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Old 12-07-2013, 03:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1981 Japanese Marusho Pro Wrestling Set - Hogan!

Here is a set I've been working on for a few months. The top three right cards are ones I've had before. I picked up the other six recently including a Hulk Hogan! The backs all have the age of wrestlers on some of them. Hogan is listed as 27 years old. Terry Funk is listed as 35. With Tiger Mask debuting in 1981 it seems this set was printed in the summer of 1981. The cards measure approximately 2" x 3".

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Checklist:
Andre the Giant
Antonio Inoki - Foot Hold
Antonio Inoki - Grappling
El Canek - Arms Raised
El Canek - Hands on Hips
Hulk Hogan
Mil Mascaras - Close up
Mil Mascaras - Arms on Hips
Solar? - Jumping with Hands out Front
Stan Hansen
Terry Funk
Tiger Mask - Suit
Tiger Mask - Suit Looking Up
Tiger Mask - Right Arm Raised, Left Hand on Hip
Tiger Mask - Right Arm Raised, Left Hand on Stomach
Tiger Mask - Back Kick
Tiger Mask - Top Rope
Tiger Mask - Throwing Solar
Tiger Mask - Yellow Cape
Tiger Mask vs Solar
Tiger Mask and Mil Mascaras
Tiger Mask - Over Opponent
Tiger Mask vs Gran Hamada
Tiger Mask - Suplex
Tiger Mask - Looking Up
Unknown - (Card is to the left of Andre the Giant)
Unknown - (With Trophy over head)












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Oh yeah!!! Very nice!
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Wow Terry funk is turning 70 next year. I am sure just like weight they fudged the ages a little too.

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Hulk Hogan was born August 11, 1953 so he would have been 27 in the middle of 1981.

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Tiger Mask debuted on April 23rd 1981.

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Old 12-07-2013, 04:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah, Funk would have turned 36 in the summer of 80. I figure they were close, not exact on age.
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WOW!!! Great cards!!!
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WOW!!! Great cards!!!
Thanks! Unfortunately, some of the cards have staple holes where the cards got stapled when the were sealed in their packs. It looks like these were packaged two per pack as 2 pairs of the cards have the staple holes lined up.
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Old 12-07-2013, 11:49 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Would these be considered Menko? (game symbols on bottom of backs)

Is it possible there are many more cards in the set?
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Old 12-08-2013, 12:11 AM   #10 (permalink)
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They are definitely mini cards, but do have a few of the traditional menko characteristics. There are likely more in the set....upwards of 24-36 I'm suspecting.
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Found a video with Hogan wearing the same multi-colored cape as on the card. No date though.

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That's a great video and it appears to be the same. Those guys were built!
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Old 08-19-2014, 09:37 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I found two more cards from this set(in bold and with scans). The checklist now stands at 11.

1. Tiger Mask - Back Kick
2. Tiger Mask - Arm Raised
3. Tiger Mask vs Solar
4. Tiger Mask and Mil Mascaras
5. Tiger Mask - Over Opponent
6. Tiger Mask vs Gran Hamada
7. El Canek
8. Mil Mascaras - Close up
9. Mil Mascaras - Arms on Hips
10. Terry Funk
11. Hulk Hogan

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Here's a few more to add to the checklist.

I have 23 different, but not the Hogan.

One of my cards has a winner stamp (shown in one of the scans). I believe it was exchangable for an over-sized Tiger Mask card. I have 4, and one is thicker than the others.
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I'm missing these, so 26 cards in the set so far.

6. Tiger Mask vs Gran Hamada
8. Mil Mascaras - Close up
11. Hulk Hogan
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Here's a few more to add to the checklist.

I have 23 different, but not the Hogan.

One of my cards has a winner stamp (shown in one of the scans). I believe it was exchangable for an over-sized Tiger Mask card. I have 4, and one is thicker than the others.

Very nice Steve!
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Very cool! Do you have scans of the back so I can finalize the checklist?
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Very cool! Do you have scans of the back so I can finalize the checklist?
I'll have to scan again. It might be awhile until I am able to.
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Cool set. Get them in the wtc website so psa will start grading these. I don't have any but would love to see the hogan slabbed
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I'll have to scan again. It might be awhile until I am able to.
Okay, I should be able to get a checklist from the pictures.
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I'd try to find out a bit more about them if we can.......
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I'd try to find out a bit more about them if we can.......
I can verify they were sold 2 cards per pack ("candy store" type product). I have a few of the packs, and also have the box they came in. 4 large oversize cardboard photos were available for the stamped winner cards.
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I can verify they were sold 2 cards per pack ("candy store" type product). I have a few of the packs, and also have the box they came in. 4 large oversize cardboard photos were available for the stamped winner cards.
I think they are these.

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I think they are these.
Yes, those are the packs the cards are from. I have the same box and the large cards also.
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How many packs did you bust Steve? What are the large cards?
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