HOUSTON, June 3, 2008 – The superstars of Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling are strong, powerful, popular … and politically savvy.

            Yep, four TNA Wrestling stars have stepped to the plate in the 2008 U.S. Presidential race.

            Houston-based TRISTAR Productions and TNA Wrestling are showing a different side to some of the organization’s well-known wrestling stars in the all-new “TNA iMPACT” trading card set, releasing on June 6.  “iMPACT!” is TRISTAR’s inaugural TNA release after being selected by TNA as its exclusive licensee of TNA trading cards and memorabilia.

            The politically-minded foursome, including former World Champions Kevin Nash and Booker T., volunteered to indicate the presidential candidate each is endorsing in this year’s presidential election by signing a special inscription with a limited number of their autographs.

            The TNA stars who chose to sign special presidential endorsement inscriptions include:
Kevin Nash – “Obama 08”; Booker T. – “Obama 08”; Sonjay Dutt – “Clinton 08”; and Rhino – “McCain 08”.

Each of these TNA stars indicated that he had specific reasons for endorsing his selected candidate and felt this was a great opportunity to let others know who he wants to be the country’s next President.

“I am endorsing Barack Obama in his bid to become the next President of the United States, and wanted to take this opportunity to let wrestling fans, card collectors and others know who I’m supporting,” said Kevin Nash.  “Adding the ‘Obama 08’ inscription to a limited number of my autographs not only allows me to share my view, but it also shows people that wrestlers do follow politics and have opinions on current events.

“And, if publicly supporting Obama gets me an invitation to the White House down the road, I’d be honored to pay him a visit.”

TRISTAR confirmed that the presidential endorsement autograph inscriptions were signed in extremely limited quantities, and a chase for them is expected among collectors.

“Autograph inscriptions are extremely popular in today’s trading card market,” said TRISTAR vice president Mandy Fuerst.  “In ‘TNA iMPACT’, we expect collectors to seek the special, inscribed autograph cards like Kurt Angle – '12X World Champ', Scott Steiner – 'Big Poppa Pump' and Gail Kim '1st Knockouts Champ'.  But the ones we expect to be most sought-after, and likely the most highly-valued, are the presidential endorsement inscriptions, which are topical and unique with this being an election year.”

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Houston-based TRISTAR Productions, Inc. is the nation’s leading producer of sports collectibles and memorabilia.  With more than 300 autograph signings annually with the top sports superstars of yesterday and the brightest stars of today, over 200,000 authentic autographed items are produced annually at TRISTAR signings.  TRISTAR’s product lines include exclusively-licensed Minor League Baseball card products, TRISTAR Hidden Treasures, TRISTAR SignaCuts and sports/entertainment memorabilia collectibles.  For more information about TRISTAR Productions, Inc., contact TRISTAR at 713-488-1108, via fax at 713-488-1177, mail correspondence to 4025 Willowbend, Suite 312, Houston, Texas 77025 or visit TRISTAR’s website at    


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