Retail Odds for 2020 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School

Updated 1/20 – Article updated to add Fat Pack and Retail Display Odds.

We are just under one week away from the official release date of 2020 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Late To School. That isn’t stopping stores from releasing the product early. Thanks to collectors Eric Benton and Aaron Seidel for sending along pictures and info. These collectors found Value boxes at Meijer stores today. This is the first time Meijer has beaten Target to the punch. Topps has returned to the previous naming convention for the parallels as Fool’s Gold and Phlegm Yellow are back after the blood splatter from 2019S2. It appears once again the odds on the parallels are overstated by double. It’s still early, but each Value box has 1 yellow border card which makes them 1:5, not 1:10 as stated. It wouldn’t surprise me to see all the parallels odds this same way as has been the case the last few GPK series from Topps. A quick look at the odds reveals some hits are slightly easier this time. Both Printing Plates and Artist Autos are a little easier to pull. Initially it looks like production might be slightly lower than 2019S2, but still higher than any previous series in years. Meanwhile sketch cards have even longer odds than 2019S2. Pano sketches and Loaded sketches will be very hard to come by once again. This is attributed to the lower number of sketch artists on this set.

I’ll have my usual rundown of the production numbers in the coming days once all pack odds are in. In the meantime here are the odds for all retail pack types of 2020S1 GPK Late to School.

2020S1 GPK Late to School Value Pack/Box Odds

  • Phlegm Yellow 1:10
  • Fool’s Gold 1:134
  • Printing Plate 1:2,295
  • Artist Autograph 1:259
  • Regular Sketch 1:371
  • Panoramic Sketch 1:4,519
  • Loaded Puzzle Sketch 1:229 (Value Boxes)

2020S1 GPK Late to School Fat Pack Retail Odds

  • Fool’s Gold 1:45
  • Printing Plate 1:758
  • Artist Autograph 1:87
  • Regular Sketch 1:124

2020S1 GPK Late to School Retail Display Odds

  • Fool’s Gold 1:134
  • Printing Plate 1:2,318
  • Artist Autograph 1:260
  • GPK Mascots 1:3
  • Regular Sketch 1:371

Topps Releases 2020 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School Checklist

We are just under one week away from the release of the next retail set, 2020 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School. Today Topps released the checklist to GPKNews and other hobby outlets. As advertised, the base set will come with 200 cards, (100 with a/b versions). Gone are the recent familiar subsets! The base set is listed as 1-100!

All the advertised insert sets are as expected. GPK Mascots found in Retail Display boxes contain 10 cards. Class Superlative found in Value Boxes also contain 10 cards. Faculty Lounge, which are found in Fat Packs, contain 20 cards. Wacky Package Parodies, which come 1 per Collector box has 10 cards. The School Pennant Patches contain 10 different patches inserted into Collector boxes. Finally don’t forget there are 4 different lunchboxes, that are the actual Collector box!

Once again the same 4 final card artists return, and all have autographs in the set; Joe Simko, David Gross, Brent Engstrom, and Joe McWilliams. Finally the official sketch artist list contains only 41 artists, the lowest number of artists in years. You can find the official checklist for 2020 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School in PDF form here.

Topps “Sells” Card for $0, Cancels Orders

Eagled eyed collectors this morning saw a deal that was too good to be true. Topps briefly had a listing on their website this morning for the corrected reprint version of card #20 form the Garbage Pail Kids 2019 Was the Worst set. The website was allowing customers to order single copies of the card for the low price of $0.00. A couple hours after word got out about the listing, Topps removed it from their website. Sure enough collectors won’t be getting free cards anytime soon. Later this afternoon Topps sent out emails to collectors canceling the order and informing them the listing was an error.

Box Art for Garbage Pail Kids Monopoly Surfaces

Yesterday toy distributor ACD posted their pre-order for USAoploy’s upcoming Garbage Pail Kids Monopoly board game. Along with the pre-order comes a picture of the box art for the game. Artwork for the game was completed by GPK artist Joe Simko. The box features a GPK version of Monopoly mascot Uncle Pennybags, along with classic GPK characters. The description for the game says it will come with 6 game tokens:

Relive the totally awesome 80’s with the MONOPOLY®: Garbage Pail Kids game! This game has the classic sticker artwork and new custom illustrations for a new generation of fans. Comes with 6 custom tokens.

