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Offline Tie Boot Tea

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Month of Issue for Original Wackies
« on: July 06, 2020, 12:48:51 PM »
Hi, there.  Has anyone ever kept a record of the month of issuance for each Wacky series?  I seem to remember that the 1st and 2nd series came out in the summer of '73, mainly because I'm pretty sure that I bought packs from the ice cream man.  I can remember the third and fourth coming out during the school year because I remember trading with friends from school.

I remember how slow it would take for a new series to come out.  It seemed like a lifetime and kids would loiter around the candy store bugging the shop keeper like junkies looking for a fix, waiting for the new issue.  I'm pretty sure that the boxes never said what series they were.  Only the word "New" - which meant nothing since Topps would regularly trick us by changing the color of the box at the end of the run, causing us to buy packs for series we had completed weeks ago.

Anyway, got a bit nostalgic today, so thought I would ask.

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Offline Paul_Maul

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Re: Month of Issue for Original Wackies
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2020, 01:00:04 PM »
And the boxes generally did say what series they contained when the box was not a new color. In other words, the series 1 box did not mention a series, but the 2nd and 3rd purple boxes did have a series sticker. The blue 3rd series box did not have a sticker, but the blue 4th and 5th series boxes did.



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Re: Month of Issue for Original Wackies
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2020, 01:06:42 PM »
What used to happen to me was that the drug store just kept refilling the box on the counter with whatever they received.  I distinctly remember getting a Series 1 pack and a Series 2 pack in the same purchase.

Offline Tie Boot Tea

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Re: Month of Issue for Original Wackies
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2020, 01:21:58 PM »
And the boxes generally did say what series they contained when the box was not a new color. In other words, the series 1 box did not mention a series, but the 2nd and 3rd purple boxes did have a series sticker. The blue 3rd series box did not have a sticker, but the blue 4th and 5th series boxes did.

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Well, I know that's how these boxes are marked now, but I can remember back then that there were plenty of times that I got cheated.  Maybe the store owners were ripping off the covers when they sold them?  I don't remember that detail.


Offline MoldRush

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Re: Month of Issue for Original Wackies
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2020, 06:54:31 PM »
What used to happen to me was that the drug store just kept refilling the box on the counter with whatever they received.  I distinctly remember getting a Series 1 pack and a Series 2 pack in the same purchase.
Also easy to miss the label if it was affixed to the lid rather than front edge, given the way the lid is folded back for the typical open-box counter display.  My recollection was just being thrilled if there were any Wackys available and I had some change in my pocket to buy some.  Which series was in those packs was less important, because I rarely got very close to finishing a set.

I agree with Greg’s timeline for the most part, except for two series.  Maybe a regional thing?

5th - I distinctly remember buying some at a candy store in early fall, maybe late Sept./early Oct.

13th - I know I got most of mine from ice cream trucks, which weren’t prevalent until May/June.

Offline ToadallyDude

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Re: Month of Issue for Original Wackies
« Reply #7 on: July 10, 2020, 06:45:54 PM »
Not sure how many of you out there were from So.Cal., but Wackys were definitely a major 'summer' thing out here, and the source the purchased part of my collection was probably 80% "Ice Cream Man" (sorry, "Vendor"), and 20% "Stop-n-Go".  We never saw them in Sav-On or Thrifty or Gemco back then.  My recollection of the releases is slightly different, too, but probably because the Ice Cream Vendors would just grab whatever was still in the warehouse when they stocked up.  Summer of '74 was definitely the Wacky Extravaganza, though... 7, 8, 9, posters, tattoos... I had no money left & bought no ice-cream that summer.  And I definitely remember 10 and 11 really getting glossed over quickly.  We barely saw them at all.  12 & 13 were big.  But 16th came around in the summer as my bro bought me my only 7 packs from the Ice Cream Vendor when I was sick.  So, it must have at least been warm weather.  Don't know the year, though.  I always assumed it was 77.  But could have been 78 and some old stock.  I remembered it being a shock.


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Re: Month of Issue for Original Wackies
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2020, 11:49:42 PM »
I was in Northridge for a little while in the mid 70's, and the ice cream truck was definitely the best source of Wackys.  Stop and Go might have been the name of the other source, but I can't remember for sure.