Category Archives: Pro Wrestling

Five-card tribute to Rowdy Roddy Piper

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

Just when you thought you had the answers, he changed the questions.

The world of professional wrestling suffered another loss last Friday as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the legendary icon who headlined the first Wrestlemania, died at the age of 61.

For the last 30 years, Piper had cemented his legacy in professional wrestling as one of the greatest “bad guys” the business had ever seen. He was also a pretty good actor, having starred in several feature films, most notably John Carpenter‘s cult sci-fi classic, They Live.

However, it was the main event match at ‘Mania that changed the game for Piper. He, along with “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, challenged Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in a tag team showdown for the ages. Piper’s feud with Hogan established a new generation of wrestling fans and put sports entertainment into the national spotlight like never before.

And, with great popularity come great collectibles. Between cards and action figures, there are currently 345 Piper pieces in the Beckett database and the following five cards serve as a tribute to an incredible career.

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BGS Diary Predictor (July): What will Olds submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in June and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, a few are headed to Beckett Grading Services today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

BGS Diary Predictor (July): What will Olds submit?

  • 2015 USA Baseball Stars & Stripes Jersey Signatures #56 Kris Bryant (55%, 91 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps Heritage Gum Stained Back #377 Nick Swisher (44%, 72 Votes)
  • 2012 Bowman Chrome Prospects Refractors #104 Joc Pederson (41%, 67 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps #616 Kris Bryant (38%, 63 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps WWE Blue #32 Maryse (29%, 47 Votes)
  • 2012 Topps Mini #661 Bryce Harper (27%, 44 Votes)
  • 1988 Pacific Eight Men Out #13 D.B. Sweeney as Joe Jackson (23%, 37 Votes)
  • 1969 Topps #4 NL Leaders (McCovey, Santo, Williams) (21%, 34 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps First Pitch #1 Jeff Bridges (20%, 33 Votes)
  • 1987 Donruss #46 Mark McGwire (20%, 32 Votes)
  • 2014 Panini Prizm Gold Prizms #293 A.J. McCarron (13%, 21 Votes)
  • 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Minis #147 Clay Buchholz (9%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 164

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PAST BGS DIARY POSTS

– October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

– January: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

– February: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

– March: WWE Divas, The Killer, Koufax and a cardboard icon 

– April: Seeing gold, stickers … and furry autographs?

– May: A lone BGS 10 Michael Jordan, another Lana, a rare Yankee & one USA Baseball lineup

– June:  Vintage Pudge, Atomic Paige, Cooperstown autographs, Canseco & more

First Look: 2015 Topps Heritage WWE

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

World Wrestling Entertainment is turning back the clock for the next release with the return of Topps Heritage wrestling cards in November.

When 2015 Topps Heritage WWE arrives on Nov. 11, it will showcase the 1985 Topps baseball design with the stars of the squared circle. There will be two hits per box and a $3.49 suggested retail price per hobby pack.

The basic set will consist of 110 cards showcasing stars of the past and present with Superstars, Divas, NXT talents and WWE Legends found. After that, there will be a 30-card Rookie of the Year set, a 30-card NXT Called Up set, a 30-card Then & Now insert set and a 10-card Hulk Hogan Tribute installment.

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BGS Diary (June): Vintage Pudge, Atomic Paige, Cooperstown autographs, Canseco & more

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for June — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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“The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes dies at 69

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Professional wrestling lost one of its greatest performers and influential minds behind the scenes on Thursday with the passing of “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. He was 69.

A member of the WWE Hall of Fame and a three-time NWA champion, Rhodes (aka Virgil Runnels) turned his ability to talk people into arenas into a lengthy in-ring career that began in 1968 and continued for 40 more years as a performer, booker and producer for several wrestling organizations. He had continuously worked behind the scenes in WWE since 2005.

His working-man persona and non-traditional physique added to his unique package that captivated fans around the world.

“I admit I don’t look like the athlete of the day is supposed to look. My belly’s just a little big, my hiney’s just a little big, but, brother, I am bad and they know I am bad,” Rhodes said in his famous “Hard Times” promo from 1985 advancing a match with “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

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Topps adds Thunderlips autos to Allen & Ginter

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

First there was Rocky Balboa, now there’s Thunderlips.

