Sealed Sets - Panini

LeicesterRob

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Evening All!

I just thought I'd start a new and quite different thread to share some thoughts on sealed Panini sets from the 80s.

I bought two sealed sets this past week (Netherlands Voetbal 82 and Belgium Football 82):


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My recommendation is to always open them to let the albums and stickers recover.

Panini sealed them over 30 years ago and they sadly used elastic bands to stop the stickers from falling out:

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The elastic bands on the Dutch set degraded quite badly and left imprints on the stickers and marks on the album where they stuck to it (not so bad on the Belgium set):

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You can see the marks on the stickers below:

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For me these are really great finds and it's unlikely I will stick them. If you find yourself with a similar set as a fellow collector then my recommendation is to open them and give the albums a chance to breath again!

Just before you're wondering... yes all stickers are accounted for! Phew!
 

dantzig

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Panini sealed them over 30 years ago and they sadly used elastic bands to stop the stickers from falling out:

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The elastic bands on the Dutch set degraded quite badly and left imprints on the stickers and marks on the album where they stuck to it (not so bad on the Belgium set)
What a disgrace, even Panini didn't (doesn't?) know rubber bands will damage the stickers, because of this reason (they "stick" with the stickers) and damaging the margins.

Good finding anyway, Rob :)
 

LeicesterRob

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Hey, can you tell where you bought them and how much they costed?
Of course, no problem!

Including postage I bought both together in one eBay auction for just under £70.

Every now and again there's a real bargain and when sellers here don't open their auction up to international or EU the prices stay low.
 

ilias

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#6
I want to say Panini didn't think about the collector side of things when it came to storage. I remember when I emailed Panini America about how to keep my single set safe they said to use zip loc bags that's how they keep there loose sets. I can't blame them much,but we live in a world where other companies capitalize off of hobby supplies so nowadays there should be no excuse.
 
#7
Great find Rob, I have a completed edition of the Dutch album, that I mainly purchased on the strength of Ronald and Erwin Koeman when they were at Southampton. There are a lot of familiar names in the album too that I thought I had forgotten about!!
 

LeicesterRob

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Two recent gems just arrived...

Panini Belgium 79 Sealed:
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Panini Greece 83 Sealed:
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I love the front cover action shots with the crowded stands behind them. For me it is a design that wins every time!

I’ve yet to open them and I’m guessing that the inside pages have very simple designs like the other European albums from the same era.
 

LeicesterRob

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#10
Hey can I ask where you bought them and at what price?
No probs! @Burkina2008

Both from eBay auctions here. Without giving too much away one was less than £100 and the other a lot more!

I saw a UK Panini Football 88 Sealed set go for almost £200 last week from a seller in Italy. I’m always amazed that finds like that get unearthed.
 
#11
Two recent gems just arrived...

Panini Belgium 79 Sealed:
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Panini Greece 83 Sealed:
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I love the front cover action shots with the crowded stands behind them. For me it is a design that wins every time!

I’ve yet to open them and I’m guessing that the inside pages have very simple designs like the other European albums from the same era.

I can't understand why Greek albums are so expensive. I'm trying to buy some '80s Greek albums and i can't afford them!!! Nothing cheaper than 200€
Perhaps the reason is the few copies and the great interest here in Greece for them.
If you find any good offer , just give me a link :):):)
 

LeicesterRob

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I can't understand why Greek albums are so expensive. I'm trying to buy some '80s Greek albums and i can't afford them!!! Nothing cheaper than 200€
Perhaps the reason is the few copies and the great interest here in Greece for them.
If you find any good offer , just give me a link :):):)
Hi @Makis74 I think the supply of them is so small that when an eBay seller puts one up for sale they can open up to a worldwide market to get a good price. If only we could go back in time to stock up on these gems!
 

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