The Annotated Wacky Packages All-New Series 3
 Base Set Cards

36. Hopeless


Art Stages

Pencil Art First Draft - click to enlarge Real Product  - click to enlarge Pencil Art
Wright's original drawing included a detailed fruit fly character (sans hat) and amplifier in a three-dimensional style. The fruit fly is described as "Really Depressed."

Pencil Art Revision #1 - click to enlarge In a slight revision to the pencil art, the fly now wears a bluesman hat. Following this version, Topps asked Wright to simplify the fly character to be more similar to the two-dimensional style of Hostess's "Fruit Pie the Magician" icon...

Pencil Art Revision #2 - click to enlarge ...resulting in this final revision of the pencil art. Between this stage and the final painting, Topps asked Wright to change the line "Really Depressed" to "Real Bad Feeling."
Final Painting - click to enlarge Final Painting
The black border around the Hopeless package is more form-fitting on the art than on the printed card.

The Topps Vault sold the finished art for "Hopeless" for $1,136.01 in an eBay auction which ran from May 3 - 10, 2006.

Printed Card

Card Front - click to enlarge Card Back - click to enlarge Card Front & Back
Topps reworked the black border around the art in pre-press. The blue is a more vibrant hue in the printed card, but the white edges of the package wrapper acquired a yellow cast.

The Middle-middle (MM) piece of the "Slacker Jack" puzzle is found on the back of "Hopeless."

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