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Posted on April 3, 2012 – 4:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | Chief Jay Strongbow, Topps, wrestling, WWE, WWF | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
WWE Hall of Famer Chief Jay Strongbow, a colorful and decorated performer during his nearly 50-year-career in professional wrestling died on Tuesday. He was 83.
Strongbow, real name Joe Scarpa, retired in 1994 but still appeared in WWE card sets in recent years. In all, he appears on 32 cards in the Beckett.com database (click for a full checklist or OPG) with just two certified autographs, both from Topps.
His debut autograph came in the 2005 Topps Heritage set, a card that typically sold for $30 or less before the news, while his other autograph came in the 2006 Topps Heritage Chrome release.
Like many stars of the 1970s and early 1980s, his first card arrived in the landmark 1982 Wrestling All-Stars release (he’s in Series B) and he made his first official WWF/WWE card appearance in the 1985 Topps and 1985 O-Pee-Chee WWF sets.
He was a four-time tag champ for what is now the WWE but held titles in several territories. He joined the WWE Hall in 1994 and became a member of the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2009.
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