Flashback Product of the Week: 1991 Premier Edition Soccer Shots

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I could never get into the whole soccer thing.  I never understood how they can play all that time and the ball rarely makes it into that huge net.  You spend most of the game watching the players run up and down the field.  The only exciting part is when they do score a goal you get to hear the announcer go nuts screaming GOOOOOAAAAALLLL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Other than that, I don’t find it very entertaining.

Soccer isn’t as popular in the United States as it is in other countries.  I highly doubt it ever will be.  Despite all that, the U.S. does have its share of soccer fans.  World Soccer Promotions issued a soccer based product in 1991 called Soccer Shots.  As it is the case with many products from the early 90’s, these cards were overproduced to the max.  “Invest in Today’s Collectible” is the slogan they slapped on the front of each box.  If anyone took their advice seriously, you’re probably living under a bridge right now.  This product is basically worthless today.

The Soccer Shots base set consists of 100 cards.  There is only one card that carries a little value today, and that would be the Pelé insert #101.  The Pelé card came one in every six boxes.  It has an English and Spanish version.  You’ll also find a promo Pelé card World Soccer Promotions probably made for its distributors.  A full set with the Pelé insert can be found for under $10.00.  Sealed boxes go for next to nothing.  They also held a contest where you could win a Pelé autographed soccer ball.  I’m fairly certain that contest is over.

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