It’s flea market season again. I love the flea market, where all kinds of crazy people set up tables and sell decorative Elvis hunting knives, dented boxes of toothpaste, rusted tools, and baby dolls with soiled faces. It’s a scary place, the kind of place you risk getting tuberculosis, but I find good stuff. Case in point: some kid’s seriously amazing sticker album from the 1980s. I got it for a quarter.
The album itself was an old, dusty, ratty photo album, falling apart at the seams with some heavy water damage. Most normal people would throw out a decades-old soggy, filthy sticker album, but at Brumwell’s, nothing is considered trash. I think that’s the unofficial motto. There’s always some wacko out there that will buy your old ass garbage. And yesterday, that person was me.
Once I peeked inside the album and saw the stickers, I knew this was no garbage. It was like I’d unearthed a tome, revealing the sort of charming, hand-drawn artwork and goofy humor that you just don’t see anymore. Each of the major “sticker holidays” is represented in the book, including Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day, which means the kid kept up the sticker album for the better part of the year. I have to assume the sticker collector was a girl, given the presence of Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake, and adorable baby lamb stickers.
The album is huge, so right here on the blog, I’m going to review an elite few of my favorites. Check out the entire album on The Surfing Pizza’s Facebook:
Seriously Amazing 1980s Sticker Album.
Let’s get started.
NOTES: I’m loving that Captain Cupcake sticker. He was one of the original Hostess Snack Cake characters, alongside Twinkie the Kidd and Fruitpie the Magician. All of the characters have since lapsed into obscurity, save for Twinkie the Kidd, which is all the more reason to savor this small sticker tribute to the Captain.
NOTES: There’s a couple good ones in here: the awesome “awesome” sticker. That super-sweet pumpkin. I also have a thing for that “good work” sticker.
NOTES: Despite my complete nonchalance toward Barbie, I’ve gotta pay some respect to a fabulous “Super Hair” Barbie sticker. Can’t forget Heathcliff, who I always dug a bit more than Garfield. He was edgier.
NOTES: I’m loving the creepy booze sticker on the same page with the Jesus lambs. What is that sticker for? Look at the way he’s holding up the street post. Also of note, a lot of the pages have this chocolate-obsessed dog, which is funny, because chocolate kills dogs.
NOTES: HELL YES, THIS SHARK. Nothing more to add here.
NOTES: Ozzy drinks milk? What?
NOTES: This Sticker is in Stereo – hands down, best sticker in the album.
NOTES: I lied. The World’s First Tito Jackson sticker is the best. Just wrap your head around it. And it’s also the world’s last Tito Jackson sticker. I mean, it’s like the holy grail of stickers.
NOTES: A gator playing the banjo! A sparkly polar bear in a party hat balancing on a ball! Whatever world this is, I want to live in it.
NOTES: Valentine’s Day isn’t nearly as awesome as it used to be.
NOTES: The dressed-up dog stickers are weird, and I don’t get it, but for some reason, I like Cur Walter Growly. Naming the dog that. When we get one. That’s totally gonna be his name. Also, our first-born son. I don’t care what the girlfriend/fiancée says. She got to pick out the wedding cake filling. I get to pick out the name Cur Walter Growley.
NOTES: For me, these video game stickers are the centerpiece of the entire collection. They’re just so cool and punny and fun.
NOTES: Dragon’s Lair stickers! Space Ace! And Ms. Pac Man…in drag! God, I love the 1980s!
Remember, check out the full set here:
Seriously Amazing 1980s Sticker Album. And “LIKE” the Surfing Pizza while you’re at it. Pretty please!