Remember Wacky Packages?

Wacky Packages are stickers (peel and punch-out) that were released by the Topps Chewing Gum company from 1967 to the most recent series in 2004. They parodied common household products and were extremely popular among children in the 1970’s.

 

Between 1997 and 2004, with the help of the internet, Wackys experienced a great resurgence of popularity as more and more people in their 30’s and 40’s, recall this childhood craze and desire to re-collect them.

 

In 2004 Topps brought Wacky Packages back and they did so with considerable success.  The definitive website regarding Wacky Packs is www.wackypackages.org which has an exhaustive collection of art, articles and check lists. I recommend you take a moment to check out our childhood’s first exposure to parody and stiff stale gum.

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7 thoughts on “Remember Wacky Packages?

  1. Sleepless Aquarius says:

    What in the world??? This is cool!!! I have never heard of Wacky packages before until my friend told me about it! Man these are cool! Where have I been? Had I known, I would have a whole bunch of them! Is there a website that would have all of them shown on it?

  2. mike c says:

    I love WP’s!

    I saved my bedroom door from my parents old house before it left their possession….It’s covered on one side with 70’s WP’s and cereal box prize stickers. Going to get around to covering it in some sort of protective layer eventually (it’s probably valueless to the larger world, but i love it)

    Cool post….Thanks for the trip down memory lane :)

  3. Greg Eichelberger says:

    I began collecting Wacky Packages as a kid back in the summer of 1973 in St. Louis. I think I had most of six series before I stopped. I recently bought a book on them. It brings back a lot of memories.

  4. Beach says:

    I had a dresser covered in these things, damn what a flashback. thanks for posting

  5. I was so into these in the 7th grade in 1975. I remember my science teacher having them stuck all over her filing cabinets in class. From then on I would buy them with my allowance money each week.

  6. shannon says:

    I first started collecting Whacky Packages when they first appeared on the gum rack at Sunrise Market in Glendora, Ca. in 1967. I was five and couldn’t read very well, but I loved the characters and recognized the labels. I remember asking my Mother if I could get some, and she first said no. Upon taking a closer look at the first edition pack wrapper and laughing her ass off, my mom who was then 30, bought several packs of which I got only one. After that day, it became a tradition for me and my mom to check for any new additions whenever we went shopping at the neighborhood Sunrise Market. I still have some un-stuck versions that I’ve saved just for fun, from 45 years ago. I still get huge laughs in searching the net and viewing these cool works of art.

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