Posted on June 6, 2011 – 9:17 am | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | 2011 Topps WWE, featured, Topps, wrestling cards, WWE | Comments (3)
By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor
One of the WWE‘s newest talents is a high-flying Mexican luchador named Sin Cara, whose name translates to “faceless.”
The latest pro wrestling release from Topps, which it unveiled Monday morning will be anything but that.
The 2011 Topps WWE set will include Sin Cara and plenty more inside its packs when it arrives in early September packing an autograph and an event-used Relic card into every 24-pack hobby box.
What else will be inside?
Oh, yeah, The Rock.
Read more — and see more images — after the jump.
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Posted on May 24, 2011 – 9:19 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Pro Wrestling | baseball, baseball memorabilia, Cincinnati Reds, featured, Macho Man Randy Savage, milb, minor league baseball, Randy Poffo, Randy Savage, Tampa Tarpons | Comments (17)
By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor | Commentary
After I watched the news of “Macho Man” Randy Savage‘s unfold via Twitter on Friday morning — first with an unusual one-word expletive tweet from one current WWE wrestler and then a I-hope-the-rumor-is-untrue tweet from another — I immediately started writing.
Summing up an iconic person’s life isn’t always an easy task, particularly within minutes — and I briefly pondered whether I really should include a Slim Jim reference in the story — but I brainstormed about what I knew of the former WWE champ and childhood icon of many. Former minor league baseball player. Memphis wrestling. Miss Elizabeth. WrestleMania III. “Ohhhhh yeah” …
I searched the Beckett.com database for Randy Poffo, his real name, knowing full well that he didn’t appear on a single baseball card — it was searched long, long ago under more casual and trivial times. One should really know better than to expect an early 1970s Rookie League team to have a card set, but I looked once again, anyway. I called up his baseball stats — half-surprised they were actually documented — linked and kept writing. Then I searched Beckett.com for “Randy Savage” where I found his stats as a wrestler, the most pertinent piece of information for collectors and finished up my piece.
Then, on a whim, I hit eBay, wanting there to be a long-omitted baseball card to be there waiting for me. After all, I had never even seen a photo of Savage as a ballplayer — it’s the stuff of Internet wrestling lore, kind of like that epic image of Triple H with 1980s Flair Hair. It’s out there — I’ve seen it — but I can’t seem to find it when I need it. (You know, I’ve got important emails that need to be sent.)
It wasn’t to be … but I did find something else for Randy Poffo.
Posted on May 22, 2011 – 6:06 pm | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | autograph, Edge, The Miz, Undertaker, Undertaker autographs, WrestleMania, wrestling memorabilia, WWE | Comments (1)
The arrival of this year’s WrestleMania — the Super Bowl of professional wrestling — on DVD means more than just another chance to watch The Undertaker win once again.
It also means the arrival of autographed ‘Mania-used memorabilia plaques — aka one of those rare chances to own an autograph from the man who has never lost in 19 matches at the WWE’s premiere event.
While Undertaker has only signed two certified autograph cards for card companies though the years — a 1994 Action Packed card and a 2001 Fleer Raw is War Booty card — he has signed a limited number of these plaques through the years, which are sold on WWEShop.com. This year’s version, which is 15-by-17 inches and includes a piece of the ring rope from the event, is limited to just 500 copies and is presently available on pre-order for $99.99.
It’s not the only plaque commemorating this year’s event, which marked the return of The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) to the WWE fold, either.
Posted on May 20, 2011 – 11:08 am | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | featured, Macho Man, Randy Savage, WCW, wrestling, WWE, WWF | Comments (7)
Former WWE world champion Randy “Macho Man” Savage — who was known for his colorful ring attire, successful career in the heyday of the 1980s professional wrestling explosion and at least one very memorable commercial endorsement — died of an apparent heart attack while driving in Florida on Friday. He as 58.
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.
Before he was a professional wrestler, he 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.”
While Savage never appeared on a baseball card in the Beckett.com database, he does appear on 103 different cards as a wrestler. He has two certified autographs — a 1994 Action Packed autographed promo card limited to just 500 copies and a card in the 1999 Topps WCW/nWo wrestling set, which typically sells for $150 or less.
Posted on May 4, 2011 – 7:37 pm | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | @realmickfoley, baseball cards, charity auctions, ebay auctions, featured, Mick Foley, pro wrestling, RAINN, TNA, Topps, WWE | Comments (6)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Mick Foley‘s professional wrestling career is one that can be summed up in one word — violent.
