Interested in a swap? (Part Two)
So it has been a week since I started documenting in written form my quest to complete my 2014 World Cup Panini sticker album and there hasn’t been much movement in terms of completing my album. In fact I have only completed one trade during the week for five stickers (which I am yet to receive) bringing the total amount of stickers I need down to 51. This means I have completed 92% of my album, up 1% from last week.
During the week some stickers arrived from the USA, which was pretty cool. I have always had a bit of thing for receiving mail which goes back to my childhood when I would constantly send away for free stuff, most of it useless.
One thing I also discovered this week were the 640, 641 & 642 sticker of which I received the former two in a trade. When I received them in the mail I thought I had been dudded as there are no spaces in the album for them. But when I looked at the sticker list there they were. But that brings a conundrum, one does one do with stickers 640, 641 & 642? I may be too old to be collecting stickers but I am definitely too old to be sticking them on notebooks/diaries and the like
My week on laststicker.com hasn’t been that great and have only one response for about nine queries. One query did result in a conversation with someone who had read my initial post and decided to sign up to the site but in the end they decided it wasn’t worth swapping with someone overseas.
My lack of a response on laststicker.com I returned to swapstick.com, a site which I used for the last World Cup album, and hadn’t used this time around because you now have to pay to use it. Desperate times call for desperate measures so I did fork out the nominal fee for a two month subscription and I’ll see if that helps at all.
Album complete: 92%
Stickers required: 51
Interested in a swap? (Part One)
The World Cup may have finished well over a month ago but there is one thing that for many fans of the tournament that is an ongoing proposition. That is the Panini sticker album. My first crack at it was four years ago and didn’t get anywhere near completing it but this time I am ever so close to reaching the holy grail of album completion.
According to laststicker.com I have currently completed 91% of my album, which it sticker terms means I still have 56 stickers to collect, most of which appear to be Iranians, South Koreans and Uruguayans.
But as my goal draws inexorably closer I feel that I am actually not going to actually complete my album. I live in Melbourne, Australia and have exhausted all nearby newsagents of their stocks of stickers. My partner even this week found me an extra supplier but ten packets only yielded me three new stickers for my album. You can imagine my frustration.
As you may have noticed I have been using laststicker.com to trade with fellow collectors but even that well appears to be drying up as I have exhausted the local collectors, whom I must admit have been very good. I have reached out to fellow English-speaking collectors and have made trades with New Zealanders across the ditch but am finding it difficult to gain any traction with people in England, the USA and Canada apart from trade with someone in Ohio.
I could take the easy option and just buy the remaining stickers that I need directly from Panini but as a bit of stickler for tradition I want to complete my collection the old-fashioned way. So wish me luck.