Flashback Product of the Week: 1986 Cheap Toys with Crummy Candy Series 1

One of my favorite things to do when it comes to the Flashback Product of the Week posts is to go off the regular path and explore some really obscure products.  This is going to be one of those times.

When I think of pop-culture from the 80’s, a few things come to mind.  One thing that sticks out the most would have to be Garbage Pail Kids.  Garbage Pail Kids are basically Cabbage Patch Kids from hell.  They aren’t cute and cuddly.  Instead these little guys/girls are horrific, ugly, and down right insulting in some circumstances.  That’s what makes them so awesome.

Garbage Pail Kids aren’t limited to their 2-D cards and stickers.  They have a strong collector following when it comes to their toys.  In 1986, Topps decided to release Cheap Toys with Crummy Candy, which has to be the most straight forward product title in history.  I could see today’s card manufacturers putting names to their products that actually reflect whats inside, i.e. 2012 Lots Of Base Cards & One Plain Colored Relic Worth Little To What The Box Cost.  Boxes contained little green bags that had a candy wafer, (1) figure, and a checklist inside.  Series 1 has a ten characters – Leaky Lindsay, Double Heather, Brett Sweat, Muggin’ Megan, Alice Island, Adam Bomb, Crater Chris, Graffiti Petey, Thin Lynn, and Brainy Janey.  You would think a product such as this wouldn’t be too complicated.  They’re just cheap little figures.  How far in detail could they possible go?  That’s the wrong question to ask.

While doing research for this post, I came to the conclusion that this figure set is almost as complicated and diverse as the Old Judge tobacco cards.  What started with ten figures who each have four colors – blue, red, peach, and green, has exploded into hundreds of figures with different variations.  These variations include material the figures are made of, colors, copyright dates, and different distribution types.  The list goes on and on.  Its far from an easy set to complete.  Figures of the four basic colors are worth about $10.00 a piece, but than you come across a rare neon yellow version like the one pictured below and you can look to spend around $80.00.

Of the two Series that Topps released, I believe Series 1 is in higher demand.  Sealed boxes of Series 1 continue to sell for hundreds of dollars.

If you have any questions about Cheap Toys with Crummy Candy or Garbage Pail Kids in general, I highly recommend checking out geepeekay.com.

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1973 Topps Candy Lids

Over the years, Topps has issued some crazy products.  In 1973 they tested their Candy Lids with collectors, and it didn’t really amount to a lot.  The product was officially called Baseball Stars Bubble Gum.  Inside each tub were small bubble gum bites, and printed on the reverse side of the lid was an image of a baseball player.  The set consists of 55 different lids.  Being a test issue, it wasn’t distributed everywhere.  There are still some sealed tubs out there, although I wouldn’t suggest eating the gum.  Sellers are asking anywhere from $150.00 to $200.00 per tub.

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