Lot # 4: 1989 LJN WWF: Hulk Hogan BLACK CARD AFA 85-85-85 (Red Shirt)

Category: Platinum Lots

Starting Bid: $2,500.00

Bids: 17 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2024 Summer Premier Auction",
which ran from 6/28/2024 5:00 PM to
7/14/2024 5:00 PM

Red Shirt variant.

Clear Bubble.

POP 1 - This is the only Black Card Hulk Hogan with Red Shirt found in AFA’s population report (no others found in any grade).


The 1989 WWF Wrestling Superstars are also known as the rare and desirable "Black Card" series. LJN had abandoned the WWF line of wrestling figures prior to the anticipated release of the 1989 figures. As a result, Grand Toys, who was LJN's Canadian distribution partner, took over the WWF license in 1989 and moved forward with the same offshore production partnerships - changing the famous blue LJN card backs to black card backs. 

In North America, availability of these black card figures was primarily limited to mail-in order or via purchase from select Canadian retail stores. Some of the black card figures were also made available in New Zealand and Australia because of a New Zealand distribution partnership with toy supplier Funmaker (who was known by their 'clown' logo sticker). 

Given the limited distribution of the black card figures across the globe and their relatively short time on the market, these are exceedingly rare, much rarer than their blue card predecessors; thus, the black cards have always been considered "grails" of the WWF LJN line and are highly sought after. 

The Hulk Hogan action figure was originally released by LJN in 1984. He, along with other popular superstars like Macho Man Randy Savage and Ted DiBiase, were re-released on 1989 black cards. The Hulk Hogan figure was re-released in two forms: with white shirt and with red shirt. The red shirt version is far scarer, and acceptable unopened examples are virtually non-existent. Our offering is the only red shirt example found in AFA’s population report. The condition is simply magnificent: a “triple 85” showstopper with clear bubble! Collectors and investors alike will pay extra attention to this lot! A tremendously rare opportunity to add a pop 1 Hulk Hogan, the most popular WWF icon of all time, on the most coveted release of them all – the LJN/Grand BLACK CARD.  

Encapsulated by AFA (85, 85-85-85), #14289114


Est. $10,000 - $20,000

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