CONTACTABOUTFACEBOOKTWITTERPODCAST IPHONE APPANDROID APPAMAZON APPRSS
Pro Wrestling Torch
Pro Wrestling Torch Reaches The Most Wrestling Fans Every Week: #1 in iTunes • #1 on iPhone and iPad • #1 on Android • #1 on Kindle
GOT THE PWTORCH APP YET?
iPhone & iPad
Android
Amazon Kindle
Windows Phone
PWTorch Phone App
THE SPECIALISTS
COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Review of new TNA Trading Cards from TRISTAR - from Hulk Hogan to Sam Shaw

Apr 19, 2013 - 3:12:35 PM
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO BOOKMARK US & VISIT US DAILY


By Michael Moore, PWTorch Collectibles specialist

ariesinsc.JPG



In Brief: TRISTAR's latest TNA cards offer autographs of everyone from Sam Shaw to Hulk Hogan.

The Basics

Topps and TRISTAR seem to be on the same schedule, releasing their newest WWE and TNA products around the same time each year. TNA Impact Wrestling Live! Is the latest offering from Houston-based TRISTAR, and is very similar to the company’s last few TNA products.

Each hobby box contains 20 and packs and offers three autographs, one memorabilia card, two parallel cards and one short printed card. Each box is guaranteed to contain at least one card with multiple signatures, all numbered to 99 or less. Some cards feature as many as 10 or 12 autographs on one card. Boxes are currently selling for about $85-90 online, or slightly more at your local hobby store.

TNA Impact Wrestling Live features single, dual, and quad memorabilia cards, 18 in all. Cards M1-M5 include a piece of a shirt worn by Jeff Hardy behind a die cut window featuring a letter from his last name. All five cards put together spell out “HARDY.”

Cards M6-M10 are single memorabilia cards that contain swatches of t-shirts worn by Hulk Hogan, Sting, Kurt Angle, Austin Aries and Chavo Guerrero. Cards M11 and M12 are dual memorabilia cards of Tara and Jessie and Chavo and Hernandez. Cards M13 and M14 are quad memorabilia cards; M13 features t-shirt pieces worn by Hogan, Sting, Hardy, and Angle, while M14 features swatches of various items worn by Knockouts Gail Kim, Mickie James, Miss Tessmacher, and Velvet Sky.

angleshirt.JPG



jessietara.JPG



The final four cards in the set are autographed memorabilia cards of Hogan, Hardy, Gail, and Sting. There are also Impact-sized variations that feature oversized swatches of material that take up nearly half the card.

The autographs feature between one and 12 signatures per card. Everyone in TNA from Sam Shaw to Hulk Hogan has signed for this product. A complete checklist is available at TNAWrestlingCards.com.

The Good

TRISTAR has dropped the cost of its TNA hobby boxes from the last few products, which is a great move. TNA Ten and TNA Reflexxions came out at more than $100 per box, which is simply too much for a box of wrestling cards. Many who would never think of spending $110 on a box will gladly spend $85, especially since many of the larger, more reputable online dealers are offering free shipping.

Early TNA memorabilia cards stood out because of the different types of materials used. While TRISTAR has started using more t-shirt swatches in its products, there are still unique materials used, such as Tara’s fishnet stockings and Hernandez’s khaki shorts.

TNA wrestlers have been adding inscriptions to some autographs since the first set from TRISTAR in 2008, which collectors love. This set features some cool inscriptions, such as Jeff Hardy adding “TNA World Champion” and Austin Aries signing “TGMTEL.”

The autographs feature some cool pairings, such as Christopher Daniels and Kazarian, Chavo and Hector Guerrero, Bobby Roode and Austin Aries, and Sting and Jeff Hardy. There is a triple autograph of Hulk Hogan, Brooke Hogan, and Bully Ray that captures TNA’s top storyline of the last several months.

