Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Signed Trading Cards: RVD, Tajiri, Sandman, & Jerry Lynn

This post is highlighting the cards that I acquired during my IndyMania Wrestling Vacation in New York City April 3rd - 6th, 2019.

The theme of this post is ECW alumni.  Back in 1999 & 2000 Original San Francisco Toymakers released a line of ECW action figures.  Series 5 Bash of the Brawlers included ECW Trading cards and getting these cards signed are among my favorite cards to get signed.



Rob Van Dam

These cards I got signed on Friday April 5th at the Wrestlecon Convention.  The first card is RVD's first ever trading card, he told me that he rarely sees them but mine was the second of the day that he'd seen.  Released in 1996 by BBM when Van Dam was with All Japan Pro Wrestling.  The second is one of his ECW cards released with the figures in 2000, the third card is a WWE card, the fourth released by Impact in

Yoshihiro Tajiri

These cards I got signed on Friday April 5th at the Wrestlecon Convention.  The first card was released in 2000 with the ECW figures, the second card is from the Fleer WWE Royal Rumble 2002 set.  I like this card a lot because it captures him spitting mist in Chavo Guerrero's face!

The Sandman

These cards I got signed on Friday April 5th at the Wrestlecon Convention.  The first card is and ECW card, the second is a Topps 1999 WCW Embossed card signed as Hak the name he was using in WCW.  Next is 2007 WWE Topps Action card and finally TNA 2004 Pacific card.  I'm now realizing that the last two cards are in reverse order, but I'm okay with it.

Jerry Lynn

This card I got signed on Friday April 5th at the Wrestlecon Convention.  This card is from the WWF Fleer  set released in 2001.  I already have both an ECW and TNA card signed by Lynn in my collection.  I got those cards signed back in 2009 at an indy show Lynn wrestled on here in Maine.

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Monday, April 22, 2019

Signed Trading Cards: Tanaka, Onita, Shibata, Tanahashi, Ishii, Suzuki, & Liger

This post is highlighting the cards that I acquired during my IndyMania Wrestling Vacation in New York City April 3rd - 6th, 2019.

The theme on this post should be obvious, Japanese wrestlers!  All four of the New Japan wrestlers commented on the fact that I had Japanese cards of them.

Masato Tanaka

I got this card signed on Wednesday April 3rd at Beyond Wrestling Uncharted Territory episode 1 from the Electric Haze in Worcester, Massachusetts.  This card was released in 1999 by BBM and is part of the FMW section of the set.  I still enjoy the amazing battles that Tanaka had with Mike Awesome both in FMW, ECW, and their one WWE match at One Night Stand.  I was great to see him wrestle live at two of the shows.

Atsushi Onita

I got this card signed on Friday April 5th at the Wrestlecon convention.  This card was released in 1999 by BBM and is part of the FMW section of the set.  I was so excited to meet Onita as I was a huge fan of FMW back in the 1990's, still am.  To meet the father of the promotion was exciting.

Katsuyori Shibata

I got this card signed on Friday April 5th before the RevPro show at the Wrestlecon convention.  This card was released in 2013 by Bushiroad in the King of Pro-Wrestling set.  I was just getting into Shibata and his amazing strong style matches when he was injured and his career ended.  I didn't expect to see him at the show but was so happy that he was.

Hiroshi Tanahashi

I got this card signed on Friday April 5th before the RevPro show at the Wrestlecon convention.  This card was released by BBM in 2009 as part of their Pro-Wrestling Card Set 08/09.  Tanahashi is one of all time greats from New Japan Pro Wrestling who debuted in 1999 and is an eight time IWGP Heavyweight Champion.  It was honor to see him wrestle live twice during this week including in my favorite match of the week at RevPro.

Tomohiro Ishii

I got this card signed on Friday April 5th before the RevPro show at the Wrestlecon convention.  This card was released in 2014 by Bushiroad in the King of Pro-Wrestling set.  Ishii has had some amazing matches the last couple years with basically everyone but my favorites are his strong style wars with Minoru Suzuki.  We got to see them square off at MSG in the Honor Rumble, it was fantastic!

