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The Wacky Packages brand has long been a staple for set collectors. While recent years have brought on sketch cards and other hits, they've been relatively tough to find and not a major focus. 2013 Topps Wacky Packages All-New Series 10 adds to the collectibility, for those who want something more than a base set and inserts, but introducing new Collector Edition packs and boxes. They have fewer cards per pack and a higher price tag. The trade off is more hits and several exclusive inserts.
Rather than the ten cards each regular hobby pack has, Collector Edition packs have just six. The price per pack also doubles. However, Collector packs are loaded with inserts, cutting a lot of the base cards out of the equation. Each pack has both a Red and a Black parallel.
Going back to its origins, Collector packs introduce a pair of Ludlow parallels that have different backs. The concept of retro back variations has been popular in sports card products like Allen & Ginter for years. Ludlow Commemorative Black cards fall one per 2013 Topps Wacky Packages All-New Series 10 Collector Edition Hobby box. Red backs are inserted one per case. Collector packs also have a Cloth Sticker parallel, which fall four per case.
Each of these amped up boxes comes with either a sketch card, Artist Autograph, Printing Plate or original Wacky Packages Buyback. Buybacks include an entire set of 30 Original Series 1 white back cards from 1973. Other than some limited edition online offerings, this is the first time a traditional Wacky Packages product has delivered a hit per box.
Shaped Sketch Cards include work from Brent Engstrom, Neil Camera, Sam Gambino, Matthew Kirscht, Mark Parisi, Mark Pingitore, Joe Simko and Colin Walton. Artist Autographs are signed versions of base cards. Signatures come from the card's original painter.
Commercial Star Autographs deliver signatures from several memorable faces. The checklist includes Matt Frewer (Max Headroom), John Gilchrist (Mikey from the Life Cereal commercials), Wendy Kaufman (the Snapple Lady), John Moschitta Jr. (Micro Machines) and Jimmy Nelson (a ventriloquist responsible for Danny O'Day and Farfel).
Additional exclusive inserts in Collector Hobby boxes include Lost Wacky (3 cards, one per case), Collector's Bonus Cards (8 cards, one per box) and over-sized Wacky Billboard box toppers (6 cards, one per box).