Thursday, June 26, 2014
Jim Crockett Promotion's Coolest Piece Of Merchandise...Ever!
Starting with the successful mostly-color/all gloss Mid-Atlantic Wrestling Magazine in the '70s and early '80s, Crockett was no stranger to producing quality publications. Many of the company's larger shows and events had beautiful full-color programs. Several attempts at a regular publication to follow up on the MACW Magazine's success were made, but seemed to fizzle out after a few issues. Magazines solely dedicated to the popular Rock 'N Roll Express were produced as well, and no doubt ended up in the hands of many female fans.
If any of these bandanas stand out, it's undoubtedly the one that depicts The Four Horsemen. This isn't just any incarnation of the legendary faction, but rather the original group. Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and Ole Anderson are in all of their glory. This is quite possibly one of the few pieces of merchandise to feature the original Horsemen that is licensed by Jim Crockett Promotions. By the time that many of the other items were produced, including the popular trading cards by Wonderama, Ole had long since left the group.
How many of any of these bandanas were made? We may never know. I like to call the 1970's the "wild west" years of wrestling. In turn, the 1980's were the equivalent as far as wrestling merchandise. We just don't know what all was made from each promotion and won't until those items surface again. What we do know is that they're fun to collect and part of that enjoyment is making new discoveries of old items. We also know that even three decades later, The Four Horsemen are still the coolest...in the ring and printed onto cloth!