Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wrestling MarketWatch: The Written Word
As with many books throughout the world crossing all categories, the prices often rise when printing ceases and interest grows. Many smaller publishing houses have released books penned by wrestlers and often only churn out a single printing of each title. Others are relics from the days before the "Foley book boom" that have stood the test of time. In this latest edition of Wrestling MarketWatch, we'll take a look at some of these titles and just how much they've recently sold for at auction. I may not be Rebecca Romney from Pawn Stars, but I doubt she's appraised many wrestling books lately. Someone has to do it, so it may as well be me...albeit a bit less easy on the eyes than Rebecca!
*Scott Teal and his Crowbar Press have churned out a large number of wrestling books over the years, most notably autobiographies of many territory-era stars. One of the most talked about was "Inside Out: How Corporate America Destroyed Professional Wrestling" by the one and only Ole Anderson. The founding Four Horseman member has always been known for his steadfast beliefs, and the book obviously reflects that. Because of his honesty, the book becomes one of the best in the opinions of many. Although a second printing is now available, the first printing is still sought after and can be easily spotted with its solid blue colored cover. An autographed copy of the first printing recently sold for $40.
*"Tito Santana's Tales From The Ring" is a notably entry into the wrestling library for a few reasons. For starters, Sports Publishing Inc. went out of business shortly after the book was published. This caused an initial demand that has since waned. The book is also notoriously short. Despite a long career that took Santana everywhere, there just aren't enough "tales" in the book to constitute a classic. The book has recently sold for an average of $14, a fall from the price shortly after its release.
*For a book by a wrestler that's partially wrestling and partially the world around us, look no further than "Killer Pics: A Collection Of Images From A Pro Wrestling Legend." Killer Kowalski was a man of the world and of many interests, one of which was photography. The book is a collection of images of both his fellow wrestlers and many sights that Kowalski saw throughout the world. The coffee table sized paperback is not an easy one to find and recently sold at auction for $52.
These are just a few examples of volumes on the wrestling book shelf. There are many other collectible ("Whatever Happened To Gorgeous George?") and not-so-collectible ("The Rock Says...") books out there with the topic of our favorite form of entertainment, with many more joining the bunch each year. More will attain monetary value as the years go on, but the true treasures we gain from each book are the stories told on every page.