For Sale 1966 Panini Campioni Dello Sport Antonio Simoes Valida Variant Card #163
Rare Italian Sccer card issued in the premiere series from Panini called Campioni Dello Sport (Champions of Sport). This particular series was a variant card that was inserted randomly by the manufacturer as part of contest issued by Panini were collectors could chase and collect them at a value of 1 pt per card. The more card collectors could find and submit would help them win prizes. Valida card submitted were then destroyed after the contest period making these rare finds highly prized by collectors.
António Simões da Costa known as Simões, is a Portuguese former footballer who played as a left winger.
He spent 14 professional seasons with Benfica, playing 449 official games and scoring 72 goals. In the late 1970s, early 1980s, he represented several teams in the United States, and subsequently worked as a manager in both continents. A diminutive winger known for his high technicality, creativity and crossing ability, Simões still holds the record of youngest player (18 years and 139 days old) to play and win a final, the European Cup final won by Benfica against Real Madrid on 2 May 1962.
Simões played more than 40 times for Portugal, appearing with the country at the 1966 World Cup.