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COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: The High & Low-End Values of 2013 WWE Hall of Famers's Autographs

Feb 22, 2013 - 3:22:46 PM
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By Michael Moore, PWTorch Collectibles specialist

In Brief: Whether you're looking to find a bargain signature or hoping to find the most expensive card possible, most wrestlers have autographs available at all price points.

The most common question that readers of this column ask is, “How much is my autograph of Wrestler X worth?”

Several factors contribute to the value of an autograph, such as the item that is signed and the quality of the signature, not to mention authenticity, scarcity and more. Because of this, most wrestlers’s signatures are available at various price points.

Whether you’re looking for an affordable autograph or a higher end signature, in most cases there are multiple options available. Here is a look at the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013 wrestlers’s autographs and what you can expect to pay on the high and low ends.

Bruno Sammartino

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High: 2010 SportKings Auto Memorabilia Card ($75-100). Bruno’s first certified autograph cards were made in 2010. This particular card is the top of the line for Bruno signatures, and includes a swatch of trunks worn by Bruno in his heyday. These cards have increased in value since the announcement that Bruno would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Low: 2012 Leaf Originals Wrestling ($25-40). Bruno was one of the biggest names in this highly anticipated legends-themed set last year. Bruno’s signature is plentiful in this set, making it very affordable for a legendary athlete of his stature.

Mick Foley

High: 2012 Topps WWE Dual Autograph Cactus Jack and Mankind ($200-$75). Because he has played so many characters over the years, Foley has several different signatures. His most valuable autograph was included in last year’s WWE product from Topps and includes signatures from his two most popular wrestling characters, Cactus Jack and Mankind. This card is popular with collectors who love the chase and have plenty to spend; it’s tough to find and won’t come cheap.

Low: 2008 TRISTAR TNA Cross the Line Autograph ($10-15). Foley signed thousands of cards for TRISTAR during his stint in TNA from 2008 to 2011. This was his first autograph for that company and is very easy find, sometimes for under $10. There are also different parallels numbered to 50 or less, and a short-printed inscription version signed “TNA Debut.”

Bob Backlund

High: 2012 Leaf Originals Wrestling 1/1 Parallel (N/A). Low: 2012 Leaf Originals Wrestling ($10-15). Unlike the other wrestlers on this list, Backlund doesn’t have a variety of autographs. His only autographs to date are in this set from 2012 and most are very affordable. The most valuable would be a parallel card numbered 1/1 or a signed press plate.

Trish Stratus

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High: 2001 Fleer Ultimate Diva Collection Signed with a Kiss ($150-250). This card was the most-sought-after card when this set came out a decade ago and has held its value ever since. This card is limited to just 50 copies, and features Trish’s autograph along with a lip print. They rarely surface on sites like eBay and when they do, sellers are pretty firm in their asking price.

Low: 2011 In the Game Canadiana Autograph ($25-35). In the Game made hockey cards for more than a decade before releasing its first Canadiana product, which celebrated Canadian athletes and celebrities. This set provided collectors with the first low end Trish autograph.

PWTorch Collectibles Specialist Michael Moore can be reached at michaelmoorewriter@gmail.com .


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