USAopoly still hasn’t officially announced their partnership with Topps, however the game was first revealed in an article last year discussing plans for GPK licensing in 2020. No other information about the game was revealed, including a release date. The game is not yet available to pre-order to collectors. GPKNews has reached out to USAopoly for additional information. They are planning on sharing more info sometime in February on the game.

Second Error Surfaces for GPK 2019 Was the Worst Card #20

Collectors who ordered card #20, Announcing Adam, got a surprise this morning as they begin receiving emails for a new order from Topps for a reprint of the card. The first version of the card was sent out with just 2019 Was The Worst on the back instead of the checklist as advertised. Topps is correcting these errors and shipping a new version of the card with the checklist on the back. Topps has confirmed with GPKNews that everyone who ordered #20 will be getting the updated card with the checklist. This isn’t the first card from the set Topps has had to fix. Card #7 was printed initially with the incorrect image and name. Topps also sent out replacements for those cards.

Value Box Art for 2020S1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School

We are now a little over two weeks away from the release of the next retail set 2020S1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School. Topps was nice enough to share an image with GPKNews of the Value Box art for the upcoming set. In keeping with the recent tradition of themed boxes, the box is shaped like a school house. The front of the box features artwork of a very frustrated looking principal done by artist David Gross.

Some other observations based on the odds on the side of the box. They odds are difficult to see in the picture, and they could just be a mock-up. But if real the odds look to be similar to the previous set, 2019S2 Revenge of Oh the Horror-ible. Loaded sketches look to be tougher to pull. Autos looks to be slightly easier. Pano sketches and Phlegm yellow borders are indeed in the Value boxes this set as advertised on the sell sheet. A lot of this makes sense. Less artists this set means sketches will be tougher to pull. Topps also increased the print run on the autos to /35 with this release, therefore making autos slightly easier to pull. Much more on the odds when the packs start to be released.

2020S1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School Delayed

Topps today informed distributors that 2020 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School has been delayed by a few days. The original release date of 1/15/20 has been pushed back to Friday, 1/24/20. GPKNews has confirmed the delay with Topps. No reason was supplied for the delay. While delays are common practice in the sports card side of the company, generally GPK products do not see delays from Topps. Topps was cutting the timeline close this release on both sketches and artist autographs. Collectors will have to wait just a little bit longer for their GPK fix.

The 2019 Best of GPK Award Winners

In a lot of ways 2019 was a lot like 2018, and in a lot of ways it wasn’t. Looking at the surface, the 2019 retail sets looked a lot like the 2018 retail sets. Both sets were sequels, so to speak, of 2018 sets. Once again, both sets were well received by collectors. But the similarities stop there. 2019 saw the last set from former Brand Manager Colin Walton, (We Hate the 90’s), and the first set from new Brand Manager Jessica Kanzer, (Revenge of Oh the Horror-ible). The changes didn’t stop there. While many changes won’t be seen until the first set of 2020, plans were put into motion early in 2019 to help bring the GPK brand back to a place collectors enjoy. The final card artists were paired down to just four main ones on the retail set, with a couple of others added in for online/licensing sets. Card numbers on the fronts, card back artwork,  and checklists on the back were all things that started to brought back to the GPK world in 2019, especially with online sets. 2020 will see these return to retail sets along with the phasing out of subsets. While the changes can’t happen fast enough for some collectors, the work put in by artists to help cut through the red tape at Topps is happening, and should continue into 2020.

