Thursday, October 24, 2013
Some Truly "World Class" Wrestling Memorabilia
I'd go as far as to say that on the topic of WCCW memorabilia, the fans themselves were as big a part of it as the wrestlers. Endless passages have been written chronicling the Von Erich "fever" that is said to have spread as far as Israel. Many of these fans were girls, usually in the 12-24 age range, who would've followed the boys to the ends of the earth. These fans most likely had shrines to their favorites plastered all over their bedroom walls, as is evident by the abundance of newspaper and magazine clippings that survive today. Those lucky enough to have access to WCCW events (or knew someone who did), may have even had official promotional photos or publications from the promotion. Some of those may have even included autographs.
Most wrestling fans know the reason why autographs of the Von Erich family and many WCCW stars may be a bit harder to obtain than other wrestling stars of the era. It's a sad and somewhat depressing fact when collecting autographs, that death will almost always factor into desirability. With the tragedies surrounding the Von Erich's and other WCCW stars so early in their lives, the window of opportunity was never even open for many collectors.
The Official Von Erich Family World Class Championship Wrestling board game is definitely one of the highs. The well produced, if maybe a bit complicated, game is as nice as any other wrestling company's equivalent. With a full color box featuring the famous WCCW logo and photos of the Von Erich brothers disposing of several foes, the game itself allows you to become Kerry, Kevin, Mike, One Man Gang, Iceman King Parsons, Chris Adams, Gino Hernandez, or Kelly Kiniski.
And then there are the items that are extremely historical, yet almost too difficult to own. The aforementioned Von Erich fans were obviously a dedicated bunch. Some went as far as to clip the obituaries and news coverage of the brothers deaths. Some fans even obtained and saved actual funeral cards. Some collectors might find items such as these just too disturbing to own, but placing them in perspective tells the full story, beginning to end, of the family and promotion.