eBay is bloody brilliant and for fans of the game like us, delving into the wonders on the site gives us a shit tonne of excitement in our lives. Why? Because of the vast amount of random collectable stuff that no-one needs but everyone wants.
Welcome to Episode I of ‘The Collectables’; a series that saves you trawling through eBay for that week to find something to add to your random shite of football memorabilia and collectables. Fuck the shirts for this series, this is about the Subbuteo, the Corinthian ProStars, the World Cup-themed Coca-Cola/Budweiser bottles, the tournament caps, the Panini stickers and everything else that we love for no other reason than because it’s cool as fuck and football related.
In this first edition of this series, I bring you something I cannot bloody afford but something I would love to own. Coca-Cola is a brand I heavily relate to the World Cup, especially when every tournament their adverts are plastered everywhere around the world. They’re a pretty cool brand when it comes to the world’s biggest spectacle due to their merchandise offering some incredible collectable items that you should all consider having in your life. Below is this collection of limited edition bottles, each assigned to a different country from the 2006 World Cup in Germany. France, Australia, Angola, Brazil and Japan have all been paid tribute to with these collector’s items.
Each bottle is labelled with ‘We Speak Football’ in the countries language. One world, one game.
Add this to your life now before I somehow do.
The first instalment of ‘Latest Pick-Up’ comes with an explosion of personal nostalgia alongside a huge bang with an (almost) complete collection of the Panini stickers from the 2010 World Cup.
This tournament occurred during my high school years meaning most of my time was spent away from studying and focused on the likes of Wesley Sneijder, Steven Gerrard, Sergio Busquets, Rafael Marquez and of course Siphiwe Tshabalala take to the pitches of South Africa. A tournament full of emotions with England being mediocre as always, Spain winning the biggest tournament in the world through an extra time goal from Andres Iniesta and the annoyance of just how frequent people decided to blow into those fucking Vuvuzelas. Away from the pitch, the purists were collecting Panini stickers but for me, I’ve arrived late to the party. As always, I started the collection for the tournament but failed to keep it up throughout hence why I have decided to return to it and finally complete it.
Alongside the world coming together to watch what happened on the pitch, we collected the stickers and listened to K’Naan’s ‘Wavin’ Flag’ (in association with Coca-Cola of course) whilst kicking a ball around at our local pitch and then went home and played the video game (which you can read about here). It’s how we live through the World Cup.
After weeks searching through the depths of the wonderful E-Bay, I finally came across a seller offering 500 stickers, four unopened packets and an album for a reasonable price so of course, I jumped at the chance.
Maybe one day I’ll eventually stick them all into the album but until then, the pile will sit on my desk as I bask in its glory.