I glommed this picture from a Legendary Auctions catalog a while back and have been trying to piece together what is an odd little puzzle, with a definite Valentine's Day flair.
The carton held all three of these boxes, two of which are 1970 in vintage and one (Nice or Nasty Valentines) from 1971. The markings indicate it was a subscription series for a Novelty Assortment, which is not helpful, although the 2nd Series designation may mean a Christmas themed 1st Series was issued; certainly something came before. Would a 3rd Series have been for Hallowe'en? I am thinking Topps was recycling some unsold Valentines cards from 1970; perhaps this was the norm for the holiday-themed sets? The Valentines and Hallowe'en Topps issues of the 60's and 70's are not well documented, so anything is possible.
I am curious if other series were issued like this-any Archivists out there with some info?