LEGENDS OF THE SIXTIES
Corinthian noticed that it was an older demographic which was collecting the ProStars figures, with demand for legendary players from the past increasing, they decided to release the Legends Of The Sixties team pack.
This very special pack brings together 12 of the absolute best players to play during the 1960's, with 7 different teams represented.
Corinthian had constantly been asked to produce a figure of legendary Liverpool manager Bill Shankly, a true kop icon ana must for any Liverpool and indeed football fan. This was the very first release of Shankly and he would only ever be released again as part of the World Club Legends range of ProStars. Roger Hunt is in Liverpool home kit, the sculpt being the same as we saw as part of the England 1966 team pack.
Manchester United are represented by a truly iconic trio, Bobby Charlton and Dennis Law in home kit, are joined by George Best who features in the United away kit. All 3 sculpts had been released before, with Charlton featuring in the England 1966 team pack, while Law and Best were part of the Club Gold World Greats range. Both Charlton and Law would be released as single blisters in the WCL series, however Best would remain exclusive to the team pack.
West Ham United also had a trio of players included, those are Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and Bobby Moore, all 3 featured in the England 1966 team pack, however this release of Moore has him in a regular body pose, as opposed to holding aloft the Jules Rimet trophy.
Leeds United were represented by Jack Charlton, who like many in this team pack was initially released in the England 1966 team pack. The other ne sculpt in this pack is that of Chelsea's goal keeper Peter 'the cat' Bonetti, an excellent sculpt and his only other release would be as part of the WCL series.
The remaining 2 figures represent both halves of Glasgow, as Billy McNeil is in Celtic home kit and for Rangers we have John Greig. Both sculpts made their debut as part of the Club Gold World Greats set, however that was a membership only product, this was the first time they were available for direct sale.
George Best was exclusive to the team pack, however the other 11 would also be released as single blister packs as part of the World Club Legends Series, however they were assigned new PRO collector codes, so in terms of collecting every figure these do represent new ones to collect and from part of the collection.
The Legends of the Sixties team pack was released in July 2001 with an initial retail price of £40 and Corinthian produced 2,160 packs, each one being issued with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity. In terms of sales this pack actually struggled to sell, and i feel there are a few reasons for this.
The pack is a cross team release, so some collectors will not be keen to purchase a product that is not relevant to their team, however i feel the main reason was due to the fact 11 of the figures; albeit with different PRO collector codes, would also be released as single blister packs, so collectors simply preferred to pick up the individual figures they wanted as opposed to purchasing the pack.
The final thing to mention is something which has always been debated amongst collectors, which relates to the Platinum Packs. Corinthian made no mention of producing platinum packs for this pack and there was no space behind the figure tray for them to be included, there was however the set of 11 WCL figures and i strongly believe Corinthian intended for the platinum pack figures to be those 11 PRO codes; or as it was for the Platinum Packs they were assigned PP collector codes.
The platinum packs of these figures in fact feature the PP collector codes of the figures found in the legends of the sixties team pack, so for that reason i feel they need to be considered as platinum packs for the Legends Of The Sixties team pack, with just 125 of each being released they are amongst the rarest platinum packs created, with Shankly, Law and Charlton being by far the most sought after and problematic to acquire.
West Ham United
West Ham United
West Ham United
Certificate Of Authenticity