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Offline drono

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When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« on: March 20, 2020, 07:07:35 AM »
I don't know if this has been on a thread before, but seeing the different ages of the forum members, I was curious when you bought your first Wacky Packages.  Since the forum seems to be in limbo with everyone in lock down at home, I'll start with my story.

I was born in 1964, so I don't remember ever seeing the Die Cuts or Wacky Ads in stores.  I was much too young.  My first purchase was Original 1st Series at the local Tinee Giant, probably in early 1973.  I went in there looking to buy baseball cards, and they didn't have any.  My mother saw these things on the counter by the cashier called Wacky Packages and suggested I buy some.  Even though the box said 5 cents on it, they charged 6.  I was hooked after that.  Since we didn't get around much like we do today, I didn't venture back to that Tinee Giant until weeks later.  I had a dollar and planned to buy 16 packs since they were still charging 6 cents, and the tax would be 4 cents.  By then they had 2nd Series stickers, which I noticed were much thicker than the ones I first bought, so I later discovered that these were white backs and the 1st series were tan backs.  After that I found them in various other places, 7-11, the concession stand at little league, etc.  I think I continued through about the 12th series and then they disappeared in my area.  I remember trading 4th and 6th series stickers in school but not many more details.

Offline Paul_Maul

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2020, 03:27:37 PM »
I too bought the 1st series in 1973. It was the first Topps product I ever saw or purchased at age 6 1/3. I religiously bought all I could for the first seven series. I eventually became interested in the 1974 baseball set and weaned off the wackys.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2020, 04:25:28 PM »
I bought series one in 1972 at 4 years old but mostly remember having a lot of series 2, 3 and 4 at the beginning. I had to fill in a lot of series one down the line. My earliest memory is sitting by my fireplace stacking all my cards. Not into series order but into favorites. Slamjim always being on the top.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2020, 05:39:36 PM »
Good topic.  Love nostalgia threads.  I feel a little guilty thinking about anything frivolous in the current climate, but at the same time some diversion helps a lot to maintain sanity.

Born in Ď67 and only 5+ when the 1st series came out, I can only remember becoming familiar with some of the titles.  Not sure what the context was, but Iím sure I wasnít yet buying them.  By the second series, I remember it was closer to summer and ice cream trucks passing through our block had them.  I was the youngest of four brothers and younger than the other kids on the block, and still had no real purchasing ability of my own.  I would hound the other kids to give up a double, then try to trade with someone else for a title I really wanted.  At that age, having even one desirable Wacky was a big deal for me.  I specifically remember getting an 8-Lives and badly wanting a Boo-Hoo.  I tormented one of the older kids to make the trade even though he already had an 8-Lives and didnít have an extra Boo-Hoo.  I guess it got to the point that he just wanted me off his back.  The funny part is that looking at them now, 8-Lives is visually a lot better than Boo-Hoo, but I loved sugary drinks like Yoo-Hoo and that seemed to matter a lot more to me at the time.  Hawaiian Punks was a big one for me from Series 3, for similar reasons.

Not sure about 3rd Series, like the 1st I remember seeing some of the titles, but probably less than half of them.  The first time I remember buying with my own money was Series 4 and 5.  By the time Series 5 was out I know I also had the freedom to ride my bike to a local candy store and buy them there.  I had built up a nice stack of 4 and 5, and remember stashing them in the bottom of a closet garment bag because I usually had the bad habit of leaving accumulated stuff lying around the house, where theyíd end up disappearing if I didnít put them out of sight.  I guess at that age youíre constantly distracted by the latest thing and lack the organizational skill and awareness to take care of your things.  So this was an attempt to change that.  But I think I was actually hiding them, fearing theyíd get thrown out if they were seen or found no matter where I put them.  In any case, that stack eventually disappeared too, and I remember rummaging through closets in the house every so often for years to come, in hopes that iíd just checked the wrong bag, wrong closet, maybe they fell out and rolled to the darkest corner of the closet, etc.  It was quite some time before I finally gave up hope completely.

