Wacky Packages

1979-1980 Reprints / Reissues


The four reissue series of 1979/1980 were the third generation of wacky packages.  Topps kept the franchise alive by releasing sets every few years, but the main ones -- 1967, 1973, 1979, 1985, & 1991 -- were all 6 years apart.  This allowed each series to meet with a new wave of kids ages 7 to 13.

Being a child of the 1973 wackys, I was 15 when the 1979's came out.  I found them in a little store next to my high school, and though shocked at the 20 cent price, I still bought all the remaining packs and took home the box.  To say the least, I was a bit disheartened to find that they were reprints of the older wackys.  I expect that this feeling may also have hit the early 1967 die cut buyers, when they found the 1st series of 1973 to be reprints.  Needless to say, I never finished the set, but I did buy enough of the 2nd reissues to complete the puzzle on the back.  I had saved all my wackys from childhood, though many were stuck in notebooks, but I didn't save the original puzzles.  So the reissues served that purpose for me.

I never saw the 3rd or 4th reprint series in stores.  If I had, I definitely would have been more interested, since they included copies of the elusive 16th Series , which did not sell in my area.  For years, 1973 collectors have treated the reissues like the red-headed step-child of wackydom, but for many kids, these were the first wacky packages they ever saw.  Now as these "kids" approach the age of 40, the reprint series is gaining more respect.

Before releasing these reprints, Topps put out a small Test Set using titles from the old 1st and 2nd series.  Apparently it did well, and the go-ahead was given for three reprint series.  Planning for the 4th and an unpublished 5th Series began at the end of 1979, after stickers were in stores and sales figures proved interest from consumers.

Finding titles from the Original Series was not as easy as it sounds.  Many companies had sent "cease and desist" letters to Topps over the years, ordering them to quit spoofing their products.  As you can see on the C&D Sheets, a lot of the most popular wackys were off-limits.  Of course, this does not excuse the lame design of the display boxes, where none of the lovable wacky characters are visible.  (I also discussed this problem in the UK Series.)

Each of the four series contained 66 titles, which were numbered consecutively from #1 to #264 on the front of each sticker (see titles below).  The backs were utilized for the first time, donning either a checklist or puzzle piece.  The 1979 1st Reissue Series contains wackys from the original 1st through 7th series of 1973.  Oddly, they are also numbered in order of original series, except for one.  It would seem that a title from the original 4th or 5th was pulled and replaced with #41 Blast Blew Ribbon (from 7th Series) before production began.

The 1979 2nd Reissue Series is the rarest of the four reprint sets, and the order of titles continued in a similar fashion (sort of).  The first seventeen wackys were taken from the original 8th Series, then the rest are in order from the 1st to 7th series.  Again, there is one exception, #104 Windstun Cigarettes from the old 9th Series seems to have been taken from the next (3rd) reissue series to replace a dropped title from the old 3rd or 4th.

As the earlier reprints were probably made using the original art negatives, the images in the 1980 3rd Reissue Series are a bit fuzzy.  I guess one of the Oompa Loompas at Topps had lost the key to the vault, because rather than using old negatives, or re-photographing the art, they photographed old stickers to make this set.  Once more, we have the checklist pattern starting at the old 10th through the 16th for the beginning half of the set with only #150 Stingline (15th) out of place between the 11th and 12th series.  The rest of the set repeats the order, but the last five titles are out of sync.

The final 1980 4th Reissue Series is listed alphabetically on the checklist and the uncut sheet, making it impossible to decipher its secrets.  But they did re-photograph the original art.  We can see that #245 Murial Blands Cigars has the text "Now You Can Have A Breath Like A Man".  The extra "A" was removed on the negative for the 7th Series Murial Blands Sticker, but not on the art itself.  This series has the only new title -- #235 Ice Krunkles, which was dropped from the old 12th Series.

The checklists for all four sets have mistakes in them.  Hopefully by now, you realize that most modern day wacky collectors know more about wacky packages than any of the laboring Oompa Loompas at Topps ever wanted to know.  Here are a few examples of the mistakes --

#68 Lipoff Cup A Soup  should be  Lipoff Cup-A-Slop
#38 Moonshine Hydrox  should be  Moonshine Hyde's Rox
#20 Gyppy Popcorn  should be  Gyppy Pop Popcorn

Hydrox is probably the biggest goof here, as that is the name of the actual product and not the wacky.  But whether or not it was noticed, it was never fixed.

