Wrestling Cards Bring Value and Nostalgia

Vintage WWF & WCW Cards Put a Smile on Your Face and Cash in Your Pocket
  • September 01, 2020

20200831_200823

Remember when Hulk Hogan body slammed Andre the Giant at Wrestle Mania III? Right now the Hulk Hogan theme song is blasting in your brain, and you're saying out loud "I have that card!" as you gawk at the photo above. Let's see which cards bring value financially while others have value lying in fond memories. 

By now, you're halfway through the lyrics of Real American, resisting the urge ask your significant other "Whatcha gunna do, brother?!"  Let's refrain from doing that (unless you like sleeping on the couch...) for a bit, but do think back to watching Saturday Night's Main Event or Saturday Morning Super Stars, Hasbro figures or LJN bendies in-hand.  Around this time, you also had stacks of your wrestling cards!  Since your action figures took the beating, there is a good chance your cards stayed in good condition, nestled with your pages of Topps baseball cards.  Some of your old cards could command top dollar!  

1982 Wrestling All Stars

ss0001_010

If you stashed any of these cards, you may be cashing in!  As you know, the '82 All Stars were not inserted into packs; they were mail-in orders from the Wrestling News magazine. 

Two series were created: Series A and Series B.  Both series have 36 cards each.  The checklist has a Who's Who of names from your childhood.  Since this wasn't a product for one company, wrestlers from various organizations can be collected. Few other sets allow you to have a Hulk Hogan, Terry Funk, and Ric Flair all in the same set!

Mail-in status makes these cards valuable in any condition, but high-end cards cost Ted DiBiase-type loot.  Some recent eBay sales:

  • Hulk Hogan PSA 7 = $1,802
  • Andre the Giant PSA 4 = $405
  • Ric Flair PSA 5 = $399
  • Jerry Lawler PSA 9 = $281

1985 Topps WWF Pro Wrestling Stars

New call-to-action

Your favorite sports card company, Topps, finally brought a WWF licensed set our way in 1985.  There are 66 base cards and 22 stickers in the full setThese cards are "easier" to find as they came in wax packs, with 8 cards and one sticker per pack - plus that tasty gum.

WWF was really on the rise when this set came out, with WrestleMania 1 taking place the same year.  While Hulkster has other cards out, this set holds the "true rookie" and you'll need to (leg) drop a pretty penny for one. Aside from the Hogan rookie, you can also snatch some pretty cool cards of your favorite wrestlers.  You've got the Iron Sheik dropping a camel clutch on card 49, and Brutus Beefcake on card 10 before he was known as The Barber to just name a few.  Some cards you'll want to dig up:

  • Hulk Hogan PSA 9 = $420
  • Rowdy Roddy Piper PSA 10 = $300
  • Junk Yard Dog PSA 10 = $143.95

Our sister company, Vintage Breaks, offers spots or a full personal pack of these beauties; click 1985 Topps WWF Pack if you'd like a chance at a Hulkster rookie! Grab your spots here:

1985 Topps WWF Pack

Leighton, owner of Vintage Breaks, had the pleasure of opening a full pack of 1985 Topps WWF with Hall of Famer, Ricky the Dragon Steamboat! 

 

 

1988 NWA Wonderama

The National Wrestling Alliance goes back to 1948, and stood as the governing body of wrestling back when territories were still a thing. The 343-card set from 1988 still held big names from companies like WCW.

Collectors appear to gravitate to the history of the NWA when it comes to this set as product is expensive!  A full wax box just sold for $625!

Sting PSA 9 = $149.99

Rick Flair BGS 9 = $102.50

The Four Horsemen raw = $99.99

Special thanks to  Kevin van Steendelaar for the Wonderama knowledge! 

 

1990 Classic WWF History of WrestleMania

20200831_200823

Six WrestleMaina events are depicted in this 150-card set.  All of the classic matches are dispersed: Hogan and Andre WM 3, Macho Man and Steamboat, also WM3, Twin Towers VS. The Rockers at WM 5, and where the most valuable card resides - WM 6 with Hogan VS The Ultimate Warrior!

This set can be purchased a bit cheaper than the previous set.  In fact, the box set just sold for $40 A full wax box is around the same price. This set is all about nostalgia and great memories here :) 

The Ultimate Warrior card, as mentioned, is costly.  Warrior was at his peak; he just beat Hulk Hogan in the title vs. title match at Mania! 

