Thursday, July 5, 2012
Wrestling MarketWatch: USA! USA! USA!
I've said it before..."Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, & Wrestling." Wrestlers such as Duggan, Sgt. Slaughter, Hulk Hogan and events like SummerSlam and The Great American Bash can take a normal summer wrestling card and turn it into a patriotic spectacular. It's no mistake that memories of those stars and shows often stand out proudly in the minds of many a wrestling fan from the '80s and '90s.
In this latest edition of MarketWatch, we'll take a look at some items that were derived from these icons of wrestling Americana and examine what they've recently sold for on the secondary market. Put down the sparkler, take a sip of Diet Pepsi, and remember what wrestling, in many minds, is truly all about. Although some examples shown are autographed, the prices noted were for unsigned items.
*Even with all the patriots in wrestling, there's only one Real American Hero--Sgt. Slaughter! His involvement in Hasbro's G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero franchise cemented him as an icon of the 1980's. Although Hasbro produced dozens of Slaughter figures over the years, his 1992 figure was the only one done for the WWF license. All of the other Hasbro-produced Slaughter's, including the 8-inch figure often included with the LJN line, were made for G.I. Joe. The figure is actually not in a wrestling outfit at all, but rather garb that he wore in promotional photos and a vignette or two. For twenty years that's been quite alright with wrestling fans. The figure is beloved for an incredible facial sculpt and "Sgt.'s Salute" action. The figure has recently been selling for between $30 and $60 as has his tag team partner, the 1991 Hasbro WWF Hacksaw Jim Duggan. The Sarge was not only the first wrestler that I ever had the pleasure of meeting, but Slaughter and Duggan were the first "good guy" tag team that I ever saw wrestle live.