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.