Wacky or Warhol? 1967 Wacky Packages Painting for Sale with $1 Million Asking Price

Wacky or Warhol? 1967 Wacky Packages Painting for Sale with $1 Million Asking Price

Few will argue that trading cards play an important role in pop culture history. So when an important piece of original trading card art comes up for sale, it can be a big deal. But is a piece of Wacky Packages art worth $1 million? That's what Topps is asking.

Band Ache Art 252x300 ImageThe card maker has listed a piece from the first set of Wacky Packages, which was released in 1967, with the massive asking price. The 5" x 7" original art is for the card Band-Ache, which parodies Johnson & Johnson Band-Aid Strips and the slogan from the time, "Keeps Skin Fresh." Further adding to the painting's prestige is that it was done by industry legend, Norm Saunders.

"Anyone who grew up in the '60s or '70s grew up with Norm Saunders. They just didn't know it," said current Topps artist, Neil Camera via press release. "Why he isn't a household name is one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of our day."

Since 1967, Wacky Packages have maintained their popularity. Not only are many of the earliest cards valuable on the secondary market, but the spoof brand continues to be made today.

What's worth noting here is that while Topps is asking $1 million, they're also accepting offers on the art. This means it can probably had for less. But don't expect it to go cheap.

In 2009, the original art for 1962 Topps Mars Attacks #1 The Invasion Begins, also by Saunders, sold at auction for $82,250. That's far from $1 million, but still impressive.

Topps has several other pieces of original Wacky Packages art available in their Topps Vault eBay store.

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1967 Wacky Packages SET with RARE variations WITHOUT Ratz and Cracked Animals
$1,770.30
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1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die-Cuts - Horrid #30 Ex-mint
$20.00
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Wacky Packages Die-Cuts Topps 1967 Wrapper 5x7 color photo
$9.00
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1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die-Cut Display Box 5x7 color photo
$9.00
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1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die Cut #21 Jolly Mean Giant RARE Variation!
$1,999.99
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1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die Cut #21 Maddie Boy RARE Variation!
$1,499.99
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1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die Cut #6 Grave Train RARE Variation!
$1,699.99
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1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die Cut #8 LAVIRUS, Graded PSA 7 Near Mint -- Tough!!
$79.95
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1967 Wacky Packages #37 Breadcrust Corned Beef Hash VARIATION
$22.99
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WACKY PACKAGES 1967 DIE CUT # 40 MUTTS PSA 7 NM SHARP!
$59.99
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WACKY PACKAGES OLD SCHOOL 3 MASTER SETS TAN WHITE LUDLOW BACK 1967 142 CARDS
$59.97
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1967 Topps Wacky Packs #13 KOOK-AID DIE-CUT PSA 6 EX MT Packages tough!
$79.99
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1967 –TOPPS – WACKY PACKAGE PACKAGES DIE CUT # 3
$29.99
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1967 –TOPPS –WACKY PACKAGE DIE CUT #16 PSA EX 5
$29.99
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VINTAGE WACKY PACKAGES WEAKIES # 17 DIE CUT 1967 TOPPS CARD ORIGINAL
$19.99
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VINTAGE WACKY PACKAGES GADZOOKA # 20 DIE CUT 1967 TOPPS CARD ORIGINAL
$19.99
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Ryan's collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection. Ryan can be found on Twitter @tradercracks and Google+.

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