I just received a truly unique item from one of my old school wrestling correspondents, i.e. another wrestling fan like me with one foot in the grave and one on a banana peel. :lol
I have seen numerous calendars with wrestling themes from the 1950s including those printed by the NWA
and the AL HAFT
promotion. However, this one was a first for me - a 11"x17"
calendar for the year 1954
with Nature Boy Buddy Rogers
demonstrating the steps in applying the "FIGURE FOUR GRAPEVINE
If anyone has seen one of these let me know, because this looks like an item that had a low printing with almost no copies surviving to the present. I've never seen one of these before.
I also picked up a 16"x22" cardboard poster featuring a November 9, 1963
NWA World Championship match between Lou Thesz
and Whipper Watson
in Memorial Arena in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. (Memorial Arena was demolished in 2003.) It has a photo of Thesz with the NWA belt that he won from Buddy Rogers in the Toronto screwjob on January 24th of the same year.
The poster was autographed by Gene Kiniski
who was featured in a tag team match on the same card. Kiniski would defeat Thesz for the NWA title in 1966