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COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Rare Undertaker Collectible tops List of New WWE Autographs, plus RVD/Heyman item

Aug 3, 2013 - 12:54:21 PM
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By Michael Moore, PWTorch Collectibles specialist

In Brief: WWE Shop is offering fans the chance to buy autographs of The Undertaker, Rob Van Dam, Paul Heyman, and several Divas.

- Few wrestlers’s autographs are as difficult and expensive to obtain as that of The Undertaker. During his nearly 23-year career with the WWF/WWE, ‘Taker has signed for just two trading card sets and a few pricy WrestleMania commemorative plaques.

But, WWE announced this week that the WWE 2K14 “Phenom Edition” video game for the Xbox 360 and PS3 consoles will include an oversized trading card signed by The Undertaker. The package also includes the WWE 2K14 video game, a coffin-shaped tin, exclusive “American Badass” game content, an Undertaker controller skin, an Undertaker DVD, and access to the Ultimate Warrior playable character.

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The $99.99 price tag may be a big much for non-gamers. But, considering the basic game will cost $59.99, an extra $40 for an Undertaker autograph is a pretty good value, considering the current supply and demand of certified ‘Taker signatures.

Taker's 1994 Action Packed Autograph trading card, which is serial numbered to 500, usually sells in the $150-$00 range. His WrestleMania commemorative plaques typically start at $200 and go up from there.

If you’re looking for a certified Undertaker autograph for your personal collection, you won’t find one cheaper than this, and they probably won’t surface on the secondary market. A similar autograph of Steve Austin was included in WWE ’13 and that very rarely shows up on eBay. The last one sold for $25.

- WWE Shop has also released five new signed 8x11 pictures: Natalya, The Miz, Alicia Fox, A.J. Lee, and a dual signature of Rob Van Dam and Paul Heyman. Each photo is $19.99 except for the RVD/Heyman, which is $24.99.

WWE debuted the RVD/Heyman dual autograph at July’s Money in the Bank and has been selling it at live events since. It’s a cool action shot of Heyman handing RVD the WWE Title belt at the 2006 ECW One Night Stand event.

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Until earlier this year, Heyman’s certified signature had never appeared on a trading card, poster, plaque or other item. WWE included Heyman’s autograph on a plaque commemorating C.M. Punk’s recent WWE Title run, and that item quickly sold out. The RVD/Heyman dual autograph is already a popular item and probably won’t last long.

One word of caution: WWE Shop is notorious for its poor packaging of these 8x11 photos. Several readers have commented that they received their item torn and creased, shoved into a padded envelope. The signed photos are printed on thin poster paper and not durable photo stock, so they are easily damaged.

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


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