Someone Bought This: You can appear with The Undertaker or Bret Hart in a cheesy photo

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Crapper Louis Izzo writes:

A few months ago, I sent in pictures from an issue of WWF Magazine, Summer of 1993, which advertised a weird plaque of WrestleMania IX that would have your name in the marquee. I couldn’t imagine anyone spending money on such an odd looking piece of merchandise, but then I saw this in the November 1993 issue, and would gladly plunk down the $30 for a WM IX banner saying “Me vs. Hulk Hogan”:

Photos that put you right in the action! Now, honestly, if done right, this isn’t a bad idea… but the advertisement is laughable. The company (Star Trik, or Imaginography, or Coop Communications Corp., whatever) has “suggested poses” that look absolutely ridiculous. Take a look at the suggested pose that is incorporated into a picture with Bret Hart. Did someone seriously think that looked good enough to entice people to spend FIFTY DOLLARS on?! I would buy the dumbest crap in the universe as long as it’s promoted well (I am a wrestling fan after all). But this… this is crap. I can’t imagine this advertisement convincing a single sole in spending money on it. $50 could buy someone a Coliseum Video copy of WrestleMania IX, after all.

Oh, wow! Sure, by modern standards the photo editing doesn’t look very convincing, but back in 1993 this was some pretty amazing, hi-tech stuff!

I’d have totally ordered one of these photos if I’d known about it at the time.

It reminds me of when Ric Flair edited himself into those photos with Miss Elizabeth.

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8 Responses to "Someone Bought This: You can appear with The Undertaker or Bret Hart in a cheesy photo"
  1. TheLegendMaker says:

    As if people used to sell photoshopped pics ha. I was only 2 years old in 93 so I wouldnt have know but wow. U can make this crap in 5 mins on ur pc today haha

    • "The Big Cheese" Paul Kraft says:

      Yeah, you used to be able to go to the mall, get your picture taken, and they’d photoshop it into a Western scene, or a 50’s scene or whatever and you could buy the photo. Hey, in 1988 it was high tech and cool! 🙂

  2. John C says:

    Wasn’t Star Trik the show that starred Willem Shitner & Leonardo Nemo with DeForestation Kiley? BTW for only $200 you can buy a sealed vhs copy of Wrestlemania 9 on e-bay what a steal.

  3. Raven7309 says:

    Ahh, they’re no different than posing with a cardboard cutout of a celebrity.
    “Star Trik”??!! I smell a lawsuit by Paramount Studios. 😛

  4. Scrooge Mcsuck says:

    As the emailer of the item… yeah, at the bottom in small print is 3 or 4 different corporate names/brands, one of them called “Star Trik.” I had to make sure that was right when I was relaying it into the email. I still think something like the Undertaker picture would be just fine, even if the suggested poser looks lik a total doof. But that Bret Hart one (these were the only pictures actually available, BTW)… find a different pose from the wrestler. It just doesn’t seem to translate well into the idea unless you take a picture laying down, playing dead.

  5. AK says:

    Think about the possibilities of what you could have done back then for $50.

    Option 1: Out-menace the Undertaker’s threatening look by showing off your Jazz hands.

    Option 2: Bret Hart is leaping off the ropes to deliver a killer maneuver (#1), what better way to capture the intensity of the moment than looking directly at the camera and channeling Kevin McAllister’s rendition of the Scream?

    They missed some serious opportunities here.

  6. Nolo King says:

    Someone doesn’t know the difference between soul and sole, lawls!

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