BRUNO SAMMARTINO

“Our Memorabilia Tribute To Wrestling’s LIVING LEGEND”

Bruno Leopoldo Francesco Sammartino was born in 1935 in Abruzzo, Italy.  When Bruno was 15 his mother brought him and his siblings to Pittsburgh to rejoin their father after World War II.  Sammartino made his professional debut in 1959 and had his first match in Madison Square Garden in 1960.

If anyone has any vintage Bruno Sammartino wrestling memorabilia for sale or any other rare Bruno era stuff, please contact me at crushercasey@gmail.com

BRUNO SAMMARTINO vs. GORILLA MONSOON

MADISON SQUARE GARDEN
MONDAY MAY 11, 1964

This is the legendary match, between these two behemoths, that lasted 70 minutes and went to the famed 11:PM curfew at MSG!

This paper poster has been professionally restored and linen-backed for preservation. It measures 28 inches x 22 inches as mounted on linen. 

Argentina Rocca vs. the young upstart…Bruno Sammartino – Nov. 14, 1960

Rocca and Bruno go to a 34 minute 11: PM curfew draw! – this is the original MSG poster for this earth shattering event. 

Bruno makes his first defense of the WWWW title since crushing Buddy Rogers in 48 seconds the previous month!

Bruno pins Hans “The Great” Mortier at 20:36 in a controversial finish leading to a 2 out of 3 fall match the following month at MSG!

Bruno Defeats Germany’s Karl Von Hess – 1960

Bruno runs over Von Hess in 6:24 in the co-main event while Rocca & Perez win their tag match with The Graham Brothers (2-0; DQ in 2nd)

Bruno goes to a DRAW with Killer Kowalski in his second outing at MSG

Bruno and Kowalski battle to a no-contest draw at 16:38 while Rocca & Perez defeat Jackie Fargo & Don Stevens (2-1)

Vintage BRUNO SAMMARTINO Pennant

WITHOUT A DOUBT – THE RAREST OF THE JOE DALY CAPITOL WRESTLING PENNANTS

Circa 1961/62

BRUNO SAMMARTINO Pennant

World Champion Pennant might be circa 1973 (has anyone seen another?)

BRUNO SAMMARTINO EXHIBIT CARD

AN ORIGINAL 1964 EXHIBIT CARD BEAUTIFULLY AUTOGRAPHED IN BLUE BALLPOINT PEN BY BRUNO SAMMARTINO

BRUNO SAMMARTINO PROMO

Original Promo of Bruno Sammartino (circa 1962) – Prior to winning the WWWF Title. Heralds an upcoming appearance at a local WWWF show.

BRUNO SAMMARTINO PLAYING CARDS

Original Bruno Sammartino Playing Cards. The Brain Child of Willie Gilzenberg.

BRUNO SAMMARTINO RECORD

Original Bruno Sammartino 45 RPM Interview Record.

BRUNO SAMMARTINO BUTTON

ORIGINAL BRUNO PINBACK BUTTON – 1976 – Scarce – Measures 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

BRUNO SAMMARTINO IN THE RING

Cool Original 8 x 10 of Bruno in the Ring (Lou Albano & Jimmy Valient also).

BRUNO SAMMARTINO DRAWING

Original vintage artwork of The Living Legend. Magnificent portrayal of Bruno, acknowledging the fans, after a particularly tough match. On oversized heavy paper, in pencil and charcoal, all it needs is a nice frame.

Just got this piece signed by Bruno in Amsterdam, NY – PWHF HOF Weekend! Woohoo!

BRUNO SAMMARTINO PROGRAM

Original Program For The Match Of The Century.

BRUNO SAMMARTINO PHOTOGRAPH

Original 8 x 10 photograph of Bruno & friends between lifts at the Mid-City Gym NYC. Autographed by Bruno in Ballpoint.

BRUNO SAMMARTINO vs. LOU THESZ

This is the historic, original on-site poster from the legendary Maple Leaf Gardens bout with the great Lou Thesz, held on March 14, 1963.

Thesz faced Sammartino in an exciting match. Bruno was the fan favorite and Thesz, who wrestled as the heel, suffered the wrath of the crowd. Sammartino would pound Thesz mercilessly throughout the match. Thesz, the NWA champion would barely retain his title.

BRUNO SAMMARTINO vs. DR. BILL MILLER

Original on-site poster from the Exposition Hall in Portland, Maine – October 25, 1966. Rare solo match for the world championship against a big man who could really wrestle; Dr. Bill Miller. The Wrestling Vet!

