PROSTARS ELITE

The Corinthian ProStars Elite range was a very special series of figures and unique in the history of Corinthian figures for a number of reasons. The figures were all brand new sculpts, and once used in this range the sculpt would be retired and never used again, with the sculpting of these figures amongst the best work Corinthian ever produced.


The ProStars Elite range replaced the Collector Club Special Edition series (CCSE), with the idea being to drive and increase collector club membership, by offering this exclusive product. The CCSE series was by no means a failure, but the general feedback was that although the figures were painted in new kits, they were of figures which had already been released, so it lacked that special and exclusive element which the dedicated collector demanded.


The figures did not come in blister pack, window box or sachet format, Corinthian designed a whole new and exclusive packaging design for this ultra special product. The figures were released as a set of 2, home and away kit, with the packaging being a solid box with 2 clear windows so the figures could be seen without removing them from the packaging. 2 circular Velcro pads held the lid shut, once opened, above the figures were the 2 individually numbered collector cards. On the reverse of the box was the individually numbered certificate of authenticity, which was in a clear window, so just like the figures, it could be seen without removing it from the packaging.



It was clear a vast amount of thought and detail had been poured into this product, which is a large reason as to why it has always remained highly collectible. There are 24 separate players in the series, with each player being done in home and away kit, making a total of 48 Corinthian ProStars Elite figures to collect.



The first Corinthian ProStars Elite pack was released in July 2004, with another pack being released every month there after, until the last pack was released, in June 2006. Upon it's initial release, each pack had a suggested retail price of £14.99 which even then was seen as excellent value considering they were all new sculpts and a limited edition product.



The first figure released was Mario Zagallo in Brazil 1958 kit, with fellow Brazilian Garrincha in Brazil 1962 kit following him, as Augusts release. September 2004 saw England legend Geoff Hurst released in 1966 home and away kit, with Ocotober seeing another Brazilian player released, this time it was Carlos Alberto in Brazil 1970 kits.



November 2004 saw the first goal keeper to be released as a ProStars Elite, with West German Sepp Maier in 1974 kit. Daniel Passarella in Argentina 1978 was December's release, with the great Italian goal keeper Dino Zoff was released in Italy 1982 kit as the first release of 2005, followed up in February by the legendary Diego Maradona, in Argentina 1986 kits. The Maradona is up there as one of if not the most sought after in the entire Elite series.



Jurgen Klinsmann in the 1990 Germany kit was the March release, with April seeing prolific Brazil forward Romario in 1994 kit released and I must say the Romario sculpt is absolutely superb. The May release was Zinedine Zidane, who was painted in France 1998 kit, the kit he won the World Cup in, i would say he is the second most sought after and valuable figure, not surprising given the popularity of the player and the sheer excellence of the sculpt.



June saw Ronaldo in the Brazil 2002 kit released, which of course was the kit he won the World Cup in. I would place Ronaldo as perhaps 3rd in terms of rarity in the set, but that is always up for debate. Following Ronaldo was the iconic Italian defender Paolo Maldini, in the 1994 Italy kit.



August saw Michel Platini in the 1984 France kit added to the series, and the September release was Franz Beckenbauer in 1974 West Germany kit. Mercurial Dutchman Johan Cruyff was October's release, with the Cruyff turn inventor being in 1974 Holland kit. Davor Suker was the November release, in 1998 Croatia kit, not the most popular in this range but that is hardly surprising given the high calibre of players in the series.



The last release of 2005 was that of Peter Schmeichel in Denmark 1992 kit, with the home kit figure being just an incredible paint job, in my opinion one of the finest painted kits Corinthian ever did. The first release of 2006 was Hristo Stoichkov in 1994 Bulgaria kit, a wonderful sculpt of a true national treasure. George Best in 1971 Northern Ireland kit was the February release, a top class sculpt featuring Best with his shabby beard which he was famous for during that period in his career.



We stayed in the United Kingdom for the March release, as Welshman John Charles in 1958 kit was added to the series, followed up in April by Scotsman Kenny Dalglish in 1974 Scotland kit. The release for May was Ferenc Puskas in 1954 Hungary kit, another very popular release. The final Corinthian ProStars Elite figure was released in June 2006, as Roy Keane in 1994 Ireland kit selected to draw the ProStars Elite range to a close.



