The Actual Cost of Completing the Panini World Cup Sticker Album has been Calculated and It’s Not Cheap!
How much does it really cost to complete the Panini World Cup 2018 sticker album?
Everyone has their own theories about football stickers: which are the rarest, what the best strategy is to complete the book quickest, and if it’s even possible to complete the entire book without bankrupting yourself!
According to Professor Paul Harper, it should take 967 packets, or 4,832 stickers to complete the book, costing a total of £773.60. But how accurate is this theory?
musicMagpie decided to put this to the test. They bought 1,000 packets of stickers, at a cost of £800, to see if they could find all 682 stickers needed to fill an entire book, and to see who the rarest and most common players are.
Well, it turns out Professor Harper was wrong. After going through all 1,000 packets – that’s a whopping 5,000 stickers – they still couldn’t complete the entire book. They managed to collect 681 out of 682 stickers, with Belgium’s Radja Nainggolan (who didn’t even make the final team) escaping their grasp!
While they didn’t manage to complete the entire album, they did manage to find out which players are the rarest and most common, and the likelihood of you finding your favourite player in your next pack.
Apart from Belgium’s Radja Nainggolan, the rarest player is Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri, with a 1 in 5,000 chance of appearing in a pack. On the flip side, the most commonly found players are Iceland’s Björn Sigurdarson and Korea’s Nam Taehee – you’ve got a 1 in 313 chance of getting either of these players.
For those of you interested in the world’s best, you’ve got a 1 in 500 chance of finding a Cristiano Ronaldo, compared to a 1 in 625 chance of finding his rival Lionel Messi.
When you look at all 32 nations, some are far easier to complete than others. The easiest team to find every sticker for is Senegal, followed by Columbia, Serbia and Egypt. At the other end of the scale, the most difficult team to complete is Saudi Arabia (apart from Nainggolan’s Belgium!).
As well as all of this, they also created two new inter-nation teams – one made from the rarest 11 players, and the other made from the 11 most commonly found.
You can explore the full set of results and see how rare your favourite player is over on the musicMagpie website.