Ninja Turtle Mello Smello Stickers

Last weekend while at the flea market, I found several packs of unopened Ninja Turtle stickers made by Mello Smello. Upon finding them, a singular thought traveled through my head, and it was this: yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss.

The lady was selling the stickers for a quarter a pack. It was a sign. It was clear. God told Noah to build the ark, and he told me to buy the lady out, and preserve the stickers forever on the Internet.

I’ve just been finding really awesome stuff at the flea market. Next weekend, maybe I’ll find the The Ark of the Covenant. The man who sells the six-gallon cans of kidney beans may have it for sale. The cans are there every week, and they’re really starting to freak me out. They’re rusted and corroding from sitting in the sun, and the metal is now a part of the beans. It’s just a detail I needed to get off my chest.

Alright. STICKERS.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Mello Smello was known for their scratch-and-sniff stickers. They were the Cadillacs of scratch-and-sniff stickers, and the look and style of the stickers was immediately recognizable. And of course there was the smell, which you fervently scratched and then held a quarter of an inch under your nose to breathe in the uncannily-reproduced scent of buttered popcorn or a root beer float.

But with these Mello Smello Ninja Turtle stickers, the concept of scratch-and-sniff is almost an afterthought. Some of the stickers included are scratch-and-sniff pizza, but the rest of them do not smell. Which is too bad, because I have always wondered what Krang smelled like. Perhaps like a corroded can of kidney beans.

I love how the pizza is depicted here in the stickers, rubbery and gooey. I know just what it smells like under the cellophane, too, because I remember these same stickers as a child. I used to smell the pizza stickers over and over. Whenever I needed something to do, I could pull out the doodle pad where I stuck all my stickers in neat little rows, and smell away to my heart’s content. Over time, the pizza area got fingernailed and faded, but I could always manage to scratch out a whiff.

I decided to find out if the pizza sticker still smelled. These stickers are twenty years old, but they had been well-preserved. I unwrapped the cellophane and held the sheet of stickers in my hand. The backing paper was firm and dry, not flimsy and glossy like modern sticker sheets. I scratched–and well, sniffed. Incredibly, the pizza was still odorous–musty and peppery, with a lot of oregano–the distinctive smell of pizza stickers, the same smell I have committed to memory.

For awhile today I sat at my desk and smelled the sticker at random intervals. I may do it again tomorrow, and the day after that. The Pizza Sticker That Smells is back in my life, and it is something to do.

Also, I love the sticker of the Ninja Turtles on the surfboard, which somehow combines all of my favorite things–surfing, pizza, Ninja Turtles, and stickers that smell like oregano. We’ll call that sticker the God Sticker. It is mine to privately worship.

Well as I said, I bought the lady out of every last pack of TMNT stickers she had been hoarding. Let’s take a look at my other awesome stickers.

Another variation of stickers were these metallic/reflective ones. Nice showing of Rocksteady and Bebop here. Also Donatello with an old man face in the first set.

The next two sets are Glow-in-the-Dark variety. I’m wondering about this first sticker of the Turtles looking woozy while playing with a rope. What the hell is going on?

The last set is awesome because it has Ace Duck and Casey Jones. I’m pretty sure that teeny tiny Ace Duck sticker is awesome enough to warrant its own cult following.

Okay now the Giveaway part. Since I have so many of these stickers, I thought I’d have the First Ever Official Surfing Pizza Contest. I have five extra sealed packs of these stickers, two of which contain the Ace Duck sticker, and the other three are the metallic ones.

If you want to be one of five winners, in which I will mail you a pack of these stickers for free, leave a comment below. In the comment, pick a number between 1 and 100. The five people who pick the closest to the number I’m thinking of win. Also, include in your comment how you found my blog, just because I’m curious. The contest ends July 14.

If you pick the exact number, I will include some extra mystery grand prize that might be total crap.

UPDATE – The contest has ended – congrats to the winners who picked closest to the number 58 (without going over; standard Price is Right rules.) Brickbats, TsarinaDott, Chigirl, SL, bnice2me.

