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Old 08-20-2013, 11:27 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Comparing this with some postcards that I found, the pictures were taken in 1981. So could have been printed in late 1981 or early 1982. The postcards that I found were distributed in January 1982.
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Old 08-21-2013, 11:14 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Default hmmmm..............

Seems like we are still where we started....1981 would be nice as it would be prior to the wresting all stars but it may be January of 1982 or just 1982 sometime, interesting.
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:15 PM   #28 (permalink)
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Seems 1982 more likely, but still a possibility for 1981. I'm leaning towards assuming same distribution timeframe as the postcards, which would date them 1982 but released earlier than the 1982 All Star cards.
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:07 PM   #29 (permalink)
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What month were the All Star cards printed in 1982?
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:09 PM   #30 (permalink)
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The All Star cards were sold from ads in the The Wrestling News (and other magazines?).

If someone has a run of the magazine from that year, it wouldn't be hard to figure out when they were released. (I think dpeck100 might have a collection of those, so he could know)
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I just checked my magazines and looked at the December 1981 and the January 1982 to try and narrow it down. The first time they appear is in January 1982 and are advertised in color on the inside cover.

I have said it before but to me one of the most significant things about the cards is the photos used for the magazine were transferred to a trading card. In the December 1981 edition the photo for Kerry Von Erich is on the front and the photo used for Bill Watts card is in the inside cover just to name a few.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:40 PM   #32 (permalink)
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Which is interesting as the cards would have had to have been printed in 1981 in order for the photo to be used for the advertisement...which would have had to be to the publishing company in December at the latest so the magazines could be printed and distributed in January 1982.

Unless the ad didn't have any pictures and was photos only.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:48 PM   #33 (permalink)
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The advertisement has pictures of the cards and looks like this.



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Old 08-21-2013, 09:55 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Notice how they say the first set ever of real professional wrestling trading cards on hard card stock just like other major league sports.

There are earlier issues from magazines and foreign countries but these are the first hard card stock cards issued in the US. For this they will always be special in my mind.
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:00 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Awesome! It is an epic set for sure.
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Old 08-22-2013, 01:23 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Updated list: (list archived at 1982 Wrestling Cards (Vintage Wrestling Card Archive) )

1982 company? (Japan) - #? Abdullah the Butcher (action scene)
1982 company? (Japan) - #? Abdullah the Butcher (to be verified)
1982 company? (Japan) - #A Andre the Giant
1982 company? (Japan) - #B Andre the Giant (to be verified)
1982 company? (Japan) - Bob Backlund
1982 company? (Japan) - Dory Funk Jr (in ring)
1982 company? (Japan) - Harley Race (with belt)
1982 company? (Japan) - #A Inoki (in ring)
1982 company? (Japan) - #B Inoki (cose up)
1982 company? (Japan) - #A Mil Mascaras
1982 company? (Japan) - (#B?) Mascaras brothers
1982 company? (Japan) - Giant Baba (robe)
1982 company? (Japan) - Stan Hansen (to be verified)
1982 company? (Japan) - Terry Funk (in ring)
1982 company? (Japan) - Tiger Mask

Note: Cards state in Japanese "with permission from Kajiwara Productions". Distribution method currently unknown. Cards may have been produced in 1981.
Why no Antonio on Inoki while all the other wrestlers have a first name??? Close up instead of "Cose".

Not quite sure why to be verified on a few of the wrestlers when they have cards and Tiger Mask has two cards too #A & #B.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:24 PM   #37 (permalink)
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A major breakthrough with this set. I discovered how they were distributed. These are the 1981 Japanese Bandai Popy cards. The cards were distributed in blister packs along with a soft vinyl (sofubi) wrestling character. Popy made thousands of these soft vinyl toys in the 1970s and 1980s and these are from the 10-figure Super Puroresu Series. See photos below. Bandai owned the Popy brand and I assume licensed from Fujiwara Productions the right to make the toys and print the cards.

I went searching for more of these cards that are still sealed with the figure and these are extremely expensive still sealed because of the popularity of collecting the figures. The figures themselves are ~$75 outside of the box. Put them still sealed in the blister pack and most of the prices jump to $150 to $200! Most of the Japanese who collected these as kids are now collecting them again as they get older I imagine. So finding unopened blister packs will be an expensive endeavor. It appears 3-5 cards are in each of the unopened blister packs.

