Monday, 9 May 2016

Panini Sticker Album

I often collected stickers and cards and pogs and many other things as a child, keyring and egg cups, cd's and all sorts of things in fact. It's strange because I never though of myself as being a collector. Not until recently that is, when I started my new project: where I am attempting to collect souvenir mugs from 80 places around the world. You can read about my travels to far flung places like Windsor, Lisbon and Split - I will actually be visiting some fairly far flung places this summer when I travel outside of Europe for the first time - on my travel blog But in fact it turns out that I've been collecting things all my life, maybe just not very successfully.

So a couple of weeks ago I decided that I was going to start collecting something new and I was going to do something that I have never done before: complete a Panini Sticker Album!

I collected many different stickers when I was a child: football, wrestling and my 10 year old self is going to hate me for divulging this information but even thunderbird stickers! Or was it Stingray cards? Either way I remember being pretty embarrassed about it and wanting to swap but not wanting to admit I was collecting them haha.

So... to the task at hand. I have never completed a sticker book before. In fact I have tried this challenge before and not too long ago. Back in 2012 I attempted the same thing and got pretty close! I attempted to complete Euro 2012 Panini Sticker Album and got within 4 stickers - that's just 4! stickers - of doing so before bizarrely giving up. I have no idea why? Maybe it just stopped being fun?

But I am going to try again this year with my Euro 2016 Panini Sticker Album:

I picked up my free copy of the album from the supermarket last week and with a £10 note I found in the pocket of an old pair of shorts - which I think had probably been there for years? - I bought myself 20 packets of stickers:

And instantly got sticking! I didn't even have time to take my coat and shoes off. Like a kid at Christmas I raced in and just started tearing straight into the packets, so eagerly if truth be told, that I made a small tear in the back sticker of the first packet haha.

And the thing is that I'm actually quite glad that I failed last time around. That's because this year Wales have qualified for an international football tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup in Sweden! Which is super exciting and means that the first time I hopefully complete a football sticker book, it will contain the players from my home nation. Amazing!

I've had a lot of fun so far attempting to complete my sticker book. Too much fun perhaps? I was so happy when I opened my first packet:

 I was so, so happy when I got my first shiny:

And I was so, so, so HAPPY when I got my first Welsh player:

I've now got ten Welsh players, so still plenty to go yet - there are 20 players for each nation - but overall, I'm well over half way, although frustratingly I'm still to complete a full page!

Out of the 680 stickers you need to fill the album I currently have 445, so well over half way. I'm actually at a new and exciting stage where, after the swaps have started to mount up, I've decide that it's time to stop buying new packets and concentrate on swapping. Luckily I have an equally childish housemate who is as obsessed with collecting Euro 2016 stickers as I currently am: I have recently been describing my sticker collecting as my 10 packet a day habit. You know you're obsessed when you take your sticker album around to your girlfriends house haha. But it's not just me, there are men around the country and probably around the rest of Europe who are equally as sad obsessed. So much so that I've had messages on twitter and there are even websites and an app, dedicated to helping you swap your doubles (via the post) haha.

So I'm well on my way to completing my challenge... but will I actually manage it this time around? Only time will tell but hopefully I will have an update for you shortly!

Happy collecting everyone! :)

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