The Bad

TRISTAR has been flooding the market with autographs of the same wrestlers for five years now, and it’s really starting to show. On April 18, an eBay search for “TNA Live auto” returned 105 results. Of those, only one sold for more than $100, and that was a Jeff Hardy inscribed autograph numbered 1/5. Only four autographs sold for $50 to $99.99. Most cards (64) sold for less than 10 bucks each, and that included many dual and triple signatures.

There could be several reasons for this. TRISTAR may have short-printed many of the bigger names (Hardy, Hogan, Sting), making them harder to find. It is also possible that collectors have had their fill of the big name guys and are only interested in filling their collections with lower-priced wrestlers whose autographs haven’t yet been mass-produced (Austin Aries, Kenny King, and Joey Ryan).

TNA Impact Wrestling Live! is also full of autographs that collectors simply don’t want. Most collectors would groan at the thought of pulling a Wes Brisco/Garrett Bischoff dual autograph. Sam Shaw, Christian York and Jessie Godderz just don’t have any name value. Sarita and Rosita are extremely talented women, but haven’t been on TV in months. And has Winter even worked for TNA since 2011?

Final Thoughts

TRISTAR has really brought down the secondary market value of autographs of some of TNA’s top stars, such as Sting, Kurt Angle, and A.J. Styles. All three of those men have been included in every single autograph set since 2008, driving down prices. Sting’s signature from 2008 Impact, TRISTAR’s first TNA product, held pretty steady for $80-120 for quite some time. Now it’s pretty easy to find a Sting autograph for under $40.

Hardcore collectors have been furious with this, but others see it as a blessing. Not everyone can afford a $100 Sting autograph, but $40 is manageable. Thanks to TRISTAR, more collectors than ever have access to affordable wrestling autographs.

The decrease in price is a huge plus. It’s almost impossible to find a decent box of baseball, football or basketball cards for under $100. So, $85 for a box of cards guaranteed to deliver multiple autographs, a cool memorabilia card and lots more may catch the eye of collectors who might not otherwise give it a look.

What are your thoughts? Have you cracked open a box of TNA Impact Wrestling Live? How did you do? If you’re avoiding this stuff, why? Send your thoughts to michaelmoorewriter@gmail.com.


COMMENT ON THIS ARTICLE
comments powered by Disqus

We suggest these recent related articles...
COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Zbyszko, Road Warriors, Mr. Electricity - Where to find Rare AWA Stickers from the 1980s
TUCKER'S INSTANT REACTION - Raw: 4/21: Daniel Bryan returns under tough circumstances, and more
ASK THE SPECIALISTS: Roundtable #5 on The Case of Rusev - is he the next Kozlov or a break-out star?
prowrestling.net
CLICK HERE FOR EVEN MORE PW.NET HEADLINES


CLICK TO EMAIL THIS ARTICLE
CLICK HERE TO RETURN TO MAIN LISTING

NEW! SIGN UP FOR FREE PWTORCH BREAKING NEWS EMAIL ALERTS
BECOME A PWTORCH VIP MEMBER
-FORMER MEMBERS LOGIN HERE TO RENEW
-NEW MEMBERS CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP
SELECT BY ARTICLES CATEGORY
SEARCH PWTORCH.COM



CLICK HERE FOR LIST OF UPCOMING PRO WRESTLING EVENTS
MORE HEADLINES AT AFFILIATE SITES
MMATorch
LATEST HEADLINES - CLICK TO READ CLICK HERE FOR MORE MMATORCH HEADLINES


PWTORCH POLL - VOTE NOW!

