THE SPECIALISTS COLLECTIBLES COLUMN: Andre vs. Hogan featured on Rare but Affordable WWF Trading Card
Mar 18, 2014 - 3:30:50 PM
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By Michael Moore, PWTorch Collectibles specialist
In Brief: You won't have to break your bank to get a unique card of two of the biggest names in WWF history.
Card Show Tuesday #19: 1993 WWF WrestleMania Coliseum Video Cards Andre the Giant & Hulk Hogan WrestleMania III
Few wrestlers were ever bigger – figuratively or literally – than Andre the Giant. And few wrestlers have been appearing on trading cards as long as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.”
WrestlingTradingCards.com (WTC), the largest online database of wrestling trading cards, lists cards of Andre dating back to at least 1972. He was also prominently featured in 2014 Topps WWE, which was just released in February.
Andre was part of the landmark 1982 Wrestling All-Stars set, featured on card #1. His is one of the key cards in the set, with raw, ungraded copies selling anywhere from $45-100, depending on the condition. Cards with mint grades or higher are extremely rare and valuable; a Beckett Grading Services Mint 9 (BGS 9) sold in February on eBay for $479.95.
If you’re looking for a unique card of Andre that is considerably more affordable, check out his 1993 WWF WrestleMania Coliseum Video Card from WrestleMania III. Cards for the first eight WrestleManias were produced to promote WrestleMania IX. According to WTC, cards were distributed to video stores and then given free to customers who rented Coliseum Video releases. The cards were given away as uncut sheets of three, with perforation marks to separate the cards.
This particular card features a very simple, classic photo of the Hogan-Andre stare down to promote WrestleMania III. With Hogan recently announcing the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal for WrestleMania XXX, this card is a cool piece of nostalgia that features two of the biggest names and one of the biggest matches in WWF history.
Depending on how much you value the condition of a card, you could pay as little as $2 or as much as $60. A handful of graded cards are currently available for sale on eBay, with Professional Sports Authenticators Gem Mint 10 (PSA 10) cards going for $52.99-56.99. One seller is offering an ungraded card for $2 with free shipping.
PWTorch Collectibles Specialist Michael Moore can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MMooreWriter .
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