name: J. D.
Wow! Wacky Packages! They DO prompt fun memories from the mid 70s when many of the boys with whom I rode the bus to middle school collected them. It was interesting, but our bus loaded up at our midle school first and then rode over to the nearby high school to wait for it to release students so we could all ride home together. That was enough time for a few boys to stop at a SMALL store between the two and buy Wackies and Now and Laters for everyone before meeting us at the high school. Wackies adorned most of our notebooks and we loved them! I remember, though, that no one could ever find Tricks, so of course we all wanted it. Finally, however, one boy found it and he suddenly had to field pre-teen business offers for it. I do not recall what I offered him except that it was multiple Wackies, but he traded with me, so I had what was for us the rare card! Honestly, I have thought little of Wackies in the last 20 years, though it is amazing that when I use or see certain products�Liquid Plumber, Tang, Ragu, etc.�how the names come unbidden to me. Liquid Plumber will ALWAYS be Liquid Bomber! To bring this full circle, My wife, son, and I were camping near Anderson, South Carolina when I found a comic book store there and just wanted to check it out; that is one hobby that I never lost. As I was paying for my comics, I looked around the register, and there was a sight that caused the memories to flush over me�a box of Wacky Packages! I could not believe my eyes, and remarked to the girl working there about my surprise at seeing them. I did not buy any then, but thought about them more and more, and when I came home, decided to do a search on the Internet, which eventually led me to this site�which is itself unbelievable! so thorough and nicley done, it is clear that it is the product of many hours of work and love! The next day, I went to Target and bought some loose packs�no bonus box though, either there or at Wal-Mart as our local Wally does not sell trading cards out of fear of them being stolen�but I was able to put together the entire new set. My seven year old son, who was skeptical at first, even became smitten with them when I showed him Go-Dirt as he likes Go-Gurt! Seeing the look of understanding and joy when he realized the parody was cool. What more, as an English teacher, it is useful for me to teach him the concepts of parody and satire! Thanks for a great site and for helping those fun, old memories to resurface!
date: 9:38 am - Monday, July 5, 2004
I luv Crust toothpaste. I use it. I sexxx it. Crust for Life yo!!
Wacko Jacko is hott
date: 3:36 pm - Sunday, July 4, 2004
I told my 9 yo son about Wacky Packs a few weeks ago - the fad that I was really into when I was his age. He received his Boys Life magazine last week, and there they were! We just went to Target tonight and got a pack of the new ones. He loved them!! I'm glad they're back.
Thanks for the site. It brought back feelings from long ago - seeing the cards that I got. It's so funny how different they look now that I'm actually familiar with the products. LOL
Does anyone remember the gum that came with them that was as hard as a rock??!!
date: 10:52 pm - Saturday, July 3, 2004
name: John S
Yesterday I was cleaning out my old desk before I gave it to my son and I came across what's left of my collections of Wackys, I think I have 40 or 50 left from the early-mid 70s. I probably had 100s of them at one point, not counting the ones that we stuck everywhere when I was in elementary school. It got so bad that they were banned in school and on the school bus, I got a good paddling in 4th grade for violating the ban and GASP, having Wacky Packages in my possession (just to trade, of course, but teacher didn't buy it, come to think of it I guess teachers aren't as dumb as I thought). Ahhh, the days of some physical persuation to move your brains from you behind back up to where they belong. The discovery of my old Wacky Packies stirred a lot of fun memories. I still see my old 4th grade teacher from time to time, he's long retired and far crustier than he was 30 years ago, I think I'll stick a few on his car or his mailbox just for the heck of it, I think it will bring a grin to his face almost as big as the grin I have on my face right now.....
date: 11:01 am - Thursday, July 1, 2004
name: Kenny Woolley
This is my third entry to the guestbook here and I will tell you my family - Wacky Pack lookalikes for this series.Here they are:
Rocko(a teddy bear)-The Struggle Bear
Kenny -Lame Boy Broken Bone Kid
Ryan -The Anvil Guy
Alec -Dork Peppermint Potty Jerk
Mom - Error Lady
Dad - Fred Gravestone (The Gravestones)
date: 4:19 pm - Tuesday, June 29, 2004
name: Don Quinn
FINALLY! The last time I saw "Wacky Stickers" was back in 1980 when I was 10 years old. The local stores in Northwest,IN (near Chicago) stopped carrying them. I thought they were discontinued. Over the years I would every now and then check out the baseball card section in stores, but would always come up empty. A few days ago I was at Wal-Mart checking out and saw the card section. Needles to say I couldn't beleive my eyes!!! After 24yrs they were back! I didn't know what to do. I didn't have to ask mom for any money so I bought the whole box! It was better than Christmas opening the packs. lol
date: 4:08 am - Thursday, June 17, 2004
name: Kenny Woolley
I'm back but this time I have even more wackys than ever!!!!!I have cards
from this series and now I'm looking for old school wackys.
