Best Wacky Packages

Earl Hamilton
• Friday, 08 January, 2021
• 6 min read

But if it weren’t for those time honored comedic staples, the world would be deprived of the existence of such laughgetters as WackyPackages. Also known as Wacky Packs, Tops’ venerable card line has been around since the very first stickers appeared back in 1967.

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Their popularity has ebbed and flowed throughout the decades, but the endless desire to stick it to the Don Drapers of the world has made WackyPackages a consistent source of advertising satire. There have been hundreds of the cards over the years, and except some early entries that decried hippies and made draft-dodging jokes most WackyPackages have stood the test of time.

In an effort to remain hip, cards released since the 2004 relaunch of the line have spoofed everything from men’s hair dye to file-sharing. Not that kids collecting the things care about timeliness, they just like the funny names of the fake products and the occasional gross picture.

The WackyPackages line attempted to go back to the Hawaiian Punch well in the 1980s with a punk rock-themed updating of this card. There are two things about this Spam spoof that exemplify the care that was put into the early WackyPackages cards: The teeth flying from the kids mouth in a manner that defies physics and the fact that the demonic mother is still civilized enough to wear pearls.

Although not especially funny, this card is worthy of appearing on this list because it would actually be a great toy for monster-loving kids everywhere. ? To quote Homer Simpson before he got amazingly lame, “its funny because it’s true.” Sometimes it’s a bitch getting plastic wrap to cooperate with you.

It’s nice to see that Jaws was such a pop culture juggernaut that it even merited its own Wacky Pack. Having played way too much Candy Land while growing up I can say that being sloshed out of my prepubescent mind on brandy would have made the game way more tolerable.

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Unfortunately, the closest we ever got to this snack euphoria was back in 1998 when Nabisco released their short-lived Universal Monsters Cookies. “Rubbish in Disguise” is also a perfect three-word review of Michael Bay’s Transformers flicks.

The Harryhausean monster and some amazing illustration work on the vitamins themselves allow this 1974 entry to creep its way into the top 10. Hostage crises were so commonplace back in 1973 that they became comedic fodder for kids’ trading cards.

This Hostess spoof is a both a reminder of how grim the ’70s were and a prime example of how delightfully subversive WackyPackages could be. Except the Jack Links Sasquatch Big Stick beef jerky, there are no Bigfoot-related foodstuffs on the market today.

This Yeti WIP card doesn’t exactly fill the hominid-shaped hole in my hungry heart, but it’s a start. Highlighted by a re-envisioning of the iconic cereal box and featuring a painting of an addled Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch, this card caught the eye of kids and helped the Wacky become schoolyard status symbols across the country.

This card is so popular that it has been made into a miniature cereal box that you can buy from Tops’ website (it comes in a three-pack with Tries and Rookie Crisp, natch). Goofy and colorful, this is the greatest entry point for anyone looking to enter the weird and wondrous world of WackyPackages.

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Similar to Garbage Pail Kids, Tops releases online-exclusive sets throughout the year. Check often back for updates on new sets, final print runs for earlier releases, and more.

2021 Tops WackyPackages Monthly Series promises a steady flow of new cards throughout the year. Instead of a small batch of new cards every week, now things are going bigger but less frequently.

Each monthly set can stand on its own or collectors can look at it as a bigger project spanning the entire year. Wonky Packages, refreshed art with classic gags, return at a rate of four per month.

1 Flub 2 Therefore 3 Hamburger Belcher 4 Can’t Tell’s Soup 5 Poofs 6 But Kat 7 Fez 8 Squat ch Tape 9 Snack Puck 10 Just for Hens 11 Roles 12 LOB 13 Uncut tables 14 Sup 15 Big Pulp 16 Cranky Land 17 Free Wiz 18 Escher Sketch 19 This 20 G-EEK Bulbs Checklist A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards.

He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Java cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). I grew up buying WackyPackages trading card gum stickers and I are putting them all over my notebooks and dresser.

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There have been hundreds of them made over the years and there has even been a resurgence of interest in them with the Tops company putting out collections and books and new stickers! So, I almost couldn't believe it when I saw Nestle's daringly humorous move to temporarily change their best-selling candy bar packaging for a novelty Halloween theme. Below are some other candy bar related wacky package stickers Tops put out.

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