The history of wrestling cards goes back to the 19th century, pops up again in the 1950s, picks up with the outlandish personalities of the 1980s and 90s and continues today.
While the cards of even the most famous entertainers don’t match icons in traditional sports, pro wrestling has some personalities that bring back great memories and some crossover superstars who became pop culture icons.
Some of the best wrestling cards ever came from the Wrestling All-Stars sets issued by Pro Wrestling Enterprises in the 1980s. “Rookie cards” of Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Andre the Giant and others can be found in these sets, which may not be fancy by today’s standards but are highly sought after by collectors and fans of wrasslin’ history.
The 2000s brought female superstars into the mix and combined with a new (and since extended) deal that brought Topps wrestling cards to the forefront, WWE trading cards are carving out a new history. Topps has brought some of the same philosophy and brands from its baseball line to UFC trading cards as well as wrestling. From the lower cost flagship product to high-end issues focused on autograph and memorabilia cards, there are options for most budgets.
Leaf wrestling cards have also found an audience as that company seeks out opportunities with wrestlers and creates its own cards, without worrying quite so much about league and team logos that are an issue with other sports.
Autographs, relic cards, parallels and inserts dominate the lists of the most expensive wrestling cards…and don’t forget the “kiss” cards favored by fans that feature lipstick prints from the ladies directly on cards.
For a live look at the current 100 most watched wrestling cards on eBay right now, take a look at the real-time list below.