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Old 10-26-2014, 07:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default COLLECTOR'S CORNER: PART II - WELCOME TO THE PARROT CAVE

Part I is at:
http://www.wrestlingforum.com/classi...rrot-cave.html


PART II

WELCOME TO THE PARROT CAVE



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Dutch Rohde broadside, circa 1945; Pat O'Connor, Buddy Rogers, Lou Thesz



The only 6 Champions to wear the 1st NWA title belt: Pat O'Connor, Buddy Rogers, Lou Thesz, Gene Kiniski, Dory Funk, Jr., Harley Race;
The 3 classice World Women's Champions: Moolah, Mildred Burke, June Byers;
The original Sheik (Ed Farhat), Bruno Sammartino, Chief Big Heart
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Last row: Red Bastien, Bobo Brazil, Antonino Rocca.
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1953 cardboard posters Rogers/Shire, Mercer/Shire; various vintage promos.



Promos from 1953 Cincinnati Gardens Tournament - Rogers/Nell Stewart won men's and women's titles respectively.
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1961 Chicago International Amphitheater "Event" Flyer/Program for Rogers/Thomas NWA United States Championship match.
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1961 Chicago International Amphitheater "Event" Flyer/Program for Rogers/Valentine (Greg's father) match.
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The Fabulous Kangaroos cardboard boomerangs - (top to bottom)Costello/Kent/Canon, circa 1973;
Costello/Kent, circa 1970; Costello/Heffernan, circa 1967; Costello/Kent/Canon used as Xmas card and mailed from Canada, circa 1973; Costello/Heffernan back autographed by manager Wild Red Berry, circa 1959;
Vintage 'Roo's promo, circa 1959

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Al Costello promo, circa 1973;
Cowboy Bob Ellis promo on a Texas ranch with movie star Canary from Bonanza
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Items and promos obtained at WWF shows in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
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May 25, 1962 22" x 28" MSG cardboard poster Rogers/Ellis- this was the first wrestling show that I ever attended (at age 11 1/2);
1950 12" x 18" paper broadside/poster Rogers/Rocca match.
1947 10" x 17" cardboard poster World Champion Mildred Burke
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1962 Chicago Intl. Amphitheater "subscriber's" flyer/program Rogers/Rocca;
1961 Comiskey Park subscriber's flyers/programs - Rogers/O'Connor title match, Rogers/O'Connor rematch, Rogers/Thomas title match
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1962 Detroit's Olymia Stadium 22" x 28" cardboard poster Rogers/Chene NWA championship match;
1960 Island Garden, NY 22" x 28" cardboard poster Rogers & Eddie Graham vs. NWA U.S. Tag Team Champions Lou & Red Bastien
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Al Haft Promotions flyer offering to conduct wrestling shows with his portable ring.
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Two El Rio Stadium 14" x 22" cardboard posters, circa 1956.
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1959 Asbury Park 28" x 22" paper poster.
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1956 El Rio Stadium 14" x 22" cardboard poster - Wild Red Berry.
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Seen your 1st thread about your collection and all I can say is "Thank You". Wonderful collection!
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Seen your 1st thread about your collection and all I can say is "Thank You". Wonderful collection!
You are very welcome and so are all who viewed this thread and appreciate wrestling history and the memorabilia it has produced through the decades.

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awesome stuff.
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awesome stuff.
Thanks! I'm glad you and other appreciated it. If you want to see some really great wrestling memorabilia to the link below and check out the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Museum in Amsterdam, NY.



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I do appreciate avid collectors. What are some of your rarest and valuable pieces?
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Rewatched the Rogers/O'Connor Comiskey Park rematch, this morning. Great to see the flyer for it, and in such good condition. Super!
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I do appreciate avid collectors. What are some of your rarest and valuable pieces?
In general the large format cardboard posters are probably the rarest form of wrestling memorabilia. All posters were meant to be discarded after the show, but the smaller format 14"x22" cardboard posters were easy to store and some were just gathered up, put in boxes and packed away to be found by collectors 30 or 40 years later.

