Video: Notts TV’s Hugh Casswell met the Bodega’s sticker fanatics
A coveted prize that hundreds across the city are aiming to achieve; a full Euro 2016 sticker album.
But this year, it’s not just the kids adopting the sticker craze, as the Bodega has opened it very own ‘swapshop’.
The Pelham Street venue will be opening its doors for all the Euro 2016 games and during half-time of each of England’s fixtures they will be putting sessions allowing budding collectors to meet up.
The stickers come up in a pack of 5 and cost 50p each.
The album, which has 680 spaces that need filling, will only contain two Nottingham-based players; Forest’s Jamie Ward and David Vaughan.
Image: Forest fans might be looking out for this pair of stickers
I pretend I’m buying them for my imaginary seven-year-old brother
Joss Willder is a collector of the Panini cards and loves being able to roll back the years.
He said: “I don’t think people ever quite understand the rush of sticking in a sticker to the one slot of a team page you need. It’s this geeky thrill of being seven-years-old in the school playground again and saving up your pocket money to buy five packs of stickers.”
Joss is slightly embarrassed to still be purchasing the collectables and pretends he doesn’t have a clue when he goes into shops.
He said: “I pretend I’m buying them for my imaginary seven-year-old brother.”
The problem now for these sticker fanatics that it isn’t their weekly pocket money being spent on the Panini packs, but their incomes. Christian Bingham has been the subject of mockery from his family for just this reason.
The sticker enthusiast said: “(They say) have you got nothing better to spend your money on? I say I don’t know but I do enjoy it.
If you fancy rolling back the years and rekindling an old childhood hobby then the swapshop will be open at half-time of England’s fixtures against Russia on June 11 (8pm kick off), Wales on June 16 (2pm) and the final group game against Slovakia which takes place on June 20 (8pm).