It's been almost two decades since I actively followed wrestling. Back then The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin were still kings of the ring. And even then, I wasn't a diehard wrestling fan. I watched it because my students watched it, so I wanted to be able to relate to them. It's the same reason I binge watched Stranger Things a few years ago and know about the current drama Nikki Minaj and Cardi B.
Anyways... getting back to wrestling... there was a time when I was fully invested in watching the sport. Back then, Hulk Hogan was a real American, Andre Giant was the 8th Wonder of the World, and the WWE was still known as the WWF.
I supported a bunch of wrestlers, but none more loyally than Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. I can still remember his feuds with Jake "The Snake" Roberts and "Macho Man" Randy Savage back in the mid to late 80's.
Twenty-plus years later, I decided to start putting together a little collection of his cards. It's relatively small, but I'm not ready to dive head first into a collection featuring a retired athlete in a sport I don't even follow anymore.
2017 Leaf Originals Autographs #RS1
2017 Leaf Originals Alternate Art Autographs #RS1
These are my most recent additions to the Steamboat PC. It's nice to finally see him appear in autograph sets on a more frequent basis.
1987 Topps WWF Stickers #15
Topps stickers from the 70's and 80's are awesome and this is a perfect example.
Two weeks ago, I wrote about my interest in graded cards. One of the four reasons I purchase them involves cards that are too cheap to pass up.
1985 O-Pee-Chee WWF #16 and #26
These two slabbed cards were on sale over at 4 Sharp Corners for $1.73 each, so I grabbed them.
2016 Topps Slam Attax #259
This card was generously donated to my collection by Chris over at The Raz Card Blog back in March of 2017.
2017 Topps Legends of the WWE Autographs #LA-RS
2017 Topps Legends of the WWE Relics #R-RS
I picked up these two cards when they came out a few years ago over on COMC. According to my records, I spent $21.57 on the pair, which officially makes these cards the most expensive additions to this collection.
2009 Topps WWE Autographs #NNO
This was the first autograph of Steamboat I ever owned, which was purchased at an online card shop that closed its doors a few years ago. I happily paid $10 for this card. Back then, stickers didn't bother me as much as they do now.
And rounding out this post is the only figure I own of Steamboat:
2010 Mattel WWE Legends Series One
This figure has been collecting dust in my office for eight years. I purchased it back in 2011 for $7.99 (+ $5 shipping) on eBay. I checked out recent sales on this figure and they go for $40 to $60. Maybe I should have collected wrestling figures instead of cards.
Today's question of the day...
Were you ever a fan of professional wrestling? If so, who was your favorite wrestler?
Well that wraps up today's post. I apologize for falling behind on posts this past week. I have a few things scheduled this week, but then the following week I'll be dealing with my mom's services and catching up with family. After that... I should slowly work my way back into reading everyone's posts, writing my posts, and shipping out the prize packages I've owed people from February and March. I appreciate everyone's patience.
Happy WrestleMania Day and sayonara!