Subbuteo’s rarest box set has appeared in an antiques shop in London

A Subbuteo box set dubbed ‘the Holy Grail’ for collectors has appeared in a London antiques shop at a bargain price.

The 1973 Munich edition of Subbuteo was spotted by eagle-eyed shoppers in Past Caring in London this week.

The set, which looks in good condition and is only missing a single ball, is on sale for £275 – or sensible offers – says the shop after Subbuteo.Online contacted it about the item.

The shop added: “It comes with the trophy presentation box, tracksuited team and two alternative teams.”

The Munich 1973 World Series set is one of the most sought-after in the Subbuteo world and a similar example sold for £450 on eBay recently.

Subbuteo World, which has the set for sale for a whopping £899, describes it as: “The Holy Grail of Subbuteo Collectables. If you have everything Subbuteo chances are you won’t have this German Edition. (It is) Very sought after.”

The double-layered Munich set was launched at the peak of the game’s popularity and was released to celebrate the Subbuteo World Series in Munich in 1974. It included a classic designed box and a host of accessories.

In the box you get a fence surround, a German flag and interchangeable goalkeepers. Other items include a mangher, trainer and bench set, ambulance set, a baize pitch, two floodlights, referees and linesmen, TV tower, balls and teams.

Corner figures, a Ken Bailey mascot with rattle and a scoreboard are also included in the vast collectable set.

You can visit the shop’s Facebook page here or see the Munich set on eBay here.

Stephen Hurrell
Stephen Hurrell
Stephen is the founder and editor of The Hobby Online and The Hobby by Subbuteo.Online print magazine. He is a giant nerd and specialises in Subbuteo, retro football kits and consumer stories. A journalist and editor of 15 years, he has written about football for some of the UK's biggest publications.

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