LEGENDS OF THE 70'S & 80'S
Corinthian released ProStars Legends of the 70's & 80's Series 1 on the 28th of July 2003, after showcasing the range at the 2003 convention, with the range being very well received by collectors despite them being more expensive than regular ProStars blisters, priced at £5 each.
Both sides of North London were represented by first time sculpts, with Arsenal having Liam Brady released, with Glenn Hoddle for Tottenham Hotspur, both had relatively low production volume, Brady 3,325 and Hoddle 3,732.
There are not many rivalries as fierce or as passionate as the one between the 2 sides from Glasgow, Celtic and Rangers, with both having figures in this series. Charlie Nicholas got his first ever release, painted in the home kit of Celtic, with 2,760 blisters made, the lowest of any in series 1.
Rangers had 2 figures released and both were new sculpts, Graeme Souness and Terry Butcher, with there being 3,144 Souness made and 3,150 Butcher. This was the first ProStars release of Souness, his only other appearance before was as part of the FAPL Collection, as manager of Southampton.
Spain's La Liga was represented by Gary Lineker, this being an entirely new sculpt of the forward, having previously featured in ProStars Series 3 England Legends, with 8,625 Lineker blisters produced.
2 Brazilian legends made their Corinthian debut, those 2 being Socrates and Falcao, in fact this would be the only ProStars release of Socrates, with Falcao being released once more which would be in Legends of the 70's & 80's Series 2. Production wise Corinthian made 9,213 Socrates and 8,661 Falcao, with both figures proving very popular.
The remaining 4 were all in Italy Serie A kits, 2 were brand new sculpts, the other 2 having featured already in the ProStars range. Roberto Baggio was painted in the home kit of Fiorentina and had by far the most made in this range, a staggering 15,407, further emphasising his immense popularity, especially in Japan.
This sculpt Ruud Gullit had featured for AC Milan as part of the World Club Legends Series, with the Dutchman being released in this series wearing the home kit of Sampdoria, having 10,029 blisters made.
The final 2 are both new sculpts, Jurgen Klinsmann was first released for Germany in the Club Gold World Greats range, however this was an all new sculpt and has him in the Inter Milan home kit, with 10,989 being made.
Antonio Careca made his first appearance as a Corinthian, painted in Napoli home kit, with 8,979 being produced, the only other release of this Careca sculpt would be in the Reseller Specials Series.
The figures were released as single blister packs and came with an individually numbered collector card. Platinum Packs were also produced, with each one being limited to just 360 pieces, coming with a generic non issue numbered collector card.