April Fools got Topps started on a brand new monthly online GPK set. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays Week 1. The set sold a total of 562 copies. That puts it in line with other non-political GPK o lines sets sold earlier this year. Right now the set is currently planned through the end of April, as Topps takes a break from the political sets.
April has entered its second week and with it comes the latest set celebrating all those daily holidays. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays April Week 2. This week’s 10 card set picks up where last week’s ended with 5 new paintings coming in a/b versions. Once again the artists for the set are Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Joe Simko, Joe McWilliams, and Neil Camera. The set can be purchased for $19.99 or in a lot of 10 for $179.99. Additionally Topps has 10×14 posters of the cards from both weeks available for $19.99 each. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. The set will be on sale for one week on topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is the checklist along with pictures of this week’s cards.
• 6A Sisters SLEDGE (Neil Camera)
• 6B Terry Twins
• 7A Grilled BILL (Joe Simko)
• 7B Burnt BRIAN
• 8A Un-Diapered DAN (Joe McWilliams)
• 8B BLAKE Wind
• 9A Fowl RAOUL (David Gross)
• 9B Scotty Scrabble
• 10A U.S. ARNIE (Brent Engstrom)
• 10B Sarcastic Sam
Back in early March, Topps and WAX announced a partnership to bring Topps licensed digital cards to the Blockchain for the first time. The companies decided to start with Garbage Pail Kids to help celebrate the 35th anniversary of the brand. With the release just a few weeks away, GPKNews was able to do an email interview with Tobin Lent, who is VP & General Manager of Topps Digital. Tobin has been with Topps the last year and a half, and oversees all of Topps digital properties. Tobin was able to share many details of the upcoming launch, including pack options and pricing. Tobin also talks about the various cards types collectors will be able to find. Other topics include what made WAX attractive to Topps, what collectors can expect in this digital marketplace, and what Tobin would say to classic collectors who might balk at digital cards. Collectors interested in learning more about the partnership, including the technology behind the app should visit their landing page at topps.wax.io.
GPKNews – Thanks for the interview Tobin! Topps recently announced a partnership with WAX for new digital cards. What made WAX the company Topps wanted to work with for this venture?
Tobin Lent – We liked Wax for two main reasons. First, they’ve had years of experience operating a robust platform for buying, selling and trading digital items. Second, the team at Wax really cares about the user experience. It’s not about the blockchain technology. They are focused on creating a platform for fans to find and collect the things they love, and connect with each other. That’s also our mission in the digital group at Topps.
GPKNews – Topps has several properties, MLB, WWE, Star Wars, etc. Why the decision to start with Garbage Pail Kids?
TL – We wanted to start with Garbage Pail Kids because it is a pop culture icon. GPK is a beloved brand that has a long history and a deep sense of nostalgia. This year also marks the 35th anniversary of GPK and there is a full year of integrated marketing programs to celebrate the brand’s anniversary. It seemed the timing was good to bring the iconic GPK brand to a promising digital technology such as blockchain.
GPKNews – Do you guys have plans to expand into some of the other properties Topps has?
TL – We believe blockchain has tremendous potential. We’ll continue to explore and expand our efforts. We are 100% committed to innovation and evolving the way fans collect, trade and play, and we plan to work closely with our partners in this space.
GPKNews – How will this be different from some of the other current digital apps that Topps offers like Topps Bunt and WWE Slam?
TL – Our portfolio of mobile apps has been very successful. We continue to invest in and build that business aggressively. We see blockchain as more of an enabler to that business, allowing us to add more features and capabilities for our users in the long-term.
GPKNews – Right now these will only be digital cards? No physical versions are currently planned, right?
TL – For this particular initiative, there are digital cards only.
GPKNews – The artwork on the cards is a giant part of the hobby. What are the plans for what is being offered? Are the cards just digital copies of past cards? Reimagined characters based off of old characters? Completely new characters? If new artwork is being created, who are the artists creating the cards? Is the original artwork being done digitally? Who is making the decisions on releases, Topps or WAX?
