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Old 12-23-2013, 06:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Name your top 5 wrestling sets

I'm more of a modern collector.

And I am focused more on regular base.

We can leave this topic open for regular base sets, autograph sets, memorabilia sets, parallel sets, & insert sets.

Give your top 5 in whatever of these categories.

Let's see your ideas as for one I am also looking to expand my interest.

It can be what you own or have had.




MY BASE SETS:

1. 2002 Fleer Royal Rumble......the overall combination of design, bold colors, & embossed look gave this my top spot

2. 2002 Absolute Divas.....I love the colors and embossing of the brand logo....very very cool

3. 2007 Topps Heritage III.....great combination of action and portrait photos.....nifty solid design & solid quality

4. 2010 Topps........Awesome bright photos, simple white bordering, & the perfect size of writing on the front

5. 2011 Topps Classics.....sure it's a portrait set & I like how the colors clash & shine

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My favorite sets are:

(I'm assuming favorite sets owned, and not really based on rarity or value)

1) 1954-1955 - Parkhurst Wrestling
2) 1955-1956 - Parkhurst Wrestling
3) 1950 - Ace Lavando, Yo Descansando (rare Cuban album set)
4) 1966 - Somportex Famous TV Wrestlers (scarce UK gum cards)
5) 1988 - Wonderama NWA
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1. WCW/NWO 98/99 topps auto set (tons of deceased autos)
2. 1985 WWF topps set
3. 1987 WWF sticker set (bret hart RC)
4. 1995 WWF Merlin (180 card set)
5. 1985 Wrestling all-stars (Mag set)
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My next 5 favorites would be:

6) 1985 - Wrestling All-Stars (magazine). This modern set seems to be overlooked because you don't see the cards too often.
7) 1982/1983 - Wrestling All-Stars (I'm counting all 3 series as one set)
8) 1991 - Imagine, Inc. Wrestling Legends (includes 1st wrestling auto cards)
9) 1992 - Topps WCW (United Kingdom) (w/Scott Hall rookie)
10) 1973 - Victory Sports Series Wrestling (magazine set)
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I am surprised that no one has mentioned the 2010 Topps Platinum set yet. That is definitely in the top 5 for me.
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1. 1982-83 Wrestling All Stars
2. 2012 Leaf Originals
3. 1985 Topps/OPC WWF
4. 1985 Wrestling All Stars Magazine
5. 1988 Wonderama

Would put 1986 Carnation set up in Top 5, but set is too small.
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1. PSA 1973 Wrestling Annual #6
2. PSA 1982 Wrestling All Stars Series A & B
3. PSA 1983 Wrestling All Stars
4. PSA 1985 Topps Wrestling
5. PSA 1985 Topps Wrestling Stickers
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Although I don't really collect it, I think the modern set with the best design/print technology is 2011 Topps Classic.
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Default My Top Wrestling Sets

This is a difficult decision for me. Here is a list with a little explanation.

1. 1982 & 1983 Wrestling All Stars (108)- I decided to collect this set with acquiring autographs instead of just subbing cards raw. I like the selection of wrestlers which includes just about every major star from that era. While I like some of the vintage sets, this set has the star power that people today recognize. This set also has created interest in other wrestling cards that never had attention before.

2. 1954 & 1955 Parkhurst Wrestling (75 & 121)- I'm going to cheat a little and include both of the sets together. This is one of the only wrestling card sets produced in the 20th century in the "vintage" category. Very condition sensitive cards and finding a card in excellent or above is a challenge. I am a few cards away from completing the master set from 1954 (137 cards) and the 1955 set (121 cards). Has some star power with wrestlers like Verne Gagne, Lou Thesz, Gorgeous George and Bronko Nagurski.

3. 1973 Wrestling Annual (36)- Anytime you can find a card like a 1973 Andre the Giant I think people in the wrestling card world should take notice. I know there are some that are against the set but once in a slab these are no different than any other "cards". These are just now priced in the online price guide for PSA and should be featured in SMR which should bring more attention to them. Nice biographies are on the back of each card.

