Rare copy of first ever Panini World Cup sticker album from Mexico 1970 set to sell for eye-watering sum at auction

A COPY of the first Panini World Cup album could fetch a record £1,800.

Every Mexico 1970 sticker — including Bobby Moore — is in it.

The Three Lions page from the rare Panini sticker album – including legends such as Bobby and Jack Charlton and Bobby MooreSWNS

SWNSFootie fan Andrew Knott, 65, from Leics, got the album for his 12th birthday.[/caption]

SWNSAndrew, of Arthingworth, Leicestershire, with the album tipped to sell for £1,800[/caption]

Andrew Knott, 65, from Leics, got it for his 12th birthday.

It will be sold in Market Harborough next week.

Other football legends in the album include the late Bobby Charlton, Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer, Portugal’s Eusébio and Brazil’s Pelé.

Andrew, of Arthingworth, Leicestershire, said: “As my 12th birthday present, it was amazing to be presented with the complete album, although the fun of swaps in the playground with my friends was lost on me.

“But after years of it sitting in the garage without any attention, the time is right to part ways with it.

“The mice got the other footballing programmes and material that it was stored away with, but thankfully Panini was off the menu for them.”

Experts say that as the first Panini World Cup sticker album ever produced, it is a ‘highly coveted’ item for football collectors.

The 1970 World Cup, which was won by Brazil, was the only time during that decade that England qualified for the tournament.

With the team arriving Mexico off the back of their 1966 triumph, great things were expected of the Three Lions but they were knocked out by West Germany in the quarter-finals.

SWNSEngland were expected to do well at Mexico 70, coming in off the back of their 1966 triumph – sadly it was not to be for the Three Lions[/caption]

SWNSThe 1970 World Cup, which was won by Brazil, was the only time during that decade that England qualified for the tournament[/caption]