Hulk Hogan is signing autographs for the 10th edition of Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards, according to tweets from Celebzdirect, the Florida-based agency that handled Hogan’s signing.

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First Look: 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

World Wrestling Entertainment cards have officially gone high-end.

Topps revealed the first images and basic details for its first high-end WWE trading card brand on Monday with 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed, a hit-based product that will pack 10 hits — seven autographs and three autographed Relics — per box when it arrives on Oct. 7.

Each pack will contain three base cards, one parallel and one auto or auto Relic, while there will be eight boxes per case.

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BGS Diary Predictor (May): What will Olds submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in March and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, a few are headed to Beckett Grading Services today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

May BGS Diary Predictor: Which cards will Olds submit?

  • 1965 Topps #122 Joe Namath SP RC, $1,800 (62%, 105 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps WWE Black #46 Lana, $30 (45%, 77 Votes)
  • 2008 USA Baseball National Team Starting Lineup Signatures #SL9 Danks, Forsythe, Alvarez, Smoak, Wallace, Paramore, Flaherty, Mercer, Kieschnick, Matusz, $N/A (35%, 60 Votes)
  • 1975 Topps Mini #63 Steve Swisher RC, 75 cents (34%, 58 Votes)
  • 1994 Fun Pack #170 Michael Jordan RC, $10 (34%, 57 Votes)
  • 1987 Topps Tiffany #620 Jose Canseco, $6 (32%, 55 Votes)
  • 1986-87 Fleer #120 Spud Webb RC, $15 (26%, 45 Votes)
  • 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Gold Refractors #71 Curtis Granderson, $125 (24%, 40 Votes)
  • 2013 Bowman Draft Draft Picks Purple Ice #BDPP19 Aaron Judge, $N/A (18%, 31 Votes)
  • 1992 Star Pics Autographs #27 Robert Horry, $80 (16%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 170

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PAST BGS DIARY POSTS

– October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

– January: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

– February: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

– March: WWE Divas, The Killer, Koufax and a cardboard icon 

– April Seeing gold, stickers … and furry autographs?

Wrestling loses a legend: Verne Gagne dies at 89

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

He was a prep star in three sports, a college football standout, a two-time NCAA wrestling champion, an Olympic team alternate, an NFL draft pick and even a U.S. Marine.

But Verne Gagne dedicated his life to the world of professional wrestling — a career that spanned five decades in the ring and even more time beyond as a promoter and owner of the American Wrestling Association. He died Monday at age 89.

As the AWA owner, trainer and even a 10-time champion, he helped create wrestling stars such as Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, The Iron Sheik, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Curt Henning and many more. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 for his contributions to wrestling as a whole.

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BGS Diary: Seeing gold, stickers … and furry autos?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for April — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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First Look: 2015 Topps WWE Road To WrestleMania

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Road to WrestleMania next year in Dallas begins now.

Topps revealed the first looks at 2015 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania on Monday, a step-by-step recap of the year that was and sets the stage for WWE‘s biggest event of the year. While this year’s WrestleMania took place last month, next year’s will be in JerryWorld — aka the home of the Dallas Cowboys — next spring. The card set will be among the earlier milestones as it’s set to arrive on Aug. 12 packing two hits per hobby box.

Among the firsts in this one will be the first Relics of NXT performers — stars and Divas who might be on the card next year in Dallas — while Turnbuckle Relics and Jerry Lawler sketch cards are new to the brand.

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BGS Diary Predictor (April): What will Olds submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in March and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, a few are headed to Beckett Grading Services today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

BGS Diary Predictor (April): What will Olds submit?

  • 1975 Topps Mini #228 George Brett (58%, 70 Votes)
  • 1959 Topps #415 Bill Mazeroski (48%, 58 Votes)
  • 2013 Topps Opening Day Mascot Autographs #MA2 Phillie Phanatic (46%, 55 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps WWE #56 Paige (43%, 52 Votes)
  • 2014 Topps #1B Mike Trout (Gatorade) (33%, 40 Votes)
  • 2010 Bowman Chrome #BCP1 Stephen Strasburg (29%, 35 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps Heritage #377 Nick Swisher (24%, 29 Votes)
  • 2015 Donruss #176B Bryce Harper SP/Mohawk (24%, 29 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps Heritage #500 Mike Trout (20%, 24 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps Stickers #57 Nick Swisher (20%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 120

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PAST BGS DIARY POSTS

– October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

– January: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

– February: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

– March: WWE Divas, The Killer, Koufax and a cardboard icon 

Top 5: Brock Lesnar trading cards to chase

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Matt Bible. And, I’m the one … bringing some news on the one … in 21-1.

