLUDES LIMITED EDITION PLAYER’ - found in newspaper and magazine promotions which gave away limited edition cards.

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Unopened Match Magazines which contained either a Fernando Torres (Liverpool) or Valon Behrami (West Ham) Limited Edition card in it’s packet along with a Play Pack. There were 3 different types of these ‘Match’ magazine promotions as they had different picture types on the unopened packets.

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Fernando Torres Limited Edition card ONLY found in the ‘Match’ magazine.

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Valon Behrami Limited Edition card ONLY found in the ‘Match’ magazine.

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Unopened ‘Match of the Day’ Magazines which contained a Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Limited Edition card in it’s packet. There were 3 different types of these ‘Match of the Day’ magazine promotions as they had different picture types on the unopened packets.

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A Theo Walcott (Arsenal) Limited Edition card ONLY found in the ‘Match of the Day’ magazine.

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Unopened ‘Kick’ Magazines which contained a Ishmael Miller (West Brom) Limited Edition card in it’s packet. There were 3 different types of these ‘Kick’ magazine promotions as they had different picture types on the unopened packets.

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A Ishmael Miller (West Brom) Limited Edition card ONLY found in the ‘Kick’ magazine.

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Match Attax Promotion with the Sunday Mirror newspaper - Play Pack & Unopened Pack
There were 3 different types of Promotion Play Pack & Packets with the Sunday Mirror as the unopened packs had different picture types on each one. Each pack on the promotion contained a Jermaine Jenas (Spurs) Limited Edition card. A voucher was taken from the Sunday Mirror newspaper and these Play Pack & unopened pack collected at Asda.

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The Topps Match Attax Play Pack found in newspaper and magazine promotions.

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Jermaine Jenas (Spurs) Limited Edition card ONLY obtainable with the Sunday Mirror newspaper.

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Obafemi Martins (Newcastle) Limited Edition card
The Obafemi Martins (Newcastle) Limited Edition card was only found in lucky packets which were sold exclusively in Martins/McColls Newsagents around the country.

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Peter Crouch (Portsmouth) Limited Edition card
The Peter Crouch (Portsmouth) Limited Edition card was only found in lucky packets which were sold exclusively in Woolworths stores around the country.

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Dave Kitson (Stoke City) Limited Edition card
The Dave Kitson (Stoke City) Limited Edition card was only found in lucky packets which were sold exclusively in Co-Op stores around the country.

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Mikel Arteta (Everton) Limited Edition card
The Mikel Arteta (Everton) Limited Edition card was only found in lucky packets which were sold exclusively in W.H.Smith stores around the country.​
 

Pavle

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Once again, remarkable guide you have created. Thanks.
I don't recall seeing a well organised MA guide like this anywhere on the web.
 

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