The Wrestling Mini Sticker Album was published in Mexico in 1989. The unlicensed and unauthorized album houses a set of 80 stickers, which were sold separately in small convenience shops in Mexico, featuring professional wrestlers of the time. The front and back covers of the album can be seen below.
Internal pages were marked to indicate where each respective sticker was to be placed.
The full set of 80 stickers, which measure 1.5″ x 1″ each can be seen below, containing profile pictures of the featured wrestler.
Sticker number 17 titled ‘El Fantasma’ features the professional wrestler El Rebelde. Two styles of stickers were produced, a semi gloss paper sticker (below left) and a second sticker with a cloth appearance (below right).
Throughout the years of professional wrestling in Mexico, there have been many fighters that have worn some kind of resemblance to the Phantom’s cowl and mask. The very 1st to wear the Phantom’s costume was Mexican wrestler El Rebelde, born on the 1st of November, 1961.
His professional career began in 1979 and for over a decade he was one of Mexico’s most famous and promoted wrestlers. El Rebelde also served as president of the Boxing and Wrestling commission in Mexico City.
Beginning in the early 1980’s, El Rebelde was one of the pillars in the star billboards of the cast of Superlibres, headquartered in the Pavilion Azteca, located next to the famous Azteca stadium.
El Rebelde appeared on posters and magazines, including the cover of Mexico’s most famous wrestling magazine ‘Lucha Libre’, issue number 1177.
Thank you Christopher Smith for assisting with images and information.