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