The 16 Best Mail-In Prizes From Your Childhood

The best things in life aren’t free. They cost 30 Pizza Points plus $3.99 shipping and handling. Everything from toys to cigarettes had proof of purchase points, and if you could manage to not lose them, they bought some pretty awesome stuff.

1. The trend started with Kenner’s offers on Star Wars toys in the ’70s:

3. In the ’80s, “Pizza Points” could be found on the back of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys:

4. They were redeemable for prizes like this inexplicable life vest:

6. And these stuffed turtles that look like knock-offs:

8. Transformers proof of purchase points had the uninspired name of “Robot Points”:

9. Which bought you awesome figures like this:

10. And less awesome figures like Reflector here:

11. G.I. Joe toys had “Flag Points” on them:

12. Which could be used to buy exclusive promotional figures:

13. And this special edition of Cobra Commander:

14. It wasn’t just toys. Kool-Aid had one of the best point systems around:

15. With some of the best prizes around:

16. Like this inflatable Kool-Aid man:

17. And their own branded video game:

18. Everyone remembers thumbing through Pepsi Stuff catalogs every year:

20. Nothing cooler than a branded leather jacket:

21. Or these “shades”:

22. And of course, anyone who grew up with smokers will remember “Camel Cash”:

23. The prizes were always really strange, like this pyramid clock:

24. And this brass box and camel necklace:

25. Except for this silk jacket. That’s actually the coolest:

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