Oh, and by the way, there was probably at least two Choke Wagons in that lost stack.  Not sure about Bum Chex, but I remember having Choke for sure.  Of course had no idea at the time there was anything special about it.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2020, 05:42:45 AM »
Oh, and by the way, there was probably at least two Choke Wagons in that lost stack.  Not sure about Bum Chex, but I remember having Choke for sure.  Of course had no idea at the time there was anything special about it.

I remember not being able to find Windhex from the 4th series.  I finally traded for one that had been stuck on a notebook, peeled it off and stuck it on the back of another sticker.  I probably didn't have Bum or Choke because they weren't on the checklists we had.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2020, 10:10:04 AM »
I started with the 2nd series in 1973. After that, it was on-again-off-again between series.

The last one I remember getting was the 15th series. I didn't even know about the 16th until years later. After that, my family and I moved from PA to FL in Nov. 1977.

My first Wackys in the 21st century were - are you ready for this? - ANS2. The rest is history.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2020, 11:57:03 AM »
My 1-16 timeline is also riddled with major gaps, some of which I can explain, others not.  My prior post was getting long, so I figured Iíd better stop at when I first bought Wackys.

The only intact material I have from the OS era, which didnít disappear, was 3 checklists, one from 13th, and two from 15th.  If nothing else, they affirmed my belief that the Reissues left many unanswered questions - i.e., why are OS titles I remember missing from Reissues.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2020, 12:00:35 PM »
I started with the 2nd series in 1973. After that, it was on-again-off-again between series.

The last one I remember getting was the 15th series. I didn't even know about the 16th until years later. After that, my family and I moved from PA to FL in Nov. 1977.

My first Wackys in the 21st century were - are you ready for this? - ANS2. The rest is history.









Born in 63, started buying the 1st in summer of 73 and was able to purchase packs up til the 15th. The stores that I got most of mine at were Ben Franklin and the 5 and 10 Woolworth.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2020, 05:13:45 PM »
Of course, Wackys weren't the only stickers/trading cards out there that I remember.

I remember the 1970s Ugly Stickers, Crazy Magazine Covers (Series 1; I never did see and/or have either Series 2 or Series 3), the 1970s You'll Die Laughing (Series 1 and Series 2), Baseball Super Freaks (Series 1 and Series 2), Football Super Freaks (this one only had one series), Comic Book Heroes (1975; the Marvel Comics characters with the Fantastic Four #100 cover puzzle), the 1970s Planet of the Apes, Crazy Cars...I saw and/or had some and/or all of them at one time or another.
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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2020, 07:06:09 PM »
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Oh, 1 other point. My very first pack of Wackys was a 3rd series pack. And it had only 1 sticker in the pack, (it was crackola). I really remember making a big stink about this cause my sisters pack had 2 stickers. (and by big stink i mean cry). lol  :D         

Can anyone else remember their first pull?
By pull i mean Wacky!
And by Wacky i mean the stickers.
And by stickers i dont mean stuck together.

(insert puns) as needed

Offline drono

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2020, 08:13:08 PM »
Can anyone else remember their first pull?

I don't.  I carried my treasured 1st series tans in my pants pocket to show them to my friends, and they got destroyed when I forgot to take them out before my mother washed my pants.  When I started collecting them again years later, Grave Train was the only one that had survived.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2020, 08:26:48 PM »
I donít remember my first pull, but I do remember opening a 6th series pack in my classroom in 2nd grade. Fruit of the Tomb and My Sink.

Offline MoldRush

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2020, 09:02:22 PM »
Donít remember specific pack pulls with one notable exception, and I think it was because of the singular nature of the experience that the memory has stuck with me.  One of my brothers and I tried to shake my mom down when we saw a box at a deli counter, and all we got was one lousy nickel!  Thatís right, share one pack.  Anyway, it was the 6th.  My brother took Run-A-Way Vitamins and I took Broomo Seltzer.  Who got the puzzle piece I have no idea. Think that was my first exposure to the 6th.   I know I had more contact with the 6th at some other time, but on that day it was a very light haul.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2020, 07:50:32 AM »
I posted this a few years ago, but it seems responsive:

I completed Series 6 on March 25, 1974 (my dad's birthday).  Baby Runt was the last sticker I needed.

