For the 35th Anniversary of Wacky Packs, The Topps Company and Harry N. Abrams published a fun book that is designed beautifully. I bought the book purely based on the cover and curiosity. The book was shrinkwrapped---and at the time I wasn’t familiar with the pop culture icon, Wacky Packs. I’m very happy I took the chance with this one.
The look and feel of the dust jacket resembles the original wax paper used for Wacky Packs. Art Spiegelman, an original artist for the stickers, wrote the foreword “Wacky Days.” The book is a nice size, almost 250 pages (233 Wacky Pack stickers are shown in 4-color) with approx a 5 x 7 trim.
The designer of the book is Neil Egan.
“Wacky Packages—a series of collectible stickers featuring parodies of consumer products and well-known brands and packaging—were first produced by the Topps company in 1967, then revived in 1973 for a highly successful run. In fact, for the first two years they were published, Wacky Packages were the only Topps product to achieve higher sales than their flagship line of baseball cards. The series has been relaunched several times over the years, most recently to great success in 2007.
Known affectionately among collectors as “Wacky Packs,” with artist Art Spiegelman, as a key creative force, the stickers were illustrated by such notable comics artists as Kim Deitch, Bill Griffith, Jay Lynch, and Norm Saunders.
This first-ever collection of Series One through Series Seven celebrates the 35th anniversary of Wacky Packages and is sure to amuse collectors and fans young and old. “Includes interview with Art Spiegelman and bonus pack of four rare and never-before-printed Wacky Packages stickers.” ” –from publisher Abrams
For a quick and easy history of Wacky Packs, there was a segment on a Food Networks Unwrapped episode: