Monday, June 9, 2008

RATE IT! Wacky Packages

Showing my age here...but I love this new book so much, I don't care! In the 1970s and 1980s, The Topps Company out of NYC, added to its catalogue of baseball and hockey cards, with a set of clever stickers called Wacky Packages that poked fun at everyday household & consumer brands. Toothpaste Crest, became Crust and featured a cartoon rendition of a man with teeth that only Austin Powers could love. Sugary Captain Crunch breakfast cereal was altered to Cap'n get the picture! As a kid, these parody stickers were a must-have and just as other kids would be fighting each other to collect the illusive rookie card for that season's hockey phenom, my group would be spending our allowance on Wacky Packages trying to obtain Jail-o (Jello) or Kook-Aid (Kool-Aid, but of course!). Now, a recently released book organizes the earliest of Wacky Packages and lays them out in a fun-filled tome of nostalgia, complete in a dust cover made out of the same waxy paper that the Wacky Packages came in. Pure genius!

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