EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 284
album: Milan 2022-23 (Euro Publishing)
stickers: 216 (1-216) + 30 cards (M1-M30)
starter pack: album + 24 stickers 4,00€
box: 50 packets (5 stickers or 4 stickers + 1 card) 0,80€ each
The World Cup in December somewhat upset the release of various sticker albums, including the now traditional albums of the Milanese house dedicated to Inter, Juventus and Milan. In fact, to be completely honest, we almost thought they wouldn’t come out this year. Instead here they are.
We have had albums dedicated to the big three (we don’t want the others..) of Italian football for several years. Difficult to be innovative, year after year, in fact it doesn’t happen. In recent years the similar structure is quite similar. We think more could be done. The potential ideas are plentiful. At least there are always different details between one club album and another, with the result that, in our humble opinion, some releases are more appreciable than others.
(n.b. these first two introductory paragraphs are repeated in the three different reviews)
In the first part of the album, we find the pages reversed from the Inter and Juventus albums. Solution that to some might seem almost chaotic. The new arrivals are presented (allow us a joke: it seems that Milan have only looked for players with impossible surnames!) followed by the general roster of the first team.
Next, page after page, we find the individual pages of 30 players with the addition of coach Pioli. The large photos of the players, around 5 stickers each, certainly have an impact. Nothing special, player posing, in action, including one in two parts. Some important captions, including career and personal records, sometimes quite curious.
Final part of the album that retraces the classic sections of the Euro Publishing albums, with the Primavera team, the Milan Women and the celebration of the 2022 championship which, frankly, we would have seen well as the opening of the collection. 216 stickers focused on today’s Milan, we will be repetitive but we would have appreciated a few pages of the glorious Rossoneri history.
In addition to the stickers, there is also room for 30 cards. Collection that is certainly pleasant for AC Milan fans, but in our opinion there is always the feeling of not going beyond a quality work, but still relatively simple. Every year we expect something more, every year we see interesting details, but the road is still long. However, an absolutely collectible album for Milan fans.
The choice of eliminating the plastic of the starter pack in favor of a version where the album already contains 24 stickers ready to be attached is excellent.