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Monstickers Puffy Stickers! Monster Puffy Stickers From 1979 By Topps!
by: -RoG-

Monstickers are awesome. Released in 1979 by the Topps company, these are among my all-time favorite puffy stickers, featuring the brilliant artwork of Norman Saunders and Wally Wood. They're actually a re-release of the original Topps "Ugly Stickers" set from 1965, only they added some more monsters to the bunch... and made them puffy. If you grew up in the eighties, there's simply no way you didn't own puffy stickers, and these are easily some of the best. Incredibly creative monster creations - some hideous, some hilarious - you couldn't help but want to add all of them to your Halloween collection.

Problem is, they only came out in packs of three, so you had to buy a lot of them to complete the full 68 sticker set. Naturally, you got a lot of doubles and/or color variants along the way, but it was never a problem finding a place to stick an extra monster. Of course, back then that wasn't too much of a problem since they only cost 25 cent per pack - a price any kid who bought toys and stickers from grocery store vending machines was very comfortable with.

Another problem was that most kids (myself included) stuck them on their books, cabinets, Trapper Keepers, cabinets, and just about any other location we deemed to be Monsticker-worthy. Hell, the box itself even encouraged us to stick them on our bikes!

Topps Monstickers box circa 1979

As you can imagine, since these weren't technically trading cards and we stuck them everywhere, many Monstickers were lost over the years, so now they're a bit harder to find and some auctioneers have been trying to sell single packs for outrageous prices. Well, completing a set isn't something I've accomplished yet, but I'm working on it and keeping my eyes peeled for the Monstickers I'm missing. I have 39 so far, so I'm more than halfway there. While it'll still probably take me quite a while to complete my set, I thought I would scan in of all the Monstickers that I do have for your viewing pleasure.

So without further delay, I present you with close-up scans of my Monstickers collection:


Number 3 - Lynn


Number 4 - Tom


Number 5 - Carol


Number 6 - Cathy


Number 7 - Charlie


Number 8 - Bill


Number 9 - Vicki


Number 10 - Jessica


Number 11 - Don


Number 12 - Justin


Number 13 - Amanda


Number 14 - Jerry


Number 15 - Susan


Number 16 - John


Number 17 - Scott


Number 18 - Betty


Number 19 - Shaun


Number 20 - Derek


Number 21 - Michael


Number 22 - Sally


Number 23 - Chris


Number 27 - Ronnie


Number 29 - Richard


Number 30 - Beth


Number 31 - Sarah


Number 32 - Jason


Number 33 - Bob


Number 34 - Karen


Number 36 - David


Number 37 - Joanne


Number 39 - Nancy


Number 41 - Jack


Number 42 - Len


Number 44 - Kathy


Number 60 - Kim


Number 62 - Jim


Number 63 - Anne


Number 65 - Lisa


Number 67 - Mary

Given their "puffy" nature, they don't always scan perfectly, so I'm also including a photograph
of all my stickers attached to their original strips since some of these scans don't do them justice.
Click below for a high-res photograph of my current Monstickers collection so you can see what the sticker strips look like:

My 1979 Topps Monstickers collection!
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And that pretty much does it for my Monstickers. I hope you've enjoyed taking a look at them, because the artwork is truly great and only rivaled by Monster Initials stickers if you ask me. As I said before, I'm still trying to complete my collection, but I'm not about to spend a ton of money in order to do so. Just as the monsters on these puffy stickers wait to bathe in your blood or eat your eyeballs or do something equally gross, I'll wait for the right price on the remaining stickers. Whenever I track down some more, I'll be sure to add them to this page so you can check 'em out. In the meantime, be sure to drop a comment below and share your thoughts on the fantastic artwork seen in Monstickers and lemme know if any creatures in particular are your favorite. Personally, I'm leaning towards Shaun (#19) since he's discovered a way to play ping-pong with himself, and that's pretty damn impressive considering he's a twisted mutation. Justin (#12) comes in a close second for figuring out the absolute best use for a toilet plunger.

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Reader Comments

Slacking Enthusiast
Sep 26th, 2012, 07:05 AM
I think Jim (#62) deserves an honorable mention, because no matter what the other monsters might say he has all the right to be a pretty princess if he wants to.
Forum Virgin
Sep 26th, 2012, 11:15 AM
I gotta go with #42 Len..I can see him blown up huge on a t-shirt...then again that goes for a lot of these. Awesome collection dude, I'll certainly keep an eyeball out for these!
Comic Artist in Training
Sep 26th, 2012, 11:45 AM
Okay, those are just plain freakish. They look like they were drawn by that person behind Rat Fink.
You'll thank me later...
Sep 26th, 2012, 04:37 PM
I gotta go with Scott (17), seems like he'd make a great house pet. You have to wonder about those names though, are those perhaps the translations from the demon tongue?
teacup of sunshine
Sep 26th, 2012, 08:51 PM
I love that they all have such commonplace, beige, 70s names.
Forum Virgin
Sep 26th, 2012, 09:53 PM
Lisa (#62) looks like she would be right at home on the cover Kreator's "Coma of Souls
" album.
Member
Sep 27th, 2012, 05:12 AM
Those are fantastic! They remind me of Nickelodeon's Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. I need a set of my own. I would place them randomly throughout my house just to catch my guest of guard. How freaked out would you be if you lifted up the toilet seat and saw No. 42.
Forum Virgin
Sep 27th, 2012, 10:54 AM
Possibly even more freaked out then if I lifted up the seat and saw No.1 or No.2!!!
Still cold
Sep 27th, 2012, 10:04 PM
Amazing stuff! Thanks for sharing. "SLUG" pogs would be the closest thing I had to these as a kid.
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