Top 5 Daniel Bryan Cards
NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!
That was the reaction of millions of wrestling fans worldwide yesterday as they received the news — WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan is retiring. Bryan, also known throughout the wrestling community as Bryan Danielson, had been suffering from continuous injuries over the past couple of years.
Last night on WWE RAW, Bryan made it official with a very heartfelt speech thanking colleagues and fans alike for their support over the years. Daniel’s popularity with fans spawned into a full-blown life form known as The Yes Movement and it would carry him to the WWE Championship on two occasions.
As usual, with great athletes and entertainers comes great cardboard and Daniel Bryan has quite the selection. Here is a look at five of The Goat’s best releases.
Top 5 Daniel Bryan Cards
Well, everyone has to start somewhere. One of the first organized promotions Daniel worked for was New Japan and he did so under the moniker American Dragon. The front is in English while the back is in Japanese. It is Bryan’s first card and it is extremely rare, seeking a very high premium on the secondary market.
After his stint in Japan, Bryan traded in the American Dragon persona and came back to the states to wrestle as Bryan Danielson. He became one of the founding members of Ring of Honor (along with Austin Aries) and established himself as a major talent in the wrestling industry. This card was his first to be readily available to fans in the U.S. and it also commands a premium on the secondary market.
Skipping ahead a few years, 2013 was the year that things started to really pick up for Bryan. He would hold the WWE Tag Team Championship with Kane. Known as Team Hell No, they became one of the most successful and entertaining tag teams in the company. This is only Bryan’s second Topps-released WWE autograph (his first was in the 2011 Topps Classics WWE release). As you can see, it features Bryan during the “NO” phase of his career.
This is a classic for a couple of reasons. First, it is patterned after the 1985 Topps Baseball design to reflect the year of the first Wrestlemania. Second, it also reflects Daniel Bryan in his classic YES pose. This would be a must for the nostalgic collector and there are plenty of base and parallel versions of this card available on the secondary market.
This is Bryan’s most recent release. It was Topps’ first high-end product and it includes several inserts and parallels of him. However, this one stands out as the best since it contains both a shirt relic and autograph since Bryan doesn’t have many of those combos on the market.