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.

The 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.

Top eBay Listings

1967 TOPPS WACKY PACKAGES WAX WRAPPER NM MT
$94.99

#16 Pure Hex Bleach PSA 5 rarest of all, TOPPS 1967 Wacky Packages 1st Series
$51.99

#34 Duzn't Do Nuthin' RARE PSA 5.5 TOPPS 1967 Wacky Packages RARE, 1st Series
$54.99

WACKY PACKAGES OLD SCHOOL 3 1967 COMPLETE TAN SET W CHECKLIST 11 STICKER CARDS
$14.97

WACKY PACKAGES OLD SCHOOL 3 1967 COMPLETE WHITE SET W CHECKLIST 11 STICKER CARDS
$39.97

WACKY PACKAGES OLD SCHOOL 3 1967 COMPLETE LUDLOW SET & CHECKLIST STICKER CARDS
$49.97

WACKY PACKAGES 1967 DIE-CUT #35 CANADA WET FINK PSA7 NM
$110.00

1967 Nutty Initials Sticker Tan Back FUDG by Topps Wacky Packages Era
$5.99

1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die Cut #20 GADZOOKA GUM PSA 8 NM-MT
$79.99

1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die Cut #12 CRUST TOOTHPASTE PSA 6 EX-MT
$10.50

1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die Cut #28 BREADCRUST CORNED BEEF HASH PSA 8 NM-MT(OC
$29.99

1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die Cut #2 FEARSTONE TIRES PSA 8 NM-MT (MC)
$19.99

1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die Cut #18 SCHMUTZ BEER PSA 8 NM-MT LOW POP
$99.99

1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die Cut #32 WEAKIES PSA 8 NM-MT (OC)
$29.99

1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die Cut #3 VICEJOY CIGARETTES PSA 7 NM (MC)
$9.99

1967 Topps Wacky Packages Die Cut #7 SPRAY NIT PSA 6 EX-MT
$9.99
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His 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 and can be found onGoogle+.

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