The Annotated Wacky Packages All-New Series 1
 Unpublished Paintings

3 Racketeers

'3 Racketeers'


The preliminary ANS1 checklist that Topps mailed to retailers in early 2004 identified "3 Racketeers" as base sticker #55, but it was not included in the published series for reasons unknown. It was replaced on the checklist by "Snots."

The title was also considered for inclusion in All-New Series 2 in 2005, but this time "3 Racketeers" was dropped because of a complaint by the M&M\Mars company about the parodies of its products that appeared in ANS1 ("Sneakers", "Scarburst", etc.).

Art Stages

Pencil Art - click to enlargePencil Art
The preliminary pencil art for "3 Racketeers" measures 8"x3" on an 11"x7" sheet of drawing paper. The art was sold for $103.51 in an eBay auction which ran from September 20 to 25, 2005.

The racketeer characters are an apparent homage to HBO's television series "The Sopranos."
Final Painting - click to enlargeFinal Painting
The Topps Vault sold the finished art for "3 Racketeers" for $860.00 in an eBay auction which ran from November 10-17, 2005.

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