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Box Busters: 2009 TRISTAR TNA Knockouts

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Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Bryan Hornbeck and some dude in a cowboy hat (Chris Olds, who bought the hat in Nashville, the home of TNA) as they open boxes of the new TRISTAR TNA Knockouts card set, which focuses on the female competitors in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

They crack open one Knockouts box and one of the rarer Knockouts Revealed boxes …  what will they find?

Click here to find out.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

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I’m proud to say that I was a young man in the era during which the Ric Flair aura and accomplishments were right on the cutting edge of shaping his persona and declaration that he was the “dirtiest player in the game.” ~ I live and have always lived in the foothills of the Carolinas and close enough to travel to Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, or any other locations considered as part of what used to be known as the NWA (National Wrestling Association – owned by Jim Crockett Promotions located in Charlotte, N.C.) ~ Ric Flair overcame a broken back sustained in a bad plane crash early in his career. Not only did he recover completely, he went on to be what many of his fans and enemies alike considered quite possibly the greatest wrestling performer of all time. Well, I was there many times, usually in Greenville, S.C.’s Old Greenville Memorial Auditorium to take in many of Flair’s conquests and shenanigans! ~ Of all of his opponents in the NWA, Ricky the “Dragon” Steamboat and “Wahoo” McDaniel were his toughest opponents. “Wahoo” probably delivered to hardest “chop” to the chest and neck of an oponent, with Flair possessing the second most jolting shots, followed by Steamboat! ~ The most memorable match which I have ever witnessed was in Greenville’s old Memorial Auditorium one evening. Flair and Steamboat, not exactly pals, pulled out every hold and dirty trick possible, finally practically staggering to their respective corners. Beaten, bloody, bruised, achy, the whole nine yards they went. Both athletes had no energy left, yet Steamboat begged the referee for fifteen minutes more. After much conjecture,the match was allowed to continue for fifteen minutes. The two men made it, somehow, collapsing against the corner ropes. Within what seemed to be an eon, Flair limped to the middle of the ring, beckoning Steamboat. As Steamboaat slowly made his way to the center of the ring, Flair slowly extended his open right hand. Ricky was hesitant, but he, too, soon reached out and grasped Flair’s hand in a surprisingly-appreciative gesture.Holy Moly!!! The “dirtiest man in the game” had become a true respector of conditioning, a variety of wrestling holds, tough as nails willpower,while not breaking the rules. ~ I’ve seen Ric Flair wrestle many times. His battles with Chief “Wahoo” McDaniel were some of Flairs’s most brutal! Both men used “chops” against the other copiously, with bruises, blood, and contusions. McDaniel usually had a look on his face between focused venom and
dislike for whomever his opponent was at the time. ~ I tended to be a “Wahoo” Fan and his BRING IT ATTITUDE”! ~ You know, after all these years I haven’t been able really to get an a really nice piece of Ric Flair memorabilia or certified autograph. When I read your article and saw the samples of the new, “slabbed”, certified, Ric Flair Upper deck card, I just about did a flip. I would be so grateful to Beckett and Upper Deck if I had the opportunity to buy one copy from you. ~ God Blessya and don’t take any “body slams” or “head locks” … :)

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