date: 5:58 pm - Monday, June 14, 2004
I bought these nifty cards and stickers mainly between 1973-1975. Loved 'Um! But when we would go to the small, mom&pop store where I lived to buy them, we called them "Wacky Packies". I always thought that was their name. Didn't recall it being referred to as Wacky Packages.
date: 5:13 pm - Monday, June 14, 2004
name: Allan Dodd
Where do I begin with Wacky Packs.. of course - first of all - THANKS, GREG, FOR THE GREAT SITE!.. ok, with that out of the way, I'll be 40 in a couple weeks, so I was a perfect 9 years old and in 3rd grade when I first came across WP's in 1973. I grew up and went to school in Long Beach, Calfornia, and didn't recall seeing these until I saw them in a drug store. Picked up a pack that had CAP'N CRUD and PUTRID CAT CHOW in it and I was hooked (God bless series 2!). From there, the memories just fly..
.. Once school started that year, an ice cream truck started pulling up alongside the park that stood across the street from my little elementary school. WP's were the highlite, and everybody - and I mean EVERYBODY, from 1st to 6th grade, made a mad dash for that ice-cream truck to get the latest wackys. The school got so concerned about this mad dash of kids crossing the street that the banned the ice-cream truck.. so he just stared pulling up on the OTHER side of the park across from the school. We found him ;).. so, kids now ran across the street AND through the park to get to the truck. The school finally gave up and let him pull up alongside the school so we wouldn't be risking getting ran over in our mad dash for Wacky Packages...
... that same year, I now have nightmares picturing the bookcovers on my books that year.. before the free bookcovers we got from Baskin-Robbins (you know the ones, with silly pictures representing each of the 31 flavors) were the cat's meow... but NOW, we all put those covers on backswards, with the white backside showing.. and PLASTERED them with Wacky Packages. How I (and everybody else in my classroom) wish I still had those that I put all over those bookcovers (or atleast had saved the bookcovers!)..
... later that year, my older sister and I cought a nasty case of strep throat and were genuinely, really sick instead of the typical 'sick' little kids stuff. After going to the doctor for pennicillin and prescriptions, we stopped off to get the prescriptions filled at a local pharmacy (remember those? Yes, Virginia.. there actually WERE pharmacies not named WALGREENS or REXALL once upon a time!). Mom felt sorry for us, and asked if we could find anything we'd like while waiting forever for the medicinal prescriptions to be filled. We found Wacky's, and must have done a good job of begging, as our mom bought an entire box for us to split. Upon getting home and tearing through them, we each got a complete set - of the until-then useen Series 4! We were back in school the next week, and we were the first kids to have Series 4! Oh, the trade offers (I remember one deal I didn't make - 5 Run Tony Shells for my 1 Gatorade from Series 4.. I wouldn't make the deal because I didn't have a duplicate, and absolutely LOVED the 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' on the sticker!)...
... by the next year, however, the buzz was gone, the ice cream truck didn't stop by anymore, and wacky's were all but forgotten. I stil found them here and there, a pack here and a pack there, but time marched on, girls got less icky, the tentacled, acid spewing monster that is Algebra found it's way into the majority of my previously-free time, and my golden era was no more. I found the 91 Wacky's, and was disgusted by what they had turned into. With the new series, however, I have hope for a renaissance! Some aren't so great, but some are brilliant, and quite a few would have fit well in the original classic run! Here's hoping Topps has a monster hit with these and continues the run for awhile! Though times have changed - this soon-to-be 40 year old IT specialist with a wife and 11 month old son turns into the same 9 year old kid with nothing more on his mind than these silly cards and what time 'Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man' or 'Ghidrah the 3-Headed Monster' is on this weekend, when I look at the few I've reaquired and take a trip back to those great little throwaway stickers. Let the other '2nd childhood' guys go chase after Ferrari's or girls half their age.. I'll stick with Wacky's - and thanks to home video, I'll watch the Wolfman and Ghidrah any time I feel like poppsing in the tape or DVD ;)
Peace, brothers and sisters!
date: 7:14 am - Monday, June 7, 2004
Wacky Packs are very new to me. My friend Logan (entry 338 down below)told me about wacky packs, now i'm starting like wacky packs. In the future I will like wacky packs even more.
date: 4:41 pm - Wednesday, June 2, 2004