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Parents And Students Despair As Panini Stickers Jump In Price

Parents And Students Despair As Panini Stickers Jump In Price

World Cup 2018 is less than 100 days away, and the world is possibly less excited for a World Cup than it has ever been, namely because everyone's worried there's going to be beef.

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Unfortunately for footy/sticker enthusiasts, the much-loved Panini sticker album has just got that little bit pricier, setting parents' hearts racing, both because it means they have to spend a fortune on mollifying their kids - and perhaps also because they themselves want to 'catch them all', Pokémon style.

It's been revealed that the stickers have jumped to 80p a pack. That's 16p a sticker. Just think about that for one second: 16p for Joe Hart, 16p for Jaime Manuel Penedo Cano, 16p for Tim Cahill...

Blimey.

Social media users were naturally outraged of the rise, 60 percent up from Euro 2016. However, one plucky tweeter has pointed out that Panini's official site still has them priced at 60p, so it remains to be seen whether they're really getting more expensive or if we're simply getting ourselves in a tizz over nothing.

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Of course, in the event that they really are going up in price to 80p and we get upset, it's still a case of us getting ourselves in a tizz over nothing, because they're stickers, we live in a free market economy, and we can choose not to buy them at all.

That said, I have no kids pestering me for stickers, so I'll tell myself to do one on your behalf.

Eighty pence might not sound like a hell of a lot of money for a few stickers, but as writer and broadcaster Simon Read pointed out, to complete a Panini album could cost a fair bit more.

That's a hell of a lot of money for some stickers.

Panini has been making stickers since the 1960s, and its albums have become a mainstay of football tournaments ever since. Stickers from yesteryear can fetch hefty sums, and in 2017 a Panini album signed by Brazilian football man Pele was put up for auction at a whopping £5,000 ($7,000).

Wowsers.

Featured Image Credit: Panini

Topics: World Cup, Russia, Italy

Ronan O'Shea

Ronan J O'Shea is a freelance journalist from London who has written for titles including LADbible, Headspace, The Independent, National Geographic Traveller and New York Post. Contact him at [email protected]

 

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