Die-Cuts (1967)

This is the first set of Wacky Packages ever released. These are actually die-cut cards with paste on the back. You were supposed to wet the back and stick them on things. I'm sure they didn't work very good, so they were released as stickers in 1973.

There are 2 very rare cards in this set. Ratz Crackers and Cracked Animals were both pulled from production early on and replaced with reprints of Weakies and Cracked Jerk. If you look closely at the reprints, you can see that the dies were never replaced, so the die-cuts don't match very well with the new products. They usually sell for more than $2,000 each in nice shape. Besides Ratz Crackers and Cracked Animals, there are 12 other die-cuts that were not rereleased in the 1973 sticker set. They are numbers 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 23, 37, and 43. These titles demand a premium price because they are not available elsewhere (except Fearstone, which was rereleased in one of the album sticker sets). Most of them (all except 1, 11, and 14) were eventually pulled from production, but they were pulled much later than Ratz and Cracked. In fact, their replacements (which resulted in numerous repeated titles with number variations) are actually much harder to find in general. Some of these variations are much harder to find than others, so there is speculation that various titles were pulled and replaced at different stages of the printing process. Numbers 21b and 23b seem to be the most difficult to find. Please note that some of the variations reported in the Benjamin Guide (and elsewhere) were just miscuts that placed the wrong number on an adjacent card.

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