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“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
He’s a 16-time world heavyweight champion — a guy who still today talks a great game and will be in the middle of the action (but not actually wrestling) alongside actor Mickey Rourke Sunday at WrestleMania 25 in Houston.
He’s known as the greatest wrestler of all time — the best bleeder, too. He’s known as a guy who wrestled hard but partied harder — after all, he is the guy also known as the limosine ridin’ jet flyin’ kiss stealin’ wheelin’ dealin’ son of a gun.
He’s a guy who led The Four Horsemen and was the backbone of another famous faction, Evolution, in more recent years. He’s a WWE Hall of Famer — the first guy inducted before his career was over. He’s the guy who literally traveled around the world as the last great NWA world heavyweight champion before World Wrestling Entertainment changed the landscape of professional wrestling.
And, until now — until Panini America landed him for an autograph signing earlier this year — he also had been known as the greatest professional wrestler to never sign autographs for a trading card company.
That’s right, despite his decades in the business — and he appeared on his first wrestling card back in 1982 — and his long runs with WCW and WWE, he never signed a single certified autograph for inclusion in packs of wrestling cards. Never for Topps’ WCW sets of the late 1990s, never for Fleer’s WWE sets and none for Topps in its current run as a WWE licensee.
But he has now. And you can own one — a signed promotional Donruss Americana card specially produced just for this contest with Beckett Media.
While Flair’s inclusion in future products has yet to be finalized, Panini America has provided approximately 15 signed cards for us to give away — free — to dedicated wrestling fans and our readers.
How can you get your hands on a card?
Send an e-mail to editor Chris Olds at email@example.com — along with your name and address or you will be disqualified — answering this question (and we know it’s a tough one):
Who did Ric Flair wrestle in the final match of his career at WrestleMania last year?
The winners will be randomly selected from all entries received before May 1.
It’s quite possible (read: very likely) that Flair’s first certified autographed and memorabilia cards (whatever products they may land in) will be hot sellers as wrestling fans and more mainstream collectors seek to add the cards to their collections. This promotional card just might be one of the rarest.
If you’re interested in pro wrestling memorabilia, specifically wrestling cards, be sure to check out the April issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly where we examine the 10 best cards to add muscle to any wrestling collection — a crash course in wrestling card history and a solid base for any serious collection.
(Oh, and you can win John Cena autographs there courtesy of WWE, too. The details are in the magazine.)
And if all that’s not enough for you, we’ve got two words for you we’ll have some additional wrestling content right here later this week with special WWE Box Busters videos and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.