TL – This set will be based on the original GPK Series 1 cards, but with a digital spin. We wanted to create more than just digital representations of physical cards. We wanted to harness the unique capabilities of digital and marry that to spirit of the Series 1 cards and the personality of GPK. We’ve created a base version, and then paired that with rare variants and chase cards featuring motion and special effects that bring the collectibles to life in a new way. We are going to be offering some very special, never-seen-before collectibles with low card counts that we think will appeal to collectors and fans of GPK.
GPKNews – Are you able to share an example of how the initial sales will take place? Will there be virtual packs to open? Individual cards listed for sale? I assume each card/pack will be limited somehow? How are cards initially allocated, first come first serve? Auction? Will there be limits on how many an individual can buy?
TL – We will offer two pack options to purchase, one at $4.99 and the other at $24.99 which offers more cards and better odds at rare cards than the $4.99 pack.
GPKNews – How often will new cards/packs be released? Daily? Weekly? Monthly? Are there sets to collect? Different versions (parallels) of the same cards?
TL – The two packs will be available at once. The packs will include the original Series 1 set with 41 cards of both A and B names each, with a base version and 2 premium variants at lower counts. The packs will also include a chance at some rare and very rare chase cards that should be a lot of fun for collectors to go after and collect.
GPKNews – Not only will the app facilitate the initial sale from Topps, but will it also serve as the secondary market? Once people own these digital cards, will there be a marketplace for potential buyers to browse and purchase cards? Will trading cards be a function of the app? Will there be a private message system for collectors to negotiate? Public message board for offers? Or rather will that communication need to happen off the app?
TL – One of the most appealing features of the Wax platform is that after the initial sale, collectors are able to freely trade or buy & sell from each other. It should be easy and seamless for collectors to post collectibles for sale or trade, as well as find collectibles and communicate with each other. Wax offers a safe, easy and trusted platform to support secondary trading. We are eager to see how much activity there will be in the secondary market.
GPKNews – I understand there isn’t an official launch date yet. I’ve seen WAX mention Spring 2020. Is that still the plan? Has a launch window been determined? How does the Coronavirus pandemic affect the launch? Are you concerned that the events of the last few weeks in the world might hurt the digital collectibles industry?
TL – We will launch within the next few weeks. Fans are still looking for a fun diversion, probably now more than ever. We hope that we can bring a little joy to GPK fans all over the world.
GPKNews – What would you say to GPK collectors who, for the last 35 years, are accustomed to busting physical packs, holding the cards in their hand, and flipping through binders of their old cards? How do you get that collector to try out digital cards?
TL – I think physical cards and digital collectibles each bring their own unique joys to collectors. Nothing replaces the feeling of opening physical packs and flipping through cards. Conversely, digital brings its own unique characteristics in terms of special collectibles that are impossible to create in the physical world, as well as the ability to instantly connect and trade with other GPK fans from all over the planet.
GPKNews – Finally, what’s your favorite Garbage Pail Kid? Why?
TL – Junky Jeff. He always looks happy and could survive anywhere.
The last political GPK set for a while saw a large drop in sales from previous sets. Today, Topps revealed the print run for GPK Disg-Race to the White House Set 6 Presidential Dropouts. The set sold a total of 1,062 copies. This is a large drop from all the previous sets in the series. The nearly 40% drop in sales makes this the lowest selling of the presidential sets. With that being said, over 1000 in sales are still really good results for Topps. It remains to be seen if the reason for lower sales was due to collectors reducing their spending or tiring of the political sets. Topps will take a break from political sets for a bit while the country handles the coronavirus pandemic.
Topps today launched their latest video series set based on the GPK mini animated videos. While there was no video on March, Topps got April started off in a big way. The “GPK Rocks” video once again features the Funko GPK characters, this time at a rock concert. The music in the video is Dr. Chud’s, “We’re the Garbage Pail Kids”, which originally appeared in the GPK 30th documentary movie. GPK artist Joe Simko supplies a Coronavirus PSA at the end of the video.