However, 2019 may be remembered for the changes to both online GPK offerings and GPK licensed merchandise. On Demand GPK sets were offered throughout the year. With the addition of sketch cards and parallels, they helped set sales records for GPK online sales. Topps then went back to daily GPK cards to end the year, and collectors enjoyed those, with all cards doing solid sales. Meanwhile, GPK licensed merchandise really took off in 2019. New companies were added to previous licensees to produce everything from food, to tiki mugs, to clothing items. A mobile game and animated shorts were also offered in 2019, showing the GPK license can be used almost anywhere. Collectors should expect much more of GPK merchandise and online sets in 2020.

Let’s take a look back at what stood out in 2019 for Garbage Pail Kids. It’s time for the 3rd annual 2019 Best of GPK Awards! Winners have been selected by the editor of in six categories, (Sketch Card Rookie of the Year was not held this year). Additionally, a Reader’s Choice winner was also named in each category. Readers of GPKNews were able to vote in a poll on GPKNews’ Facebook page in mid-December. On some awards there is agreement, while others vary in opinion. Let the debate begin! Its time to celebrate the best in GPKs for 2019!

And the winners are…

2019 Retail GPK Set of the Year
Winner: 2019 Series 2 Revenge of Oh the Horror-ible
Reader’s Choice: 2019 Series 2 Revenge of Oh the Horror-ible

This should come as no surprise to anyone. Once again this year, this category wasn’t close in reader’s voting. It was a landslide for horror! There is a large crossover between horror fans and GPK collectors. Many of the artists are huge horror fans themselves, and it showed in the artwork. Artists were able to use many of the gags not used for the 2018 horror set. Only using four artists greatly helped the overall quality of the artwork on the set. There were a number of memorable cards from the series, and many fewer duds compared to previous series. Collectors and distributors really flocked to this product, as the print run was the highest of any GPK set in years. Blacklight parallel cards and Tombstone figures in collectors boxes helped make this set a home run for Topps in 2019. Honorable mention: 2019S1 We Hate the 90’s

2019 Online GPK Set of the Year
Winner: We Hate the Holidays
Reader’s Choice: We Hate the Holidays

2019 saw a comeback of sorts of GPK cards offered on There was a little bit of everything for collectors. Four different On Demand sets with sketches, licensed sets, and even the return of daily GPKs saw lots of choices for collectors. Collectors didn’t hesitate buying GPKs online in 2019. Sales records were set with each set’s release throughout the year. Perhaps that’s why the best selling online set of the year is also our choice for 2019 Online Set of the Year. We Hate the Holidays had all the ingredients to be a successful set. The holiday theme is always a hit with collectors, and this set saw many holidays included in one set. Classic characters were used for the set in various different holiday gags. Finally, the on demand formula that includes parallels, and a 1:2 chance of a sketch made this set a winner for collectors. The set sold out in just a few days on, and was also easily the reader’s choice for Online set of the year. Scratch & Stink, Valentine’s Day is Gross, 2019 Was the Worst.

2019 Topps GPK Licensee of the Year
Winner: FYE
Reader’s Choice: FYE

This year FYE breaks the strong hold Creepy Co. has on the award. This category was perhaps the most diverse and challenging to vote for in this year’s awards. There are so many choices now for collectors when it comes to GPK merchandise. FYE won this year perhaps because of the wide variety of items offered. Candy Bars, Energy Drinks, Cereal, Hot Sauce, were just a few of the popular items FYE launched in 2019. Other licensees might want to take note, all of FYE’s items were easily purchased both online and in their stores. No con exclusives, or limited items here. Just a lot of GPK consumables with some great artwork on the packaging. This might be the reason why they beat out companies like Super7, Beeline, and Creepy Co. in 2019. Honorable mention: Super7, Creepy Co., Beeline Creative, Jago Studios.

