Remember Wacky Packages, those awesome trading card-sized stickers from the 70’s, with titles like “Cap’n Crud” and “Skimpy Peanut Butter?” I had no idea that Topps was still making these, but when I stumbled across them the other day at Target, a nauseating whiff of nostalgia came over me, and they were dropped in my cart without any hesitation.
Wacky Packs have been revived many times since they were first introduced in 1967, and the true Wacky Pack fans will tell you that the cards were so successful, that at one point in time, they were outselling baseball cards. Topps has latched on to the nostalgia market once again with this release of Series 7 Wacky Packages. There are 55 base stickers and 20 rare wack-o-mercial stickers in each pack. There are also rare foil stickers, sketch cards, and autograph cards, but I was not lucky enough to find any of those.
The price tag for the 3-pack was a whopping $14.99, and I can’t imagine many kids plunking down their allowance on these things, but for a collector like me, I had to buy one just see what was inside.
Each box has 18 cards and two exclusive stickers. There is also a large block of styrofoam, so don’t be fooled by the size of the box–it is NOT filled with cards, it’s filled with styrofoam — and some stickers.
The stickers are really nice, printed in sharp detail on a high gloss paper. These are a far cry from the originals, but in a good way. I like shiny things. I also like how the artists have tapped into current culture and have spoofed popular web sites and infomercials, among other things.
Here’s what 15 bucks will get you these days:
You can read more about these cards at the Topps web site and of course, you can find tons of these over on eBay. Since I’m feeling lazy, I will post images of the stickers I got over the coming days. Halloween is just around around the corner, and some of these stickers seem appropriate. Any other Wacky Pack fans out there?