Thursday, March 21, 2013
Wrestling MarketWatch: WWE Hall of Fame 2013
We're here, as always, to talk about memorabilia. In this edition of "Wrestling MarketWatch," we'll take a look at some of the recent selling prices involving several of this year's Hall of Fame inductees. As I frequently remind collectors, recent selling prices are the only way to gauge the monetary value of an item. Of course, value to you as a collectible is much more important than a sale price.
Being the icon that Bruno is, it's no wonder that he has tons of classic memorabilia available. Two decades ago he was personally involved in the production of one of my favorite card sets, the Legends of Wrestling. The trading cards were produced by Imagine Inc. in Pittsburgh which is the same company that originally published Sammartino's autobiography. The card set was available in three variations with the third variation including autographed cards of legends such as Buddy Rogers and Lou Thesz. The set has not always seen the selling prices which it deserves due to the fact that the autographed cards aren't "certified" as pre-signed cards are today. The autographs are obviously very authentic and it was actually Bruno who was instrumental in getting the other legends to sign. Bruno's autograph card recently sold at a still-undervalued $35.
Perhaps these accomplishments are the cause of her solo DVD release to be soaring in demand as of late. The FYE exclusive collector's edition of "Trish Stratus--100% Stratusfaction Guaranteed" has recently sold for between $130-$150. Earlier DVD releases will sometimes randomly see a rise in price and demand, but this one has done so at a time in which its star is about to shine as bright as ever.
Foley's crazy characters have made some great action figures, but Cactus Jack has never been captured quite as well as in the Jakks Classic Superstars version. The "1 of 3000" version which was exclusive to Toy Fare magazine is especially sought after and includes Cactus Jack's most famous hardcore "toys." Recently this figure (unsigned) sold for $100, which is about four times the original cost.
After hosting two WrestleMania's on his properties and appearing ringside at two others, it was WrestleMania 23 where Trump got involved in the action. The 2007 event saw Donald back Bobby Lashley against Vince McMahon's Umaga in a "Battle of the Billionaires." Mainstream media attention was gained due to the "Hair vs Hair" stipulation involving the coif's of McMahon and Trump. The program for this event recently sold for $30, an average price for the roller coaster values of WrestleMania programs.
A king of 1970's magazine and program covers, Backlund has had little in the area of action figures. The Jakks WWE Classic Superstars line produced his best figure, and one that has appreciated in value since its release. Both carded and loose examples have been hot at auction as of late, with the former selling for around $50 (unsigned) and the latter bringing in around half of that.
New York City. Madison Square Garden. The Legends of Wrestling. An unbeatable trio that will come together to form one of the most amazing nights that WWE has ever produced. Congratulations to the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013!