But these days, outside the ring, Foley is anything but that. In fact, you could use the word charitable to sum up his latest efforts to raise money for victims of sexual abuse.
That’s meant auctioning off his childhood baseball and basketball card collections — his personal treasures just like everyone else who bought plenty of 1972, 1974 and 1976 Topps — but now it’s getting serious as the mementos of a career are on the auction block with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting RAINN.
Now, significant items from his wrestling career — one so infamous he’ll end up in multiple Halls of Fame — are on the block. The shredded white dress shirt seen above? It was what Foley, as Mankind, wore in one of the most-brutal matches in WWE history, a Hell in the Cell match against Undertaker.
Sure, the result of the 1998 match … it was fixed. But there was nothing fake about the bumps Foley took. Here’s a highlight reel of two moments — then read more after the jump.
Posted on April 15, 2011 – 10:28 am | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | featured, federal tax forms, IRS, Irwin R. Schyster, pro wrestling, taxes, Topps, wrestling memorabilia, WWE | Comments (0)
Today’s normally the day one might take a hit from The Taxman, but if you’re a long-time collector of pro wrestling cards then you might be familiar with another guy who probably gets a kick out of April 15 each and every year.
His name is Irwin R. Schyster, and he’s a former superstar with World Wrestling Entertainment.
The taxman cometh to the ring in the past for each and every match wearing what you see above, save for the glasses. He wrestled in dress clothes, suspenders and necktie under that moniker from roughly 1991 to 1995. Fittingly, he also teamed with “The Million-Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, a team titled “Money, Inc.”
Posted on March 21, 2011 – 5:45 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Pro Wrestling | baseball cards, Don Mattingly, featured, New York Yankees, Rickey Henderson, Roger Maris, Tim Wakefield, Topps, Trevor Cahill, WCW, wrestling, WWE | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor
Visit any sports card and collectibles forum and you’ll likely see one of these types of posts — a recap of what arrived into a collector’s possession that’s one part “Check This Out!” and one part bragging. It’s one part a reflection of a hobby and, perhaps, a reflection of the madness that is what we do as collectors.
It’s the mailday report.
I tested the waters of live online video to a select few Twitter followers late Monday afternoon with a UStream mailday report after I received a big ol’ box of goodness from CheckOutMyCards.com at lunchtime. The video was one part to show a curious few the end result of how that sales site works and to examine my stuff — a stash that had been amassed over the last few months of buying — while subtlely showing off — ok, maybe not so subtlely — what I collect. (As if you didn’t know, as a regular reader, already …)
This time, though, it was a little less Swisheriffic. Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of Nick Swisher — and Jose Canseco on Topps Tiffany cards (a recently completed kick) — but the big guns were something else. It was a selection of cards that caught my eye for one reason or another. A couple were cards I had always wanted and the specimens presented themselves, while a few others were just good buys or unique cards that grabbed my attention. I did some spring cleaning of sorts in the ol’ collection recently — something long overdue — and turned some not-so-wanted cards into these you see here (and more).
So, here’s a rare mailday post from me. (Do you have a cool mailday to report? Start a thread at the first link above or comment below.)
The biggie, was a Roger Maris 1958 Topps Rookie Card in PSA 4 condition. It’s not the prettiest specimen, as seen above, but I’ve seen worse-looking copies — in lower condition with higher prices to boot. Unlike many of you guys out there, dropping $500 on a single card just isn’t an option here — but a lesser-grade guy, one that’s pretty well-centered and free of a heavy dose of 1958 Topps “snow” (white spots in the photo) was. To top that, I got it for roughly the price of a PSA1 or 2 after making an offer to the previous owner. Yes, it’s still a rough copy … but I won’t be able to top it without a firesale from someone who deals in higher-grade vintage. (When’s the last time that happened?)
Posted on March 8, 2011 – 12:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Pro Wrestling | collectibles?, licensed products, NBA, NCAA sports, Pizza Prints | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Editor
From the Too Weird Not to Write About File …
If you’ve ever wanted to celebrate a birthday or a big game with an inspiring pie instead of a cake, now you can.
New on the sports scene is Pizza Prints, which is exactly what it sounds like — an edible pizza decoration — which has been licensed for home and commercial use (yes, that means delivery) by the NBA, World Wrestling Entertainment (a licensing deal unveiled today) and more than 80 colleges and universities.
Other “Happy Birthday” related images — as well as Nickelodeon characters such as Dora The Explorer — also are available … and the company apparently is pursuing a deal with the NFL.
