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Topps Rugby Attax 2015

Andy

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#1
thought i'd start a thread in this section as it seemed lonely... :cool:

Topps Rugby Attax 2015 has been released to the UK market this August 2015 in anticipation of the World Cup 2015 Rugby Union held I believe in England (please correct me if Im wrong!!)

There are 2 versions - one available to England residents and one available to the rest of the UK. Cards are the same quality as the world famous Match Attax series.


The English version consists of a collection merchandise images designed mostly around the England national rugby team:

STARTER PACK (£4.99)STANDARD PACK (£1)MULTIPACK (£5)
rugby_st.JPG rugby_pack.JPG rugby_mp2.JPG

While collectors outside of England have for sale on their newstands the Topps Rugby Attax WORLD STARS 2015 trading card collection, very similar but differing in Limited Editions.
BINDERMULTIPACK (£5/8€)
rugby_binder.JPG rugby_mp.JPG
A few basic videos on the collection, including box bust here:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7Ih6tWK23mzHlpDxVURVyot6UeWjB3HD
 
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Pavle

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Thanks for sharing the info Andy. Funny how these strongman's look on cards compared to footballers :) I must say I never understood Rugby, though I quite like NFL.
 

Andy

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Thanks for sharing the info Andy. Funny how these strongman's look on cards compared to footballers :) I must say I never understood Rugby, though I quite like NFL.
must admit i dont like either Rugby or NFL... went to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game and left early it was so boring. Rugby is even more complex as there are 2 types of rugby played in england - Rugby Union which this collection is based on, and Rugby League which is played by mostly northerners in england. Both weird rules...but I will attempt to watch the world cup as will fill our tv schedules over here I expect!!
 

dantzig

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I like Rugby Union (didn't know there were two types until Andy wrote that), sometimes I watch a match on TV from that 6 european country tournament... And the fair play level is astonishing, makes it even more enjoyable... Someone once said that rugby is a rough game played by gentlemans, while football is a gentlemen's game played by brutes.

As for NFL, it's a typical american game: need to have lots of timeouts. Besides the old question about this "football" of theirs... Nah, rugby all the way, will never forget the portuguese team in 2007, the "Lobos" (Wolves), being so proud and emotional just for being in World Cup... That is love for their sport.

Which reminded me the World Cup will start in 3 weeks! An album for that would be truly deserved.
 

Andy

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#6
Rugby Union you have spot on...its a rough game played by gentlemen where no referee decision is contested... its because a lot of the private schools in england play it so more middle/upper class schoolchildren are brought up on it rather than football (or that was the case back in the day). Rugby League is much more working class than Rugby Union.
Football was 1st choice sport for the rest of us!!
 

dantzig

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Thinking that way, I agree it could be due to the environment where they were raised... I'm used to think those middle/upper class people prefer sports like tennis, polo or even cricket... And golf, that amazing "sport" who needs a lot of pretty and carefully managed terrains for some rich fatties to hit some tiny balls into tiny holes, while driving in laughable carts with their caddies and their clubs.

Football is still my favourite sport, but the "bosses" need to step down their thrones and start to be more humble (and I'm not even talking about the FIFA scandals)... In rugby, whenever there's a questionable play, the referee asks right away for the help of another who has access to TV repetitions... In tennis, they allow players to have 3 calls per set, to check if the ball was really in or out.... And football? Sure, FIFA is now applying the goal line technology, but that's nowhere near enough of what could be done... Offsides, penalties and aggressions are some of the issues that seriously need to have some "technologic help"... Even now, I'm still upset about how the team I support was eliminated from the CL playoffs after four bad decisions in both matches (penalty not awarded and flagrant handball in penalty box in first match + goal scored with the arm by the other team and a disallowed goal by the assistant referee, after the corner was taken and ball swung outside the line, which wasn't true after seeing TV images)... Did those line referees saw something? It's like they weren't there!

Anyway, back to topic... I thought at first this was a England league collection, but I saw now this is the World Cup collection... Don't you want to share your videos here? Or in the videos section.

Also, aren't Topps cards too thin and maleable? Saw the multipack video of you taking the LE card and my goodness, you almost had to fully bend the card! I'm getting afraid of Topps final products for both sticker and cards collections.
 
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Andy

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You are totally right about Cricket and Golf and i guess especially Polo, although is Polo a sport? Tennis kind of bridges the gap between the upper and lower classes in England as there are plenty of free tennis courts in playing fields in England meaning that sport is more accessible to normal people.

Totally agree with your stance on the technology being used in football...with the addition of drinks breaks in the Premier League this season it makes a mockery that technology is not being used to disrupt the game for short amounts of time for decisions, especially with some of the crap decisions made this year...you only have to look at the Norwich v Crystal Palace game i went to where the referee disallowed a quite obvious goal at 1-2...affected the whole game.

yes, the videos have been shared a few posts above this - i have linked to the topps rugby attax playlist so all videos will be on that i upload in regards to the collection. then i dont have to keep adding more and more videos to take up space (Pavle wouldn't be too happy with that i expect :D)
 

dantzig

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Yeah, Polo is a sport..... for horses! Running around on top of a horse, with a huge hammer, or whatever it's called, to score between huge goals... Yeah, definitely a good "sport"... Tennis here is still too upper class, not many tennis courts and mostly well paid... But Portugal in general has eyes only for football.

Premiel League is still a haven for good football, I usually don't see many bad calls as I see on other leagues... But now I don't see english football as much as I did in the past, so maybe that changed for the worse.

Well, you can always add each video to a Rugby thread in video section, I think that's not a problem... And hope you don't mind, but I've updated your first post, so it doesn't look so big with those images and seems more "readable", I think... Also, I've added that playlist link, so first post has every relevant information there.
 

Andy

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yes perfect @dantzig of course i dont mind any alterations. I would love to help more like you guys on this site but in all honesty i just dont have the time as have about 3 different projects on the go so cant get online as often as i would like to make it beneficial to you lads.
 

dantzig

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@Andy Don't worry, you're already helping with threads like these... Keep up the good work with your videos.

I've checked Topps website and found their conversion rate from british pounds to euros are "amazing"... So, a starter pack in UK is £4.99, while for european countries with Euro currency, it costs 7,5€... I know Euro has lost a lot of "power" to British Pounds and US Dollar in the last year or so, but still, Euro Starter Pack should be less than 7 euros.

More amazing is the multipack conversion: UK is £5, while in Euros is 8€... So, comparing with starter packs price, it's 1c more for UK and 50c more for Euro countries... Wow, conversion rates in Topps vary according to their will!

Tried also to check where the international version is sold physically (outside UK) and couldn't find any info... Is it sold just in Topps website?
 

Andy

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#12
its sold in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland while England has its own version. the set is just released in United kingdom at moment. Although only on the toppsdirect website you can order whichever version you want no matter which country you live in the world.
 
#13
Rugby is always a nice game to watch , way good than NFL .

The prematch ritual from the Newzealand All blacks is very awesome

will try to watch some world cup games .
 

LFC1892

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The cards look awful without teams proper kits. Only England got the license of course. Shame that as I would have loved to collect these.
 
#17
I never really got into watching rugby. I suppose it's mostly because it doesn't exist here. We just have the NFL, which might be the only sporting group on the planet more corrupt that Fifa. While I do still like the NFL, proper world football is clearly the best. Our American football is good for fantasy/gambling though, haha.