The latest victim of inflation? – Panini Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 sticker album collectors. A recent calculation has found that fans could spend up to £870 to complete it (around €1,026).
Panini has priced five sticker packs for the Qatar 2022 at 90p each, which is a 12.5% increase on the 80p cost of a five sticker pack for Russia 2018 album.
There are a total of 670 Qatar 2022 stickers and it went on sale last Thursday. However, given that the main characteristic of finishing a sticker album is finding duplicates, fans would on average have to buy 4,832 stickers.
The calculations were made by Paul Harper, a mathematics professor at Cardiff University. At 18p a sticker, this would come up to around £870.
If fans were extremely lucky and never found a duplicate, they would need to buy a minimum of 137 packets to complete the entire album. This would cost somewhere up to £120.60 (€140.21).
The probability of finding new stickers when you get close to the end becomes almost impossible, with many collectors resorting to swapping them. The second sticker one gets has a 99.85% chance of being new, the third 99.7%, etc.
To collect just the last 19 stickers, one would still be required to buy 483 packets, or half the total number of expected packets. In other words, you are only halfway through when you have just 19 stickers left to collect.