There were also seven repeats of repeats.  You can see by the list below, that the worker Loompa used a few different names when he called out the titles for the head Oompa to cross-reference against previous checklists.

#59 Sunstroke  =  #220 Creature Crackers
#30 Rice-A-Phony  =  #101 Rice-A-Phoni
#32 Fright Guard  =  #238 Killette Fright Guard
#57 Ditch Boy  =  #222 Ditch Boy Paint
#98 Wheez-It Crackers  =  #243 Moonshine Wheez-it
#103 Choke King  =  #216 Choke King Chop Sticks
#19 Blunder Bread  =  #209 Blunder Bread

Looking at these, I can't really fault the little guy.  They look like unintentional mistakes except for Blunder Bread.  Was it really a blunder, or done on purpose?  The titles below are taken directly from the checklists, mistakes and all, so we can enjoy the reissues in their purest form.

1979 Reprint Series 1

1979 Reprint Series 2

1980 Reprint Series 3 1980 Reprint Series 4
1 - Camals
2 - Mrs. Klean
3 - Chock Full of Bolts
4 - Vicejoy
5 - Liptorn
6 - Hostage Cupcakes
7 - Tied
8 - Crust
9 - Gadzooka
10 - Botch Tape
11 - Plastered Peanuts
12 - Ultra Blight
13 - Ditch Masters
14 - Gloom
15 - Schtick
16 - Boo Hoo
17 - Fish Bone
18 - Vile
19 - Blunder Bread
20 - Gyppy Popcorn
21 - Ajerx
22 - Lucky Stride
23 - Rabid Shave
24 - Koduck
25 - Crakola
26 - Neveready
27 - Hurtz
28 - Hawaiian Punks
29 - Drowny
30 - Rice-A-Phony
31 - Busted Finger
32 - Fright Guard
33 - Rinkled Wrap
34 - Chef Girl-Ar-Dee
35 - Dampers
36 - Armor
37 - Land O Quakes
38 - Moonshine Hydrox
39 - Raw Goo
40 - Wormy Packages
41 - Blast Blew Ribbon
42 - Smith Sisters
43 - Head & Boulders
44 - Slay-Tex
45 - Shots
46 - Shot Wheels
47 - Ha Ha Crackers
48 - Piwi
49 - Peter Pain
50 - Sugar Daffy
51 - Generally Demented
52 - Goonmans
53 - Baby Runt
54 - Footsie Roll
55 - Bit O'Money
56 - Blisterine
57 - Ditch Boy
58 - Medi-Quak
59 - Sunstroke
60 - Top Slob
61 - Contrac
62 - My-T-Fink
63 - Dums
64 - Slopicana
65 - Feetena
66 - Logg's
67 - Scary-Lee Cake
68 - Lipoff Cup A Soup
69 - Daffy Baking Powder

70 - Hopeless Snowballs
71 - Mop & Glop
72 - Suffertone
73 - Ivery Snow
74 - Paid Killers
75 - Canadian Clod
76 - Hostile Thinkies
77 - Hardly Wrap
78 - Yicks Cough Drops
79 - Cheep
80 - Kleenaxe Tissues
81 - Scorch Mouthwash
82 - Smoocher's Jam
83 - Rolaches

84 - Horrid
85 - Duzn't
86 - Spraynit
87 - Lavirus
88 - Mutt's Apple Juice
89 - Sailem Cigarettes
90 - Kook Cigarettes

91 - Nertz Mints
92 - Blecch Shampoo
93 - Chicken Fat
94 - Commie Cleanser
95 - Brittle
96 - Raw Leaves
97 - No-Tips
98 - Wheez-It Crackers
99 - Sledge
100 - Sweathard Soap
101 - Rice-A-Phoni
102 - Motorzola
103 - Choke King
104 - Windstun Cigarettes
105 - Grass Wax
106 - Escuire Foot Polish
107 - Bald
108 - Swiss Mess
109 - Jerky Fruits
110 - Big Baddy
111 - Krazy Crackers
112 - Muleburro
113 - Clank
114 - White Fowl
115 - Secrets
116 - Glutton
117 - Cram
118 - Chumps
119 - Moobelline
120 - Old Spit
121 - Achoo
122 - Tijuana Smells
123 - Eviltime
124 - Airraid
125 - Snarlamint
126 - Broomo Seltzer
127 - Virginia Slums
128 - Clammy
129 - My Sink
130 - Oh Hairy!
131 - Belch's Jelly
132 - Sorry Wrap
133 - Czechlets
134 - Cents
135 - Ivy Soap
136 - Killy Putty
137 - Raggedy Ant
138 - Clunky
139 - Scary Jane

