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.
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.