14"x22" CARDBOARD POSTER - WILD RED BERRY - 1956
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14"x22" CARDBOARD POSTER - DANGEROUS DANNY MCSHANE - 1956
14"x22" CARDBOARD POSTER - WEST COAST WORLD CHAMPION BARON LEONE - 1951 (A FEW MONTHS BEFORE THE MATCH WITH LOU THESZ THAT UNITED THE WEST COAST & NWA CHAMPIONSHIPS)


The rarest posters that I have are the four large format 28" x 22" sized cardboard posters. For the most part these were thrown away after the show. They were just too big and awkward to store. The few that were saved and stored away got banged around and most showed a good deal of "storage" wear.

This one is my favorite, because it advertises the first wrestling show that I ever attended as an 11 year old kid. The Madison Square Garden cardboard posters are the most coveted by collectors. I have only seen two of these advertising this particular match - and I HAD BOTH OF THEM! I sold one that had about a 3 or 4 inch right bottom corner piece torn off on eBay for $1,000 a few months ago. I kept the one below that was in better condition.
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Rogers and Ellis had three matches at MSG during their 1962 feud. The one below is advertises their first MSG match. This one is NOT mine, but belonged to a fellow collector who sold it for $1,200 this year.
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This 1962 DETROIT OLYMPIA cardboard poster is very rare, also. I've never seen another one like this. The Olympia arena was torn down a few decades ago and doesn't even exist anymore. The 1960 ISLAND GARDEN cardboard poster below it is a real beauty[/b].
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Large format paper posters survived a bit better, because they could be folded and stored very easily. Below is a 22" x 28" ASBURY PARK paper poster from 1959. Notice that it was printed by the same company that printed the 1960 ISLAND GARDEN cardboard poster in the previous photo - "POSTERS INC,. 835 CHERRY STREET, PHILADEPHIA, PA."
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This is a really old 28" x 22" cardboard poster featuring Killer Kowalski and "Wild Bill" Longson in a Sam Muchnick promotion at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, 1950
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Chicago's Comiskey Park and International Amphitheater printed and gave out some really gorgeous flyers/programs for their shows in 1960, 1961, and 1962. They are very rare in general, and the Comiskey Park copies advertising the PAT O'CONNOR vs. NATURE BOY BUDDY ROGERS RECORD BREAKING NWA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH ON JUNE 30, 1961 is extremely rare, especially in good condition. I had a double of the one below and sold it to a friend of mine for only $200, because he is a really good guy who has done me favors in the past and is a fellow Buddy Rogers fan. I believe it is easily worth triple that without batting an eye.
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Here are the flyers/programs from the Rogers/O'Connor rematch and Rogers' first title defense in Comiskey Park against Art "Sailor" Thomas.
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Getting away from posters and flyers/programs for a minute, I really love my collection of cardboard boomerangs that The Fabulous Kangaroos used to throw out to the fans prior to a match. These are very rare.

1959 CARDBOARD BOOMERANG PICTURING THE ORIGINAL 'ROOS - ROY HEFFERNAN/AL COSTELLO
SIGNED BY THEIR FIRST MANAGER - WILD RED BERRY!

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TOP: 1965 CARDBOARD BOOMERANG PICTURING THE ORIGINAL 'ROOS - ROY HEFFERNAN/AL COSTELLO. SIGNED BY AL COSTELLO
BOTTOM: 1970 CARDBOARD BOOMERANG PICTURING THIRD INCARNATION OF 'ROOS - DON KENT/AL COSTELLO. SIGNED BY AL COSTELLO
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1973 CARDBOARD BOOMERANG THAT ADDED MANAGER CRYBABY CANON'S PICTURE IN THE MIDDLE WITH KENT AND COSTELLO ON EITHER SIDE. THIS ONE WAS ALSO USED BY THE 'ROOS AS A CHRISTMAS CARD AND MAILED FROM CANADA TO ROY SHIRE IN CALIFORNIA.
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Finally, here is my most treasured piece of wrestling memorabilia. It was given to me by the late Georgianne Makropoulos (Mastis) who was the President of the Buddy Rogers Fan Club and a wrestling correspondent for decades. She had a permanent reserved seat at MSG! When she gave me this she said, in substance, "I'm giving you this because I know you will treasure it and keep it forever." There is NO price on this.

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You should open your home as a museum. I'm really considering cancelling my family vacation, leaving the wife and kid at home to run to the store for some milk(Be right back honey), then flying out to Minnesota for the week.
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