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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Panini Sticker Albums...Need some help

I remember as a kid picking up the Panini sticker albums every year for hockey and baseball.  I never got into the football ones but was well aware of thier existence as my friends all tried filling those.  Of all the years and all the books, I don't remember completing a single one of them 100%. 

Fast forward about 20 years and now my 8 year old is hooked as well.  He had the last three years of hockey albums and the last two years of football.  The nice thing is that we usually get the books as a promotional giveaway from our LCS but the packs of stickers are generally scarce.  Sure we can go to Target or Walmart and find countless boxes of Cars, Spongebob, Justin Bieber and Bella Sera pony sticker albums.  We even occasionally find the football ones crammed into places on the trading card wall that they normally wouldn't be found.  But hockey...almost never.

Knowing this, I picked up a box of the stickers online for a pretty good price.  Panini sells them direct for a buck a pack, which is no savings, but at least gives a source.  I found them somewhere...I don't remember where though, for about $35.  Not a bad deal considering there are 50 packs in a box and 7 stickers per pack.  That should at least give the kid a fairly good start at filling the book with the chance at 350 stickers out of the 385 it takes to complete the book.

Well, in typical overly optimistic fashion, I once again underestimated the shear amount of duplicates that would be in one full box of these.  After all was said and done, he still needs 149 stickers.  Considering he would have been 35 short anyway if there were no duplicates, you can imagine how many doubles there were.  I lost track after 100.  I am guessing when all was said and done, there were about 120-130 doubles (triples, quadruples, quintuples, etc.), not counting the extra team logo you get on every multi-logo sticker.  Plus, we even took some of the foil "shiny" ones and put them over top the ones that weren't as an "upgrade". 

Now I realize you can purchase directly from Panini the missing stickers you need in batches of 40 (which I fully intend to do when all is said and done) but as of today, March 25th, the site does not have the 2011-12 album available (only last year).  So I am going to throw this out there to those of you in the blog reading/writing and collecting universe as a request to anyone that is collecting this book.  If you have doubles or triples or quadruples, etc. that you would like to help out with, or know someone that might, my son would be more than happy to repay the favor with some of his doubles.  I will have his list posted on my Set Needs page and it is also below here.  Thanks in advance.

2011-12 Panini NHL/LNH Sticker Album 
5 6 7 11 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 22 23 26 27 28 30 31 25 26 27 46 47 50 52 54 58 59 62 64 66 68 70 71 73 75 78 79 86 87 90 91 93 97 98 102 104 111 113 117 128 136 137 140 143 145 152 154 157 158 159 161 165 166 167 169 170 177 178 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 195 196 197 199 200 202 204 206 207 209 210 211 212 214 216 218 220 221 223 227 228 233 235 237 238 241 248 257 267 268 277 278 297 298 300 302 304 307 312 314 318 321 323 325 326 327 333 335 339 343 346 347 350 353 354 355 356 357 359 360 361 362 364 365 366 367 369 370 375 376 377 380 382

7 comments:

  1. I know your pain. I'm working on the 2010-11 NBA Album and am running into the same problem. I just recently bought direct from Panini's website, and they arrived very quickly. Good luck! It could be a long road. Sorry I can't help.
    --Jon

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  2. I have a ton of doubles, I've finished an album and have just 3 more to fill in for a second album. Here's a video I posted http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYBusu0NKjQ

    I should be able to help you out.

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  3. I'll keep an eye out for these at my local addiction fufillment facilities, I mean Taget and Meijers. I haven't bought stickers since 1992 basketball, Shaq's rookie year.

    Still not sure about buying Panini, even if it's for someone else, haha.

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  4. No worries. Like I said, it is a pipe dream to get him to complete something I never was able to so I am not holding my breath...

    Brad, if you have any off the list...by all means shoot me an email and give me a list of the ones that you might need for your second album.

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    1. I don't even know how I came across this site...but I have at least 12 of the 2011-2012 NHL stickers you had on your needs list.
      I don't have many stickers left that I need for my album, but I'll gladly send these along just to get rid of the pile.
      Send me an email at damonhall@gmail.com
      Thanks.

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  5. ...and this is exactly why I don't collect Panini stickers anymore. I bought 2 boxes last year and didn't even finish one set. I think I had to spend $16 to buy enough stickers to complete the sets, meaning I spent over $100...on stickers.

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  6. I don't collect them either...this is Christopher's book. It's all him. I got him a book and 10 packs for free, plus the one box. After that, he's on his own. Lucky for him there are enough bloggers/blog readers out here that are willing to help the kid out.

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