The Corinthian ProStars Elite series is a superb collection of figures and a real 'who is who' of World football. The format was fantastic and well conceived, not to mention fantastically executed, releasing one a month allowed collectors to spread the cost of the collection over a regular and structured time frame. Given the limited production runs and top level of players used it is no surprise to know the Elite range remains one of the most collected and in demand series within the ProStars range.



I am not alone in thinking it would have been great to see Corinthian use this packaging format for a ProStars Club Elite series, players in iconic kits for their clubs, endless possibilities and a product i am confident would have been as popular, if not more so than this range.



Figure List:

PRO1024 - Mario Zagallo - Brazil - Home 1958


PRO1025 - Mario Zagallo - Brazil - Away 1958


PRO1026 - Garrincha - Brazil - Home 1962


PRO1027 - Garrincha - Brazil - Away 1962


PRO1028 - Geoff Hurst - England - Home 1966


PRO1029 - Geoff Hurst - England - Away 1966


PRO1030 - Carlos Alberto - Brazil - Home 1970


PRO1031 - Carlos Alberto - Brazil - Away 1970


PRO1074 - Sepp Maier - West Germany - Home 1974


PRO1075 - Sepp Maier - West Germany - Away 1974


PRO1076 - Daniel Passarella - Argentina - Home 1978


PRO1077 - Daniel Passarella - Argentina - Away 1978


PRO1078 - Dino Zoff - Italy - Home 1982


PRO1079 - Dino Zoff - Italy - Away 1982


PRO1080 - Diego Maradona - Argentina - Home 1986


PRO1081 - Diego Maradona - Argentina - Away 1986


PRO1122 - Jurgen Klinsmann - Germany - Home 1990


PRO1123 - Jurgen Klinsmann - Germany - Away 1990


PRO1124 - Romario - Brazil - Home 1994


PRO1125 - Romario - Brazil - Away 1994


PRO1126 - Zinedine Zidane - France - Home 1998


PRO1127 - Zinedine Zidane - France - Away 1998


PRO1128 - Ronaldo - Brazil - Home 2002


PRO1129 - Ronaldo - Brazil - Away 2002


PRO1199 - Paolo Maldini - Italy - Home 1994


PRO1200 - Paolo Maldini - Italy - Away 1994


PRO1201 - Michel Platini - France - Home 1984


PRO1202 - Michel Platini - France - Away 1984


PRO1203 - Franz Beckenbauer - West Germany - Home 1974


PRO1204 - Franz Beckenbauer - West Germany - Away 1974


PRO1205 - Yohan Cruyff - Holland - Home 1974


PRO1206 - Yohan Cruyff - Holland - Away 1974


PRO1207 - Davor Suker - Croatia - Home 1998


PRO1208 - Davor Suker - Croatia - Away 1998


PRO1209 - Peter Schmeichel - Denmark - Home 1992


PRO1210 - Peter Schmeichel - Denmark - Away 1992


PRO1211 - Hristo Stoichkov - Bulgaria - Home 1994


PRO1212 - Hristo Stoichkov - Bulgaria - Away 1994


PRO1213 - George Best - Northern Ireland - Home 1971


PRO1214 - George Best - Northern Ireland - Away 1971


PRO1215 - Roy Keane - Ireland - Home 1994


PRO1216 - Roy Keane - Ireland - Away 1994


PRO1217 - Kenny Dalglish - Scotland - Home 1974


PRO1218 - Kenny Dalglish - Scotland - Away 1974


PRO1219 - Ferenc Puskas - Hungary - Home 1954


PRO1220 - Ferenc Puskas - Hungary - Away 1954


PRO1221 - John Charles - Wales - Home 1958


PRO1222 - John Charles - Wales - Away 1958


Mario Zagallo

Brazil

Home 1958

PRO1024

Production Quantity

1,500


Mario Zagallo

Brazil

Away 1958

PRO1025

Production Quantity

1,500


Garrincha

Brazil

Home 1962

PRO1026

Production Quantity

