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Old 08-16-2013, 10:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Picked up a cool Andre the Giant card early 1980s

Picked up some cool Japanese cards today



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Old 08-16-2013, 10:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Very nice!
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Cool stuff, like the Funks a lot.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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On one hand it would be nice to have autographed on the other hand these are such nice cards they deserve to be slabbed! I would send them to PSA in a heartbeat if they would slab them.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Great cards! Do you know what set they are from?
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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You have a few of them checklisted on the website, not sure if they are 1981 or 1982 but now I know there are at least ten. The Inoki has a A and B for each card and so does the Andre and the Mascaras so I suspect they each have another card in the set.
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:49 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I've seen several of these on the Japanese auction sites, but not sure how they were issued. Great pick-ups!
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:50 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I hope we can checklist this set too Sumo!
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Old 08-16-2013, 10:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Do you have back scans of the cards?
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:01 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Yes, I will get you some for sure and PM you on CU.
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:41 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Sumo man will have to confirm the checklist and dates.. But here is another card from this set. It's not a rookie since he has a 76 yamakatsu card but its a cool early Harley race card
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:15 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I had a couple listed on the outdated Japanese page. They are Kajiwara Productions, I think from 1981.
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Old 08-17-2013, 02:17 AM   #13 (permalink)
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One of the cards talks about 1981 apparently so they were released later in 1981 or perhaps 1982 like other trading cards with last years stats.........
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Ikki Kajiwara originally wrote the Tiger Mask manga in the early 1970s and then the Tiger Mask character was adopted into the Pro Wrestling world. These very likely aren't made by Kajiwara Productions...what you are seeing on the cards is actually a copyright line that says "Kajiwara Productions approved". I need to get more info on Kajiwara Productions and how/why they would copyright these cards if Tiger Mask doesn't appear on all of them. Once I can translate the back of the cards I can probably help narrow down the date, but looking at that style they look to be early 1980s. The real questions are 1)who made them, 2) when were they made, and 3) how were they distributed?

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Old 08-17-2013, 11:33 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I'll let you go to town on the eight of them that I have and maybe we can learn a little more about them, thanks.
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Old 08-18-2013, 01:32 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I've had the translation listed as "with permission from Kajiwara Productions". I would guess Kajiwara Productions owns the copywrite to the photos, and did not actually produce/distribute them.

I've verified the following cards: (some my have 2 cards, but I've only seen one of each)
- Andre the Giant
- Abdullah the Butcher (action scene)
- Bob Backlund
- Inoki
- Dory Funk Jr (in ring)
- Terry Funk (in ring)
- Harley Race (with belt)
- Giant Baba (robe)

And these cards have been reported, but are unverified: (I think possibly confused with a similar set from Gong magazine from the same time period)
- Tiger Mask ll
- Stan Hansen
- Mil Mascaras
- Mascaras Brothers

Scans anyone?
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:31 AM   #17 (permalink)
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There are two Inoki cards as shown above. One is with him in the ring and the other is a close-up with his hands up. The Mil Mascaras is also shown above as well.

Here is the Tiger Mask card:

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Old 08-18-2013, 02:59 AM   #18 (permalink)
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There is clearly two Inokis and a Mil Mascaras above......

Andre above is A
Andre TBD is B
Abdullah the Butcher has A and B (not sure which is which)
Antonio Inoki A is with the belt
Antonio Inoki B close up
Tiger Mask has A and B (not sure which is which)
Mil Mascaras above is A, other will be B and may be the Mascaras Brothers card......

Single cards are
Dory Funk
Terry Funk
Giant Baba
Bob Backlund

probably
Harley Race
Stan Hansen

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Old 08-18-2013, 03:17 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Updated list: (list archived at http://x-titles.com/wc/years/1980-1989/1982/ )

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.
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:37 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Abdullah the Butcher card from the website that is outdated is clearly numbered "B".........
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:38 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I would note or double up the listing for the wrestlers that have two cards...... the difference is either an A or a B on the back of the card.
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:49 AM   #22 (permalink)
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List updated above. Could still be additional cards to be listed.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:55 AM   #23 (permalink)
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The Tiger Mask I have an image of has an "A" on the back.
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:14 PM   #24 (permalink)
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the lettering really helps.....
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:21 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Here is also a Tiger Mask only card menko set with the same copyright line of "Kajiwara Productions approved". It's taken a few moments after the Tiger Mask card above...although with much better lighting.


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