Wax.io announced a partnership with Topps today that will see Topps trading cards come to the Wax Blockchain. The company’s GPK website shares the first details of the partnership. The first product to be available on their app will be Garbage Pail Kids to celebrate their 35th anniversary. The company promises other Topps properties such as MLB, Star Wars, and WWE will also appear in the future.
Details such as pricing, release dates, and exact cards we’re not released by the company. However, their website says their blockchain technology will allow collectors to buy, sell, and trade instantly with anyone around the world for free. Their app will track all ownership and pricing history for all sales of the cards. One example of a Leaky Lindsay care is given, showing transaction history and sales graphs. Here are some of the bullet points given on the website:
When blockchain technology meets collectibles like Topps trading cards, collectors can:
Trade collectibles instantly, with anyone, anywhere in the world
Trade with ease from a smartphone or computer – for free!
Trade with confidence that every collectible is certified authentic, unique, and can never be altered
View a collectible’s full ownership records and trading history
Their website is also offering a contest to win GPK cards to collectors who sign up on their waiting list. This website has the potential to be a very big deal for Topps in the future. It would appear they will use GPKs to test drive the initiative. GPKNews will bring you more details once released by the company.
Late last year Topps promised we would see Adam Bomb attend conventions and toy fairs this year to help promote the 35th anniversary of the Garbage Pail Kids. Today, Adam Bomb made his public debut. Adam Bomb along with GPK artist Joe Simko attended this weekend’s New York Toy Fair and hit the show floor! The New York Toy Fair is a trade show, where toy industry people gather to show off their products for the upcoming year. It would appear Adam Bomb and Simko where there representing Topps and some of the various licensees. Adam Bomb made an appearance at both the Super7 and Greenlight booths at the show. He even stopped for a meet and greet and passed out autographs on an exclusive card. The card features Adam Bomb on the front with a sticker “autograph”. The back of the card features the 35th anniversary logo, and states the card is an appearance exclusive. No word yet if these will continue to be passed out throughout the year as Adam Bomb continues his tour.
Entertainment Weekly reports this morning that author R.L. Stine has signed a 3 book deal to write a series of books based on the Garbage Pail Kids. Aimed at Middle Schoolers, the series will debut this fall with the first book, Welcome to Smellville and bile published by Amulet Books. R.L. Stine is known for his hugely popular Goosebumps series of books. GPK artist Joe Simko has drawn the cover art, while former GPK artist and editor Jeff Zapata will illustrate the inside. The first book is available for pre-order on Amazon now for 14.99. The description for the book reads:
Goosebumps creator R. L. Stine teams up with the pop-culture phenomenon Garbage Pail Kids for a first-ever GPK illustrated middle-grade series Welcome to the town of Smellville, where nine kids all live in a big tumbledown house and have as much fun as they possibly can. People may think that they’re gross and weird and strange, but they’re not bad kids—they just don’t know any better. In this hilarious new series from bestselling author R. L. Stine, the Garbage Pail Kids—from Adam Bomb to Brainy Janie—get into mischief at their middle school, all while battling bullies and their archenemies, Penny and Parker Perfect. These all-new illustrated stories are sure to amuse, entertain, and blow away readers of all ages. Bonus: includes four exclusive Garbage Pail Kids stickers!
Each book will also come with 4 exclusive GPK cards. This is a huge deal for the Garbage Pail Kids brand and Topps. This is how the brand can hit the mainstream big. According to Amazon the book will be available Oct. 6, 2020.
Garbage Pail Kids continue their hot streak. Today Topps revealed the print run for 2020 On Demand Set 3 Garbage Pail Kids Mr. & Mrs. set. The set sold a total of 1,474 copies. Despite not selling out, this still sets a record for the highest selling On Demand GPK set, and highest selling non political GPK online set. Garbage Pail Kids are selling better than they have in years, with frequent releases still not deterring collectors from buying.
Topps did not release the sketch artist list GPKNews was not able to track down all the artists. GPKNews was able to track 714 sketches. There are still a few artists unaccounted for, given total sales. With the print run being 1474 that puts the parallel print run at; Green Borders (221 ea.), Red Borders (147 ea.), Black Borders (73 ea.), and 5×7 posters (147 ea.). There should also be 737 sketches released.
