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- Timeline: This is the legendary 1st series that came out in Spring (most likely March) of 1973.
- There are 30 titles.
- Although this series is known as "the 1st series", all 30 titles had already been released as die-cuts in 1967/8. The 1967/8 die-cut series was not greatly successful however, while the re-release in 1973 was phenomenally successful, so consequently most people think Wackys were born in 1973, however they were already 5 or 6 years old at the time. Perhaps the peel-and-stick format made the difference (die-cuts were punch-and-lick), or perhaps it was just more in the air come 1973. Whatever the reason, this is the series that put Wacky Packages on the map.
- The Artists: Art Spiegelman conceived the jokes and drew the roughs for this series, Norm Saunders (primarily) did the final paintings.
- Packs: Packs came with
- Checklists/Puzzle: There are nine different checklist backs which come together to form a Gadzooka puzzle.
- There is a typo on the checklist, "Jail-O Desert" should be "Jail-O Dessert".
- The Box: The box was purple and held 48 packs.
- A never opened full 1st series box has always been one of the holy grails of the hobby. Very few ever turned up.
- A full box did arise November of 2020, when somebody turned up with "several," the first of which sold on Heritage for $49,200.
- The Sheet: This series is notable among Topps regular series in how some of the stickers appeared only once on the sheet while others appeared as many as six times.
- Back Variations: Due to their immense popularity, Topps went into a printing frenzy, and soon they had run out of white back sticker stock. They proceeded to use anything else they could find, and as a result there are four different 1st series backs. All but the white backs were printed near the end of the run and so are rare.
- Reprints: Most of the 1st series titles were re-released in other series.
- Only Maddie-Boy and Skimpy were never reprinted.
- Some are difficult to distinguish from the originals, sometimes only the die-cut can distinguish them