PEEP ALERT: 2 Metal Chu-Bops Found!

We’re going way back to 1980 for this one folks. I had actually forgotten all about these cool little items until one of my old school Metal buddies brought these to my attention recently. Thanks Patrick!

So what the heck is a “Chu-Bop”?

It’s a little 3″ square miniature bubble gum pack that was made to look like miniature record albums. Chu-Bops were made by a company called Amurol Products who were located outside of Chicago (in Naperville) IL.

If you were a kid in the 80’s (and were sick of collecting baseball cards perhaps) and were perusing the candy isle at your local store, then this would have caught your attention for sure. I know I chewed my fair share of those pink “mini-LP” shaped gum sticks. At age thirteen, I guess I really didn’t consider them “collectible” in the same way that I cherished my KISS card collection. BTW the gum was very similar to what you get inside the sports card packs during the same time frame.

Evidently nine series were produced from 1980 to 1983.

Here are a two examples:

SERIES ONE:

#1 ABBA Voulez Vous
#2 Pat Benatar In The Heat of the Night
#3 Pat Travers Crash & Burn
#4 Billy Joel Glass Houses
#5 The Knack Get The Knack
#6 Robert Palmer Secrets
#7 Rush Permanent Waves
#8 Spinners Dancin N Lovin

 

SERIES TWO:


#9 Blondie Parallel Lines
#10 The Brothers Johnson Light Up The Night
#11 Commodores Heroes
#12 Foghat Tight Shoes
#13 Judas Priest British Steel
#14 Kiss Kiss Unmasked
#15 Little River Band Backstage Pass
#16 Southside Johnny Love is a Sacrifice

 


kiss-bac-chu-bops2

 

As you can see from the pics, each mini album included the lyrics to the album’s best-selling single on the back cover (in addition to the bubblegum inside)

 


priest-inside-chu-bops

 

They also had these spiffy 12″ X 24″ collectors display albums (see above) that you could buy or save up enough coupons to order. You could also hang these on your bedroom wall or just stand on your book shelf!

  • Vol. One held albums No. 1 through No. 16.
    Vol. Two held albums No. 17 through No.32.

Notice the fine print on the packages stated that IL. residents had to add $0.08 to cover sales tax for each album! Priceless.

Actual gum!

FF to 2010 and there is a big-time demand for some of these collectibles. If you should run across these then I recommend you buy on site, however, please do not chew the gum inside! I know I should not have to say that but I can just see some stoner Metal fans [with the munchies perhaps] jonesin’ to pop the little vinyl gum “record” into their mouth.

Yes folks, they did in fact really look like mini-records [grooves and all]. Peep the pic above (I am not quite sure why, but my trusty Canon scanner rendered the pink gum more like a “reddish” color). Oh well, who said nostalgia was ever perfect?

*When Chu-Bops first appeared in stores they were $0.29 cents per “album”, and the special collectors editions (Elvis, Beatles and Rolling Stones) were only $0.33 cents per “album”. If you are an avid fan or casual collector you might like to know these same 3″ X 3″ gum pieces are currently selling anywhere from to $4 to as much as $8 per piece, depending on their rarity and condition.

#13 my fav.

A Complete “Box Set” of Elvis, The Stones and The Beatles are currently selling at auctions anywhere from $300 to $500 Dollars per boxed set (each “Box Set” contains 64 mini albums).

*excerpt from here


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7 thoughts on “PEEP ALERT: 2 Metal Chu-Bops Found!

  1. Great to see this post! These Chu-Bops are very collectible for certain. I don’t own one… yet I have a “funny feeling” eventually I will! The KISS and Judas Priest would be my first two choices to nab.

    I remember having a couple of these Chu-Bops when I was a kid… I never could find the KISS one though… (of course). I remember having the Bill Joel “Glass Houses” and The Knack. Do I wish I still had them? Yes I do.

    I have seen several of these Chu-Bops for sale at a sports card shop near where I live… they are all still sealed in their “original” wrap too. Mint condition they are. The asking price? Try… $25 per. Whoa. I “might” be willing to pay that for the KISS “Unmasked”, if I was to find it. Still, $25 per, even if they are originally sealed, is pricey for such a “small” item. Then again, these Chu-Bops bring back good memories of us being a kid… just like Baseball Cards, comic books and 45 rpm’s.

    Thanks for reviving this cool Rock ‘N’ Roll collectible!

    Stone

  2. thanks for the link and comment.

  3. Cool. I had two of these. Coincidentally, they were the same two you showed pics of (Unmasked and British Steel). Still have British Steel. Actually bought them in the early ’90s at a baseball card shop. And yes, I ate the gum.

  4. I couldn’t agree with you more!

    l love your site layout. It’s nice and clean.

    -L

  5. If your interested in starting up your old hobby of collecting Chu Bops check out this site.

    Lots of inventory and memorabilia.

  6. Question: are these things worth anything if someone ate the gum??? so I was going to my uncles belongings from when he was a child and I found volume 1 but apparently he chewed the gum back then. I have 1-16 in the volume 1 cover and all are in great condition. so are they worth holding on to or are they worthless? appreciate any feedback.

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