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June 22, 2018
The debate rages forever. Is wrestling a sport or is it entertainment? When I was a kid, my friends that loved wrestling swore that it was as sport and some even insisted that the action was real. Today, I think that most reasonable people can agree that the outcomes in professional wrestling are predetermined and the matches are choreographed, but while it still may not be considered a sport by some, there is little doubt that the wrestlers are indeed athletes.
Many wrestlers were successful athletes in other sports, so not recognizing their athletic feats is silly. How many 250-300 pound men do you know that can jump from the top of the turnbuckle while launching themselves into another wrestler and get up and walk away. Heck, most men that I know would have a hard time climbing the ropes, let alone jumping 8-10 feet in the air.
Wrestling Isn't New
There are many other wrestling sets and sets that include wrestlers, including 19th Century issues including Allen & Ginter, Goodwin Champions and many specialty issues. Some of the more notable sets that were dedicated to wrestlers post WWII included the 1955 Parkhurst Wrestling Set issued in Canada, the 1982-83 Wrestling All Stars Set highlighted by this blog and the 1985 Topps WWF Set which included 66 cards and 22 stickers.
Where Did They Come From?
The Wrestling All-Star set was advertised by Pro Wrestling Enterprises as "The first set ever of real professional wrestling trading cards with full color photos of thirty-six top stars". If you were a reader of the Wrestling News Magazine or just spotted the advertisement while waiting on a doctor's appointment, you could've owned these sets by simply sending a $5.00 payment and you would receive a complete set of 36 cards which were tightly, too tightly often times, sealed in plastic. Sister publication, The Wrestling Revue also carried ads for the cards.
Issued in three different sets of 36 cards (yes, I know we mentioned 33 cards in the video - Ooops) during 1982 and 1983, the sets are identifiable by the reverse. Each set has a specific reverse color and the copyright notes 1982 Series A, 1982 Series B or 1983 Series A. You can find the checklist for each of the three series further down in this blog.
Some serious collectors of this issue have suggested that there may have been less than 2,000 sets issued (some argue there may have been even less) and that Wrestling News continued to advertise them for several years. Little did anyone know the value that these sets would reach.
The 1982 Series A Set is the one that most collectors flock to. The inclusion of Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan are the primary draws, but there are so many other stars including legends like Dusty Rhodes, Bob Backlund, Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair and Jerry Lawler.
While the 1982 Series A Set was only advertised for a short period, the 1982 Series B and the 1983 Series A were advertised for another couple of years.
The least popular of the sets is the 1982 Series B, but that doesn't mean that they're worthless. Far from it! Factory sealed Series B Sets will still command hundreds of dollars and inlcuded the likes of Ricky Steamboat, Sergeant Slaughter, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, former Minnesota governor Jesse "The Body" Ventura, Tito Santana and The Iron Sheik.
The 1983 Series A Series, which is a bit easier to find in both unopened and in higher grade condition, featured Jimmy Hart, Fred Blassie, Captain Lou Albano, The Grand Wizard and Sheik Al-Kaissey (aka The Iron Sheik) are some of the most famous managers in the history of wrestling and all appear in the 1983 set.
1982 Series A
1 Andre the Giant 2 Hulk Hogan 3 Mil Mascaras 4 Ted DiBiase 5 Junk Yard Dog 6 Dusty Rhodes 7 Jack Brisco 8 Harley Race 9 Dory Funk Jr. 10 Terry Funk 11 Nick Bockwinkel 12 Bob Backlund 13 Bruno Sammartino 14 Pedro Morales 15 Don Muraco 16 Bill Dundee 17 Steve Olsonoski 18 Tommy Rich 19 Angelo Mosca 20 Bruiser Brody 21 The Fabulous Moolah 22 Wahoo McDaniel 23 Billy Robinson 24 Ivan Koloff 25 Tony Atlas 26 Pat Patterson 27 Ric Flair 28 Ivan Putski 29 Dick Murdoch 30 The Crusher 31 Ken Patera 32 Ernie Ladd 33 Dick the Bruiser 34 Jerry Lawler 35 Cowboy Bill Watts 36 The Destroyer
1982 Series B 1 Rick Martel 2 Tony Garea 3 Bob Roop 4 Greg Gagne 5 Jim Brunzell 6 Jay Strongbow 7 Kerry Von Erich 8 S.D. Jones 9 Brad Rheingans 10 Killer Kahn 11 Ricky Steamboat 12 Paul Orndorff 13 Tito Santana 14 Sergeant Slaughter 15 Verne Gagne 16 Bobby Heenan 17 Jerry Blackwell 18 Les Thornton 19 Adrian Adonis 20 Jesse Ventura 21 Buck Zum Hofe 22 Jimmy Valiant 23 Steve Keirn 24 Ray Stevens 25 The Iron Shiek 26 Mr. Wrestling II 27 Col. Buck Robley 28 Bobby Duncum 29 Mike George 30 Dino Bravo 31 Baron Von Raschke 32 Bobo Brazil 33 Greg Valentine 34 Joyce Grable 35 Sweet Brown Sugar 36 Dutch Mantell
1983 Series A 1 "Superstar" Graham 2 Tiger Mask 3 Sheik El Kaissey 4 Sgt. Jacques Goulet 5 Curt Hennig 6 Tully Blanchard 7 Superfly Jimmy Snuka 8 Gino Hernandez 9 Lou Thesz 10 Hacksaw Jim Duggan 11 Mr. Olympia 12 "Iron" Mike Sharpe 13 Jimmy Hart 14 Spike Huber 15 Steve Regal 16 Buddy Rogers 17 Jules Strongbow 18 Salvatore Bellomo 19 Bob Sweetan 20 Scott Casey 21 The Grappler 22 Big John Studd 23 Buddy Rose 24 Rocky Johnson 25 Jake Roberts 26 The Super Destroyer 27 Antonio Inoki 28 Dick Slater 29 Ken Lucas 30 Ricky Morton 31 Fred Blassie 32 Lou Albano 33 The Grand Wizard 34 Candi Divine 35 Austin Idol 36 Matt Borne
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Our Buying Philosophy
We've run into a wide range of people and collections over the past decade. Although we are known for buying vintage sports cards and especially vintage basketball cards, we are also extremely interested in buying non-sports cards, also!
Every collection and every collector is different and we treat EVERY collection with the respect and attention that we show for our own collections. We understand that many have put their heart and soul into building their collection. So when you're ready to sell, Just Collect understands the feelings that you're going through and we will work with you to help you reach a decision that is a WIN/WIN, because if you're not happy, we're not happy.
Won't They Be Worth More if I Grade Them Myself
We discuss all of the selling options with everyone that we meet with. In most cases, selling the collection on their own will put the most money on the bottom line, but it will also take an large commitment of time and energy and one that most are not ready or able to undertake. Another misconception is that grading the collection will return more money. When I hear people say, "You're just going to grade them and get ten times the money," I almost cringe. Grading a collection can be a money losing proposition, especially if you don't know what you're doing. And most times, we grade very few, if any cards, from average collections that we buy.
We value a collection based upon the condition and the value. If a card is worth $100 in a PSA 7 NM, we're going to value it at $100 whether it is ungraded or graded. You can spend hundreds or thousands of dollars grading your cards, but we're still valuing them the same and paying the same regardless of how much you've invested in grading them.
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