LIVERPOOL 1996/97

Liverpool had a massive 24 figures released as part of the 1996/97 FAPL Collection, all painted in the kit worn for that season. The 1996/97 kit differed from the 95/96 kit in a few ways, the socks were all Red, the sleeves had a White trim, the collar had a Black trim v-neck detail and the kit was a slightly darker shade of Red.



12 of the figures were mere repaints of the 95/96 set which are - Fowler, Barnes, Collymore, McManaman, Redknapp, Ruddock, Jones, Scales, Babb, Wright, Bjornebye and included in those was David 'calamity' James with his kit for this season being all Green, with all those being released as single blisters in October 1996.



Manager Roy Evans was sculpted and released for the first time, while new sculpts of McManaman and Redknapp were also released later during this range in January 1997, with the sculpt of Redknapp being a vast improvement on the previous figue, much more recognisable.


Mark Kennedy was another of these first time releases as was Dominic Matteo who was actually released twice, both times with a different colour hair! The first Matteo figure was released in October 1996 and featured him with Blonde hair, the Dark haired version was released much later in December 97 for the 1997/98 season but the kit remained the same for both figures.



Also included in this set were 2 repaints of figures previously released for other clubs, those two being Ince and Leonhardsen. The figure of Paul Ince was the exact same sculpt as released for the England National Headliner series and the Oyvind Leonhardsen figure had prior been released for Wimbledon but Corinthian did assign this figure a new base code, changed from PL138 to PL468.



Completing this collection were a further 3 brand new first time sculpts, all 3 players had never been released by Corinthian before this. Czech international Patrik Berger was released and proved very popular amongst all collectors and was a real fine sculpt. The best sculpt of this set was for me that of Michael Thomas, a lot of facial character and detail went into producing this figure, although Corinthian released Thomas again years later this sculpt was never again used. Finally we have German Karl Heinz Riedle, a brilliant sculpt and one which Corinthian chose to include in the very first range of Prostars.


There are some variants to mention, besides the 2 different hair colours for Dominic Matteo. Robbie Fowler, Jason McAteer, Roy Evans and the updated sculpt of Jamie Redknapp were also released with Headliners logo on the blister and also on the collector card, so for those who collect all the cards and ever blister, this gives you another version to add to the collection.


The final one to mention is Patrik Berger, he was also released with the Headliners logo variant, which also had the collector card bearing the Headliners logo too, but he also has 2 different numbers! When he first signed he was given the number 14 shirt, however it was not long before his number changed to 15, so Corinthian amended the figure for the Headliner edition. The classic FAPL blister has Berger with shirt number 14, whereas the Headliners variant has him wearing the number 15 shirt.


There was also 3 different 4 packs released for the 1996/97 set.
LV4D - Jones, Barnes, Collymore & Matteo Blonde Hair
LV4E - Fowler, Babb, Redknapp (Sculpt 1) & McManaman (sculpt 1)
LV4F - James, Scales, Ruddock & McAteer


In addition there was also a 12 figure team pack released.

All figures came with collector card and a collectors information file.



FIGURE LIST:


PL06 - Robbie Fowler - Liverpool - Home 1996/97


PL20 - Jason McAteer - Liverpool - Home 1996/97


PL26 - John Barnes - Liverpool - Home 1996/97


PL66 - Steve McManaman - Liverpool - Home 1996/97 - Sculpt 1


PL86 - Stan Collymore - Liverpool - Home 1996/97


PL106 - Neil Ruddock - Liverpool - Home 1996/97


PL126 - Jamie Redknapp - Liverpool - Home 1996/97 - Sculpt 1


PL146 - David James - Liverpool - Home 1996/97


PL166 - Rob Jones - Liverpool - Home 1996/97


PL186 - John Scales - Liverpool - Home 1996/97


PL206 - Phil Babb - Liverpool - Home 1996/97


PL226 - Mark Wright - Liverpool - Home 1996/97


PL266 - Stig Inge Bjornebye - Liverpool - Home 1996/97


PL326 - Dominic Matteo - Liverpool - Home 1996/97 - Blonde Hair


PL326 - Dominic Matteo - Liverpool - Home 1996/97 - Brown Hair


PL346 - Jamie Redknapp - Liverpool - Home 1996/97 - Sculpt 2


PL366 - Steve McManaman - Liverpool - Home 1996/97 - Sculpt 2


PL386 - Mark Kennedy - Liverpool - Home 1996/97

PL426 - Patrik Berger - Liverpool - Home 1996/97 - Shirt Number 14


PL426 - Patrik Berger - Liverpool - Home 1996/97 - Shirt Number 15


PL446 - Michael Thomas - Liverpool - Home 1996/97

PL466 - Paul Ince - Liverpool - Home 1996/97

PL468 - Oyvind Leonhardsen - Liverpool - Home 1996/97


PL486 - Karl Heinze Riedle - Liverpool - Home 1996/97

M10 - Roy Evans - Liverpool - Suit

Robbie Fowler

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL06


Jason McAteer

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL20


John Barnes

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL26


Steve McManaman

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL66 - Sculpt 1


Stan Collymore

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL86


Neil Ruddock

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL106


Jamie Redknapp

Liveprool

Home 1996/97

PL126 - Sculpt 1


David James

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL146


Rob Jones

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL166


John Scales

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL186


Phil Babb

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL206


Mark Wright

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL226


Stig Inge Bjornebye

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL266


Dominic Matteo

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL326 - Blonde Hair


Dominic Matteo

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL326 - Brown Hair


Jamie Redknapp

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL346 - Sculpt 2


Steve McManaman

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL366 - Sculpt 2


Mark Kennedy

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL386


Patrik Berger

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL426

Shirt Number 14


Patrik Berger

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL426

Shirt Number 15


Michael Thomas

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL446


Paul Ince

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL466


Oyvind Leonhardsen

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL468


Karl Heinz Riedle

Liverpool

Home 1996/97

PL486


Roy Evans

Liverpool

Suit

M10


Liverpool 4 Pack

LV4D

Rob Jones

John Barnes

Dominic Matteo

Stan Collymore


Liverpool 4 Pack

LV4E

Robbie Fowler

Jamie Redknapp

Steve McManaman

Phil Babb


Liverpool 4 Pack

LV4F

David James

John Scales

Neil Ruddock

Jason McAteer


Liverpool 12 Figure Team Pack