1,500


Garrincha

Brazil

Away 1962

PRO1027

Production Quantity

1,500


Geoff Hurst

England

Home 1966

PRO1028

Production Quantity

1,500


Geoff Hurst

England

Away 1966

PRO1029

Production Quantity

1,500


Carlos Alberto

Brazil

Home 1970

PRO1030

Production Quantity

1,500


Carlos Alberto

Brazil

Away 1970

PRO1031

Production Quantity

1,500


Sepp Maier

West Germany

Home 1974

PRO1074

Production Quantity

1,500


Sepp Maier

West Germany

Away 1974

PRO1075

Production Quantity

1,500


Daniel Passarella

Argentina

Home 1978

PRO1076

Production Quantity

1,500


Daniel Passarella

Argentina

Away 1978

PRO1077

Production Quantity

1,500


Dino Zoff

Italy

Home 1982

PRO1078

Production Quantity

1,500


Dino Zoff

Italy

Away 1982

PRO1079

Production Quantity

1,500


Diego Maradona

Argentina

Home 1986

PRO1080

Production Quantity

1,500


Diego Maradona

Argentina

Away 1986

PRO1081

Production Quantity

1,500


Jurgen Klinsmann

Germany

Home 1990

PRO1122

Production Quantity

1,500


Jurgen Klinsmann

Germany

Away 1990

PRO1123

Production Quantity

1,500


Romario

Brazil

Home 1994

PRO1124

Production Quantity

1,500


Romario

Brazil

Away 1994

PRO1125

Production Quantity

1,500


Zinedine Zidane

France

Home 1998

PRO1126

Production Quantity

1,500


Zinedine Zidane

France

Away 1998

PRO1127

Production Quantity

1,500


Ronaldo

Brazil

Home 2002

PRO1128

Production Quantity

1,500


Ronaldo

Brazil

Away 2002

PRO1129

Production Quantity

1,500


Paolo Maldini

Italy

Home 1994

PRO1199

Production Quantity

1,500


Paolo Maldini

Italy

Away 1994

PRO1200

Production Quantity

1,500


Michel Platini

France

Home 1984

PRO1201

Production Quantity

1,500


Michel Platini

France

Away 1984

PRO1202

Production Quantity

1,500


Franz Beckenbauer

West Germany

Home 1974

PRO1203

Production Quantity

1,500


Franz Beckenbauer

West Germany

Away 1974

PRO1204

Production Quantity

1,500


Johan Cruyff

Holland

Home 1974

PRO1205

Production Quantity

1,500


Johan Cruyff

Holland

Away 1974

PRO1206

Production Quantity

1,500


Davor Suker

Croatia

Home 1998

PRO1207

Production Quantity

1,500


Davor Suker

Croatia

Away 1998

PRO1208

Production Quantity

1,500


Peter Schmeichel

Denmark

Home 1992

PRO1209

Production Quantity

1,500


Peter Schmeichel

Denmark

Away 1992

PRO1210

Production Quantity

1,500


Hristo Stoichkov

Bulgaria

Home 1994

PRO1211

Production Quantity

1,500


Hristo Stoichkov

Bulgaria

Away 1994

PRO1212

Production Quantity

1,500


George Best

Northern Ireland

Home 1971

PRO1213

Production Quantity

1,500


George Best

Northern Ireland

Away 1971

PRO1214

Production Quantity

1,500


Roy Keane

Republic Of Ireland

Home 1994

PRO1215

Production Quantity

750


Roy Keane

Republic Of Ireland

Away 1994

PRO1216

Production Quantity

750


Kenny Dalglish

Scotland

Home 1974

PRO1217

Production Quantity

750


Kenny Dalglish

Scotland

Away 1974

PRO1218

Production Quantity

750


Ferenc Puskas

Hungary

Home 1954

PRO1219

Production Quantity

750


Ferenc Puskas

Hungary

Away 1954

PRO1220

Production Quantity

750


John Charles

Wales

Home 1958

PRO1221

Production Quantity

750


John Charles

Wales

Away 1958

PRO1222

Production Quantity

750