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Soccer Fans Collect Player Cards Ahead of the World Cup

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Soccer fans are gearing up for the start of the World Cup, and they're making sure their memories will last a lifetime. NY1's Ruschell Boone filed the following report.

Eduardo Lambert is a man on a mission.

With the start of the 2014 World Cup just days away, he is rushing to fill this popular collectors book with stickers of the players.

At 37th Avenue and 84th Street, dozens of soccer fans are also looking to do the same.

Some also buy, sell, and trade player cards.

The corner has turned into a market.

Argentina star Lionel Messi and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao are in high demand, but Lambert already has those players.

He needs 25 to complete his Panini World Cup sticker booklet.

"Anyone who has it, I will buy it—anyone who has it. But right now I didn't find someone so I have to go to the next block," Lambert says.

An hour later, he's almost there.

"I just need three stickers and I'll be finish. We went through all these and he couldn't find the three he needed," Lambert says.

Collectors purchase the books and stickers at local stores. They say the hobby is inexpensive to start, but it can be costly to finish.

"The cost is like $200 to fill this whole album," Lambert says.

The books are $2 and a package of seven stickers is $1.

These women are trying to get in on the action before the World Cup starts Thursday. They decided to join the action after witnessing the excitement on their lunch break.

"I don't think I'm going to finish but I will try," says Gloria Gallegos.

As they were starting, Eduardo Lambert was finishing. He got the stickers he needed to finish the book.

It took him three weeks but he's a happy man.

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