After a week of sales the second political online GPK release from Topps has ended. Today Topps revealed the print run for 2020 Garbage Pail Kids Disg-Race to the White House Set 2 New Hampshire Primary. Total sales for the set came in at 1,666. While this is down from the record setting first release, the sales remain huge for Topps. The total makes this set the second highest selling online GPK set to date. There is no doubt collectors will be eagerly awaiting the new political offering from Topps.
Earlier this month Sidekick Labs and Adam Levine launched a Kickstarter campaign for a new Mars Attacks set. This set, licensed by Topps, is the second go around for Adam and Sidekick for the Mars Attacks brand. GPK collectors might be familiar with both creators of the set. Sidekick Labs recently was the printer for Super 7’s Universal Monsters set. While Adam worked for Topps a few years back and was involved with marketing the GPK brand and early online offers. Just yesterday, a new pack add-on option was added to the campaign for a Garbage Pail Kids/Mars Attacks mini set. The creators were given approval by Topps to use the GPK brand for the set. Artist Jason Crosby will paint the cards for the set. Jason is a long time GPK sketch card artist, this will be his first time creating final cards with the GPK brand. The six card set will be printed on retro card stock, packaged in a wax pack, and also include a mock piece of bubble gum. The pack will cost $10 and is scheduled for a March 2021 release. GPK collectors not wanting to order any additional Mars Attacks cards can pledge at the “Add-On Only” level. Just pledge $10 for each pack you want. A survey will be sent to backers once the campaign is over that will allow you to choose the GPK pack.
Last week’s full slate of GPK launches are now starting to end. Today, Topps revealed the print run for 2020 Garbage Pail Kids Not-Scars online set. The set was highlighted by a collector favorite, a card based on the Joker movie. Collectors in total purchased 494 copies, besting the previous week’s Shammy awards set. While the sales total aren’t as high as the political sets, it’s still a very good number for Topps. GPK cards continue to be hot with collectors.
Topps has hit the mother lode. The first political GPK online set in years has proven to be hugely successful. Yesterday, Topps revealed the print run for 2020 Garbage Pail Kids Disg-Race to the White House Set 1 Iowa Caucus. An absolutely astonishing 1,870 sets were sold during the week the set was available for sale. This not only breaks the online record for GPK sales, but shatters it. The previous high was last year’s On Demand Holiday set, which sold 500 less copies. While the political sets from years ago did not sell well, that doesn’t appear to be the case with this year’s election. You can expect political online sets to continue at a steady pace at least through the presidential election.
Topps is out to show collectors the love. Today Topps launched 2020 On Demand Set 3 Garbage Pail Kids Mr. & Mrs. online set. After numerous awards and political sets, Topps is going back to what was successful last year. This year’s set is structured much like the last on demand set. There are 20 base cards in the set, comprised of 10 new paintings with a/b versions. Joe Simko, Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Joe McWilliams, and Neil Camera all completed two paintings for the set. Collectors purchasing a set will receive the base set, 3 green heart parallels, 2 red heart parallels, 1 black heart parallel, and 1 5×7 poster. Collectors also will have a 1:2 chance of pulling a sketch card. Topps did not release the number of sketch artists or names of artists. Here are the confirmed artists with number of sketches they completed for the set: Jasmine Contois (40), Jason Crosby (50), Rich Molinelli (50), Barry Nygma (30), Nik Castaneda (50), Sobot Cortez (50), Bobby Blakey (44), Jeff Cox (30), Joey Fitchett (40), Daniel Contois (30), Darrin Pepe (20), Brandhen Snyder (40), Robert Jimenez (20), Anthony Skubis (30), Chad Scheres (50), Shane Garvey (20), Vincenzo D’Ippolito (50), Smokin Joe McWilliams (40), and Gavin Williams (??). That brings the current total of sketches to 674. That would mean there are at least 1,350 sets. However, there very well could be additional artists, which would increase the print run.
Each Valentine’s set can be purchased for $40. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. The set will be on sale for 7 days on Topps.com, or until it sells out. These On Demand sets generally sell out, so don’t delay in purchasing. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here are some sample card images.
According to ADCdisribution’s website, USAoploy will be coming out with a Garbage Pail Kids puzzle. Thanks as well to Clint Coleman for the heads up on this! A few weeks back USAopoly officially announced a partnership with Topps that would include a GPK branded Monopoly game. Much like with the Monopoly game, information is scarce on the upcoming release. No info on the art being used, the number of pieces, or release date was available. Suggested retail price for the puzzle is $14.99. GPKNews has reached out to USAopoly, should they respond with information this post will be updated.