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Old 04-05-2016, 05:54 AM
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Reading about the very rare back Ty Cobb got me to thinking about this card.

So far the only known blank back Andre The Giant. PSA wouldn't grade it so I sent it to SGC.











Here you go Bob.
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:40 PM
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I saw the preview today for the up coming PWCC auction that starts April 21st and it looks like the third PSA 9 is finally coming to market via EBAY. It will be interesting to see where that card finishes.

The Andre card is a very unique one as it is the first card in the set and was exposed to the direct impact of the cellophane. I purchased numerous copies that were graded by BGS and every single copy didn't cross in the holder and why I learned to crack out cards from their holders. Each graded lower when sent to PSA and a few two grades lower.

Here is the background on the Andre photo. The picture comes from a shot taken with him and Dusty Rhodes holding up the NWA Tri State titles they won in a 10 man tournament the night of December 25th 1978. It was Andre's first title and they vacated them immediately as Andre had traveling commitments.

Here is my copy in PSA 9 mint condition.





The Dream Team. This magazine is from March of 1979.

















This is from February 22nd 1979 where they battled The Assassin and The Angel.







The photo was cropped and used on numerous other programs to promote his mega bouts with Hulk Hogan.



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Old 04-15-2016, 08:25 AM
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Old 04-15-2016, 09:23 PM
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I thought that card in a PSA 7 with how sharp it is was harsh. An 8 seems right.

Nice purchase on your part.

There are 2 of the 14 PSA 9 Hogan's coming to market through PWCC next week with the Andre. It will be interesting to see how they do.

I won two cards in the recent auction and will post scans once I get them. Two very nice additions to my collection.
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Old 04-16-2016, 10:36 AM
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I honestly never thought this card would surface. When PSA interviewed me years ago I was asked to highlight some of the best cards and I naturally chose the Kerry Von Erich. In the article I stated I didn't think a PSA 10 would ever surface and I was wrong.






Growing up in Orlando without cable television in the early 80's the only wrestling content we got to see was Championship Wrestling From Florida and by 1985 the WWF had made it on network television. My parents bought me a paperback copy of a wrestling book and it had this incredibly muscular wrestler on the cover holding the NWA Heavyweight Title belt. I had no clue who it was and finally put two and two together a few years later when my neighbor let me watch wrestling in his room on ESPN. It was none other then Kerry Von Erich. I followed his career from that point forward until his unfortunate death at 33.


This was the only centered copy I really had ever seen.







Since I started collecting the cards in 2009 there was really no other high grade copy I wanted more and remember going all out on the first PSA 9. I self subbed the second and then the PSA 8.5. My heart sank when I got the text from the collector who owned this card and was sending it in to PSA because it was without question the best copy I had ever seen and I wanted it.


Unexpectedly the doorbell rang this morning and the two cards I just won Thursday night were being delivered. I am so excited to add this card to my collection.






Here are other magazine clippings that feature the photo used for this great card.













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Old 04-16-2016, 10:40 AM
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I have worked really hard to track down the best copies of every card in the Wrestling All Stars sets. I have countless copies of this card and it is plagued by terrible top to bottom centering, a black line that runs through the W, damaged corners and a lot of ink smudging by his name.

This is a tremendous example and had there not been an ink spot by the T perhaps the first PSA 10.

I got stretched to the limit winning the Kerry Von Erich card and had to tap out and not put in my high bids on a few others but was fortunate enough to take this one home at a solid price and knock off another card needed in top grade.







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Old 04-29-2016, 01:56 PM
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Hi Dpeck100,

Awesome collection. To summarize, I was once heavily into pro wrestling, more specifically on the independent level. But that is a different story for a different day. Of all your cards I most like the one of my all-time favorite Bob Backlund. Very cool and in such great condition.

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Old 05-01-2016, 09:21 AM
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Thanks for checking out the cards. I recently scanned all of the fronts and backs for PSA and here are the scans of the Backlund card. I love watching his old matches from the Garden. Man he was strong!










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Old 05-04-2016, 10:00 AM
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Hi Dpeck100,

Agreed, Bobís conditioning and strength are beyond amazing. Iíve had the chance to know him since the early 1990ís. He keeps in great shape, even to this day. In case you might not be aware, he has an autobiography that was released last year.

Quick card question. Might you know how many PSA 10 cards there are of Backlund, and what the estimated value might be?

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Old 05-04-2016, 10:16 AM
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The Bob Backlund is a Pop 2 in a PSA 10.

I am in this one which was the first to hit for $650. The second one came out and at auction went for $441.
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