Thursday, August 1, 2013
Wrestling MarketWatch: Mid-Atlantic Treasures
Wrestling MarketWatch is our regular feature where we take a look at a handful of items and their recent sale prices. Since there are no accurate "price guides" in the Internet age, this is the closest thing to those great books of the past. Remember, something is only worth what one individual person is willing to pay, and you should always collect for yourself as opposed to profit. That being said, it's often a blast to know what people will pay for these great relics.
*Would you believe that some of the coolest Mid-Atlantic items actually come from Fanfest itself? It's true. In addition to shirts, lanyards, and DVDs, each years event is represented by a full-color program featuring all of the stars of the weekend. In 2009 we were spoiled with a whopping set of four programs. One program was dedicated to the annual Hall of Heroes ceremony, another commemorated the reunion of The Horsemen at the event, and the last two featured the other wrestling stars who would appear that weekend. The individual program for Saturday recently sold at auction alone for $30. The program was listed as having ten autographs inside, including the recently deceased "Fabulous" Jackie Fargo.
*Like the Fanfest program, not every Mid-Atlantic treasure is directly from the era. The Anderson's were some of the biggest wrestling stars that the Carolina's ever saw. The fans admiration for Ole Anderson at each Fanfest is concrete proof of this. Several years ago, Anderson wrote a book titled "Inside Out." Chronicling both his in-ring career as well as his many years booking and promoting, Anderson tells an incredible story in his usual "pull-no-punches" style. Due to popular demand, the book was re-released a number of years ago with a two-tone color, but the original blue covered first printing remains highly coveted. A copy from the first printing recently sold for $30.
*Bright lights, big cities, fine women, and The Four Horsemen. Fans of Jim Crockett Promotions later years have many memories of wrestling's original elite stable. In the days that the group, along with manager J.J. Dillon, ran wild across the country, it was pretty difficult to obtain autographs. After all, the guys were heels in every sense of the word. Getting the four original members and Dillon on one photograph? Impossible. Thanks to modern day conventions, the task became a lot easier for many of us. One of the most common photos autographed by the four is a great backstage shot from the time of the 1986 Great American Bash. An 8x10 version of this photograph, authentically signed by Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Ole Anderson, and J.J. Dillon, recently sold for $50. I've had higher offers for my own similar piece and can tell you that, in my opinion, fifty dollars for this treasure is an absolute bargain.
The Horsemen. Dusty Rhodes. Rip Hawk. Johnny Weaver. Magnum T.A. Paul Jones. Rick Steamboat. These are just a few of the men who made Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling what it was. It's the fans who carry on, and share, the legacy forever into the future.