In SC, I think we got ours a little late.  My personal Wacky timeline ran like this:

Jan. 14 or 21--Bought my first packs (Series 4).
Feb. 18--First Series 5's.
Mar. 2 (?) --First Series 6's.  After finishing the set, I did some trading for earlier cards.
Fall 1974-- Series 9.
May 26, 1975--Bought two Series 11 packs.  One of the stickers was The Saturday Evening Ghost, with the May 31, 1975 date.
July 13-26--Series 13.  Completed except for Umbrella and Icicle.

The Majik Market charged us ten cents instead of a nickel.  But I remember most of their packs had three cards instead of two. 

(Posting in 2020 again): The stickers from those first packs were Cheapios, Chef Girl-Ar-Dee, Escuire, Wormy Packages, Brute 88, and Freetoes.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2020, 09:24:17 AM »
I posted this a few years ago, but it seems responsive:...

Good idea! I got nostalgic for my response to a similar thread in 2015. Here was my post at the time:

My collection started with the first series, but my Mom was buying packs and doling them out to me and my brothers for series one and two. I think the first time I purchased Wackys on my own was the third series, so I have a soft spot for that series, especially Beanball since I was collecting baseball cards at the same time. I remember going to my friend's house in another town and being allowed to bring a quarter for our run to the party store to buy Wackys. So fevered was my obsession that I dared to bring two quarters! However, to be safe in case of a surprise inspection, I took some Silly Putty and stuck the two quarters together to avoid detection. Worked like a charm - only because my Mom never checked.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2020, 07:45:33 PM »
I remember going to my friend's house in another town and being allowed to bring a quarter for our run to the party store to buy Wackys.

I'm amazed at how little disposable income we had as kids.  I remember thinking that when I got older and had some real money, I'd just go and buy a whole box or two at a time.  Like most childish dreams, Wacky Packages disappeared before I made any real money (had a paper route when I was 12), and I'd given up collecting baseball, basketball, and football cards before I reached that age.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2020, 05:30:45 AM »
I'm amazed at how little disposable income we had as kids.  I remember thinking that when I got older and had some real money, I'd just go and buy a whole box or two at a time.  Like most childish dreams, Wacky Packages disappeared before I made any real money (had a paper route when I was 12), and I'd given up collecting baseball, basketball, and football cards before I reached that age.
Yes, a point worth noting for sure.  I feel like my limitations at the time did OS Wacky collecting a huge disservice, compared to anything else Iíve collected once I got older.  I can remember things getting a little better by the time I was about 8 or so, I was able to buy the one or two comic books I wanted each month, some back issues at comic shops and flea markets, plus candy of course to feed the sugar addiction.  I also got a paper route at around 12, and even though it only paid about $25 a week, that seemed like a lot at first.  I bought a lot of Series 1 and 2 Reissues, but by then by interest in comics and sportcards was also starting to diminish.

