I've discussed before the fact that any card produced before the "glossy" era took over automatically ranks high in my book. Not only do they have higher aesthetic appeal with that classic "cardboardy" look, but they're also a Helluva lot easier to get autographed! No worries of bubbling or much smudging. While there are occasionally new entries in the realm of cards with matte finish such as Topps Heritage, the oldies are still the best.
But how about some "new" oldies? How about breathing that glorious mid-'80s air just once more? How about procuring some 1985 Topps WWF cards that weren't stuffed away in some basement for years? It has been achieved.
The 1985 Topps WWF Pro Wrestling Stars set isn't particularly rare. Although occasionally a card or sticker will sell for a couple bucks to a collector who needs one or two to complete a set, the #1 card (Hulk Hogan) is the only one that will grab $10-$15. A whole set, albeit of varying condition, will usually get $35 or so. It was a set released during a huge boom period with millions of kids as the consumer so there are obviously plenty out there. As with all aspects of collecting, fun and enjoyment should always prevail over "rare."
Though unopened packs are fairly common to come by, the cellophane-packaged "rack packs" are a bit tougher to find. I can remember buying baseball rack packs in my youth since the packaging allowed you to know, in advance, a few of the cards that you were getting. Here in 2012 I had several different WWF rack packs to choose from, but I decided to "go with the gold" and pick one with the Hulkster showing up twice in plain view. Thumbing my nose at profit, I opened the 27-year-old relic with full knowledge that a rack pack with a Hulkster card "showing" recent sold for over $30.
I carefully cut open the first of three sections and pulled out the "fresh" cards. 1985 scents? You bet. MTV. New Coke. Blair Warner. It was all captured in that cardboard-filled plastic package. Did I sniff? Of course.
As an aside, Topps 1985 Cyndi Lauper card series is actually a relatively unknown entry in the world of wrestling memorabilia. Thanks to her contributions to the Rock 'n Wrestling Connection, several cards in the set feature wrestlers and wrestling shots. My favorite from that set is a card showing Richter, Lauper, and manager David Wolff in the ring at Madison Square Garden.
Make it happen!