Retro Scans: 1995 WCW Main Event Trading Cards

Unfortunately, I've been a little too busy with work and things at home this week to put out a thoroughly researched article for ya'll to enjoy and one I can be proud of.  

Since my last two posts were about professional wrestling, focused on Big Van Vader and Scott Hall (CLICK HERE FOR MY TRIBUTE TO SCOTT HALL), I figured it would be a good time to break out a pack of 1995 WCW Main Event trading cards for an old fashioned Retro Scan!  

This pack of trading cards from 1995 is probably from my favorite era of professional wrestling, or at least, the era I'm most nostalgic for.  This was when wrestling was still 'banned' in my house by my parents, and to be honest, I was probably still 95% convinced it was real.  So, I'd sneak in a half-hour or hour of WWF or WCW's Saturday morning syndicated recap shows.  Then that evening, I'd head over to Granny and Gramps' house where I'd watch WCW Saturday Night (at 6:05PM on TBS) while they were eating dinner in the other room in order to get my wrestling fix.  

I'd say when wrestling was on top of the world, between 1996 and 1998, was the best wrestling would and will ever get, but as far as personal memories are concerned, nothing beats WCW in 1995 for me.  

I'm sure you real wrestling fans are rolling your eyes and gagging because 1995 WCW was pretty darn bad.  But for a kid like me?  It was great!  This was when the larger-than-life characters were bright and colorful, with flashy gimmicks (like Scott Hall's Diamond Studd) or were real-life monsters (like Vader).  

This pack of cards from 1995 is pretty hard to find on eBay.  Like most trading cards lately, prices have skyrocketed, and just the other day, a complete, unopened box of these cards sold for over $750!  Just crazy, considering a few years ago, I pulled these packs for just a few bucks each.  I may regret opening this pack one day, as prices continue to climb... but I'm just as eager to look inside as any of you are!  What does having a stockpile of all trading cards mean if you never open them?  I guess that's another discussion for another day.

Immediately, I was excited to see a Vader card!  After writing about Vader and his time on Boy Meets World (CLICK HERE TO READ ALL ABOUT IT), I have been on a Vader kick.  I've spent time watching several youTube clips or firing up the WWE Network on Peacock to see some of his old matches and it's been a lot of fun reliving the early 90s.  

I was also delighted to see my favorite ever, Sting (sans face paint), in my preferred "surfer Sting" gimmick as he plays beach volleyball.  What a great photo of a great guy.

Besides the baby-faced Tony Schiavone card, one other card of note was the card featuring the promotional poster for WCW Fall Brawl 1994 on it!  I've mentioned a few times before that the 1995 Fall Brawl was my favorite match ever, just for the leadup and promos alone.  Vader was scheduled to be in that match as a member of the Hulkamaniacs alongside Hulk Hogan, Macho Man Randy Savage, and Sting... but he was fired shortly before the show and replaced by Lex Luger.

In the 1994 Fall Brawl, Vader would defeat Sting in a number one contender's match for the World Title, but the promotional poster makes it look like the two would appear in the caged War Games match.  

Ok, ok... on to the trading cards!  Click "Keep Reading" to check them out!

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