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Old 12-14-2013, 05:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1995 West Rox WWF POGs

Before anyone moans and groans about this POG thread, let me explain a minute. As some of you know my big passion is vintage sumo wrestling menko and cards. I've been collecting them the better part of a decade and have done a lot of research and cataloging. Menko are the first generation of POGs. In the late 1800s, the Japanese invented the game of menko where you take cards(they first used lead and clay pieces), stack them up on the ground and try to flip them over with by slamming a heavier card into the stack. Menko fell out of style in the early 1900s, but Japanese immigrants took the game to the island of Hawaii during this time where it also became popular. In the 1930s and 1940s menko once again gained popularity in both Japan and Hawaii. In Japan, special cards were made for menko while in Hawaii, milk bottle caps were used. Hence you hear POGs referred to as milkcaps, caps or bottlecaps by the older Hawaiin generation. In 1964 Japanese menko production virtually ceased never to return on a grand scale and only sporadic sets have been printed since. From the 1960s to the 1990s, milkcaps steadily declined in popularity in Hawaii, but resurged to an unbelievable level in the early 1990s when it was “reintroduced” back to the youth of the day. The name POG came from a dairy that was marketing a drink called Passion Orange Guava (POG) juice and had POG written in bold letters on the milkcap. Henceforth, the name POG stuck and became synonymous with the bottle caps. Through some timely and clever marketing POGs was arguably the #1 children’s game from 1993-1995 in the U.S. and production was astronomical reaching several billion POGs manufactured during this time. Then as quickly as it came, POGs died off probably due to the oversaturation of the market, lack of long-term investment potential and shifts to other forms of entertainment. There were thousands of sets produced including the 66-POG 1995 WWF Mat Caps set made by West Rox as shown here. Interesting enough, the card set tube they came in says the set has 66 POGs, but there are 67 numbered POGs that came with it. I’ve been looking for this set for a bit and finally found one that I liked….”lucky” for me it also included the POG t-shirt that has the Undertaker and Paul Bearer POGs on the front. Anyway, I thought these POGs were worth sharing since they somewhat fit in the context of cards.




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I remember collecting Pogs i had lots and lots of them when i was younger the wwf set looks cool. Very nice set
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Old 12-14-2013, 09:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Panini also had a WWF set the same year (60 caps and 9 slammers)

Panini WWF World Wrestling Federation Pogs Caps Slammers 20 Packets | eBay

There was also a WCW Milkcap set the same year also:

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Those are pretty sweet. I hope pogs make another come back!
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Coliseum Home Video also produced a set of 6 in 1995.
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Old 12-15-2013, 12:22 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I think POGs could have stayed popular if they included game elements of menko cards.

Here's an example of disc menko cards of Giant Baba
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Old 12-15-2013, 02:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Great info on the other wrestling sets! I missed the POG craze by about 5 years. I worked at a sports card shop from 1991-1994 in WY, but POGs hadn't made their way to our town until after I left for college. There are a lot of interesting POG sets and I'm looking forward to collecting more.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Here's rare WWF pog set currently up for sale. Not sure if also produced by West Rox. Cost is hefty, but rarity partly justifies the price tag.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281245015139?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT#ht_222wt_1018
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Old 02-03-2014, 07:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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West Rox also produced the WWF Matcaps as an unpuched sheet. I can't imagine there are many of these left. Here is a Worthpoint archive of the sheet:

UNCUT SHEET WWF MATCAPS AND SLAMMERS FACTORY SEALED (03/23/2012)...
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:55 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Those are pretty cool! I haven't seen them before.
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These are so cool. Had most of them.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:58 PM   #12 (permalink)
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West Rox (can't find any info about that company!) also produced a blister package containing an Undertaker and a Paul Bearer Slammer, a small selection of Matcaps, as well as a "casket" to hold the Matcaps.
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I've seen several vintage ads for the Undertaker blister pack. Pretty cool and would love to own one!
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I found a full page ad for these in the Sept 1985 WWF Magazine mail-order pull-out advertising section. They also sold in 50-count tubes, and had 3 big slammer pads also. The Signature framed Mat Caps originally sold for $20.
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Here is an article from the May 1995 edition of WWF Magazine.

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Old 02-09-2014, 02:43 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Cool article. Thanks for posting.

Working on my West Rox pog set now.

Did West Rox make other pog sets too?
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I've only seen this set by West Rox.

The advertisement shows a 50-count tube...my tube is a 66-count tube,but there are 67 numbered pogs that came with it.

What does your Mail order form say?
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My form says 50-count tube.

It seems the "complete set" tube is pretty rare. The t-shirt you have must be ultra-ultra-rare.
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Here are the tube and shirt. The shirt has the Undertaker, Hitman, Ted Dibiase, Razor Ramon and Diesel. I thought it had Paul Bearer, but I was mistaken. Shirt made in the USA too!

Unfortunately, the set didn't come with the neoprene slammer board, but it does have the 18K gold slammer. I wonder if there is real gold in there.




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Old 02-12-2014, 08:00 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I just picked up Panini Caps, from europe. Unlike West Rox, I believe these were only sold in packs, which contain 5 Caps, 1 Slammer, and an instruction card. Most of the images mimick the West Rox set (which set came first?), but it will be fun to put a set together and compare/checklist the 2 sets.
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I saw those on e-bay too. I think there were 4-5 boxes for sale at one time. Looking forward to seeing what is inside!
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I think the seller had 4 at one time. I bought the last of them. You don't see the unopened packs come up to often. I think a tougher set than West Rox because do sold in bulk, and basically need to buy them from Europe which isn't always that easy (payment/shipping/etc).
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