The accompanying card set, Garbage Pail Kids “GPK Rocks” Video Series Set 3, was also launched today. The set features 5 cards with still shots from the video. Each set can be purchased for $9.99. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. The set will be available for 30 days on topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is the checklist and pictures of the cards.
• 11- GPK Rocks
• 12- Dead Ted Loses His Head
• 13- Kim Kong on the Kit
• 14- Moshpit Mania
• 15- Retched-on Groupies
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Topps is taking a breather from political sets for a bit. Today they launched their latest online set, Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays April Week 1. The cards all feature gags using OS characters based on all the daily bizarre holidays in April. The card backs have the date and name of the holiday being celebrated. This week’s 10 card set features 5 new paintings with a/b versions. Artwork for the set was done by Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko, David Gross, Joe McWilliams, and Neil Camera. The current plan is to continue the set for the next 4 weeks, with all five artists doing one card per week. The set can be purchased for $19.99 each or in a lot of 10 for $179.99. Shipping is free using the SmartPost option. The set is available on topps.com for 7 days. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is the checklist along with pictures of this week’s cards.
• 1A Adam Fools Day (Engstrom)
• 1B Blasted Billy
• 2A PB & J MAY (McWilliams)
• 2B JULIE Jelly
• 3A Jittery Jess (Camera)
• 3B Frantic FRANCIS
• 4A Library LINDSAY (Simko)
• 4B Booger-Book BROOKE
• 5A Dead Ted (Gross)
• 5B Rotgut GUS
After the last political set ended earlier today, Topps officially revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Disg-Race to the White House Set 5: Presidential Nicknames. The set sold a total of 1,687 copies. This is a bounce back after set 4 sold just over 1300 copies. This set is the 3rd highest selling online set to date. Once again collectors continue to be out in full force for online GPKs despite a troubled economy and coronavirus concerns. The set listed this week is going to be the last one for a while as Topps waits for coronavirus events to subside. Topps does have a new online set in the works, set to debut next week.
Now that the democratic field has whittled down to just two, Topps is celebrating those who have dropped out. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Disg-Race to the White House Set 6: Presidential Dropouts. This 12 card set features 6 new paintings with a/b versions. The art for the set was done by Chris Meeks (#29), Neil Camera (#30-#32), and Rory McQueen (#33-#34). This marks the debut on final art for veteran GPK sketch artist Rory McQueen. Each set can be purchased for $24.99 or in a 10 set lot for $124.99. Shipping is free when choosing the Smart Post option. The set will be on sale for 7 days on topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. All indications are this will be the last political set for a while. This won’t end the political series, but instead Topps is putting a hold on it until the presidential race heats back up after the coronavirus starts to clear up. Never fear though, Topps has additional GPK online sets in the works. Here is a checklist and pictures for the newest set.
• 29A Amy Go Round
• 29B Air Klobachar
• 30A Liz & Let LIz
• 30B Out the Door Warren
• 31A Bullied Bloomy
• 31B Uncle Mike
• 32A Peter Plummet
• 32B Petrified Pete
• 33A STINKY STEYER
• 33B ONE TIE TOM
• 34A BIG BANG YANG
• 34B YANG MONEY
Today the Philly Non-Sports card show announced that the upcoming show in May would be cancelled. The event was scheduled to take place May 2-3 in Allentown, PA at the Merchants Square Mall. Instead the promoters said they hope to see everyone at the next show scheduled for October 17-18.
The world turning upside down didn’t seem to prevent collectors from still purchasing the latest GPK political set. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Disc-Race to the White House Set 4: March Mayhem. After just ending this morning, Topps revealed the print run to be a total of 1,357. The sales numbers are down from the first three sets sold. However, the sales still remain high showing collectors are all in on this year’s presidential cards. Topps looks to have moved to an every week release, with set 5 launching earlier today. It will be interesting to see if sales can remain high with both weekly sales and coronavirus concerns.