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Sunday, June 7, 2020
TTM Success - Terry Funk
Chris had gone through his box of wrestling cards and found a Terry Funk card. He asked me to check and see if Funk signed TTM. He did, and I decided that I wanted to send something for myself. I knew I was going to include a 1987 Topps checklist, since I wanted to get one of those signed by him and into my 87 album. I also had seen the above "steel chair" card in Chris's box, which he told me that I could have. So, I included it in the TTM request to Funk (I also put in Chris's original card, which Funk signed and went in Chris's album).
I got the steel chair card back that Funk drew a self portrait on. It looks really awesome, and I was really amazed that he took the time to draw on my card. It will look awesome in my album.
Funk (b. 1944) began wrestling in 1965 and has wrestled all over the globe in many national wrestling promotions, most notably, WWE, WCW and ECW. In the latter part of his career, Funk became known for more of a hardcore style of wrestling (the use of weapons, etc, which makes the steel chair card really cool).
Funk won the NWA Heavyweight Championship in 1975 by defeating Jack Brisco and later lost the title to Harley Race. He wrestled in WWF in the mid-80s, appearing with his brother Dory Funk, Jr. as a tag team at Wrestlemaina 2.
Funk fought in a "King of the Death Match" tournament in Japan in 1995, losing in the finals to an "up and coming" hardcore wrestler named Cactus Jack (more people know him as Mick Foley, or Mankind).
Funk has held numerous wrestling titles and has been inducted into many wrestling halls of fame, including the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009 along with his brother, Dory, Jr.
In 1989, Funk appeared as a bouncer in the movie, Roadhouse, alongside Patrick Swayze. He also choreographed the street fight scene between Rocky and Tommy Gunn in Rocky V.
I mailed to Funk on April 18 and got the cards back on April 29, for an 11-day TAT.