Minoru Suzuki

I got this card signed on Friday April 5th before the RevPro show at the Wrestlecon convention.  This card was released in 2013 by Bushiroad in the King of Pro-Wrestling set.  A truly scary man, Suzuki is one of the all time greats!  I got see him wrestle twice this week including my favorite match of the week at RevPro.  I was excited to meet him and see him wrestle live.

Jushin "Thunder" Liger

I got this card signed on Thursday April 4th before the Wrestlecon Supershow.  This card was released in 1992 as part of set released by WCW Magazine.  Previously I had gotten a Bushiroad card signed last year at a joint New Japan / ROH show.  Liger wrestled twice this week at the Supershow and MSG.

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

IndyMania: My Wrestling Vacation Part 2

 
Friday morning we were up early to clean up and head out to catch the train at the 34th street station to 7th ave for the first day of the Wrestlecon Convention.  The line started at the doors and went back into the Grand Ballroom.  Alicia Atout came out at 8:30 am with Colt Cabana to talk to the fans and help pass the time until doors opened at 9 am.  MJF also came out and insulted a bunch of fans but left after everyone started singing "You Are My Sunshine" to him.

Once the doors opened everyone got in pretty quick because you've already gone through the are showing your wristband so you aren't being held up with having your ticket's checked.  We all had our lists of who we wanted to see, we had a few pre-sales as well so we went our separate ways at times but constantly ran into each other.  Mikey had the biggest list and he succeeded in completing most of it.
Jay talking with Dan "The Beast" Severn
There was a scheduled show at 11 am that we didn't buy tickets for, we got free general admission with our weekend pass.  However with all our meet and greets and limited times some of them were there the only one that made it to the show was Mikey who watched two matches.

The first meet and greet pre-sale that I bought was for Faby Apache.  Based out of AAA in Mexico I have been a fan of hers for 20 years and I never thought I'd get the chance to meet her in person.  Sadly she wasn't book to wrestle on any shows until April 13th.  I brought three cards for her to sign, two Japanese and AAA panini sticker, and I brought some cards for her as a gift.

In the past when I've meet foreign wrestlers that don't speak English you play this game of simple works and sign language so I wrote her a letter that I had translated to Spanish as she speaks no English.  The vendor that brought her in though also had a translator so you could communicate.

with Faby Apache
She was very touched by the letter, thank me for the cards and even gave me a big hug and a kiss!  What was wicked cool was that she wore her wrestling gear and full headdress for the photo ops.  It's one of the all time best meet and greet interactions that I've had.

I got a lot of trading cards signed during this trip, but I didn't get a lot of photos with wrestlers.  In future posts I'll share all my new signed cards.  The convention was taking place in four rooms, the Grand Ballroom where the matches were, Rhinelander, and American's Hall's 1 & 2, on three different floors of the hotel.

We found the Revolution Pro Wrestling table and they told us the meet and greet with the New Japan talent would be at their table, then we were told two floors down in the Rhinelander room, and then a different spot in the room.  The wrestlers would only be signing for an hour and we didn't want to miss out so we staked out a place in line about 90 minutes before the signing and we were in the first five.  Another reason we missed the 11 am wrestling show.  The signing was slated from 1:30 - 2:30 pm.

It was worth it though as we all got autographs and photos with Minoru Suzuki, Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tomohiro Ishii, and Katsuyori Shibata!  I had a Japanese card for all four of them to sign and they were all impressed that I had the cards.

Jay had purchased pro photo ops in advance Suzuki and Tanahashi and he was even able to get those done before the RevPro show started at 3pm.  His photo op with Suzuki was the best, he went up and told him that he was just going to be in fear, once Jay posed Suzuki laughed and played along, threatening him!


We had front row for the Rev Pro show and it was well worth the money for we got to see Minoru Suzuki & Zack Sabre Jr vs. Hiroshi Tanashi & Will Ospreay, my god was that match amazing!  It was the best match of the weekend for me!  It was a thrill for all of us to see the four guys doing what they do better than most in the world so up close.  Suzuki especially isn't given enough credit for how great his facial expressions are.

