Early UFC Collectables

January 15, 2011 by  
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Inspired by the fighting methods of Jiu-Jitsu teacher Rorion Gracie, the Ultimate Fighting Championships began taking off in 1992 with the very first modern US MMA bout. The early program, known as War of the Worlds, evolved into the very first UFC, which took place in Denver during November of 1993.

Organized by production partners including HBO and Showtime, the event featured prominent early MMA fighters including Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie.  The event further matured into formal rules when current more forma rules began with UFC 5, held in North Carolina in the spring of 1995.

The two years of early fights had no formal weight classes, rules or organizing principles – for this reason, many of the early UFC collectables from are considered must have by collectors:

  • Ken Shamrock collectables

A Hall of Fame fighter who is a living legend in early UFC history, Ken Shamrock represents some of the most sought after early UFC collectables. He helped to bring the sport to life by bringing Japanese hybrid wrestling to the UFC in 1993, facing off against Royce Gracie in the semifinals of the very first UFC championship.

There are select posters, programs and official videos of the event.

Shamrock is featured on prominent legend cards, plaques and memorabilia that showcase his crucial role in the founding of the modern sport. With his epic rematch against then champion Royce Gracie, Shamrock signed posters and event gear have become one of the most sought after items in UFC history.

  • Royce Graciecollectables

One of the most sought after collectables in early history comes from Famous Fabrics, which produce actual patches from fight worn gear. Limited edition sets, Gracie sets feature duos with some of his most feared competitors, including Shamrock and others. Early Gracie cards showcase his Japanese martial arts roots, including the rare Pride insert cards from Yoshida 1997, which are highly sought after.

Ken Shamrock Signed 8x10 Photo PSA/DNA COA UFC WWE Picture vs The Rock Autograph
Ken Shamrock Signed 8x10 Photo PSA/DNA COA UFC WWE Picture vs The Rock Autograph
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KEN SHAMROCK Signed UFC MMA B&W Stance Pose 8x10 Photo - SCHWARTZ
KEN SHAMROCK Signed UFC MMA B&W Stance Pose 8x10 Photo - SCHWARTZ
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Ken Shamrock & Val Venis Signed WWE 8x10 Photo PSA/DNA COA Picture Autograph UFC
Ken Shamrock & Val Venis Signed WWE 8x10 Photo PSA/DNA COA Picture Autograph UFC
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Y37 Ken Shamrock Maximum Sweat 2 With Sweat Pumpin' Action WWE WWF Action Figure
Y37 Ken Shamrock Maximum Sweat 2 With Sweat Pumpin' Action WWE WWF Action Figure
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WWE Classic Superstars Ken Shamrock
WWE Classic Superstars Ken Shamrock
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Black Belt Magazine Buyer's Guide Ken Shamrock Yearbook 2000 121214R2
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