For the Mexico 70 collection Panini issued two different sets of
cards and stickers. In Italy they produced green back and red/blue
cards, and for the rest of the world (international market) they
produced red/black cards.
Number in set: 288 (42 stickers, 242 cards)
Checklists: Set checklist or Team checklist
World Cup. A rare set of stickers, again produced for the
international market. The sticker backs have text in six languages,
with the English version being 'Ask your retailer the album for this
collection of picture cards'. Huh? I think we know what it means.
Another 'international' Panini collection which was available in
the U.K. through the distributors, Minicards Ltd. An album was
available for the stickers. Some copies of the album were
distributed for free through the Shoot/Goal magazine. The
introduction to the album states 'Hallo Friends! Let me say it feels
great to tell you that fantastic picture stickers, made by Edizioni
Panini, the largest producer in the world, which are already
well-known and enjoyed by most of the children in Europe are now
available to all British children as well'. Are all Italian
sentences this long?
Euro Football 78. Another 'international' collection which was
available in the U.K.
The first ever Panini-production (not Top Sellers) designed
solely for the U.K. market. In an introduction to the album David
Gregory, Editor of Shoot Magazine states '...this album... ranks as
the latest publication to join the elite amongst football
publications'. The album states that information in the album was
'compiled up to date on 20 September 1977'.The collection was
actually distributed by Minicards Ltd, of Regina House, Queen
Street, London, as sole U.K. and Eire distributors of Figurine
Argentina 78. The album cover is shown.
Number in set: 400
The second Panini production for the U.K. and Eire. Somehow
Panini had managed to do a deal with the Football League, and
proudly announced in the album that the collection was 'the only one
to be approved by the Football League'. The album states that
information in the album was 'compiled up to date on 30 September
1978'.The collection was again distributed by Minicards Ltd, of
Regina House, Queen Street, London, as sole U.K. and Eire
distributors of Figurine Panini. The self-adhesive stickers came in
packets costing 5p each. The album was printed in Italy.
Number in set: 582