In 1983, Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation was on top of the world. Professional wrestling was in its golden years, with kids and adults alike following their favorite territories and superstars. There were also a number of wrestling magazines that would allow fans to dive deeper into the world of kayfabe. Of course, McMahon couldn't let the world of print media escape him, so in June 1983, WWF Victory Magazine was released. By issue 3, the name would be changed to WWF Magazine -- a much easier name to digest.

My dad had a subscription to the magazine for years -- though it was largely for me and not for him. Before the days of the internet, wrestling dirt sheets were the best way to find out any news and rumors. The WWF Magazine may have aimed to make wrestling magazines more legitimate by playing directly into their own kayfabe, and frankly it worked for me.

This gave WWF an easy outlet to continue to build up on screen personas (and then some). The handful of times kayfabe would be broken would be include a death, or something that would absolutely need kayfabe to be broken.

WWF Magazine would cease publication in 2014.

Special edition magazines are released every now and then, but the magazine many of us grew up with has been gone for nearly 10 years now. Of course, with how the internet is now, an entire magazine based on kayfabe wouldn't be viable. But if you're a collector, is the WWF Magazine worth jumping into? Let's take a look at some recent prices.

Bulk lots of WWF Magazine can be found for under $80 routinely on eBay. These lots could contain anywhere from 3 - 10 magazines per listing -- but if you're new to collecting this magazine, that's not a bad way to get your collection started.

While many people may look down on bulk lots of items, if you're a new or veteran collector it's an easy way to build up a collection. It's ok to collect for the love of collection, not everything needs to or should be viewed as an investment piece.

Individual magazines will range in price depending on many factors - condition, who's on the cover, and even year. Even the type of magazine can have an effect on the grade -- but the offshoot WWF Magazines are another discussion all together.

In October 2023, three different examples of the December 1990 WWF Magazine with Kerry Von Erich on the cover sold for $11, $19.99, and $26.50, respectively. In December 2023, A24 films is set to release The Iron Claw, which follows the life of Kerry Von Erich and his family. It is possible this specific magazine will become a hot commodity, but it will likely be a flash in the pan type of investment. If you're a collector, now would be the right time to buy.

Graded copies of WWF Magazine are also a unique way to collect and luckily for collectors, they aren't particularly expensive. In August 2023, a WWF Magazine signed by Brett "Hit Man" Hart with a CGC Signature Series grade of 8.5 sold for $325. An August 1984 WWF Magazine with Cyndi Lauper and Rowdy Roddy Piper with a CGC blue label grade of 6.5 sold for $299 in October 2023. On average, most graded WWF Magazines from the 1980s sell for over $200 each time, and regardless of grade.

Did you read the WWF Magazine? Let us know in the comments!

*Any perceived investment advice is that of the freelance blogger and does not represent advice on behalf of GoCollect.