Monday, June 25, 2018


In this hobby it's pretty easy to get caught up in the "BIG SICK HITS" and all that stuff, but every now and then it's nice to take a step back and appreciate the little things that make this hobby super great. I was given a big reminder of this through the power of...


I'm not sure how many of you are watching the World Cup since the US isn't involved, but it's been a pretty fun tournament so far. I'm especially rooting for Team Japan (the motherland!).

But what makes these stickers so special?

Well the fact that they're World Cup Stickers makes them pretty cool in my opinion. Stickers are always going to be cool and the fact that these are of world class athletes is even better (I think we take that for granted a lot because getting cards of athletes who're the best in the world doesn't seem to wow us by the 10th trade package).

There's also this pretty special video I found on Twitter via Yahoo Canada Sports. If you have four minutes to spare I'd highly recommend watching it, it's a joy.

The gist of the video is the pure fun the people in it are having through the power of collecting stickers. Opening them, collecting them with fellow collectors, making friends through the hobby both locally and internationally, etc... It encompasses a lot the best parts of the hobby for me. It really does. No completed sets purchased with one click on eBay, no need for some super limited autograph to feel elated, just pure drive to finish the set in one of the most social ways possible.

Now unfortunately I'm not as passionate about these stickers (nor do I know anyone who is based on my blogroll feed), but I can appreciate the shared sentiments I feel through the video. I'm sure some of you can too. I don't see myself completing any binders of this but seeing as how these packs were like a $1 each at Walgreens I thought to at least try a pack.

These come at five stickers per package and the wrapper proudly states that these are from Italy (which is Panini's actual headquarters). I find that awesome.

I don't know a whole lot about football, but since I'm a Team Japan supporter I hope I can get a player on Team Japan.

Okay I guess it wasn't meant to be. Truth be told I don't know any of these guys. I don't know any football players (this applies to both popular sports named football).

Still, I liked the video a lot and the fact that these were able to give others joy is special to me. If anybody wants any of the stickers here feel free to ask.

As always thanks for stopping by and take care :).


  1. Yeah I'm rooting for Japan too. Also I totally want to do one of these books with my kids but at needing over 650 stickers to complete the book I don't have nearly the cash to spend on completing that set.

    Also this video is very cool. I'm most amazed at how with Panini the idea of a completed album is more exciting to people than keeping the stickers "pristine" and unpeeled. It runs so counter to the way card collecting in the US has gone and I find it refreshing (aside from the cash grab of getting people worldwide to spend hundreds of dollars on these).

    1. Yeah I can't see myself completing a 600+ sticker book, but it's a fun concept and I'm all for people having fun.