It started for me around 1973, when, as a schoolboy Football nut I was bought a Subbuteo International set for Christmas. I got it from my favourite shop; Moss Lane Models in Orell Park, Merseyside, (sadly killed off by the "big boys" Beatties etc. several years ago). It was a great set and contained such items as; floodlights, camera tower, 3 teams (including England), officials and photographers! Various teams and accessories were bought and many games were played and players glued before I reached my teens and sadly outgrew my "toys". Military service followed and then marriage and a family until one day my interest in toys was rekindled. It was whilst swapping and trading diecast cars that I came across some Subbuteo for sale and realised that I still loved the game.
This is the way my friends and I played the game. (Who can forget the pain of kneeling on your favourite player!)
For me I think it was the scale of the figures and the vast range of teams on offer that attracted me to Subbuteo as a child. I,ve always liked collecting things and the teams in their boxes make for a very eye catching display. Personally I try to limit my collecting to the accessories produced in the 70's..... this was the heyday for Subbuteo in my eyes, with loads of different sets, teams and accessories available. The dreaded computer game had not been invented and everyone I knew loved "Footy".
This is the way my friends and I wanted to play the game. (Too expensive & totally impracticable!)
One of the best things about collecting Subbuteo is its relatively low cost (compared to the likes of toy cars etc..). Stuff can still be found at car boot sales and charity shops and this helps ease the pain of paying top prices for the more elusive sets.
On the following pages I will try to record all I know about collecting Subbuteo and maybe some players of the game can chip in with their comments from time to time.....(I have to confess at this point that I always was and still am completely useless at playing it). Any constructive advice or information would be most welcome, and hopefully we can all expand our knowledge on the subject.
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