SAMMARTINO vs. PROF. TORO TANAKA

Original on-site poster from the Expo Building in Portland, Maine – July 11, 1967. The salt-throwing, oriental heel Prof. Toro Tanaka challenges “The Italian Superman” for the WWWF Heavyweight Championship. Also, a rare early WWWF appearance for Ox Baker in his early face role as The Arkansas Ox against “Crazy Luke” Graham. Cardboard, in beautiful condition, all it needs is a nice frame for a great display piece.

BRUNO SAMMARTINO vs. “CRAZY LUKE” GRAHAM

Original on-site poster from Exposition Hall in Portland, Maine – January 24, 1967. Bruno vs “Crazy Luke” Graham. Plus “TNT” Tank Morgan vs. “Bruno’s Cousin” Antonio Pugliese and The Fabulous Moolah!

BRUNO SAMMARTINO vs. HANS MORTIER

Original on-site poster from The Arena, Market St. Phila. PA – December 16, 1967. Bruno loses to the European Champion, Hans “The Great” Mortier via DQ setting up a Texas Death Match 3 weeks later.

Bruno Sammartino Tagteam Poster

RARE! Original on-site poster from Brookfield Ohio. Features Bruno teaming with his buddy, the very likable Domenic DeNucci against arch-foes George Steele and Baron Mikel Scicluna. Also The Mongols vs. Victor Rivera & Johnny DeFazio. Cardbard, 14 x 22 inches. 

SAMMARTINO TAG TEAM MATCH

Original on-site poster from Moose Hall in Trenton, New Jersey – June 12, 1967. Beautiful condition, cardboard, measures 26″ long x 17″ high. Great vintage Bruno!

BRUNO SAMMARTINO vs. GORILLA MONSOON

Original on-site poster from The Arena, Market St. Phila. PA – July 22, 1967.

SAMMARTINO vs. PROFESSOR TANAKA

Original on-site poster from The Arena, Market St. Phila. PA – May 13, 1967.

Sammartino & Kowalski vs. Monsoon & Rivera

Original on-site poster from The Arena, Market St. Phila. PA – February 22, 1969. Bruno teams with Victor Rivera to take on the super heel duo of Killer Kowalski and Gorilla Monsoon. Also midgets and girls! Large size 22 inches x 29 inches.  

Sammartino & Carpentier vs. Monsoon & Tanaka

Original on-site poster from The Arena, Market St. Phila. PA – September 16, 1967. Bruno & Carpentier lose via DQ when Arion comes to the rescue. Historic piece as Monsoon pins Bruno cleanly at 11:12 for the 2nd fall

SAMMARTINO & GRAHAM vs. MONSOON & THE OX

Original on-site poster from Moose Hall in Trenton, New Jersey – April 24, 1967.

Sammartino Tagteam Event

Original on-site poster from Moose Hall in Trenton, New Jersey – June 3, 1968. Bruno Sammartino teams with Victor Rivera to take on the formidable team of Bull Ramos and Baron Mikel Scicluna.

Sammartino vs. Ortega

Original on-site poster from Moose Hall in Trenton, New Jersey – November 13, 196? Graciously autographed by Bruno in bold, blue sharpie.

Bruno Sammartino vs. Killer Kowalski

Original on-site poster from the N. Y. Coliseum, New York City – January 7, 1964.

Bruno Sammartino vs. Dr. Bill Miller

Original on-site poster from the Baltimore Civic Center featuring Bruno squaring off against Dr. “Big” Bill Miller. Outstanding undercard! Beautiful condition, with brilliant color.

Bruno Sammartino at MSG

Original on-site extremely rare poster from Madison Square Garden, NYC – October 1, 1960.

Sammartino vs. Monsoon

Original on-site poster from The Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA -January 31, 1964. After winning one fall each; Bruno & Monsoon both juice and the match is halted!

Bruno Sammartino vs. Dr. Bill Miller

Original on-site poster from The Civic Arena, Pittsburgh – June 4, 1965.

BUDDY ROGERS vs. BRUNO SAMMARTINO

This is the original on-site poster from the Island Garden in West Hempstead. A young Bruno takes on the champ, the great Buddy Rogers. Held on January 12, 1962. Great head-to-toe pic of Rogers with the coveted title belt!

SAMMARTINO TAGTEAM POSTER

Another early one from Island Garden, featuring Bruno Sammartino teaming with the late Billy Darnell against the formidable team of Brute Bernard and Skull Murphy. Great pic of Skull Murphy!

