Category Archives: Pro Wrestling

Inside a mighty mailday … at least for me

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 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?)

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Pizza Prints bring your NBA, college teams to your pie

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.

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First look: 2011 Topps WWE Champions cards

By Chris Olds | Editor

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.

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Finally, The Rock has come back to the WWE

By Chris Olds | Editor

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 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.

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What you get signed is as important as the autograph itself


By Chris Olds | Editor

For sports collectors where seemingly everything has been commodified, this is probably an obvious statement — but for the rest of the collecting world (or beginners) it might not be.

What you get autographed is as important as the autograph itself.

In the sports world, the type of item you get signed at a show or an appearance is often tied to the amount of money you’ll pay for the signature. Basically, the more valuable item you get signed the more you’ll typically have to pay. Why? The players, agents and show promoters know the relative value of an item, and, well, they want a relative cut.

Getting a jersey or another piece of equipment will cost you more than, say, a baseball card or a photograph. That’s just how it is with the business side of things. In fact, there are countless examples where players won’t sign certain items,  things showing them with certain teams or even certain brands of cards. (It’s not just a scene in Jerry Maguire.)

But the real value in a unique item is in the interest, the reaction, it should draw from those who see it. Some of my favorite autographed items in my collection — items I got signed in-person — were because they were unique items. They’re not the most expensive piece or the toughest autograph to land. They’re not ultra-rare, either, as a collector could conceivably re-create them with some legwork.

Then again, one of my most unique autographed items isn’t even a sports item at all — and that’s why you see a scene from a Quentin Tarantino movie, Death Proof, above where stuntwoman Zoë Bell is in action riding atop the hood of a 1970 Dodge Challenger as it speeds down a highway with another car in hot pursuit.

Read more … after the jump.

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The 10 greatest pro wrestling cards

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.)

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New TRISTAR TNA Wrestling set examines stars through eyes of media (updated)


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?

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So a dude walks into a Best Buy to buy a Kevin Smith DVD …

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?

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WWE has several notable DVDs in the works

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

"The Nature Boy" Ric Flair set to make rare autograph appearance

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.

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

You'll have no reason to Rumble over this piece of WWE memorabilia

World Wrestling Entertainment 2008 Royal Rumble autograph plaque. (WWE photo)

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 for half price ($99.98).

Why did I choose this item to write about? Consider this …

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