WWE champion Brock Lesnar is not going anywhere. Tuesday night, Lesnar told ESPN that he has signed a contract extension with the WWE, effectively ending his MMA career. So, get ready to see more of The Beast Incarnate and his human microphone, Paul Heyman. Well, at least more of Heyman and an occasional Lesnar sighting. The contract is for a part-time schedule similar to the one Lesnar has enjoyed the past three years. More than likely that means sporadic appearances on RAW and every third PPV.

What does this mean for Wrestlemania and Roman Reigns? Who knows? Initially, the rumors were that Lesnar would drop the belt to either Reigns or Seth Rollins (Money-in-the-Bank cash in) and sign a contract with UFC. Now that Lesnar has dropped the ball, the main event at Wrestlemania has regained a bit of mystery. However, something that isn’t mysterious is that Lesnar has some seriously unique cardboard out there on the secondary market. Here are five of his best:

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BGS Diary: WWE Divas Paige & Lana, Harmon Killebrew, Sandy Koufax and Sy Berger, too

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for March — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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Top 5: Cards of WWE Diva Paige

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

When it comes to this year’s wrestling cards, this is her house.

The night after WrestleMania 30 last year, Paige made her WWE debut by winning the Divas Championship from AJ Lee on Raw. Ever since, she has ridden a wave of massive popularity among wrestling fans.

Now, a star of Total Divas and a two-time champion, her popularity is soaring with collectors of cardboard. The release of 2015 Topps WWE has opened the floodgates for Paige collectors, as it includes her “Rookie Card” and many firsts, including autographs, Relics and kiss cards. In a very strong product with many superstars from the past and present, such as John Cena, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, Paige is the hottest seller among all of them. While she doesn’t have many cards yet, here is a list of her all-time top five … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2015 Topps WWE + win our kiss card

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps WWE in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Contest: Tell us what you think of 2015 Topps WWE in the comments below for a shot at winning our kiss card. We’ll select a winner at random from all entries received before March 20.

Legends, Divas power interest in 2015 Topps WWE

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Some of the newest names in professional wrestling as well as some of the oldest ones are capturing the attention of collectors who have ripped into packs of 2015 Topps WWE, which arrived last week.

More than 65 eBay auctions have ended with final bids topping $100 for cards from the product — a mix of autographs, Relics, kiss cards and even manufactured Relics have topped the plateau.

The retail-only autographs of long-time wrestler but WWE newcomer Sting are leading the way. His autographs, which are limited to only 100 copies and found only in Walmart packs have topped $300.

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Sting makes WWE card debut — with even more to be found in Walmart packs

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Sting has his first WWE trading cards with the arrival of 2015 Topps WWE this week, but collectors will find even more for the wrestling icon if they shop around.

Like at Walmart.

Collectors who rip into jumbo packs of the product found at Walmart will have a shot at an autographed cards found only in those packs. An autographed Relic will be found only in retail blaster boxes, while a standard Relic will only be found in blasters sold at Walmarts.

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WWE releases a first for Sting auto collectors

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

He hasn’t had a single WWE match yet, but he has a WWE-certified autograph.

The storylines that will lead long-time wrestling star Sting, aka Steve Borden, into his first match with World Wrestling Entertainment have yet to be written, but the veteran already has signed his name on 500 photos for his first WWE-sanctioned autographs — this Survivor Series plaque that is currently for sale on WWEShop.com.

His first WWE trading cards are still to come — 2015 Topps WWE arrives on Feb. 18 and there’s not yet any word on whether he’ll have autographs there — but he’s got plenty of non-WWE appearances over the years as he has held countless championships and picked up countless more honors in a highly decorated career with the NWA, WCW and TNA. 

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Sunday Conversation: Adam “Edge” Copeland

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For millions of wrestling fans, the world champion known as Edge is truly one of sports entertainment’s greatest superstars as he held multiple World Wrestling Entertainment titles throughout a Hall of Fame career.

