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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 October 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.

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Mario Zagallo

Brazil

Home & Away 1958

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Garrincha

Brazil

Home & Away 1962

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Geoff Hurst

England

Home & Away 1966

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Carlos Alberto

Brazil

Home & Away 1970

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Sepp Maier

West Germany

Home & Away 1974

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Daniel Passarella

Argentina

Home & Away 1978

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Dino Zoff

Italy

Home & Away 1982

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Diego Maradona

Argentina

Home & Away 1986

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Jurgen Klinsmann

Germany

Home & Away 1990

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Romario

Brazil

Home & Away 1994

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Zinedine Zidane

France

Home & Away 1998

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Ronaldo

Brazil

Home & Away 2002

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Paolo Maldini

Italy

Home & Away 1994

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Michel Platini

France

Home & Away 1984

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Franz Beckenbauer

West Germany

Home & Away 1974

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Yohan Cruyff

Holland

Home & Away 1974

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Davor Suker

Croatia

Home & Away 1998

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Peter Schmeichel

Denmark

Home & Away 1992

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Hristo Stoichkov

Bulgaria

Home & Away 1994

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George Best

Northern Ireland

Home & Away 1971

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Roy Keane

Ireland

Home & Away 1994

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Kenny Dalglish

Scotland

Home & Away 1974

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Ferenc Puskas

Hungary

Home & Away 1954

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John Charles

Wales

Home & Away 1958

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