Saturday, February 27, 2010

The Search for Football Champions, Part 2!

Everything else:

Outside of Ebay, there aren't too many options to find Football Champions on the net. The best bet for an American is to go to each country's Google and search in their pages (under the search bar you can change options).


You can buy every 2001-2002 Base set card. The rares are a bit over priced for my liking, but if you really want that Paul Ince for £3.98, then be my guest.


Starters and boosters from the Base set here. The boosters drop in price when you pick up 24 or more (1 Euro to .75 Euro). Shipping makes up half the overall purchase cost though.


The most interesting website. Usually when reading Italian, I can understand the main points, however here, I'm totally lost. I don't know if the website has the product I want to purchase. Prices are a bit steep here, and with my lack of understanding of the website, I dare not even try to find out shipping cost. I'll cover this website in a later blog post.

My personal favorite. They have everything and it's real cheap. Other than insane shipping, this is the best website in the world for Football Champions. Only one problem, they (or the person running this website) does not ship to America. In an email with them at the start of 2008, they said to check back in a few months because their website will have changed and shipping to America will happen. I checked back, website didn't change, still no shipping to America. I don't know if they just don't ever intended to ship to America, but the moment they do, cardgame-club will get a nice sum of my bank account.

I guess it's time to send another email.

And this is where my search ends. I have never been able to find more resources on the internet for this game. If you stumble across this blog and have another website with FC, I'll post it. Or, if you have cards and want to try and make a deal, I'd be interested in that.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Search for Football Champions

Part of the fun is trying to find the cards to complete your collection. Ultimately, this is the utmost goal of any collector. While many collector's are able to find what they want, with Football Champions, it's nearly impossible for the American collector. So where does a person go?


Let me get this out of the way first, American Ebay is useless. Unless you want some T-shirts of Alabama, Florida, or people who love Brett Favre, you aren't finding shit. Although, there was one auction two years ago (2008) in which a guy from Washington (the state) put up a huge lot of Football Champions cards. The bidding ended around $100. Three people outbid each other. At the time of bidding, nobody knew who the others were. An hour later, I found out that the two others were from the same chats I had mentioned prior (sorry Alex and Chris). Just a quick note, if you do try this method, change your search method to "Worldwide".

The United Kingdom's Ebay is somewhat similar. While you will have to sift through plenty of Champions League items and Liverpool 2005 kits, at least your search will provide some return. Starter Sets, Booster Boxes, and Complete Sets all from the 2001-2002 set can be found. Starter Sets are the easiest to be found and usually start around £.99. Booster Boxes which can be found from time to time (read: once every two weeks) and are priced around £4.99. Complete sets are the rarest of them all and have been priced around £24.99. I have never come across the 2002-2003 Subbuteo set. I'm still waiting on that. The rarest of all cards are the English promotional cards from the 2001-2002 set. I've only seen two (Kinsella, Ole Gunnar).

France's Ebay is outright garbage. It's hard to navigate and nothing like the normal Ebay (US, UK, Italy). I haven't seen one auction for Football Champions since early 2009. That lot also went for around $90 to my friend Alex. If you are looking for Football Champions, don't bother with this version of Ebay.

And finally, Ebay Italia. The best place (and most expensive) to find Football least for Ebay(s). Starter sets of all years can be found between 3-15 Euros. Boxes range anywhere from 20-45 Euro. Promotional cards (all years) can be found here (8-15 euros). Single packs also are starting to pop up as of this blog entry, but if you don't live in Italy or Europe, you aren't going to be able to buy them. By far the best part about this Ebay is this card:

Favorite player. One of the rarest cards ever made. I would love to aquire this somehow. BUT, I will not pay 109 Euros, sorry La-Fummetteria-It. If you somehow stumble on this blog, I'd gladly trade you some 2001-2002 promos in exchange for the Del Piero.


Football Champions is a card game I found after spending numerous years (and cash) playing MLB Showdown. During my time playing MLB Showdown, I was fortunate to meet many people throughout the country and talked to many of them on a regular basis (sup chat). One of the chatters talked about a soccer card game that essentially was MLB Showdown. I was able to pick up a starter and a few packs off UK Ebay. I was hooked.

The game itself was produced by Wizards of the Coast. It started with the 2001-2002 soccer (read: Football) season. The English Premier League, Ligue 1 (French), and Serie A (Italy) were all represented, first with a large base set, then a smaller expansion set later in the season.

After the first season, the French cards were ceased in production. The English sets were produced one more year (2002-2003). However, instead of being called Football Champions, the game was renamed under the Subbuteo moniker. This caused confusion amongst the people who played the game in the first year and was discontinued.

The most successful (or franchise to make it past one single season) was the Italian version. The final season for the Italian game was in 2004-2005.