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Old 02-17-2014, 10:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1981/1982 Japan Kobunsha Pro Wrestling Album Post Cards

Here is an interesting set that I've researched for a bit. From 1981-1986 Kobunsha produced the Pro Wrestling Albums (About 75 in all) coming in various series. Each album focused on a different wrestler or group of wresters and had great photos and write-ups. Some series included inserts such as posters, and stickers…..the “That’s Wrestler” series (10 albums total, December 1981-September 1982) came with 4 postcards per album. The partial checklist is below. Album #24, Volume #10 was focused on Hogan. Interestingly enough, one of the postcards included Hogan’s mother’s (Misspelled Ruth Dollea) address in Tampa Florida(I don't know if he still owns the property, so I blanked it out just to be safe). I think the idea was to send her a greeting from Japan about her son’s success and as fan mail.

That’s Wrester Series:

Album 15, Vol 1- Dec 1981 – New Wave Wrestlers
Album 16, Vol 2 – Jan 1982 – The Heels
Album 17, Vol 3 – Feb 1982 – Terry Funk
Album 18, Vol 4 – Mar 1982 – Tiger Mask
Album 19, Vol 5 – Apr 1982 – Inoki and the Extreme Legion
Post Card #1 – Inoki
Post Card #2 – Sakaguchi
Post Card #3 – Fujinami
Post Card #4 – Tiger Mask
Album 20, Vol 6 – May 1982 – Stan Hansen
Post Card #1 – Hansen with Baby
Post Card #2 – Hansen vs Andre the Giant
Post Card #3 – Cowboy Hat
Post Card #4 – Arm Raised
Album 21, Vol 7 – June 1982 – Women’s Pro Wrestling
Album 22, Vol 8 – July 1982 – Best Tag Team
Album 23, Vol 9 – Aug 1982 – Tatsumi Fujinami
Album 24 Vol 10 – Sept 1982 – Hulk Hogan
Post Card #1 – Wearing Gi
Post Card #2 – Hand Lock
Post Card #3 – Ichiban T-shirt
Post Card #4 – With Inoki





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Old 02-17-2014, 07:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Neat postcards!!! I'd love to see the one from the other issues.

Hogan's mother passed away about 3 years ago.
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