  • Ultimate Warrior PSA 10 = $255

 

1991 Impel WCW

118556044_720202715198893_8297285324766634621_n

Ah, WCW.  If you were a WWF fan in the 80's and 90's, you hated WCW!  You still hold a grudge towards those guys during the Monday Night Wars, don't you?

WCW came into the scene nationally around 1988, and by 1991 got on the card train with a 161-card set.

To their credit, WCW did have some big names in the packs with Lex Luger, Ric Flair, Sting, and Doom to name a few. Unfortunately, despite the names, like many other cards in the 90's, these WCW cards simply never held value.  A full box sells for about $22. You'll need PSA 10 cards of the stars to really make a profit.

While I wasn't a WCW fan in 1991, I did have at tiny crush on Missy Hyatt, and am pondering about buying this sweet card for $49.99. 

2001 Fleer WWF WretleMania

118582853_2748474495433232_6197488166552579372_n

By 2001, you've moved on from Hulk Hogan to the likes of The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and your side still hurts just thinking about Mankind falling from the top of the Hell in a Cell cage. At this time, Fleer got into the wrestling card game with the WWF.

There are 100 base cards, including the Divas, Tag Teams, and WrestleMania rewind cards. Aside from Rock, Stone Cold, and Mankind, the set includes Y2J, Kane, and forgotten names like Steve Blackman. 

There are autographs inserted, but the memorabilia cards lure me in.  "Match-used" foreign object cards are hard to pass up; sign me up for a table broken by the Dudley Boyz.  The entire checklist is HERE

Value is nostalgia here!  Here are a few of the cool Foreign Object cards that are semi-valuable, though:

  • The Rock Foreign Objects = $29.97
  • The Undertaker Foreign Objects = $25.49 

.

WE ARE ALWAYS BUYING

We're not interested in your Jake the Snake Hasbro action figure, BUT, we would love to hear from you if you have 1982 Wrestling All Stars, 1985 Topps WWF wax or PSA-graded cards, or if Missy Hyatt is your cousin

Just Collect is always buying vintage sports and non-sports cards from 1879 to 1979 as well as select modern cards. We are also buying tickets and ticket stubs from sporting events, concerts, and other famous events such as Michael Jordan's NBA debut. If you have a collection that you are considering selling, contact us today to discuss or get our industry-leading purchase offer. If you have a collection that you want appraised, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss your collection and help you understand the real cash value of your collection in the current marketplace. Check out the Just Collect Buy List.

We always offer a FREE APPRAISAL for your collection here at the Just Collect site. Just click here:

FREE APPRAISAL

 

We offer may ways to evaluate your cards other than using our website, too.

We will evaluate your cards for free. Once appraised, if you choose not to sell, we will return your cards at charge to you. With our FedEx account, we will ship your cards fully insured with 2-day shipping. 

  • Travel to Us

If you can make the trip here - we can make a deal at the office. We once met a father-son duo that drove eight hours from Virginia to meet us to sell a Michael Jordan rookie card stored in Tupperware since 1986 - great read here

  • Come to convention

We keep a LIST of card shows we'll be attending.  Come stop by the Just Collect table and chat.

  • Meet in-person

If you have a valuable collection and want us to come to you, we'll hop on the next plane out.

  • Meet in New York City

We have another location in New York you can meet us at; read all the information here.

Contact us ANY time for any of the above options!

OUR BUYING PHILOSOPHY

We've run into a wide range of people and collections over the last 25 years. Although Just Collect is known for buying vintage sports cards and especially vintage baseball cards, we are also extremely interested in buying non-sports cards, too!  

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 souls into building their collections. So when you're ready to sell, we understand the feelings that you're going through and 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.

CONTACT US ANY TIME

Whether you have vintage cards or modern wax you want to sell, you can reach out to us any time! 

You May Now Turn Up the Volume:

 

Search

Recent Posts

Just Collect Invites You to KIDS NIGHT with Free Gifts on November 25

Albert Pujols' 700th Career Home Run Ball Sold for $360,000

Aaron Judge's 62nd Home Run Baseball Being Sold at Goldin Auction