In the "old days," presented on Sundays, somewhere between the preliminary midget wrestling matches and the Roller Derby contests, gladiators of the ring squared off for dramatic battles. It seemed this was a world unto itself and Sunday was the only day when, flipping through the channels, a window, a glimpse into this strange world of competition was provided. Those were the days! Produced by the Wrestling News magazine, the 1982 Wrestling All Stars "Series A" offers the first standard trading cards of legends like Andre the Giant, Hulk Hogan, and Ric Flair. The only way these sets could be purchased at the time of issue was as full cellophane wrapped sets via mail order through an ad in the Wrestling News or Wrestling Revue magazines for $5. Estimates for production are that less than 2,000 sets were produced. Many collectors compare this set to the 1986-1987 Fleer Basketball set as a landmark set with the first cards of many legends and superstars, including what most collectors consider to be Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair rookie cards! This set is very condition sensitive due to the color borders and the fact that most sets were sold tightly wrapped in cellophane. This is an extraordinary high-grade complete set! Condition is sixteen cards grade Nr/Mt-Mt or better, seventeen Nr/Mt, and three Ex-Mt. Six cards are graded and encapsulated by PSA (submitted by REA). Keys: #1 Andre The Giant (Nr/Mt+), 2 Hulk Hogan (NM 7), 9 Dory Funk Jr. (NM-MT 8), 14 Pedro Morales (NM-MT 8), 20 Bruiser Brody (NM-MT 8), 21 The Fabulous Moolah (NM-MT+ 8.5), 22 Wahoo McDaniel (Nr/Mt+), 27 Ric Flair (Nr/Mt), and 29 Dick Murdoch (MINT 9). For generations of fans who grew up watching these innocent but thrilling spectacles on late Saturday night and early Sunday morning TV, these card sets will evoke strong memories. This set harkens back to a simpler age before blaring music, pyrotechnics, and catch phrases, when wrestling was a guilty pleasure, when these pioneers of athletics and entertainment broke new ground, and these giants ruled the world. Total: 36 cards. Reserve $300. Estimate (open).