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Offline JailOJohn

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No Reprint Love
« on: April 08, 2024, 03:12:46 PM »
I know none of us work in the editorial or legal departments at Topps…but does anyone have a theory on why certain Original Series titles have never been reprinted? Looking at Third Series, Argh, Snatch-A-Pak and Hired were never reprinted. We have had four series of re-issues, and now three Flashback series. Every other Third Series title has been reprinted, some multiple times. I really like those first two titles. I thought maybe a legal squabble with Kelloggs, but that doesn’t sound right…they have spoofed Frosted Flakes. Wasnt the cease and desist letter in the 70s from Nabisco? Maybe editors just dont like these particular titles? Sorry if this has been covered, i couldn't find an answer here…

Offline chipereno

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Re: No Reprint Love
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2024, 03:49:28 PM »
Why not just enjoy the originals?
Or yes they could reprint them on cardboard, no sticker no diecut solid black boarders
And throw an ad on the back. Yay!

Offline mikecho

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Re: No Reprint Love
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2024, 04:16:39 PM »
IIRC, it was Nabisco that put out the cease-and-desist in the 1970s (e.g., Monsterettes (Oysterettes) was intended for the 9th Series, but not released until Wacky Pack Flashback in 2008), but that was only for their cookie and cracker products. Candy products were somehow immune from this (again, e.g., Soggy Babies (Sugar Babies)). I don't know what went on with Kellogg's back then, but in this day and age they've more than made up for it, as any one of us can see.

It seems to me that, after a few minor C&Ds from companies like, say, M&M/Mars in the first three ANS (which were obviously soon forgiven and forgotten), any and every product on the open market has been fair game for both Topps and Wackys from 2004 to this day.

Btw, JOJ, if you want more details on this subject, go to page 4 of this section (General Wacky Packages Discussion), look up the thread "What is the most parodied product among all Wackys?", go to pg. 2 and read both Reply #67 and 68 and then go to pg. 3 and read Reply #71. They should give you all the information you need.
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Offline JailOJohn

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Re: No Reprint Love
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2024, 08:33:53 PM »
Okay, thank you for the info…I see the posts about the cease and desist orders…So its not really that. Maybe its random or someone really doesn’t like these titles. I love the artwork on Argh and Snatch-A/Pak is a classic childhood product…It is also one of the few multi-pack Wackys with multiple gags…(like cracked animals…)
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Offline Swiski

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Re: No Reprint Love
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2024, 08:30:24 AM »
IMO, the best reprints of Wackies are in the two Abrams books! Where possible, they scanned the actual artwork, where you can see each and every paint brush stroke. I know I'm beating a dead horse, but I really wish Abrams would complete these books with the missing vintage series!!

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Re: No Reprint Love
« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2024, 08:35:07 AM »
Why not just enjoy the originals?
Or yes they could reprint them on cardboard, no sticker no diecut solid black boarders
And throw an ad on the back. Yay!

Don't forget at least seven different color borders and a few different backs!

Offline RawGoo

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Re: No Reprint Love
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2024, 08:46:22 AM »
IMO, the best reprints of Wackies are in the two Abrams books! Where possible, they scanned the actual artwork, where you can see each and every paint brush stroke. I know I'm beating a dead horse, but I really wish Abrams would complete these books with the missing vintage series!!

I also loved the calendar!  And I found two sealed copies in my office/spare bedroom. 

But, weren't series 3 titles done in the Chrome set?  I have made such a mess here that I can't find that at all right now, and it is a whole binder...........

Offline mikecho

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Re: No Reprint Love
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2024, 09:33:59 AM »
I also loved the calendar!  And I found two sealed copies in my office/spare bedroom. 

But, weren't series 3 titles done in the Chrome set?  I have made such a mess here that I can't find that at all right now, and it is a whole binder...........
Yes, Pat, the 3rd Series was done in Chrome.

Offline JailOJohn

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Re: No Reprint Love
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2024, 10:52:50 AM »
True, but weren’t the chrome series CARDS rather than stickers?

Offline MoldRush

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Re: No Reprint Love
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2024, 04:27:57 PM »
True, but weren’t the chrome series CARDS rather than stickers?
It was right around the time that Chrome came out that I misplaced the magnetic sheeting I’d been using to make homemade magnets, so I never got around to trying with the Chrome.  But if it’s true that they’re cards and not stickers, I guess I’m glad I misplaced the magnetic sheets.  I would have been nothing short of enraged!

To the point of the thread, I share the frustration of certain titles being ignored in reprints.  Chrome taught us that Topps can reprint every title if they want to, they just don’t want to.  Why that is, I have no idea.  If I had my druthers, I’d like to see a few more flashback sets covering the rest of the as-yet unreprinted (if that’s a word) titles, kiss-cut so they can be stuck, and then turn the page on OS reprints.

Offline mikecho

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Re: No Reprint Love
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2024, 05:03:17 PM »
IMO, the best reprints of Wackies are in the two Abrams books! Where possible, they scanned the actual artwork, where you can see each and every paint brush stroke. I know I'm beating a dead horse, but I really wish Abrams would complete these books with the missing vintage series!!
I couldn't agree with you more! I only wish they could've done a third book and both finished off the OS run and included both the 1985 Series and the 1991 Series in it, or if they couldn't have done that, they should've divided the OS run equally in half (the 1st Series to the 8th Series in the first book and the 9th Series to the 16th Series in the second book). Definitely a missed opportunity in both cases.

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Re: No Reprint Love
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2024, 05:10:19 PM »
It was right around the time that Chrome came out that I misplaced the magnetic sheeting I’d been using to make homemade magnets, so I never got around to trying with the Chrome.  But if it’s true that they’re cards and not stickers, I guess I’m glad I misplaced the magnetic sheets.  I would have been nothing short of enraged!
I believe it was Rabid Shaver that discovered that you can peel (pull) the chrome off the card. Once peeled, the chrome layer is rather flimsy and the Wacky can easily be cut to shape. Use magnet sheets with adhesive, and you've got a set of chrome Wackys for the fridge!

Offline Plastered Peanut

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Re: No Reprint Love
« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2024, 09:43:08 PM »
Why not just enjoy the originals?
Or yes they could reprint them on cardboard, no sticker no diecut solid black boarders
And throw an ad on the back. Yay!

Well said!!!   Thanks, Chipereno.
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