Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Biting Insanity: 1998 France World Cup Marbles

Maybe it was all the talk of Uruguay's Luis Suarez seemingly biting Italy' Giorgio Chiellini, but it I scoured the collection for the objects that symbolize losing ones sanity. Voila, Marbles !
For some reason, these are my favorite non-card soccer collectible. France had issued standard size marbles with their French Ligue in the 1997-98 season. So when it came time for the hosts (and eventual Champions) to be featured, another marble set was made.
Apparently, there were 8 series of packs containing 3 marbles each. Although I do not have a complete checklist, I assume that this included all 23 players plus Manager Aime Jacquet.

Each set of 3 marbles came on a green rack inside a carded window package.

Current Paris SG Manager Laurent Blanc and former Manchester United Champion, Fabian Barthez.

Current France World Cup Manager Didier Deschamps and Arsenal Champion, Patrick Vieira.

Former FIFA World Player of the Year and World Cup Champion, Zinedine Zidane.
These are the ones I have -
Laurent Blanc
Stephane Guivarc'h
Fabian Barthez
Franck LeBoeuf
Zinedine Zidane
Alain Roche
Didier Deschamps
Patrick Vieira
Bixente Lizarazu
Christophe Dugarry
Christian Karembou
Robert Pires


Ryan G said...

These are a bit creepy, but if I saw something like this in Japan I would still be all about getting a set. I don't think I have any marbles in my baseball collection.

Chuck's Used Cards said...

Thanks, Ryan. I like the durability of marbles - no bent corners, if you know what I mean. I have other marble sets that I will feature later.

I've always liked oddball items.