140 - Mold Power
141 - Heavy Trash Bags
142 - Life Servers
143 - Casket
144 - Tic Toc
145 - Mud Magazine
146 - National Geografink
147 - Fib
148 - Seventon
149 - Stinkertoy
150 - Stingline
151 - Barman
152 - Pollydent
153 - Weak Germ
154 - Flare
155 - Buz
156 - Toad
157 - Brandy Land
158 - Creep
159 - Mr. Mean
160 - Beastball
161 - Shorts Illustrated
162 - Screech
163 - Playskull
164 - Ale
165 - Sore
166 - Nooseweek
167 - Playbug
168 - Balding
169 - Fearasil
170 - Slayer Aspirin
171 - Irish Ring
172 - Mashbox
173 - Bandage
174 - Hamel
175 - Shingle's
176 - Copperbone
177 - Cracked
178 - Ram-a-liar
179 - Underworld Ham
180 - Hairy Lee
181 - Pepto Dismal
182 - Oscar Moron
183 - Robot Burns
184 - Duck and Hide
185 - Ape Green Beans
186 - Ain't
187 - Sell Em
188 - Duxie
189 - Cheap Stick
190 - Electric Slave
191 - Earth Bum
192 - Sufferin
193 - Ghoul Humor
194 - Hiccups
195 - Smartz 2 in 1
196 - Shock
197 - Progreaso
198 - Milk Muds
199 - Alpain Cereal
200 - Aquax Cleanser
201 - Arise Cream
202 - Bash Detergent
203 - Bawl Park Franks
204 - Beanball

205 - Bear Aspirin
206 - Big Banana Pen
207 - Bleed's Candy
208 - Blue Beanie Margarine
209 - Blunder Bread
210 - Blurine
211 - Brain Power
212 - Bug Wally
213 - Bum Bums
214 - Bum's Life Magazine
215 - Chaffed & Sunburn Coffee
216 - Choke King Chop Sticks
217 - Clubbed Canadian
218 - Comit Cleanser
219 - Cover Ghoul
220 - Creature Crackers
221 - Crocked Magazine
222 - Ditch Boy Paint
223 - Don't-Touch-Mee Tea
224 - Dud Laundry Soap
225 - Dynamites
226 - Famous Mobsters Mag.
227 - Fanatical Sickly Fiction
228 - Fibby's Juice
229 - Flunk Mushmallow
230 - Fool Guard
231 - Gulp Oil
232 - Gums
233 - Hag & Hag Tobacco
234 - Hazel Mishap Lipstuck
235 - Ice Krunkles Cereal
236 - Jerkens
237 - Jerkitol
238 - Killette Fright Guard
239 - King O'Scare Sardines
240 - Krummies Diapers
241 - Lova Soap
242 - Lox Soap
243 - Moonshine Wheez-it
244 - Moron Beef Pot Pie
245 - Murial Blands Cigars
246 - National Spittoon Mag.
247 - Oscar Mayor Baloney
248 - Paydough
249 - Promesso Sauce
250 - Prowl Shampoo
251 - Real Garbage Can-dy
252 - Ruden's Cough Drops
253 - Saparin Coffee
254 - Scare Deal Notebook
255 - Scoot Mouthwash
256 - Seven Spies
257 - Shrunken Donuts
258 - Siesta Crackers
259 - Slam Jim Snacks
260 - Stiffords Mucilage
261 - Sucker Twin
262 - Suspect Deodorant
263 - Windchester
264 - Yichs Sign-X Spray
1979 Reprint Series 1 1979 Reprint Series 2 1980 Reprint Series 3 1980 Reprint Series 4

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