This video features some excellent Wacky Packages stickers

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I was too young to get these. I had no idea where they came from – maybe some mysterious store that only older kids got to visit.

My cousin had a clubhouse (in reality an aluminum garden shed that was also used as a change room for swimming) and the walls were filled with these. At least half the gags were over my head but I still spent far too long staring at them.


I think it makes them better that all the packaging is too old for a youngster like me to recognize. It’s more Dada that way.

I wonder why Topps never reissues these things. It’s not easy finding a whole new set of stickers every time I replace my computer.


I’m old enough to have collected these, and dearly loved them. I put them on a sheet of poster board, but it got lost in a move many years back. A couple of hardback books collecting these images was published several years ago, and might still be available on Amazon. There was also a modern version of the stickers released about 15 years ago that were almost as good as the originals – you could buy them in places like Target. I tried to get my son to collect them, but he didn’t find them as funny as 10 year-old me had.

The great Norm Saunders was a major contributor to the art in the original 1970s run of Wacky Packages. I still refer to many products by their Wacky names.


I still have hundreds of these, going back to the originals. I framed a 2013 set and hung it in my university office. I get a lot of head-shaking when people see them.

Me too.


made between 1973 and 1977

Is that accurate? I remember collecting them in the early 80’s.

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You are my hero.


I’m pretty sure those dates are correct. I collected them in the mid-70s, and remember looking for them later in the '70s and they were not to be found.


In our elementary school, the trend was to plaster your lunchbox with the stickers. The person with the most exotic stickers was held in high esteem.


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me too. i have a few still, but some are smaller than the original baseball card-sized ones: Wormy Packages, Beastball, Virginia Slums, Bald, Glutton Mustard, Daffy Baking Powder, Snarlamint, Smoocher’s Sticky Jam, Clammy (the fishy-smelling soap), Broomo Seltzer, Achoo Brand Sneezing Powder, Mop & Glop, Clank Bar candy bar, Ivery Snow, White Fowl Cigars, Jerkyfruits, Nertz garlic flavored breath mints, Rice-A-Phoni, Chumps Candy.


Oh yeah! Make the new name up on your own or repeat one from wacky packages or Mad Magazine. Doing that on a mass scale really helped me have a little fun during my time in the retail grocery industry.
ETA Mad Magazine.


My favourite was Crust toothpaste.

“Tastes Lousy”


My bedroom door was covered with them in the 70s but at some point I removed them all. I can’t imagine why my parents let me do that.


I just checked my stack of nearly complete (of 198 cards) stickers. They are some of the “originals” and have a 1980 copyright. When I was a kid I wished I had gotten in on the earlier 70s sets. Things were so much weirder in the 70s but 5-year olds do not have the best financial sense, nor the ways and means to have the cash flow when encountering the rare store that sold them.


I remember having the Brillo Pads parody sticker back in the '70s. I had no idea what they were, but that’s what I got in the pack, along with the stick of pink “gum”. Slapped it on the robot my friend Eddie and I nailed together after Star Wars came out. Good times!


Yup. Started collecting from the first series in '73. Got them at a local five and dime, along with Mad magazine.


I feel like Wacky Stickers and Mad Magazine were my gateway drugs for National Lampoon and Monty Python.


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