SAMMARTINO & MARINO vs. MR. AMERICA & STEVENS

Original on-site poster from the Municipal Auditorium, Kingston, NY – October 22, 1960.

Dr. Jerry Graham vs. Bruno Sammartino

Original on-site poster from the Newark Labor Lyceum, New Jersey – March 26, 1960. Fantastic piece of wrestling history featuring the one and only “The Good Doctor”, Dr. Jerry Graham vs. young upstart Bruno Sammartino.

Bruno Sammartino vs. The Crusher

Original on-site poster from The Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA- October 18, 1963. Bruno gets a dramatic submission win over The Crusher via his infamous backbreaker in 20:12. Extremely Rare bout vs. “Da Crusha”.

BRUNO SAMMARTINO PROMO

Original 4 page Promo of Bruno (circa 1964). Cool pics of Bruno beating Rogers.

BRUNO SAMMARTINO

Original Bruno Mags (circa 1968 and 1976).

Buddy ROGERS vs. Bruno SAMMARTINO

NWA WORLD TITLE

This is the original on-site poster from the Maple Leaf Gardens World Title bout with the great Buddy “nature boy” Rogers, held on July 12, 1962. Bruno arrived in Toronto early in his career. After his debut at Maple Leaf Gardens in March 1962, he became a big fan favorite and quickly earned a shot at Buddy Rogers for the NWA World Title on July 12, 1962.

“Rogers Recovers-Just In Time”
Over 10,000 fans roared, cheered, and jeered, and had themselves a ball as promoter Frank Tunney ended his mid-summer pro wrestling season last night at Maple Leaf Gardens with an outstanding card. World champion (NWA) Buddy Rogers recovers from the blind staggers in time to beat the ten count after he and the challenging Bruno Sammartino knocked each other out when they crashed head on. To the delight of the Italian fans, Bruno gave The Champ a rough time with his reverse headlock and body-slams. Bruno matched Rogers’ recoveries with several nifty movements of his own. The Champ’s ability to take it and come back, plus his experience, made the difference. -credit to Gary Will and Maple Leaf Wrestling!

EXTREMELY RARE BRUNO PROGRAM

BRUNO SAMMARTINO vs FRED BLASSIE

AUGUST 24, 1964 FORBES FIELD PITTSBURGH

IT WAS AUTOGRAPHED THE EVENING OF THE MATCH BY BRUNO SAMMARTINO and THE SPECIAL REFEREE Former WORLD’S HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING CHAMPION JERSEY JOE WALCOTT, BEAUTIFULLY AUTOGRAPHED BY BOTH IN VINTAGE DARK BLUE BALLPOINT INK!

 

BRUNO SAMMARTINO AUTOGRAPH

Original color 8 X 10 – autographed by The Living Legend, Bruno Sammartino.

This outstanding original photo, circa 1977 has been professionally matted to 11 x 14 and is ready to frame. A distinctive signed Bruno piece. Original images are always cool to have signed as they stand alone in the collection.

Bruno Sammartino vs. Luke Graham

Original on-site poster from The Civic Arena, Pittsburgh – September 8, 1967. Great head-to-toe image of Bruno wearing the old WWWF Heavyweight Championship belt. Bruno vs. the late great “Crazy” Luke Graham and Chief White Owl vs. the evil Jap Prof. Tora Tanaka. Plus…George Steele vs. Spyros Arion and Gorilla Monsoon at his best as a heel vs. the late Tony Marino in a rare appearance as The Battman. Cardboard, 14 x 22 inches, ex condition with horizontal center fold crease, displays beautifully.

ROCCA vs. ZUMA & SAMMARTINO vs. KOWALSKI

Below is the original poster featuring Bruno Sammartino’s first appearance at Madison Square Garden, January 2, 1960. Bruno wrestled Bull Curry who subbed for Killer Kowalski. The main go that evening was Antonino Rocca vs. The Mighty Zuma. Great pic of Zuma wearing the historic Jack Pfefer championship belt.

Vintage MSG wrestling posters are extremely rare and this one could very well be one-of-a-kind as I’ve never seen another. Cardboard, 22″ x 28″ , ex cond, w/ water staining, light center vertical crease.

ROCCA vs. ZUMA & SAMMARTINO vs. MURPHY

Here is Bruno’s 2nd appearance at MSG!

This time he tangled with Irishman Skull Murphy. Rocca had a return match with The Mighty Zuma.

I’ve never seen another one.

The Russian Bear Ivan Koloff defeats Wrestling’s Living Legend Bruno Sammartino for the WWWF Heavyweight Championship – Original program signed by Koloff.