As a child anybody who bought Subbuteo teams will remember the famous ‘green wall’ of toy shops.
The green wall was a display of Subbuteo and appeared in toy shops all across the UK when the table top football game was at its peak. The green comes from the colour of the Subbuteo boxes and the shade can bring back happy memories for people who loved the game.
Some people never grow out of this – and one Italian Subbuteo fan has created his very own Subbuteo wall with an incredible collection of 701 Subbuteo teams.
Marco got in touch to share his astonishing collection of Subbuteo teams, which he has been putting together since he bought his first set in 1981.
The vast collection is made up of old heavyweight sides made before 1980, a number of 1980s lightweight teams and more recent La Leggenda sides, which were based on some of the greatest teams of all time.
There are also some Zuego teams, which is not official Subbuteo but is widely recognised as close to the real thing and is widely respected in collector circles.
He shared pictures of a rare lightweight HSV side and Denmark’s famous Hummel kit as some of his favourite teams in the collection.
According to Marco his collection is nearly complete. He is planning a trip to Subbuteo Lab in Certaldo, Italy. The shop is the only one of its kind in the world and will help him find a few more additions.
He says: ” In a few days I’ll go to Certaldo at Subbuteo lab shop and my list is done.
” I’ll buy a Premier League box, France 98 and a floodlighting box from 1980.”
He also says he likes the English national side and wants to pick up some versions of side’s kits over the years including the 1998 World Cup kit and a red away shirt.
He says: ” Collecting is my drug. I even collect Umbro football shirts, japan robots and books about football results.
” I think I have some shirts that even the FA don’t remember to exist.”
A total of 701 Subbuteo teams is an incredible collection and one which very few collectors can boast. Thanks to Marco for sharing this with us.