With a name like Hogan, merchandise must follow. Although 1990 saw a line of action figures, several trading card sets, and other WCW branded trinkets hit stores, by 1992 these items were all but clearanced out. Upon Hogan's arrival, WCW's merchandise was rejuvenated. The virtually unknown Original San Francisco Toymakers began a line of action figures and an equally mysterious company known as Cardz picked up the WCW trading card license.
A 99-card set was produced by Cardz most heavily featuring Hogan, Sting, and Randy Savage. The cards came in packs of eight with the promise of randomly inserted autographs as well as coupons for a $5 discount on select WCW pay-per-view events.
The autograph cards randomly included are not the autograph cards that collectors are familiar with pulling today. These autographs were directly signed onto regular, unmarked, base cards. There is no statement "certifying" their authenticity nor do they differ from regular cards beyond the autograph. I've had cards from this set autographed personally, and for the most part these would not differ from autograph cards pulled. The absence of a "certification" on the card would hurt the value of some of the autographs, but I don't think you could find a fan that wouldn't love to own a signed Gordon Solie card.
WrestlingTradingCards.com lists autograph cards of Solie, Hulk Hogan, Marcus Bagwell, The Nasty Boys, Sting, Steve Austin, and Tony Schiavone as being either named on the wrapper or seen on the secondary market. Randy Savage is also listed on the wrapper as a possibility. Personally I know a fan who once pulled a Frank Andersson (everybody now..."Who?") autograph, while ring announcer Gary Michael Cappetta once told me that he and Gordon Solie were among a group of talent that was once whisked into a room to autograph some of the cards for insertion. Did I uncover another name to add to the list? Opening those boxes, I was certainly hoping that would be the case.
Both boxes each yielded several 99-card base sets. Cards #89 and #95 each have an alternate version. #89 features either the Spring Stampede '94 or Uncensored '95 poster while #95 features the poster of either SuperBrawl IV or SuperBrawl V. Despite this running change, the cardbacks describe the 1995 events on both examples. Although neither are rarer than the other, my boxes both included the 1994 poster cards.