Before he thrilled arenas full of screaming fans and wrestled on countless pay-per-view events, he was a Canadian youth named Adam Copeland growing up in Orangeville, Ontario. Like many kids of his generation, he grew up with an addiction to O-Pee-Chee hockey cards.

Now retired from in-ring action, he has transitioned into an acting career and has appeared in many episodes of the television series, Haven. He recently reconnected with his hobby following a hiatus of over 20 years and shared his memories with Beckett Hockey.

You recently Tweeted about some of your childhood hockey cards. Where were they all these years?

They were up at my Mom’s since the last time I bought a pack of cards, maybe 1991 or 1992, and then I basically hit the road. I knew they were around somewhere, I just didn’t know where. My Mom was moving last year and I was helping her and I went ‘holy crap, here’s all my cards!’ Just boxes and boxes of loose cards and comics and everything I collected as a kid. So, I had to get these down to Syracuse at least and once I finished Haven this year, eight months from now, I’ll be able to get to them – that was my thought.

When we got home a couple of weeks ago, we got the holidays done and I earmarked the time until we leave for North Carolina to get this done. It was pretty cool and all day and all night just sitting here and saying ‘whoa, I forgot about that guy’ and getting a complete reminder. It took me back to even where I got the some of them.

It’s interesting, when you get so involved in something, I think that sometimes it can make you cynical and what’s great about this for me is that because it has been so long, I have no cynicism attached at all. It’s just fun and cool. I just now found a Wayne Gretzky Second Team All-Star from 1980-81 O-Pee-Chee. That’s the first one I really remember being my set, where up until that point, it was my uncles’ cards. I’d look at theirs and get some, but that was the first year I remember truly liking collecting. Read More »

Top 5: Triple H cards that will make you cry

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Update: Check out a Good Morning America segment that aired on Jan. 23 at the end of the story.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Professional wrestling’s ultimate bad guy these days is Triple H, aka Paul Levesque, who is the real-life son-in-law of WWE Chairman Vince McMahon. Together with his wife, Stephanie McMahon, they have been running roughshod over the WWE of late as “The Authority” — firing some wrestlers, stacking the deck against others and generally just making people miserable while also riling up fans.

You know, that’s what the bad guys do.

With WWE’s flagship show Raw broadcasting from here in Dallas on Monday night, the main event was one that fell right in line with recent story lines — the WWE’s ultimate good guy, John Cena, against three other wrestlers at the same time with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon watching the action in cushy leather chairs at ringside.

TripleHphotoWBOnly, there was one thing that happened during the match Monday night that was not planned — Triple H broke character after he made a kid cry.

Maybe it was all caused by an evil stare back at the little guy who worked his way up a few rows to a seat beside a few Dallas Cowboys players to cheer on Cena. Maybe something was said. Maybe the beatdown that Cena was taking was just too much.

Once the kid was crying, though, the 6-foot-4, 255-pound 13-time champ, did the unthinkable as a bad guy — he got up out of his chair, leaned down to talk to the kid and rubbed his head, ruffling his hair. Stephanie McMahon did the same thing, too. How do I know? I was there — sitting a few rows back watching it all along with his dad, who was in the row in front of me. After the show went off the air, they were invited backstage.

My photos of the event have gone viral online in the last day or two, but before you shed a single tear about “the moment” that has inspired some extra attention on the WWE’s biggest bad guy, check out this selection of cardboard — five Triple H cards that will make you cry.

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Top 5: Top “Macho Man” Randy Savage cards to own

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

After years off of the company’s radar, one of wrestling’s biggest legends is getting World Wrestling Entertainment‘s biggest honor.

“Macho Man” Randy Savage is headed to the WWE Hall of Fame on March 28 — nearly four years after his death from a heart attack at age 58 — the company officially announced Monday night during Raw.

Savage, born Randy Poffo, was a two-time WWE heavyweight champ, and his match with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat for the Intercontinental title at WrestleMania III is considered one of the greatest matches in the history of wrestling’s premiere event. He was a high-flying main event performer alongside Hulk Hogan in the late 1980s glory days of the WWE (then WWF) with his wife and ringside valet Miss Elizabeth, often by his side. Hogan will be inducting him into the Hall on the evening before WrestleMania 31 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. She died of a drug overdose at age 42 in 2003.