The prints are slightly cheese-flavored and calorie-free. They are made from starch and food coloring just like what you see on birthday cakes. Pizza Prints are simply applied to a warm cheese or appropriately accommodating pizza — one where cheese-oppressive toppings are not center-pie — and the logo melts right in.
Posted on February 23, 2011 – 10:10 am | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | 2011 Topps WWE Champions, featured, Topps, wrestling, WWE | Comments (2)
Topps is ready to get in the ring once again as it unveiled it’s latest World Wrestling Entertainment card set on Wednesday morning.
A new line, Topps WWE Champions, features full-bleed photography — but no blood because that’s not kosher in the WWE these days — and highlights from notable matches throughout the WWE years.
Set to arrive in early June, Champions will include 100 base cards in the set and Foil Champions insert cards one in every three packs. There also will be autograph cards to be found, though they will be rarer as odds were not mentioned on the sales materials.
See more images from the set after the jump.
Posted on February 14, 2011 – 10:53 pm | Author: chrisolds
Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling | autographs, Dwayne Johnson, featured, The Rock, wrestling, WWE | Comments (3)
After seven years away from the world of professional wrestling, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returned to a World Wrestling Entertainment ring on Monday night in Anaheim, Calif., as he was unveiled as the guest host for WrestleMania XXVII in Atlanta.
His 20-minute in-ring promo capped Raw, with his attention particularly focused on John Cena, prompting a few to believe that he might be up for more than some host duties for the April pay-per-view. That got us thinking — there might be a few collectors out there looking for the star’s trading cards and memorabilia.
The Rock presently appears on 254 cards in the Beckett.com database — just one of them a certified autograph as a wrestler. (He does appear on non-sport autographed cards for The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King and Doom.)
Johnson’s earliest trading card appearance comes as a member of the University of Miami football team. He was included in a school-produced set in 1994, and that card can sell for $50.
Posted on April 2, 2009 – 11:08 am | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | Hulk Hogan, Trish Stratus, WWE | Comments (1)
Millions (and millions) of fans watch pro wrestling every week on television, but many won’t admit it. That’s OK — it’ll be our dirty little secret. But there’s no doubting that people are interested in the pop culture phenomenon that’s part sport, part soap opera but wholly entertaining for many.
How much interest is there in pro wrestling? A lot. If the DVDs, video games and countless other items don’t tell you that, consider this — there are two companies producing wrestling cards these days. That’s more than you can say for a few pro sports.
On Sunday, the traveling caravan known as World Wrestling Entertainment makes its biggest stop of the year in Houston for WrestleMania 25, so we figured now’s the time to examine 10 classic cards that should be in any serious wrestling collection.
1. Hulk Hogan — 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Autographs
Let me tell you something, brother, there’s nobody bigger in WrestleMania history than Hogan. And in the last decade of card sets only a handful carry as much weight as the 2006 Allen & Ginter baseball release. Included as a “world’s champion” for wrestling, Hogan signed just 200 of these cards, which sell for roughly $150. (The card was pricier before his family’s recent drama.)
Posted on December 1, 2008 – 11:25 am | Author: chrisolds
Pop Culture News, Pro Wrestling | Sting, TNA, TRISTAR, wrestling, WWE | Comments (3)
A 10-card subset in the upcoming TRISTAR TNA Cross The Line set that hits stores later this month will include wrestling writers’ takes on a handful of stars in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
You’ll never guess who’s among them.
While I rarely write about myself or my collection, yours truly was selected by TRISTAR as one of the writers who selected a wrestler or moment and write that card for the Write Stuff subset. (I agreed to sign on during the summer when I worked for the Orlando Sentinel — before I came to Beckett Media.)
I chose TNA World Champion Sting.
How was I considered a wrestling writer?
Posted on October 21, 2008 – 9:52 pm | Author: chrisolds
Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling | Clerks, Kevin Smith, Sting, TNA Wrestling | Comments (5)
You ever hear that one? No? There’s no punchline, just a story …
So a dude pulls into a Best Buy parking lot to buy a Kevin Smith DVD after a hard day’s work at Beckett Media. (Busting and sorting Donruss Threads is work!) He’s just making a quick stop (no pun intended) there after previously heading to Wal-Mart only to find that said DVD wasn’t on the shelves.
Dude notices a guy walking into the door of Best Buy with a black baseball bat — and another in the parking lot with another black bat. (Dude considers Target … but goes in anyway. Dude likes baseball.)