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66 responses to “Ninja Turtle Mello Smello Stickers

  1. Be still my nostalgic beating heart….my guess is 85. I don’t remember how I found your blog, because I’ve been reading for quite some time now, but I thank my lucky stars every night I did. I’m not sucking up, I promise….but seriously.

  2. 13!

    I’m not sure how I found your blog, but it was probably from RTM.

  3. I found the site thru retweets. I love retro sites/blogs that reminisce about the time I grew up. I just wish i had found it sooner. I choose 33.

  4. 25!!! and i found this blog as a recommendation in google reader :)

  5. Okay – my number is 88. I found your site from someone else who linked to you – unfortunately it was so long ago, I honestly don’t remember. However, if I DO win – I live in Honduras – you willing to ship them my way?!

  6. My guess is 42. You somehow found me and twitter and followed me, I checked out your site from that and enjoyed it.

  7. 69 duuuuuude!

    Love em.

    Btw, we’re twit buds.

  8. Ohcrapohcrap these are too freakin’ awesome.

    I choose 21, dude.

    • I managed to forget something in my drunken excitement last night.

      A friend of mine introduced me to here, and I found it hilarious, so I stayed.

      • I’m just honored that people would read my blog drunk. I hope you weren’t joking.

        • Well, I read as best as I could; saw that the Turtles were involved, so I had to give it a try, haha.

          If I’m awake late at night, I’m probably drunk. So you have at least one drunk reader. Cheers!

  9. Hnnn, I’m gonna go with 52, because it’s a pretty alright number in my book.

    And tbh I found you through twitter. Thankfully. :3

  10. Bah! Chud stole my go-to number in these guessing games! I’ll go with #1.

    You became my Twitter friend. I thought your name was badass, so I checked out the site and spent a day reading through the hilarious articles instead of paying attention at a certification class.

  11. I’ll go with 70.

    I don’t remember how I found your blog, but I’m guessing it was Twitter.

    And wow I can’t believe Ace Duck exists in sticker form. That kind of blows my mind.

  12. OH man… I hate large range number guessing…

    – 39

    And, I’m sure I found this blog through Twitter. I think.

  13. My guess is 18.

    My brother forwarded me the link to your article about the Nintendo Scratch games and I’ve been a member since. I love retro things. And randomness.

  14. i’m going with 30

    i’m not sure how i found your site. it’s been a while. i’m sure i was googling “awesome stuff” or something like that.

    keep up the good work.

  15. I’ll go with 16.

    I’m pretty sure that finding your site involved Twitter and lots and lots of wine, but I don’t remember the details……

  16. 23

    I found you through twitter.

    @theronin23 there

  17. I’ll choose 27.

    I think I actually found this site while I was off work sick a few months ago and ended up google-ing ninja turtle toys or something like that, and I’ve been following ever since.

  18. 72.

    Keep up the great work Pizza, this is one of my favorite sites. Not sure how I found it, but I am assuming it involved a google search for pizza and useless crap. Not to say that your site is useless crap, but… oh nevermind.

  19. 47

    and I think you were linked to by BoingBoing a while back…

  20. Nice find. I never find vintage stickers in the wild, well almost never.

    17.

  21. 51

    My internet-acquaintance Nekonoai linked your blog on twitter.

  22. One of the best comics ever. And stickers are cool.

  23. 48.

    Turned onto you via Rob and Trin and via twitter (sjcxc03 there).

  24. i wonder what casey jones’s face smells like?

    #87

  25. My guess is: 99.

    I know you because we both graced the halls of the same institute of higher learning.

  26. Gotta love anything that’s scratch-n-sniff… Ladies…

    Anyway, found it via Twitter. 73 sounds good!

  27. gah i’m in love with these stickers. i can distinctly remember the pizza smell. i purposely put one on my history class mead spiral so that i could smell it to alleviate boredom.

    my number… 2! oh, and i found you via a friend’s “like” of your facebook page.