Savage briefly played minor league baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds organizations before he turned to his family’s business after an injury. His father, Angelo Poffo, was a wrestler and his brother, Lanny, also was a WWE performer best remembered as “The Genius.” Savage never appeared on a baseball card in the Beckett.com database, but he does appear on 105 different cards as a wrestler.

Here are my picks for the four key cards to own …  after the jump.

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Leaf Originals arrives with many new signers

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

You might know their names or faces if you’re not a wrestling fan, but even if you are a fan you probably don’t know their autographed cards that well.

Why? Because they’ve never had one.

That’s the case for more than 20 names from the professional wrestling ranks as many wrestlers have signed certified autographs for the first time in 2014 Leaf Originals, which arrived on Friday.

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BGS Diary: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted five cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for December — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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“Stone Cold” Steve Austin is latest WWE Icon

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

A beer-guzzling, attitude-fueled WWE legend is the latest star to get the McFarlane Toys treatment.

His name is “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and he’s the star of the newest 23-inch tall resin statue display in the WWE Icons line from the long-running toy-maker. The premium piece comes with a swatch of the ring apron from WrestleMania 17 in Houston, Texas, where the home-state hero took on The Rock and won the WWE championship.

The statutes are limited to just 500 hand-numbered copies and sell for $295. A limited run of 50 autographed statues already has sold out at $395 apiece.

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BGS Diary Predictor (Dec.): What will he submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in December and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

December BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Autos #NS Nick Saban, $200 (57%, 81 Votes)
  • 2011 Limited Lumberjacks Bats #2 Joe Jackson /199, $100 (46%, 66 Votes)
  • 1989 Score #257 Barry Sanders RC, $30 (45%, 64 Votes)
  • 1988 Wonderama NWA #341 Road Warriors, 60 cents (37%, 53 Votes)
  • 2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of Trade Swatch Double #176 Roger Maris J-P/50, $60 (35%, 50 Votes)
  • 1996 Score Board Autographed BK Autos Red #1 Allen Iverson /400, $150 (32%, 46 Votes)
  • 2004 Leather & Lumber Fans of Game Autos #2 Dennis Haysbert, $30 (32%, 45 Votes)
  • 2003 Playoff Prestige Sig. Impressions #46 Barry Larkin /15, N/A (27%, 38 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #364 Ken Griffey Jr. EXT, $80 (20%, 28 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #361 Ichiro Suzuki EXT, $80 (17%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 142

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PAST BGS DIARY POSTS

October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

BGS Diary: Vintage, booklets, Dr. Beckett & more

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted five cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch of five cards I got back from BGS for November — so here’s my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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First Look: 2015 Topps WWE Chrome wrestling

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

WrestleMania 31 is set for late March, but the Topps hopes to steal the show on cardboard not long afterward.

The lone manufacturer of WWE trading cards revealed its next product in production on Wednesday and it’s 2015 Topps WWE Chrome, which arrives on May 13. Each 24-pack box will contain two hits — a mix of autographs, Relics, kiss cards and more.

The base set will consist of 100 cards with a mix of current performers, legends, Divas and NXT prospects. The Hulk Hogan Tribute insert will consist of 10 cards, each with Gold parallels (/10) and 1/1 Reds as well.

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Top 5: Sting wrestling cards to own

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

He’s been a professional wrestler on the national stage for more than 25 years but there was one thing that Sting had never done until Sunday night at Survivor Series.

Appear in a WWE ring.

Sting, aka Steve Borden, has held countless championships and picked up countless more honors in a highly decorated career with the NWA, WCW and TNA and now he’s in the fold with Vince McMahon‘s promotion in what could be the final run of his career.

He’s appeared on 810 cards and other items in the Beckett.com database with 327 certified autos and 149 memorabilia cards in the mix with a total value of more than $6,400 excluding rarities.

Here are my picks for five cards to track down first … after the jump.

