Well, I just acquired wrestling card #2, so my collection has now doubled in size!
Here it is:
|1991 Swanson WWF #12, Macho Man Randy Savage|
How do you even begin describing the '90s coolness factor with this one?
The first thing I notice is the shades. Wow. Then there's all the neon. And the hat. And the background that resembles the background from every single 1990s high school yearbook in existence.
Get past that, however, and you'll also see a classic menacing wrestler's pose. Just look. Those hands are ready to clamp down and grapple with you. Do you stand a chance? No. No you don't. (I wonder if Randy learned that pose from his father Angelo, who was a tremendous professional wrestler himself.)
In a funny way, the pose also reminds me of another wrestler. His name is The Crusher.
That's him on the right. (Don't worry. Bugs Bunny took care of him.)
Returning to the card, though, here's the back:
Notice how the information is printed in both English and French. That's because this card is from a set that was only available in Canada. And if the name Swanson sounds familiar, you're onto something. In 1991 you'd find two of these wrestling cards packed inside select Swanson TV dinners (available in your grocer's freezer).
Here's the complete 12-card checklist:
1 Jake The Snake Roberts
2 Bret Hit Man Hart
4 The Mountie
5 Million Dollar Man Ted DiBiase
6 Ultimate Warrior
7 Hulk Hogan
8 Texas Tornado
10 Legion of Doom
11 Big Boss Man
12 Macho Man Randy Savage
So, if you grew up in Canada back then and really liked the WWF, you may have begged your mom or dad to buy Swanson TV dinners every week until you had the complete set. Or at least until you found your favorite wrestler.
I'm happy to have this card in my collection now, along with the Hulkster. Talk about two monuments of professional wrestling. To quote Randy Savage himself,