As he walks in, dude notices note on door, something to the effect that “we’re recording inside so you’re consenting to be on film.”
First, dude checks new release DVD aisle for A Threevening with Kevin Smith. Alas, nothing — the two-disc special edition is nowhere to be found. Again.
Dude asks Best Buy Dude about dude named Smith’s DVD. Best Buy Dude says they’re all sold out. (Dude knew he should have bought it — signed — online. But now that site is sold out, too. Not cool, dude.)
What does dude find elsewhere inside the store?
Posted on October 14, 2008 – 10:28 am | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | DVDs, WWE | Comments (0)
Among the DVDs arriving in stores today is World Wrestling Entertainment‘s Hell in a Cell three-disc set. Sure, you might think wrestling is fake (it’s fixed), but there’s nothing fake about the brutal matches that are included on this collection.
For those who don’t know what a Hell in a Cell match is — it’s a steel cage match where the cage has a roof and anything goes. One of the most brutal matches in WWE history — Mick Foley vs. Undertaker at King of the Ring in 1998 — is included. Simply put, It’s shocking.
WWE has three notable DVD sets (click for a closer look) coming this fall, including Viva La Raza: The Legacy of Eddie Guerrero (Nov. 11), The Twisted, Distrubed Life of Kane (Dec. 9) and Edge: A Decade of Decadence (Dec. 23). Guerrero, who died in 2005, remains one of the most popular performers in WWE history, while Kane and Edge are long-time stars who really haven’t had the DVD spotlight shine on them.
These wrestler-specific documentary DVDs have made up a good piece of the WWE market in recent years. In 2007, WWE shipped more than 4 million DVDs and had more then $53 million in revenue from DVD sales alone.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted on October 8, 2008 – 9:22 am | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | Ric Flair | Comments (3)
A recently retired professional wrestling legend will make a rare autograph appearance to sign limited edition Jakks action figures (and more) next month in New York City.
“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, a 16-time world heavyweight champion who retired after his loss at WrestleMania XXIV earlier this year in Orlando, Fla., will appear at the fifth-annual Ringside Fest on November 1 in New York City.
Flair, known for his trademark “Woooooo!” among many other catch-phrases, was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during WrestleMania weekend. And despite his status in the wrestling world — many consider him the finest performer and talker of all time — he does not have a single certified autographed card produced by a WWE trading card licensee.
(Hey, Topps … can you help us out?!?!)
In fact, Flair has made only one other wrestling convention appearance this year, so the only way to get his autograph was via the handful of promotional appearances he made for World Wrestling Entertainment before he left the company or by old-school autograph hounding.
Advance autograph tickets are on sale now on the site — $35 for an autograph; $80 for an autograph, photo and Q&A session ticket; $40 for an autograph and Q&A ticket or $15 for the Q&A session.
An exclusive Jakks Pacific figure will be produced for the event, which shows Flair in the distinct robe he wore for his final match and includes a miniature Hall of Fame plaque. Pricing on the figure was not yet announced on the site. Unsigned, limited edition figures such as these can be very hot sellers in the toy world.
Signed? Well, that would make more than a few wrestling fans say “Woooooo!”
Update: If you can’t make the show (and most of you reading this can’t just like me), you can order signed figures from the show’s promoter, Ringside Collectibles, on its Web site for $59.99. You can have it personalized for $10 more.
Posted on October 6, 2008 – 5:51 pm | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | autographs, Beth Phoenix, CM Punk, Hornswoggle, Jeff Hardy, John Morrison, Royal Rumble, WWE | Comments (2)
World Wrestling Entertainment 2008 Royal Rumble autograph plaque. (WWE photo)
With my first blog post here at Beckett Media, I figured I’d throw out something that you might not expect — yet something that more than a few collectors might be interested in.
A piece of professional wrestling memorabilia.
It’s a plaque for the 2008 Royal Rumble, limited to only 500 copies, which includes a piece of ring mat and ring rope used during the event held in Madison Square Garden — along with the autographs of 11 WWE stars. Included are the signatures of John Cena, Jeff Hardy, Beth Phoenix, CM Punk, Mr. Kennedy, The Miz, John Morrison, Tommy Dreamer, Hornswoggle, William Regal and Hardcore Holly.
It’s a solid piece of WWE memorabilia that can currently be found in the clearance “aisle” of WWEShop.com for half price ($99.98).
Why did I choose this item to write about? Consider this …