4. 1981 Popy Kajiwara (17)- Might be a bit premature to list these now since none have officially been graded and information just got out about these cards. Should be a battle with the figure collectors and the wrestling card collectors for the cards. A rather smaller set of 17 cards and features some great wrestlers who were featured in the USA including Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Terry Funk, Dory Funk, Abdullah the Butcher etc. I think a smaller set can have it's benefits since there is not a lot of extra cards people have to pick up to complete a set. I really like the photography in this set more so than most of the cards in the Yamakatsu cards from 1974 and 1976.

5. 1948 Topps Magic Photos (25)- Great series of a bunch of the wrestling legends. Bit of a challenge to find them with great photo development and good condition. While this set features legends of wrestling, the cards are somewhat difficult to find and to me easily ranks them over the set from 1991 of wrestling legends.

Honorable Mention-
1976 Yamakatsu- More recognizable names than the 1974 set.
1974 Yamakatsu- Two great cards of Andre the Giant and a nice Karl Gotch.

I like some of the little sets like
1986 Carnation- Great photography and biographies on the back
1991 Swanson- Black borders and great photography


I am not a big fan of any sets from 2000 to now...............
1985 Topps seem to be too mass produced for my liking.............
1988 Wonderama is a bit too large and some photos are too distant........
1966 Somportex is a cool vintage set but lacks star power.
1985 All Stars, I think unless PSA changes their stance they will be doomed
Merlin cards have excellent photography but lack rookies, a bit large
Classic cards are way overproduced..........1989s and 1990s confusing....
1991 Wrestling Legends.....not a fan of the base cards, autos are cool
1950 Ace Lavando....paper and often brutal condition, might be too rare!
1998/99 Autos, ton of value but some seem overpriced for who the wrestler is
1992 Topps WCW- Cool cards but do not represent most wrestlers from era
Leaf Autos- Not a fan of cartoonish images

Although I am critiquing some of these sets I do collect some of them. Just a personal preference and do not take offense for different opinions......
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My favorite are the Topps Chrome sets, I wish they still did them. Would love to see the colored refractors from other sports brought to a WWE set.
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Huh some interesting posts.

Yeah a Topps Chrome wrestling would be a big hit I think.
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Although I am critiquing some of these sets I do collect some of them. Just a personal preference and do not take offense for different opinions......
I am very offended!!

but really, I know the 85 topps is mass produced but it is still tough to get 10's. There have been dozens of the #16 Hogans graded and not a single 10. There are also other guys in the set who don't have 10's. Also the 85 topps set has a 85 OPC series 1 set that is amazingly hard to get. I have seen 1 box on Ebay in the last year plus (and I bought it). But it does seem like there is always a 85 topps box for sale, in the 100 range. The question is what kind of condition are the cards in.
As far as the Merlin sets go they do have first appearances of guys like Diesel, yokozuna, alundra blaze, luna vachon ect.. But mainly more modern wrestlers. they also were the first time the character Razor Ramon appeared (not just Hall in general). Plus it is hard to get them in good condition.
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I am surprised that no one has mentioned the 2010 Topps Platinum set yet. That is definitely in the top 5 for me.
this is a nice set they need to make something like this again
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I'm personally not a fan of older sets. I know a lot of older sets are considered classics by fans, but many of the designs are horribly dated and don't hold up well. I know part of what makes them important is the checklist, not the design, just a personal preference.

1 - 2006 Heritage Chrome I
2 - 2007 Heritage Chrome II
3 - 2008 Heritage Chrome III (see a pattern?)
4 - 2010 WWE Platinum (the closest Topps/WWE has ever gotten to a mid/high end set)
5 - 2013 WWE (I absolutely loved the 2013 baseball 'infield' design and really liked how Topps adapted that into a turnbuckle. Nice clean design.)

