I've been on a massive American Gladiators kick lately thanks to the 24 hour AG channel on PlutoTV. In fact, I think I'm even more in love with this show NOW than I was in 1992. I've really been sent down some deep rabbit holes in regards to our heroes and naturally that's taken me on eBay journeys as well.
Now onto the fun stuff. First off, the sticker. Essentially the trading card equivalent to a happy meal toy. If you ask me, these were the real stars of the sets. Usually my dresser and bedframe were covered in these for ages. I'm talking Batman, Alf, Growing Pains,Max Headroom, they were all there. This sticker features commentators Mike Adamle and Larry THE ZONK Csonka flanked by iconic Gladiators Gemini and I believe Turbo. I'll be honest, I kinda suck with a lot of the names sometimes. Either way, we're off to the races and roaring for a real banger of a pack. Can't wait to see what else is in here!
An Adamle double feature! Pretty rare to get a card and sticker in the same pack featuring the same character but the former WWE Raw General Manager seems to be one of the few who can pull that miracle off. Here we see him interviewing two seemingly nameless contestants about taking on their opponents. One of the fun aspects of this show was the fact that they treated it like legit sports as well as add a dash of pro wrestling. So they'd add former athletes to call the action and to be honest, Mike Adamle was perfect for it. He had the personality, he had the knowledge, and he had the gift of gab. Plus look at that head of hair!
Well, it was the early 90s and thanks to Vanilla Ice, if you had anything to do with ice whatsoever, you were gonna be slapped with an "Ice Ice Baby" joke. Ice, much like Storm, was one of the best of the best and despite the Robert Van Winkle reference, was no joke. Of course, if she were a joke, I can guarantee you it wouldn't have anything to do with doing the running man while rocking a rattail and wearing a giant foil onesie.
I guess we're ending the pack how we began. With the bike/zipline thing. Man, I must have a bad memory because I don't remember these bike things being as popular in real life at that point. But hey, like I said, I barely have the body that can walk around the block. I'm sure if I had the muscles the size of mountains, I could probably have taken on the bike race. Maybe in my next life. Heck, maybe in my next life I'll be reincarnated as a Gladiator!
These cards are a real delight and pretty easy to come by. You can find them on eBay for cheap and most likely even a full set for under 15 bucks. Which, if it gets me that Malibu or another Mike Adamle card, I'm totally plunking down the cash for it!