Thursday, June 11, 2015

R.I.P. The American Dream

The wrestling world lost a legend today with the passing of The American Dream Dusty Rhodes of an unknown cause, possibly related to a fall.

In the early 70s Rhodes got his start in some of the smaller wrestling circuits spending time in the NWA, WCW, TNA and WWF/E. As a kid in the early-1980s I remember watching his rants while he was wearing his black and yellow polka-dot tights and thinking “That dude is hilariously insane.”

Even after retiring from wrestling he stayed active in the community, eventually being elected to the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2007. He has made numerous appearances on WWE in the last decade, usually on the behalf of his two sons Dustin Rhodes Jr (Goldust) and Cody Rhodes, including this past February.

Dusty Rhodes, born Virgil Runnels Jr., was just the type of guy you liked, you didn’t know why but he put a smile on your face and that was all that mattered.

Rhodes has been appearing on cards since the early 1980s all the way up to 2015 releases so there are plenty options for his base cards and he even has a couple of official autographs, most common seems to be his 2004 Pacific TNA Legends & Stars autograph, which have all been shooting up in price since the announcement of his death earlier today. He was such a common signed for the fans so you can find plenty of index cards, 8x10s and IP/TTM autograph cards for a more reasonable price.

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