Flashback Product of the Week: 1966 Topps Monster Laffs

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Continuing the horror theme for October, this week its going to be 1966 Topps Monster Laffs.  This is another 66-card set that contains black-and-white still images from cheaply made “B” movies.  Beneath the picture you’ll find a smart-ass remark, and on the back a joke.  Some are funny while others are just right out dumb.  What strikes me the most about this product aren’t the cards, but the box they came in.

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This is the actual box the 36 cello packs were distributed in.  It has to be the most generic box design in all of trading card history.  It doesn’t give you a single hint as to what type of cards are inside.  You would think a product containing monsters and aliens would have some nice looking box art, but no.  Of all the jokes in this set, I think the box is the biggest one.  Its not like boxes at the time didn’t have artwork, because they clearly did.  I’m not saying this design couldn’t work.  But at least put a monster on the side of the box looking as if its going to attack little Johnny or something.  Way too generic.

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