Hard to remember for sure, but I donít think I was ever in a position to buy more than 4 or 5 OS packs in a single purchase.  Never finished a series, probably only about 1/2 to 2/3 complete on a few of them.  And I donít remember ever paying much attention to the puzzles back then.  I think once I saw the corresponding sticker, any element of mystery was lost and it didnít matter as much.  Just having a checklist for tracking purposes was the main thing.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2020, 10:43:58 AM »
My older brother got me into Wacky Packages. We used to pick them up at White Hen Pantry or the liquor store next door. The liquor store owner was kinda scary, and reminded me of Rodney Dangerfield. He did not want little kids in his store, but he had a soft spot and let us buy the Wackies. Used to spend my allowance or birthday money on them. So for even 1 dollar I was able to buy a lot of packs since they were a nickel each. Never completed any sets since those short runs were very hard to get. My brother felt sorry for me and gave me his extra stickers at times.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #18 on: March 23, 2020, 11:04:33 AM »
Born in Morris county New Jersey in '63.
I bought my first Wackys at a little convenience store we called the Dairy-Deli.  Must have been around 1973.
Man, I couldn't wait...I was finally allowed to ride my bike to the Dairy-Deli and blow a quarter or so on gum/cards. Not sure how many trips I made!
I remember Swiss Mess, 6-Up, Ditch Masters, and Log Cave In's were stuck all over my bed.  I don't remember collecting/saving them at all.
Eventually switched mostly to baseball cards around 1975.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2020, 04:10:04 PM »
I was born in 1964 as well.  My friend's mother owned the local corner store, Connie's Corner.  Lucky for me he would grab every box as soon as they would come in and he would share with the neighborhood kids.  I collected right from day 1.  My favorites back in the day from series 1 were Vicejoy, 6up, Horrid, and Weakies.  I don't remember Ludlow backs from series 1 but definitely for series 2.  I always wondered why they had different backs, but i liked the Camels.  Series brought one of the best, Cap'n Crud. I bet every little kid loved that one because it was one of the most relatable products they spoofed.  I remember going full bore through series 6, enjoying series 7, then waning by series 8.  I casually collected the next few series and don't even remember series 15 really, but I must have bought at least one pack because I had one Fear Out checklist in my stash that I found from when i was a kid.
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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #20 on: March 23, 2020, 09:13:35 PM »
I was born in 1962 in Oklahoma City.  I went to a small parochial school that didn't have buses, so I was in a carpool to get to and from school.  When it was warm, the drivers (our mothers) would stop at a convenience store on the way home, Tom's, to get Icees.  While in the store once, I found Wacky Packages and bought a couple.  They were from the 2nd series.  I loved the parodies, so I started collecting them.  (Never could get the entire series, particularly Run-a-way Vitamins, until I bought one on eBay in the late '90s.)  They disappeared for awhile, and the next series that showed up in my area was the 7th Series, which I collected.  When I found the 8th series, I got all of those, too.  9th series never made it to my area, but with the 10th series, a drug store near me started carrying them, and I was able to get my Wacky Packs from there through the 15th series.  16th series never came to our area, and I'm sure all the Tom's, drug stores, and 7-11s got tired of me calling to see if they had them....ha!  I wound up writing to my cousin to trade with her for the Wacky Packs that didn't make it to OKC because she didn't get some series in Illinois, so it worked out for both of us. 

So, thanks, Mom, for stopping at Tom's for the Icees!   :D

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #21 on: March 24, 2020, 03:23:30 PM »
I was a little late in getting started on Wackys.  The first ones I ever saw were a few 5th series titles some friends had when I was in the 4th grade.  By the time I bought some for myself, 6th series was out.  I remember those 6th series packs seemed to be in the stores forever.  I completed the 6th long before the 7th was available in our town.  One vivid memory I have was when 7th series was out, I was making trades with a friend and we discovered the Grime Heavy variation.  One of us had multiple Dustys and one of us had multiple Heavys (don't remember which of us had which).  We traded so that we each had both variations.  I completed the 7th, 8th, and 9th series.  Never saw 10th but completed 11th and 12th.  Never saw 13th but did complete the 14th.  And then that was it.  Never saw Wackys again until 1999 when I found John Mann's web page.
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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #22 on: March 24, 2020, 04:15:45 PM »
The first Wackys I bought were the '79 reprints. I have fond memories of scraping together some change and running to our local corner grocery store and sometimes the newsstand a bit further down in our Brooklyn Neighborhood. However, I do recall my brother collecting the Wonder Bread inserts.
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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2020, 07:39:52 PM »








Born in 63, started buying the 1st in summer of 73 and was able to purchase packs up til the 15th. The stores that I got most of mine at were Ben Franklin and the 5 and 10 Woolworth.

