LATEST PICK-UP: Panini South Africa 2010 World Cup Collection

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.

 

[Latest Pickups] : AC Milan 2009/10 + PSG 2000/01

A package landed on our doormat this week with two new pickups in it. A new, sponsorless PSG shirt joined by a new AC Milan shirt to add to the collection. See the unboxing below.

This Milan shirt has been donned by the likes of Ronaldinho, Alexandre Pato, Andrea Pirlo, Alessandro Nesta, Clarence Seedorf, David Beckham and more. A real superstar line up took to the field for AC Milan back in the day and they played with style whilst looking slick in this Adidas shirt. This pick-up is the long sleeve version with a number ‘7’ printed on the back, which was worn by Alexandre Pato.
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The PSG shirt is a sponsorless one which adds to my love for it. Now that the big ‘Opel’ logo has been removed, this simple blue and red ensemble adorned with a collar offers a very smart and sophisticated look. No name or number on the back, it has a real ‘football sartorialist’ look to it. Once worn by the 2000/01 squad which had Jay Jay Okocha, Nicolas Anelka, Laurent Robert, Mikel Arteta and Mauricio Pochettino.

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Classic kits are something we love here at TCD. We don them with some cool trainers, a nice jacket and maybe a hat now and then. Football shirts are cool, wear them.

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