By Chris Wright
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Matthew Scroggs, a secondary school teacher from West London who was presumably at something of a loose end, has crunched the numbers and calculated the minimum amount of stickers (as well as the total cost) that you will have buy in order to complete the Panini 2014 World Cup sticker album.
The official album consists of 640 stickers, with Scroggs calculating that the average collector can expect to have to purchase 4,505 stickers (that’s 901 single packets) in order to fill the entire book.
The total cost of said stickers: a mere £413.24!
Apparently, the figure is so high because it, in Mr Scroggs’ own words, “determines the probability of accruing duplicates and excludes the possibility of swapping those duplicates with other collectors.”
Speaking to the Independent, Mr Scroggs (a ten-year sticker collecting veteran) showed his working: