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Sun Soccercards

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A massive set produced by the Sun newspaper for no apparent reason. This was their first football cards production for 6 years, and it was another 8 years after this one before they tried again. The set includes 1,000 “full colour drawings” of players, flags and trophies.

Presumably they were unable to obtain the rights to the player photos so they commissioned an artist to draw the pictures. A typically neat way of avoiding the payment of image rights.

    The cards were available in packs of 50 and was divided into a number of categories:

  • Cards 1 – 200 International stars
  • Cards 201 – 350 All time greats
  • Cards 351 – 546 Defenders
  • Cards 547 – 742 Midfielders
  • Cards 743 – 938 Strikers
  • Cards 939 – 988 Flags of soccer nations
  • Cards 989 – 1000 Major football trophies
    Four albums were available for the set, though they had unnumbered spaces, and not enough for 1,000 cards (each album has 150 spaces). Apparently you decided what you wanted to stick into each album. The albums were named:

  • No 1 – Soccer Souvenir Album
  • No 2 – My Gallery of League Stars
  • No 3 – Gallery of Superstars
  • No 4 – Gallery on International Soccer
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