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?

The Total Nonstop Action world champion Sting doing a free autograph session to promote TNA Wrestling, its video game, its DVDs.

He’s a 10-time world champion — probably the biggest-name wrestler to never wrestle for WWE — but he took the time to sign every autograph (yes, even five-to-six for each fan who came overprepared), took the time for every photograph. (And, man does he not look like a dude who’s turning 50 next year.)

And he even recorded at least one voicemail message for one fan’s cell phone.

The last dude in line — aka me — was there at 7:15 for a session with an announced finish time of 7:30. The free autographs were signed for moi a few minutes after deadline, but there was one chance for a question: Your best match, Stinger? The answer, in part, is below from Sting’s more colorful, easier-going surfer dude-style days …


I think Ric Flair says it all — and there’s another chapter to this tale, but it will have to wait until after the release of TRISTAR’s TNA Cross the Line card set next month …

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


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  1. Newspaperman 22 October, 2008 at 03:49

    God, I hated Sting. I always felt he was overrated. He was not overly charismatic, his mic skills were weak — even in later days — and his ring work was so-so. BUT, that’s a pretty interesting story you’ve got there. What did you have Sting sign?

  2. chrisolds 22 October, 2008 at 08:37

    Watch that video clip the whole way. It’s got some classic Sting — especially at the end.

  3. Newspaperman 22 October, 2008 at 10:11

    Yeah, I’ve seen that video before. Sting reminded me of a wanna be Ultimate Warrior, but this probably had more to do with the fact that I had more exposure to UW than Sting until the mid 1990s. Growing up on the West Coast, I was all about the WWF and really had not watched WCW until maybe 1993.

  4. N8 The Gr8 8 December, 2008 at 15:29

    Man, that’s pretty sweet.

    Sting was the man back in the day (anyone who lived south of the Mason-Dixon line knows that). I’ve met the “Nature Boy” a few times & he always had good things to say about the dude.

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