RAW POLL 4/21: Monday's Raw was...
Good Show
Bad Show
Middle of the Road
Did Not Watch Enough To Form Opinion
Did Not Watch The Show
  




RAW POLL 4/21: What is your current interest level in the Extreme Rules PPV?
Definitely interested in the PPV
Somewhat interested, but not sold yet
Not interested in the PPV
  


SMACKDOWN POLL 4/18: Friday's show was...
Good Show
Bad Show
Middle of the Road
Did Not Watch Enough To Form Opinion
Did Not Watch The Show
  


TNA IMPACT POLL 4/17: Thursday's show was...
Good Show
Bad Show
Middle of the Road
Did Not Watch Enough To Form Opinion
Did Not Watch The Show
  

VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS



LATEST HEADLINES - CLICK TO READ CLICK HERE FOR EVEN MORE INC HEADLINES

_
LATEST FREE AUDIO SHOWS - CLICK TO LISTEN VIEW MORE PWTORCH LIVECAST EPISODES
DOWNLOAD PWTORCH LIVECAST APP
SUBSCRIBE TO PWTORCH LIVECAST IN ITUNES


ABOUT US

THE TORCH REACHES MORE COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT FANS THAN ANY OTHER SOURCE

PWTorch editor Wade Keller has covered pro wrestling full time since 1987 starting with the Pro Wrestling Torch print newsletter. PWTorch.com launched in 1999 and the PWTorch Apps launched in 2008.

He has conducted "Torch Talk" insider interviews with Hulk Hogan, The Rock, Steve Austin, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, Eric Bischoff, Jesse Ventura, Lou Thesz, Jerry Lawler, Mick Foley, Jim Ross, Paul Heyman, Bruno Sammartino, Goldberg, more.

He has interviewed big-name players in person incluiding Vince McMahon (at WWE Headquarters), Dana White (in Las Vegas), Eric Bischoff (at the first Nitro at Mall of America), Brock Lesnar (after his first UFC win).

He hosted the weekly Pro Wrestling Focus radio show on KFAN in the early 1990s and hosted the Ultimate Insiders DVD series distributed in retail stories internationally in the mid-2000s including interviews filmed in Los Angeles with Vince Russo & Ed Ferrara and Matt & Jeff Hardy. He currently hosts the most listened to pro wrestling audio show in the world, (the PWTorch Livecast, top ranked in iTunes)


REACHING 1 MILLION+ UNIQUE USERS PER MONTH
500 MILLION CLICKS & LISTENS PER YEAR
MILLIONS OF PWTORCH NEWSLETTERS SOLD
PWTORCH STAFF

EDITORS:
Wade Keller, editor
(kellerwade@gmail.com)

James Caldwell, assistant editor
(pwtorch@gmail.com)

STAFF COLUMNISTS:
Bruce Mitchell (since 1990)
Pat McNeill (since 2001)
Greg Parks (since 2007)
Sean Radican (since 2003)

We also have a great team of
TV Reporters
and Specialists and Artists.

PWTORCH VIP MEMBERSHIP

PWTorch offers a VIP membership for $10 a month (or less with an annual sub). It includes nearly 25 years worth of archives from our coverage of pro wrestling dating back to PWTorch Newsletters from the late-'80s filled with insider secrets from every era that are available to VIPers in digital PDF format and Keller's radio show from the early 1990s.

Also, new exclusive top-shelf content every day including a new VIP-exclusive weekly 16 page digital magazine-style (PC and iPad compatible) PDF newsletter packed with exclusive articles and news.

The following features come with a VIP membership which tens of thousands of fans worldwide have enjoyed for many years...

-New Digital PWTorch Newsletter every week
-3 New Digital PDF Back Issues from 5, 10, 20 years ago
-Over 60 new VIP Audio Shows each week
-Ad-free access to all PWTorch.com free articles
-VIP Forum access with daily interaction with PWTorch staff and well-informed fellow wrestling fans
-Tons of archived audio and text articles
-Decades of Torch Talk insider interviews in transcript and audio formats with big name stars.


**SIGN UP FOR VIP ACCESS HERE**

CONTACTABOUTFACEBOOKTWITTERPODCASTIPHONE APPANDROID APPAMAZON APPRSS
VIP SIGN-UP
VIP LOGIN
THE TORCH: #1 IN COMBAT ENTERTAINMENT COVERAGE | © 1999-2013 TDH Communications Inc. • All rights reserved -- PRIVACY POLICY