Organized meetings known as pontos de troca have helped cash-strapped collectors band together and get round price increase

On a sunny afternoon outside Sao Paulo’s modern art museum, more than 100 people have gathered to trade football stickers, using paper charts or mobile phone apps to keep record of their collections.

Brazil is still reeling from an institutional and political crisis and only just crawling out of a brutal recession, but for one month the World Cup offers some escape from the country’s record unemployment and spiraling violence.

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