  28. Came across your site while looking for toys of the eighties. Great find those stickers I remeber them. There also were puffy Ninja Turtle stickers white background with a turtles face printed on the front. they had some type of material that made them puffy up it was on the inside.But anyway my number is 84

  29. I choose #65 and I found your site through Google Alerts for TMNT. Great blog, BTW

  30. the number 4 of course. one for each ninja turtle.

    man i really want my kids to experience what casey jones smells like.

  31. uncle creepy, oh shit~!! hahaha

  32. Count me in. Number 23.

  33. Pizza!! You are awesome!! I’m smelling these in my brain as we speak. I had totally forgotten about them. TMNT is like my favorite all-time ‘toon and toy line. My guess for a number would be 91.

  34. Oooh, scratch and sniff and Ninja Turtles? It’s the new chocolate and peanut butter! I love the one on the last sheet where they’re busting out of the sticker paper– or whatever you put the sticker on. Awesome.

    I WISH I could remember what I googled when I found you– whatever it was, your post about the gigantic troll head came up. I could not stop giggling, reading that and looking at that photo. First time I literally LOL’d at something on the internet. I went & read all your back posts & have been following ever since. I love this blog, I feel like we shared a childhood.

    I pick #50.

  35. First off…Congratulations to you and ‘the girlfriend’ on your engagement! “My better slice”…sweet!
    Okay,I found you via a Google search on Pennsylvania Dutch Eggnog Hangovers two New Year’s Eve ago and I’ve been reading and laughing ever since.
    I choose 6

  36. 58 please.
    I had to look at the posts history to remember how I found you. I first read your
    ‘…breaking-down-2009s-stocking-stuffers/’ after surfing around for gold coins or chocolate coins because I sent my nephews fake rectangular mini ONE DOLLAR tinfoil-wrapped chocolate pieces last year.

  37. ThePlatinumStag

    My guess is number 81!

    And I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of months now, maybe a year? I went back and read through your archives when I first found it too.

    Found you through X-E way back when =D

  38. I pick….83. I also have wondered from time to time what Krang smells like. I bet it gets pretty ripe in that fake body thing he rides around in.

  39. My guess is 67.

    I found you through Twitter, and I love your Tweets and blog. Thank you!

  40. My guess is 37.
    How did I find you? We are brethren of X-E.

  41. I just noticed everyone is recalling how they first found The Surfing Pizza…so, I guess I’ll chime in.
    I clicked The Pizza’s link over at fellow WordPress blogger and X-E alumni, Bill’s Veggiemacabre. I instantly started from the first post to the latest, and that was less than a month ago.

  42. I’m saying 53.
    I found the website when i was looking for pics of the nintendo scratch off trading cards. I had them when i was younger and a teacher took them away from me. Love the site. It’s great

  43. 13 because it’s my birthday :)

    I can’t even remember how I found your site, but I’ve been reading it for months now, and I love it! Keep writing and entertaining me!

  44. 35

    I found your blog because you told me :-P (no, really, you did)

  45. I started following you on Twitter after a RT from Weirdotoys. Good stuff going on here! I pick 47.

  46. 69 dude! Cowabunga!

  47. I am on your site from Twitter! And uhm….I’m going to say 49!

  48. I’m gonna guess…..48?

    And I found your blog via twitter.

  49. 1936 was a good year for me so I’ll go with 36

    a friend of mine linked me to your blog and I haven’t looked back since!

  50. And grrrr TMNT3 is not turtles in time.

  51. Thanks, I’m bragging to my boyfriend next – all those Hot Wheels he has in the other room never did anything for him! Turtles!!!
    TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, woooooo, those guys were the coolest.
    Whew. I’m a winner – hee heee.
    Thank you.

    Sylvia

  52. The turtles will kick some ninja butt&kasushi shredder if he tries to attack them! Joshua

  53. Please let me know if you have any more of these to sell. I would love to buy the complete set.
    Please get back to me.

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