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World Cup 2018 Sticker Collecting

10 May 2018

Once again a major football tournament is approaching and my son is collecting stickers of all the teams who have reached the finals. This time it’s the World Cup in Russia and the album published by Panini has 682 to collect. I’ve blogged before about the maths behind collecting stickers so you can calculate how many packets of five distinct stickers you expect to need to finish it. At the time, to help me visualise this, I wrote a web page with a bit of JavaScript on it to do the calculations. This time I’ve looked over it again and increased its functionality a little, so I’ve decided it’s robust enough to advertise. It’s on my main university site...

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Panini FIFA Sticker Collections

14 March 2016

My eldest son likes collecting things. Of course all children seem to like picking up random objects and hoarding them forever, and we’ve had our fair share of leaves, stones, food wrappers and other assorted paraphernalia floating around the house until we can divert attention elsewhere and get rid of them. But my son also really likes collecting sets of toys, books and, currently, stickers.

He first got into this during the World Cup in 2014 when I thought he was old enough to really enjoy collecting the stickers of all the players and teams that you find in the famous Panini sticker album that’s published before each competition. I remember collecting these when I was growing up; the excitement at opening each pack...

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