Great news at Figurine Forever, the FanForever Card series changes its name to broaden its horizons, after 22 releases dedicated to the world of music and cinema, the new Forever Cards will be the perfect container for our solidarity initiatives. We will continue to involve artists from the world of entertainment but we will also talk about stories, realities, men and women who must be remembered.
The first of these is in memory of Vittorio Bellenghi, an exciting and heartfelt continuation of what has already been done in the Celebrative Sticker series, after the two solidarity stickers in memory of Bruno Neri. Vittorio and Bruno, sportsmen and partisans, died together in July 1944, in a firefight with the occupying German forces. We like to think that in moments of tranquillity, in addition to talking about their beautiful Faenza, they also found themselves telling stories of sports, football and basketball, waiting to have to pick up the gun again.
Vittorio Bellenghi, born on 7 March 1913 in Faenza, unmarried, accountant under army officer, basketball player, enrolled at the University of Bologna, Faculty of Economics and Commerce, Radio Zella activist and partisan, died in war at just 31 years old .
After the war, Faenza will have an important history in basketball, especially in women’s basketball. Somehow we can define the players of the 30s as pioneers. There is not much information that we have managed to gather about the sporting history of Vittorio Bellenghi or that of pre-war Faenza basketball. Our hope is that this solidarity card is a means not only to help remember a patriot but also a sporting history, “of the province”, with the hope that this article of ours can also be integrated later with other news.
The photo in the postcard of Vittorio with his teammates dates back to the 1934/35 season, recovered thanks to the availability of the Municipality of Faenza.
The solidarity (Fan) Forever Card #23 is made in collaboration with the MEI (Meeting Independent Labels) and will be presented at the Museum of the Risorgimento in Faenza, Thursday 1 December 2022, in the presence of the city authorities.
With this solidarity card it will be possible to support the “Adotta con la Figurina” project where Figurine Forever engages annually in different solidarity projects. The Vittorio Bellenghi solidarity card is intended to recall a personal, sporting and partisan story of a young basketball player who decided to fight for freedom. For this reason the support is aimed at ANPI (National Association of Partisans of Italy), in memory of the fallen and the values of Resistance and Peace.
Forever Card #23 – Card + Postcard
1st numbered edition 99 copies
How to contribute:
- Bank transfer:
Bank:Emil Banca – Credito Cooperativo
Branch:Borgo Panigale, Bologna Italia
IBAN:IT82 Y070 7202 4000 0000 0427 519
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(1st edition numbered 1-99, copies available 52/99)
the postcards of the solidarity cards are numbered, the number you receive is random. The choice of the specific number is a pre-sale service only and only for the members of Figurine Forever
An unnumbered version was also printed, mainly used for distribution to people involved in the project.