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BGS Diary Predictor: What will he submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary (click to read) and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

That was last month’s BGS submission. For this month, we’re getting a bit interactive. He’s prepared his five cards for grading and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

November BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 1980 Topps #482 Rickey Henderson RC (54%, 86 Votes)
  • 2011 Topps Stickers #21 Nick Swisher (40%, 63 Votes)
  • 1981 Topps #216 Joe Montana RC (38%, 60 Votes)
  • 1957 Topps #35 Frank Robinson RC (37%, 59 Votes)
  • 2010 Bowman Chrome 18U USA Baseball Refractors #18BC8 Bryce Harper (36%, 57 Votes)
  • 1986 Donruss #39 Jose Canseco RC (35%, 56 Votes)
  • 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Autographs #JBE Dr. Jim Beckett (31%, 50 Votes)
  • 2013 Topps WWE Diva Centerfolds #1 AJ Lee (25%, 39 Votes)
  • 2001 Topps Heritage #316 Cal Ripken SP (16%, 26 Votes)
  • 1971-72 Topps #4 John Johnson RC (9%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 159

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Beckett 20 Questions … on autographs

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Our next Beckett Sports Card Monthly is one of our favorites — and apparently one of yours, too — The Autograph Issue.

It’s the one time a year where we aim to explore the one thing that seemingly every collector can appreciate and a subject that can generate a lot of opinions at times, too.

How? Just bring up these two words … sticker autographs.

Here is our latest batch of 20 Questions — tell us what you think with the questions below and raise a few of your own at the end if you’d like. The results here will appear in the next magazine as they do in every month.

1. Did you like the way Topps distributed its 2013 Kris Bryant autos this year?

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2. Pick one: Sticker auto or no auto.

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See the rest of our questions … after the jump.

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Show Recap: Toronto Expo Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Another successful Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo came to a close Sunday evening and thousands of hockey collectors from all over have gone home after three days of hunting for cards and collectibles at the International Centre in Toronto.

Beckett Media was once again on hand for this semi-annual extravaganza and in addition to offering the latest issues of our price guides and annuals along with raw card grading services, managed to bring a lot of folks to our booth on Friday evening with a special appearance by World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Trish Stratus.

What else was going on at the Expo? Read on after the jump for an extensive recap. Read More »

Wrestler CM Punk to write Thor comic book

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If you have purchased any wrestling cards in the last decade, odds are you have one of his cards — maybe even an autograph.

After all, CM Punk has plenty of stuff in the Beckett database — and his real-life wife, WWE Diva AJ Lee, does, too.

What you might not know is that Punk — real name Phil Brooks — is a big comic book fan and Marvel Comics announced Monday that he will have a new title soon.

He’s becoming a comic book writer — and he’s taking a crack at Thor in its Annual No. 1, which is set to arrive in February, as a guest scribe.

“You know, I think I’m more suited for it just because I’ve been reading comic books my entire life,” said Brooks, who left WWE in January. “I’m definitely prepared to fall flat on my face, I think. If anything, [wrestling] got me used to understanding that failure is part of a process, and the only real failure is if you don’t try.”

Read more about the news in an interview with Marvel right here. 

First Look: Trish Stratus’ BSCM cover

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s a milestone for her, a collectable for you — one you can get signed if you attend an upcoming card show.

It’s the December issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, and she’s WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus, a seven-time women’s champ and Topps‘ Queen of WrestleMania. She’ll be signing the magazines at the Beckett Media booth in 11 days at the upcoming Toronto Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo.

The magazine makes its public debut at the show with the Toronto native featured on what is the 100th cover appearance of her career. The two-hour autograph session will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. Fans who buy a copy will be able to get it signed and authenticated immediately afterward. Supplies will be limited and there’s no additional fee for her autograph.

“I’m so excited to finally hit cover 100,” Stratus said on her website. “To be the first from my industry to be on the cover of such a respected and well-known magazine in the sporting world is such an honor. I can’t thank the people at Beckett enough for this opportunity.”

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Trish Stratus to sign for Beckett at Expo

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It should be a Stratusfying card show.

WWE Hall of Famer and seven-time women’s champion Trish Stratus will sign copies of the December issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly at the Beckett Media booth one night only during the upcoming Toronto Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo.

The magazine will make its public debut at the show next month with the Toronto native appearing on its cover, which is the 100th cover appearance of her career. Show attendees who buy a copy of the magazine at the booth for the two-hour session beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, will be able to get it signed and authenticated immediately afterward. Supplies will be limited.

“I’m so excited to finally hit cover 100,” Stratus said on her website. “To be the first from my industry to be on the cover of such a respected and well-known magazine in the sporting world is such an honor. I can’t thank the people at Beckett enough for this opportunity.”

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