There were other good matches on the show like Tomohiro Ishii vs. David Starr and getting to see the US Dojo Young Lions Karl Fredericks and Clark Connors in action.  Here is the whole card:

April 5, 2019 Revolution Pro Wrestling  Hilton Grand Ballroom, Manhattan, NY

CCK: Chris Brookes & Jonathan Gresham defeated Clark Connors & Karl Fredericks
Carlos Romo defeated A-Kid, Flamita, & Kid Lykos
Brian Cage pinned Michael Oku
British Tag Team Champions: Suzuki-Gun: Minoru Suzuki & British Heavyweight Champion: Zack Sabre Jr. defeated Hiroshi Tanahashi and Will Ospreay when Sabre pinned Ospreay
Ryusuke Taguchi pinned Rocky Romero
Tomohiro Ishii pinned David Starr
Aussie Open: Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis defeated Roppongi 3K: Sho & Yoh
post match Suzuki-Gun attacked Aussie Open building towards their match for the tag titles on Friday May 10th in York Hall

I got some really great photos of this show and I want to share them all so they are below at the end of the post.  I also want to take a moment to give a thank you to the founder of RevPro Andy Quildan and his staff for bringing their brand of wrestling here and for just being good guys.  We chatted with them quite a bit while standing in line waiting.

After the show the convention was closed for the day, but we had tickets that night to Joey Ryan's Penis Party.  So we stepped out for some dinner walking a few blocks down to Nathan's Famous Franks.  You can't go to New York City and not get a Nathans!

We headed right back to the Hilton for the show and to meet wrestlers that were not doing appearances at the convention itself and were just at the show.  We had front row again for this show and boy was it a different type of show!  Honestly you really need to see it to believe it!

We got a death match with tag partners that used skewers, staple gun, a door with mousetraps, and more.  We got Ultimo Dragon, huge surprise, we got Timothy Thatcher vs. David Arquette, Penis Druids, bloody tampon druids, a DDT Pro Battle Royal that was the best of DDT in 20 minutes including storytime, cheek to cheek, and an appearance from Yoshihiko winning the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship.  The show concluded with a crazy six person tag main event where Joey Ryan teamed with Val Venis & Sexxy Eddie against Priscilla Kelly, Scarlett Bordeaux, and Session Moth that featured a human centipede spot.  Yup, you really just need to go to Highspots and watch the show!














April 5, 2019 Joey Ryan's Penis Party  Hilton Grand Ballroom, Manhattan, NY

Ultimo Dragon with Sonny Onoo defeated Black Taurus, Green Ant, Mr. Iguana, Puma King, & Shark Boy pinning Shark Boy
Shigehiro Irie & DJ Z defeated Arez & Bestia 666
Tracy Smothers pinned Su Yung
Demon Bunny: Rosemary & Allie defeated Twisted Sisters: Holidead & Thunder Rosa
Timothy Thatcher submitted David Arquette
Death Match: Bill Carr pinned Dan Barry
Late to the Show Battle Royal: DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship: Yoshihiko defeated Danshoku Dino, Antonia Honda, Maki Ito, Makoto Oishi, Mao, & Sanshiro Takagi
Colt Cabana, Tommy Dreamer, & Mike Babchik defeated Matt Striker and Best Friends: Trent & Chuck Taylor
Impact Champion: Johnny Impact & Impact Knockouts Champion: Taya Valkyrie defeated Lucha Brothers: Pentagon Jr & Rey Fenix
Priscilla Kelly, Scarlett Bordeaux, & Session Moth Martina defeated Joey Ryan, Sexxxy Eddie, & Val Venis

After the show we headed back to the hotel, it was after midnight.  Mikey and I got some slices at Bravo's and because we hadn't seen enough wrestling yet we put Takeover on and watched the first few matches.  I don't recall what time I shut everything down, but I do know it was late and we had another early morning.

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