Even more than 30 years ago, there were enough pro wrestlers to create a pair of trading card sets. 1982 Wrestling All Stars Series B picks up where the first one left off.
Where Series A featured a young Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Harley Race and Junkyard Dog, there were many more stars around at that time who didn’t make it into the first set and they created another 36 card set. Together the sets represent the first ever cards of many legends of the wrestling ring.
Originally costing just $5 for a complete set delivered to your door, prices for all three of the sets issued through Wrestling News have shot up in recent years. The biggest name in the Series B set could be Jesse “The Body” Ventura. Later a commentator and even governor of the state of Minnesota, the Ventura card trades anywhere from $20 for a decent, ungraded example to more than $100 for a mint, graded card.
Something that wrestling fans will do is take these cards to WWE events like Axxess and other places where wrestlers are signing so they can get an autograph on the Wrestling All Stars card. Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat and Sergeant Slaughter are as popular today as they were when they were competing in the ring and are regulars at signing events.
While Steamboat was always cheered by the fans, and Slaughter was too for most of his career, there are cards of wrestlers who were known as “heels” at the time. The Iron Sheik was always the bad guy in the ring. Not long after this set was released The Iron Sheik had a short reign as WWF champion. Today, you can still own The Sheik for less than $30 in near mint condition.
Dutch Mantell is the last card, #36 on the checklist. For a lot of the years since the set’s release he had been an obscure figure in wrestling, but as he recently returned as the manager Zeb Colter he is again in the spotlight.
Bobby Heenan was a manager with a very high profile when the set was released, “The Brain” managed everyone from Ken Patera and Big John Studd to Rick Rude and Harley Race. Heenan is card 16 in Series B.
Some of the other big names in the set include Tito Santana, Kerry Von Erich, Jim Brunzell, Paul Orndorff, Dino Bravo and Rick Martel. Martel is card #1, like Andre the Giant was in Series A, and having that position could be a reason why no PSA 10 cards of “The Model” have appeared.
Complete ungraded Series B sets have sold recently for $200-260. $400 was paid for a set of PSA graded cards, with most cards in the set rating a 7. The Ventura card was a PSA 6 but there was a Slaughter PSA 8.5 and PSA 8 cards of Santana, Adonis, Bravo, Baron Von Raschke and several others.
A much more affordable option than the Series A set, 1982 Wrestling All Stars Series B is something that has a lot to offer. Fans of the WWF, NWA, AWA and other wrestling groups from that era will love the trip down memory lane and while prices have increased in recent years, they’re still well within reach of most.
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