Here are the 10 figures along with known cards we've found:

1. Abdullah the Butcher (Figure and 2 cards)
2. Andre the Giant (Figure and 2 cards)
3. Bob Backlund (Figure and 1 card)
4. Dory Funk (Figure and 1 card)
5. Terry Funk (Figure and 1 card)
6. Harley Race (Figure and 1 card)
7. Antonio Inoki (Figure and 2 cards)
8. Mil Mascaras (Figure and 2 cards)
9. Stan Hansen (Figure and 1 card)
10. Hulk Hogan (Figure and ??? card)
11. Giant Baba (No figure and 1 card)
12. Tiger Mask (No figure and 2 cards)















Notice how all the wrestlers have their corresponding cards shown except Hogan. I'm skeptical that Hogan has a card in this set, but you never know.

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A major breakthrough with this set. I discovered how they were distributed. These are the 1981 Japanese Bandai Popy cards. The cards were distributed in blister packs along with a soft vinyl (sofubi) wrestling character. Popy made thousands of these soft vinyl toys in the 1970s and 1980s and these are from the 10-figure Super Puroresu Series. See photos below. Bandai owned the Popy brand and I assume licensed from Fujiwara Productions the right to make the toys and print the cards.

I went searching for more of these cards that are still sealed with the figure and these are extremely expensive still sealed because of the popularity of collecting the figures. The figures themselves are ~$75 outside of the box. Put them still sealed in the blister pack and most of the prices jump to $150 to $200! Most of the Japanese who collected these as kids are now collecting them again as they get older I imagine. So finding unopened blister packs will be an expensive endeavor. It appears 3-5 cards are in each of the unopened blister packs.
So are you planning to open them and get the cards graded or does it mean more to you to keep them sealed? It looks like a great set, sometimes I wonder how you find this stuff.
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This makes me like these cards even more so, thank you for your research once again.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:08 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Here's a picture of another Andre the Giant figure and card from the set.
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Old 12-09-2013, 01:08 PM   #41 (permalink)
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It's strange that the Hogan figure doesn't have a Hogan card.
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:53 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Here's a Tiger Mask figure archived on Worthpoint, with 2 Tiger Mask cards.

popy Pro Wrestler vinyl action figure TIGER MASK WWF (02/02/2012)...

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I don't think the Tiger Mask figure shown in the above link is part of this specific series.
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:59 PM   #43 (permalink)
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There is a Hogan card in the set!

Popy Collection Added AAA Kelian | Wrestlingfigs.com WWE Figure Forums

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Old 12-09-2013, 08:46 PM   #44 (permalink)
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I am probably the first advocate for these cards as a set and now with a Hogan I think it has all the makings for a great set of 17 1981 cards. It looks as though with 10 figures and with a few of them having multiple cards that is all for a complete set. It is sort of an odd number but it does make sense with the cards being clearly labeled with either an A or B if there are two cards and nothing if there is a just a single of the card. I need to find me a Race and Hogan and I will have a set of them. On to my search! I may ebay a few of the dupes that I currently have. I think with the Hogan and Andre cards there will be collectors trying to put together a set of these cards (just maybe not yet). The card collectors versus the toy figure collectors will create added interest in these.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:46 PM   #45 (permalink)
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PS- That 1981 Hogan looks awesome by the way, thanks for sharing that image with us all!
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:59 PM   #46 (permalink)
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Ahh, very nice! It does exist! I wonder why that one Hogan has the Mil Mascaras card showing? Looks like a packaging error as I also saw a Mil with and Andre card. Very cool about the Tiger Mask figure as well. Now it looks like there should be a Giant Baba figure maybe?
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Old 12-09-2013, 09:50 PM   #47 (permalink)
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I would think there is a Baba figure too
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:00 PM   #48 (permalink)
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Updates:

Here are the 10 figures along with known cards we've found:

1. Abdullah the Butcher (Figure and 2 cards)
2. Andre the Giant (Figure and 2 cards)
3. Bob Backlund (Figure and 1 card)
4. Dory Funk (Figure and 1 card)
5. Terry Funk (Figure and 1 card)
6. Harley Race (Figure and 1 card)
7. Antonio Inoki (Figure and 2 cards)
8. Mil Mascaras (Figure and 2 cards)
9. Stan Hansen (Figure and 1 card)
10. Hulk Hogan (Figure and only 1 card)
11. Giant Baba (No figure and 1 card?)
12. Tiger Mask (No figure? and 2 cards)

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Old 12-09-2013, 10:14 PM   #49 (permalink)
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11 figures? probably 12.
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Probably 12. No confirmed Baba yet.
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