Mark - were you lucky enough to catch every series from 1 to 15?  If you were, I have to believe your ďadvancedĒ age of 10 when just getting started had a lot to do with your diligence to collect, and hopefully hold onto, your original collection.  Speaking for myself, the age of 10 was the point beyond which pretty much all cards I collected are still in my possession to this day.  Before 1977?  Not so much.  OS Wackys, Comic Book Heroes, dollar size Bazooka Joe comics?  All gone.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #24 on: March 25, 2020, 07:21:46 AM »
When there was a 1991 series at a comic shop.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #25 on: March 25, 2020, 11:39:28 AM »
I'm the old guy in the group.  I grew up in Pasadena, CA and we had an ice cream man come to our block with all kinds of wax packs with cards and stickers from Topps, Fleer, etc.  I bought die cuts in 1967 (and Wacky Ads in 1969) and I remember buying 5-cent pack after 5-cent pack after 5-cent pack (of course throwing out the wrappers) in a futile effort to fill in missing die-cut numbers.  I had no idea there were "pulled" titles and was never able to obtain them through packs.  I finally got all the pulled titles (other than Ratz and Cracked Animals) at a Parsippany Non-Sports show in the early 1990's.  I was in college in the 1970s and not only did I not collect Original Series 1-16 but also had no idea they even existed.  Again it was at that Parsippany show when I became aware of them and was able to buy a full binder of them.  The rest is history.
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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #26 on: March 25, 2020, 01:51:39 PM »
Another slightly older dude here... born in 1959, so I was was 13 or 14 when the Original Series was issued. We lived in a small Indiana town of 2,000 which had only one local drug store. Unfortunately, it did not carry trading cards or much candy either. About once or twice a month, our family would go to the big town of Linton about 18 miles away to do some shopping. One of the grocery/drug stores we frequented did carry such stuff. I first saw series two packs available and bought some and was immediately hooked. This touched my fancy in that same way MAD magazine did. Seemed a little bit radical and a lot funny. Like many here, I was captivated by the artwork. On subsequent visits to the same store, over the following 2 years,  I was able to collect most of series 1, which this store put out on the shelves after series 2, through series 15. They were not always on the shelf in order of release and sometimes they may have two or three series available at one time. I never saw hide nor hair of release 16 in this store or any around our area. I was able to trade for series 16 when I joined the Prodigy on-line service back in the early 90s and hooked up with others in a Wacky Packages forum or chat room, I don't remember what they were called at the time. Two or three of those people are members of this forum such as Ernie and Scott B. Now armed with a little disposable income as an adult, this is where I was able to start catching up on items missed like the the re-issues, posters, charms, tattoos, etc.
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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2020, 04:08:14 PM »
One thing iíve learned from reading the anecdotal posts on this forum and the old one, is that those who utilized the power of the Internet in its earliest days to see if there was a Wacky awareness in the cyber universe, probably did the best in terms of available inventory and reasonable prices.  Even when I first got involved in Ď97, it was through an ad in Non Sport Update advertising Roxanneís little Wacky guide, plus the Wrapper.  Made long distance phone calls, even wrote letters I think.  Some people just gave addresses in their ads.  Crazy!  Did well at the few shows I attended though, and subsequent mail order from dealers I met there.

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Re: When did you first buy Wacky Packages
« Reply #28 on: March 25, 2020, 05:37:48 PM »
The first time I got Wackys was in a drugstore in a suburb of Pittsburgh.  I was probably 7.  I remember 2 titles from my first two packs - Awful Bits and Cap'n Crud.  What luck!!  I was hooked.  Later trips to that same store yielded some Series 1 packs, but not many.  I bought several series there, including posters, and then we moved to Los Angeles.  There, I found some in drugstores, and there was an ice cream truck that came around (the driver told us to call him "Van").  I actually saved up enough allowance to buy a full box of Series 15 from him.  Never saw Series 16.

In 1977 we moved to Long Island, and although I was able to buy reissue packs at stores, I found card shows and was able to buy all 4 complete reissue series from a dealer.  I also bought single packs and got the 1985 and album sticker sets from the same dealer.  I found the 1991 stickers at a convenience store on a ski trip (I had more fun with the Wackys than skiing).

I started filling in holes in my 70s sets when ebay started up.  Sadly, I never found a Wacky forum until after ANS came out.