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Shock Theater / Shocking Laffs (Test Issue) Topps - 1975 Shock Theatre / Shocking Laffs Topps Ireland - 1976
Notes: Packaging uses the "Shock" title but card backs are headed by the "Laffs" logo. The series was published as a test set in the USA in 1975 and as a full set in Ireland in 1976; cards are most easily distinguished by the copyright date. Several numbering and caption changes were made; the primary list below reflects the Ireland version, which almost always is the same as the cards in Proof versions sold through the Topps Vault. It has "tan/cream" card stock for backs versus the gray card stock on backs of the USA test version. The USA test set had two #17 cards and no #47, and this phenomenon was reversed for the Ireland set, which also had card-back variants for #40. Thanks to Jim Walls for the update! Kurt Kuersteiner wrote a fine article on some of the lore for this set, posted at the website of The Wrapper magazine.
Test Box: 36 packs. No. Caption [Topps Ireland cream back and Proof] Caption [USA Test Set gray back] 1 I can't understand why girls don't like me! But I ordered a vanilla shake! 2 Support Vampire Lib! I can't understand why girls don't like me! 3 My goodness! You've brainwashed him! [same] 4 I get the feeling the villagers don't like me! [same] 5 I think you've got a screw loose! [same] 6 Drac's snacks I cannot tell a lie - I chopped down the cherry tree! 7 I've got to cut down on my drinking! Doctor, will you please lend me a hand! 8 Beware of vampires! Nuts! Blew another fuse! 9 Dracula lives! At last! I've invented lemonade! 10 But all I asked for was a trim! [same] 11 I'm fed up with these cheap hotel rooms! I've had it with these cheap hotel rooms! 12 Counting bats really puts me to sleep! [same] 13 Welcome to the Monster Mash! Who took my baby powder! 14 Dear - your finger nails are a disgrace! Not tonight dear... I have a headache! 15 Who starched my cape? [same] 16 Can it be my breath? Hmmm... Dishpan hands! 17 * [number not used in Ireland Set] Pardon me Miss - I lost my contact lenses! 17 * [number not used in Ireland Set] It's the Heartbreak of psoriasis! 18 Care for a bite? [same] 19 The Count Dracula Society wants you! I've got a lot at stake! 20 You forgot to wash behind your ears again! [same] 21 Who said I have bad breath? I'm batty over you! 22 Only my dentist knows for sure! [same] 23 Sure doesn't taste like tomato juice! [same] 24 Down for The Count! Like my new charm necklace? 25 Dracula for Parliament! Don't be silly - I'm Jewish! 26 All this place needs is a good paint job! I sure got the point! 27 Quick - Get the eye drops! [same] 28 Presenting... The Transylvania Glee Club! [same] 29 Anybody lose a knitting needle? [same] 30 Who stole my hairspray? [same] 31 I travel by blood vessel! Does this mean we're pinned? 32 Look Ma - No fillings! Look Ma - No cavities! 33 What am I bid? Let me take a stab at it! 34 That was some wild party! [same] 35 Support your local vampire! Who forgot the marshmallows? 36 Harold, you're weird! Support your local blood bank! 37 Clean up your room before Father gets home! [same] 38 I'm the Big Wheel in this town! [same] 39 Wake up Dear - Breakfast's ready! [same] 40 * I'm just fang-tastic! [back variation: Buster] Hap-py Birth-day to you! [also Proof] 40 * [back variation: Irate Judge] 41 I'm just a big cry-baby! You've been biting your fingernails! 42 Waiter! The steak is too rare! [same] 43 He sure got the point! Yipes! What a scary dream! 44 Darling! You've got to stop cooking with garlic! [same] 45 I ordered "steak" - not "stake"! I have a thing for Bloody Marys! 46 But Honey... I used a mouthwash this morning! [same] 47 * Pardon me Miss - I lost my contact lenses! [number not used in USA Test Set] 47 * I have a real drinking problem! [number not used in USA Test Set] 48 I'm batty over you! Don't cook tonight... Call Monster Delight! 49 This should cure your hiccups! [same] 50 Equal rights for vampires! I'd say you had about a 15-1/2 neck! 51 [Proof only] I travel by blood vessel! Those TV doctors never had a case like this! Uncut Strip 02 (distributed separately) 26 All this place needs is a good paint job! 46 But Honey... I used a mouthwash this morning! 34 That was some wild party! Uncut Sheet (distributed separately) -- (blank back) Searchwords: jahoc, yr1975, yr1976, mfrTopps, catMedia©2012, 2017 Jeff Allender. Comments, updates, & corrections are welcomed!