Runners-up-

1 - 2005 Heritage (last issue of WWE on-card autographs, I believe)
2 - any other Heritage set (I-IV) (good, solid cards with nice photography)
3 - 1985 WWF Pro Wrestling Stars (an old, dated design I actually like and the first set I collected)
4 - 2013 TNA Glory (ugly base set, but the return of on-card wrestling autos)
5 - 2012 TNA Reflexxions (the best-looking base set TNA ever produced)
5 - 2002 Absolute Divas (same reasons as the OP, plus that's when female wrestlers were actually more than just eye-candy, they were athletes too, and deserved their own set)

I will not buy any new WWE wrestling boxes until Topps produces A) a new Chrome set, B) on-card autographs and/or C) a premium/high-end set.
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Here is a partial list of my favorite sets.

1. WWE Topps 2009 Gold Parallel Set /500
2. WWE Topps 2009 Black Parallel Set /40 (Only need 1 card to complete it. Very fun to collect.)
3. 2010 WWE Sabritas Cheetos (Released in products in Mexico)
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Following up with additional comments.

The Topps Heritage sets have been a pretty solid simple design. The 2012 Heritage kind of came up short if you ask me.

I may have to move 2011 Classics up a notch or two. The first time I saw the cards they instantly gave me a good impression.

2002 Absolute Divas is cool in part because of the mixture of colors as you go card to card. Fleer did have some quality stuff.

I like the 2010 Topps Platinum thick parallels & shiny inserts. The base are a bit dark but ok.

I've been messing with wrestling more & more for the past month & am really jumping in yet.
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The one I like is TNA Xtreme as it has all my ECW favorites in it
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I'm personally not a fan of older sets. I know a lot of older sets are considered classics by fans, but many of the designs are horribly dated and don't hold up well. I know part of what makes them important is the checklist, not the design, just a personal preference.

1 - 2006 Heritage Chrome I
2 - 2007 Heritage Chrome II
3 - 2008 Heritage Chrome III (see a pattern?)
4 - 2010 WWE Platinum (the closest Topps/WWE has ever gotten to a mid/high end set)
5 - 2013 WWE (I absolutely loved the 2013 baseball 'infield' design and really liked how Topps adapted that into a turnbuckle. Nice clean design.)

Runners-up-

1 - 2005 Heritage (last issue of WWE on-card autographs, I believe)
2 - any other Heritage set (I-IV) (good, solid cards with nice photography)
3 - 1985 WWF Pro Wrestling Stars (an old, dated design I actually like and the first set I collected)
4 - 2013 TNA Glory (ugly base set, but the return of on-card wrestling autos)
5 - 2012 TNA Reflexxions (the best-looking base set TNA ever produced)
5 - 2002 Absolute Divas (same reasons as the OP, plus that's when female wrestlers were actually more than just eye-candy, they were athletes too, and deserved their own set)

I will not buy any new WWE wrestling boxes until Topps produces A) a new Chrome set, B) on-card autographs and/or C) a premium/high-end set.
I agree with you on this, the heritage stuff topps has made is awesome, and platinum was a sweet set they need to make a set like this again kinda like museum collection or something of that sort and make heritage chrome again, also on card autographs and some older stars like stone cold, the rock, undertaker, batista, brock lesner, bigger names
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I forgot to mention the Market Scene cards, I really like them and finding them in high grade is quite tough.
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My interests jump all over the board but here would be my list. I remember opening a ton of packs of 3, and 4 when I was a kid and loved chasing the base sets. Personally I think the top 2 speak for themselves. I'd give the 1991 Wrestling Legends box set.

5. 1985 Topps and OPC WWF

4. 1998 WWF Duocards/Comic Images

3. 1998 Topps WCW

2. 2005 WWE Topps Heritage Autographs.

