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    Thieves Steal 300,000 Football Stickers In Dramatic Panini Heist

    Sticker maker Panini has reassured Brazillians that there is no football sticker shortage as a result, so don't panic.

    In Brazil, football stickers are no laughing matter. Which might explain why thieves have just made off with 300,000 of them after hijacking a van in Rio de Janeiro.

    Football stickers are huge in Brazil – even more so as the country gets ready to host the World Cup – with people of all ages collecting them with the aim of filling their albums, making vans like this a target.

    Reuters: “Neymar & Messi stolen in sticker heist. Thieves made off with 300,000+ Panini stickers in Rio.” #GotGotNeed

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    Reuters: “Neymar & Messi stolen in sticker heist. Thieves made off with 300,000+ Panini stickers in Rio.” #GotGotNeed

    09:28 AM - 25 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    This isn't the first time it's happened – burglars took more than 300,000 stickers from a warehouse in Sao Paolo during 2010, before the World Cup in South Africa (some were later recovered).

    Collectors swap all this stuff at events and fairs, as well as via online trading sites. Some rare completed football sticker albums are sold for as much as 1,000 reals (£270), with 1970s vintage ones worth 2,500 reals (£670).

    According to one estimate, you would need to buy 824 packs of stickers to fill this year's album, at a cost of £412. So you had better get saving your pocket money.

    Someone bought me Football stickers today! Strong team #Winning

    Mike Murphy O'Reilly@MmurphyOReilly

    Someone bought me Football stickers today! Strong team #Winning

    10:18 AM - 21 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite