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Offline Yubum

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Opening Original Series Wacky Packs
« on: February 19, 2021, 02:45:34 PM »
As a kid I was never fortunate enough to open an original series Wacky Pack (the stickers that hooked me were the 1979 reruns), but I know there are many "unopened" packs still available on eBay. For those who have opened original series packs in the last decade or so, are at least one of the stickers (and puzzle piece) almost guaranteed to be gum/wax stained? My guess is anyone buying these vintage original series packs, even if they are truly unopened, will be lucky to get even one sticker in nice (ideally NM) condition if they crack that wrapper. Am I right?

Online Paul_Maul

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Re: Opening Original Series Wacky Packs
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2021, 03:12:02 PM »
For packs from series 3-13, the puzzle piece is always against the wax seal, so you would rather have the glossy side facing out (as the wax can be removed). But yes, unless the storage conditions were  immaculate, there will generally be a gum stain on the sticker facing out the front.

Offline bigtomi

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Re: Opening Original Series Wacky Packs
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2021, 03:15:06 PM »
Others here can probably answer your questions better than I, but I feel bad you never had the thrill, so here's an inexpensive way to experience opening a pack.

Offline lucidjc

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Re: Opening Original Series Wacky Packs
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2021, 03:18:16 PM »
Others here can probably answer your questions better than I, but I feel bad you never had the thrill, so here's an inexpensive way to experience opening a pack.

DAMN IT!  I just got burned. Only 1 sticker in the pack I just opened. Just like in real life, my first pack of wackys only had 1 sticker.


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Re: Opening Original Series Wacky Packs
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2021, 03:27:05 PM »
Others here can probably answer your questions better than I, but I feel bad you never had the thrill, so here's an inexpensive way to experience opening a pack.

It doesn’t follow the knight’s move!! 😡

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Re: Opening Original Series Wacky Packs
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2021, 05:03:35 PM »
DAMN IT!  I just got burned. Only 1 sticker in the pack I just opened. Just like in real life, my first pack of wackys only had 1 sticker.


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Offline Yubum

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Re: Opening Original Series Wacky Packs
« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2021, 05:10:21 PM »
Others here can probably answer your questions better than I, but I feel bad you never had the thrill, so here's an inexpensive way to experience opening a pack.

Awesome link. I got an Iron ons and a smell ecch with nary a gumstain to be seen!

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Re: Opening Original Series Wacky Packs
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2021, 05:12:52 PM »
For packs from series 3-13, the puzzle piece is always against the wax seal, so you would rather have the glossy side facing out (as the wax can be removed). But yes, unless the storage conditions were  immaculate, there will generally be a gum stain on the sticker facing out the front.

What about series 15 packs? And is the front or back of the sticker normally in contact with the gum?

Offline lucidjc

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Re: Opening Original Series Wacky Packs
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2021, 05:37:33 PM »
what series?

Series 3 was the first pack of wackys I ever opened. I just opened a series 3 (cause it was my first) and got 1 sticker. Crackola was my first pull.

Jim

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Re: Opening Original Series Wacky Packs
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2021, 05:39:51 PM »
What about series 15 packs? And is the front or back of the sticker normally in contact with the gum?

It varies. I opened a 15th series box years ago, that one had the white back of the sticker against the wax seal and the checklist against the gum. For some reason the white backed series seem to sometimes have stickers against the seal, but the tan back series generally do not. I believe 16ths usually have the puzzle piece against the gum also.

Offline freetoes

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Re: Opening Original Series Wacky Packs
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2021, 08:09:14 PM »
Others here can probably answer your questions better than I, but I feel bad you never had the thrill, so here's an inexpensive way to experience opening a pack.

Thanks for posting this, Tom. I'd forgotten about that simulator. I opened one 13th, and got a Vampirella--one of only two stickers I was missing back then. Icicle was the other.

Edit: I tried seven die-cut packs and got two Cracked Animals cards.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2021, 07:16:08 AM by freetoes »

Offline MoldRush

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Re: Opening Original Series Wacky Packs
« Reply #11 on: February 20, 2021, 01:37:44 AM »
In the late 90’s I assembled my 15th set almost entirely from packs, so that gave me a lot of experience with the “aged gum” issue you’re asking about.  The gum was originally coated with powdered sugar which made it less sticky, which may or may not hold up over time, depending on how the packs are stored.  I got lucky - in nearly every pack, the sticker facing the gum was unaffected.  In some cases the gum faced the back of a sticker and that was more likely to leave a slight imprint.  The glossiness of the sticker fronts seemed to make the gum less likely to stick.

Conversely, in a later experience with a full GPK box, the results were not as good.  But in that case it’s 5 stickers to a pack I think, so even under the worst circumstances it only affects 20% of the stickers, as opposed to potentially 50% of Wackys.

Offline Slaytex99

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Re: Opening Original Series Wacky Packs
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2021, 07:19:08 AM »
Haha, loved opening the packs.  But I have to remind myself not to open too many late at night.  Was dreaming about wackys all night.  ;D