1. The entire WCW/NWO autograph set.
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1- late 70s Rax Roast Beef Set - Has to be the rarest set out there, I believe there are pieces of 2 sets spread among some of the historians and even a couple of the wrestlers, but has anyone ever finished one? Love the design and the idea of an hand-out before a lot of those guys hit there prime.

2. 1985 WWF 3-D Design had flaws but what a lineup and just as scarce. There will never be another Topps wrestling product this scarce.

3. 1982-83 All Stars- So many rookie cards, scarce enough to make them tough, but not scarce enough that you can complete the sets if you are willing to spend.

4. 2010 Topps Platinum- like almost everything about it, wish they would make another set like this.

5. 1985 Topps WWF- Right at the birth of WrestleMania, and we see Vince starting to market his product nationally.
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To me that Rax Roast Beef set is quite the mystery. Sounds like a case for dpeck or wrestlingcardking to crack.

Is the only known card a Dr D David Schultz. Do we have any clue who else was in it. How it was distributed ect. What part of the country it was distributed. Had to just be a small regional release. Does it just feature guys from one territory.

Is one of the great unsolved mystery wrestling card releases that needs to be solved at some point. Would be cool if some more cards surfaced besides the Dr D. Who even owns the David Schultz card. Is it in dpecks or wrestlecardkings vault. I'd love to see a scan of the back of it.
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To me that Rax Roast Beef set is quite the mystery. Sounds like a case for dpeck or wrestlingcardking to crack.

Is the only known card a Dr D David Schultz. Do we have any clue who else was in it. How it was distributed ect. What part of the country it was distributed. Had to just be a small regional release. Does it just feature guys from one territory.

Is one of the great unsolved mystery wrestling card releases that needs to be solved at some point. Would be cool if some more cards surfaced besides the Dr D. Who even owns the David Schultz card. Is it in dpecks or wrestlecardkings vault. I'd love to see a scan of the back of it.


I have seen the photos posted online and it is quite an intriguing set. From the checklist it looks like a regional issue for sure.

I believe this is the territory that was represented.

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To me that Rax Roast Beef set is quite the mystery. Sounds like a case for dpeck or wrestlingcardking to crack.

Is the only known card a Dr D David Schultz. Do we have any clue who else was in it. How it was distributed ect. What part of the country it was distributed. Had to just be a small regional release. Does it just feature guys from one territory.

Is one of the great unsolved mystery wrestling card releases that needs to be solved at some point. Would be cool if some more cards surfaced besides the Dr D. Who even owns the David Schultz card. Is it in dpecks or wrestlecardkings vault. I'd love to see a scan of the back of it.
The Rax set was a regional set in Tennesse featuring wrestlers for Gulas N.W.A. Mid American Championship Wrestling.

Here are the known cards:

David Shultz
Nick Gulas (promoter)
Len Rossi
Tojo Yamamoto
Jerry Barber
George Gulas
Robert Gibson
Ricky Gibson
Bobby Eaton
Ken Lucas
Tommy Kerkeles
Mike St. John
Tom Renesto Jr.
Dennis Condry

David Shultz also has a card in the 1986 Monty Gum set.
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Any photos exist of any of the other cards?

No real big names in it. I wonder if a Hogan or Andre was in it what kind of coin that card would fetch if any could even still be found.
Interesting that Pabst Blue Ribbon beer is also a sponsor on the cards.

Scott Teal is well known wrestling historian and has written quite a few books (Ole Anderson, Dillion, Atlas, Koloffs, Hansen ect) . I see he is credited on back of Schultz card for the photo. I think he runs crowbar press website where is one of the few places you can order and get signed copies of many good wrestling books. Wonder if he has any insight or cards from this set.

Dpeck do you know if Cornette is much of wrestling card collector. Maybe he has some of these. He was working and shooting photos I believe around this time of Rax set and huge wrestling collector. He may have some of these cards. I think we got some leads to crack this case.
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