Wacky Packages

Wacky Packages are a series of trading cards and stickers featuring parodies of North American consumer products. The cards were produced by the Topps Company beginning in 1967, usually in a sticker format. The original series sold for two years, and the concept proved popular enough that it has been revived every few years since. They came to be known generically as Wacky Packs, Wacky Packies, Wackies and Wackys. According to trader legend, the product parodies once outsold Topps baseball cards.

Wacky Packages - 1980 collection (Mouse over the images below to view close-up details.)

Wacky Packages Puzzle on back.
Wacky Packages

This is a collection from the 1980 set. In 1979 & 1980 there were four series with 66 cards each, for a total of 264 cards. Many of the 1973-76 cards have been reissued over the years in various sets. These sets consisted of images from the 1973-76 cards as well as one previously unused image. They also had nine puzzle cards with a series checklist on the back.

Wacky Packages - 1982 collection (Mouse over the image below to view close-up details.)

Wacky Packages

This is a collection from the 1982 set. The 1982 set of album stickers contained 120 stickers. These stickers were of a reduced size in comparison to the standard cards (2.125 by 3 inches (54.0 mm × 76 mm)) and were designed to be affixed to a display album that was sold separately.

Wacky Packages spawned Garbage Pail Kids series - 1985

Garbage Pail Kids

One unreleased design, by John Pound for the 1985 series, spawned the Garbage Pail Kids trading card series. The series was the brainchild of Topps consultant and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman, who came up with the product idea after the success of his earlier creations, Garbage Candy and Wacky Packages. The concept originally began as an unreleased Wacky Packages title, but the management at Topps thought it would be a good idea for a separate spin-off series. Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, first issued in 1985, were designed to parody the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls created by Xavier Roberts which were immensely popular at the time. During the height of the card series' popularity, Garbage Pail Kids were banned in many schools. One of the main reasons for the ban was that teachers cited them as distractions during class. Topps was sued by the makers of Cabbage Patch Kids, Coleco, for trademark infringement. As part of the out-of-court settlement, Topps agreed to modify the appearance of the Garbage Pail Kids to remove the resemblance between the characters, and to change the logo design.

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