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The Mystery of the Derby Eve wrestling ticket

The Mystery of the Derby Eve wrestling ticket

At the beginning of my journey as a wrestling historian back in 2013, I turned to eBay to search for clues to the storied past of professional wrestling in Louisville, Kentucky. One of my first finds remains one of my favorites: a 1953 program featuring Baron Leone...

Card Exam: Jewish stars of the 1930s

Card Exam: Jewish stars of the 1930s

It's that time again, time to break down a unique wrestling card from yesteryear. With the holidays firmly in gear I thought I'd focus on some of the great Jewish wrestling stars of the 1930s, at the start of a wrestling boom and a time when ethnic babyfaces and heels...

Card Exam: Thanksgiving Witschis

Card Exam: Thanksgiving Witschis

I have long been fascinated by the life and times of Jack Pfefer, one of the most notorious figures in professional wrestling history. When SlamWrestling.net asked me to try my hand at digging deep into an old wrestling card, I was struggling to come up with something...

Card Exam: Heading to Cooperstown for Hall of Fame weekend

Card Exam: Heading to Cooperstown for Hall of Fame weekend

It's induction weekend in Cooperstown, New York, for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. If you've never been, Cooperstown is a beautiful little town, nestled in central New York State, at the southern tip of Otsego Lake. The heart of the community is baseball,...

Card Exam: Misspellings abound as AWA arrives in North Bay

Card Exam: Misspellings abound as AWA arrives in North Bay

I'm a spelling nerd. You can't really help but be if you are a writer. When I pick up the newspaper, I see spelling mistakes or grammar errors, or, given my many years laying out both papers and books, I'll notice the little things too -- bad breaks, a spot where the...

Card Exam: Drawn in by Fuzzy Cupid’s odd pose

Card Exam: Drawn in by Fuzzy Cupid’s odd pose

Publicity photos are a big part of pro wrestling ... or at least they used to be. A wrestler would hire a photographer and then get publicity photos printed up, both for sale at shows, but more importantly, they were a part of packages that were sent ahead to...

Card Exam: Jewish stars of the 1930s

It's that time again, time to break down a unique wrestling card from yesteryear. With the holidays firmly in gear I thought I'd focus on some of the great Jewish wrestling stars of the 1930s, at the start of a wrestling boom and a time when ethnic babyfaces and heels...

Card Exam: Thanksgiving Witschis

I have long been fascinated by the life and times of Jack Pfefer, one of the most notorious figures in professional wrestling history. When SlamWrestling.net asked me to try my hand at digging deep into an old wrestling card, I was struggling to come up with something...

Card Exam: Heading to Cooperstown for Hall of Fame weekend

It's induction weekend in Cooperstown, New York, for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. If you've never been, Cooperstown is a beautiful little town, nestled in central New York State, at the southern tip of Otsego Lake. The heart of the community is baseball,...

Card Exam: Misspellings abound as AWA arrives in North Bay

I'm a spelling nerd. You can't really help but be if you are a writer. When I pick up the newspaper, I see spelling mistakes or grammar errors, or, given my many years laying out both papers and books, I'll notice the little things too -- bad breaks, a spot where the...

Card Exam: Drawn in by Fuzzy Cupid’s odd pose

Publicity photos are a big part of pro wrestling ... or at least they used to be. A wrestler would hire a photographer and then get publicity photos printed up, both for sale at shows, but more importantly, they were a part of packages that were sent ahead to...

Card Exam: Thesz loomed big in 1951

Every so often, digging through newspaper archives, you run across an advertisement for a card that stops you cold. In this case, I just went, Wow, that is awesome! In this particular case, it is a huge ad that appeared in the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal to promote a...

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