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Wacky Packages Hardcover – 29 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; 01 edition (29 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081099531X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810995314
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The Topps Company, Inc., founded in 1938, is best known as a leading producer of baseball cards and other trading cards and stickers. They are also known for Bazooka bubblegum, which was introduced in 1947. Art Spiegelman is an American comics artist and editor, best known for his Pulitzer Prizewinning comics memoir, "Maus." "


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By Robin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
What a treat to see a little corner of American pop culture get a decent looking book. Normally this sort of title would be produced by well meaning amateurs with no professional publishing experience or put out as just one of a cascade of titles from the American collectors press. Abrams seemed to have timed it just right by celebrating the thirty-fifth anniversary of Wacky Packs.

Art Spiegelman in his intro gives a little background to the origins of the idea and I was interested to learn that artist Norm Saunders painted some of the packs, I had always associated him with the over-the-top lurid covers for the pulp men's adventure magazine market of the fifties and sixties. Spiegelman also mentions his affection for Mad magazine and long before he actually worked at Topps Mad had a stab at their own colour product parodies. In their 1959 More Trash reprint a handsome sheet of life-size labels printed on gummed paper was the bonus. Produced to a slightly different criteria than the Topps packs who, after all, had to produce a regular flow of artwork over a short period, the 223 illustrations in the book were issued from 1973 and '74.

Looking through the pages it's amazing to think that they are all well-known national brands firmly fixed in everybody's mind because of advertising. I wonder if any brand ever complained to Topps, probably not but we're hardly likely to find out. Missing from the book, I thought, is some trivia about the series, what was the average print run, are there any rarities and why, were any products turned down for whatever reason or packs printed but junked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood dream come true 25 Nov. 2010
By ukuleleleluku - Published on Amazon.com
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I found my first Wacky Sticker on the sidewalk walking home from school in 1973. It was the Schtick Razor sticker. After showing it to some older kids in elementary school I found out they had it too and much more. They gave me a few of their duplicates and I was hooked for about the next four years. It was always hard for me as a kid with little to no money to buy Wacky Packages and even harder to get my parents to buy me some packs but I did OK and was able to get most of them. The bulk of them being from the 2nd through 12th series. Over those four years of collecting I longed for Topps to just make a book of their Wacky art. It was this dream book that propmted me to make my own book with staples and heavy paper with cover and all. I stuck all my stickers by series on to the pages of my book. I never gave thought to collector value at the time, nobody ever thought of that back then. The end result all these years later is having a fraction of my Wacky Packs surviving and of those survivors they are only good for nostalgia. So it was a real kick to get both the first and second volumes of the Wacky Packages series. These books are a real gem and for me childhood dream come true. Although I suppose having all my original stickers still surviving in mint condition would be great I find these books much better than sifting through handfuls of baseball card size stickers. What I loved was the art and the silliness of it all and could care less about collector value. If you were a fan of the Wacky Packages series then both books will not disappoint. I love the wax pack paper wrapper for dust covers and the bonus stickers inside. A very nice touch and overall excellent quality for the money. Topps should think about authorizing more of these types of books like the 1960s Monsters cards for example.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Presentation of Wacky Packages. Shows off the awesome illustration and über creative writing on these "kids only" cards. 7 Aug. 2015
By J Michmerhuizen - Published on Amazon.com
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I remember buying these from the ice cream man and running home to stick them all over my skateboard. I had forgotten the exact brands, but remembered that they were quite creative. This book gives you that chance to see them in all their glory with great illustrations + its gives you a very interesting background on how they came to be. It may be weird, but this book is proudly taking space on my bookshelf - I enjoy how it transports me back to when I was 8, growing up in sunny southern cal. Also ~ its seems to be one the books that people grab when they are looking for something to flip though.
5.0 out of 5 stars A vivid, colorful, beautifully published trip back to my youth. 20 Nov. 2016
By Eric Sassaman - Published on Amazon.com
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A vivid, colorful, beautifully published trip back to my youth. I swear I could smell the gum that used to be included with the stickers with every turn of the page. I bought my copy for two reasons: 1) for my own enjoyment; 2) to see if it would be an appropriate gift for a couple of my Summer Camp friends from years passed. A winning outcome on both fronts. I expect to be ordering a few more as presents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 70's Latchkey Kid revisits childhood. 16 Jun. 2011
By Skyline - Published on Amazon.com
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As a suburban, middle-class latchkey kid, growing up in colorful 1970's America, I remember these packages of stickers in wax paper that came with a stick of hard, dry bubble gum. Making fun of current consumer products in a grotesque and funny manner was a hit for myself and my friends. It ws maybe a very mild form of rebellion. Kids love that stuff! Those stickers were almost like currency amongst my elementary school peers. They adorned the inside of my closet door, and many other places.

Later in life, I had the occasion to stumble across the two-volume comic-style book about the Holocaust, "Maus" by Art Spiegelman, and later, some of his other, more twisted work, RAW Magazine. I developed a liking for this author-artist, and his work. When I learned that Art Spiegelman was one of the creative forces behind Wacky Packages, I was floored. How could I have known? I was a fan of his even before I knew it! Of course, I had no choice but to snap up the books-both volumes- as soon as possible! Anytime a pleasant memory from childhood pays an unexpected visit, you have to do something! And this one automatically came with references! Any of you who were kids in the 1970's and had a passing acquaintance with Wacky Packages gets it. Now's your chance to go back and see it all over again!
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for all fans of Wacky Packages 21 Nov. 2015
By J. Bunte - Published on Amazon.com
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Having been an original consumer of Wacky Packages by Topps back in the early 1970s, this book is a terrific document on the artistry, humor and wit that went into their design, creation and marketing. Great insight from Art Spiegelman and beautiful, high-resolution renderings of the original "cards" (actually, stickers) themselves. Even the slip cover resembles the original paper that used to enclose vintage Wacky Packs. Loved the book!
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