2019 Sketch Artist of the Year
Winner: Jasmine Contois
Reader’s Choice: Pat Chaimuang

Every year this category is really impossible to chose a winner. There were over 60 artists that completed sketches for GPK sets in 2019. Not only did both retail sets have sketches, but there were also four online On Demand sets to feature sketch work. Readers certainly have their strong favorites when it comes to sketch artists. There were many write in votes, even a couple of mini write-in campaigns. However, two names stood out this year for different reasons. The reader’s choice winner for this year was Pat Chaimuang. His style and work stands out among the sketch artists. Buying a return from Pat, gets collectors a true masterpiece for their collection. It just doesn’t stop there. Pat’s retail set work is also top notch, and his sketches constantly fetch some of the highest prices on the secondary market. However, this year’s winner is Jasmine Contois. Jasmine set her self apart from the sketch artists in 2019, especially in the second half of the year. Not only has her work improved year over year, but her choices in mediums make her sketches stand out. This was most evident in the sketches she completed for the We Hate the Holidays On Demand set. The bright colors and addition of glitter, made the cards a hit with collectors. These return level cards were some of most sought after at the end of 2019, and why Jasmine Contois becomes the first female sketch award winner. Honorable mention: Pat Chaimuang, Mike McHugh, Rory McQueen, Chenduz, Nail Camera, Chris Meeks.

2019 GPK Artist of the Year
Winner: Joe Simko
Reader’s Choice: Tie Joe Simko & Brent Engstrom

Joe Simko marks the third different winner of this award in the three years of the awards. All five nominated artists had great years. With Simko, Engstrom, Gross, McWilliams doing most of the work on retail sets, and Camera helping out with online sets there was a lot of really good artwork this year. What perhaps stood out for collectors in 2019 was the licensing artwork Joe Simko did for the GPK brand in 2019. Almost every licensed item had some or all of the artwork completed by Simko. Some standouts included the cards for the Geekitikis, WWE cards, and artwork for packaging of FYE items. His retail work was also popular with collectors in 2019 with cards like Vampire Ella and Sparkling Spaulding becoming collector favorites. Honorable mention: Brent Engstrom, Smokin Joe McWilliams, David Gross, Neil Camera.

2019 GPK Card of the Year
Winner: Maddie Balls (We Hate the 90’s Toys #5a Artist/Concept: Joe McWilliams)
Reader’s Choice: Kill or Be Kilian (Revenge Oh the Horror-ible 1980’s Horror #15a Artist/Concept: Brent Engstrom)

Once again there were hundreds of GPKs painted by artists this year. Choosing just one is tough. This category always seems many different cards receive votes. This year from no exception. Its no surprise that the Reader’s Choice winner for this year comes from the most popular set of the year. Brent Engstrom’s Kill or be Kilian card was very popular with collectors. However, the winner this year is Maddie Balls from the We Hate the 90’s set. This card has it all. A great mashup with a popular toy from the 90’s and using popular GPK characters. his artwork marches the outstanding gag, as Smokin Joe included many different characters on the card. These are the reason cards like this one will continue to be popular with collectors. Honorable mention: Kill or be Kilian, Dead Ted, Vampire Ella, Sparkling Spaulding.

Topps Reveals Print Run for GPK 2019 Was the Worst #17-#20

What better to go with you Christmas evening than some print runs? Sometime over the last couple of days, Topps finally posted the final print run numbers for Garbage Pail Kids 2019 Was the Worst cards #17-#20. After a couple of days with lower numbers, the final four cards rebounded with card #20 doing really well. The results of the last four are:

  • #17 Wrinkled Rita 543
  • #18 Skip Trip 530
  • #19 Lost Lunch Landy 587
  • #20 Announcing Adam 802

#17-#19 results bounced back to those of many of the cards from the set, solidly in the mid-500’s. While card #20 doing just over 800 sold made it the second best selling card of the set. Topps’ first online daily GPK set in years proved to be very successful. Topps will surely revisit daily sets in 2020 now, the question is will they burn out collectors by going overboard?

The 2019 Best of GPK Awards, Vote Now!!!

2019 marks the 3rd year of the Best of GPK awards. This year saw two well received US retail sets, expanding online offerings, and an explosion of GPK branded merchandise. So what were your favorite things GPK in 2019? It’s your turn to help choose the Reader’s Choice awards!

Read on for an explanation about how the categories and nominees were chosen, along with the fine print of voting.

Here are the categories to be voted on this year:

  • 2019 Retail Set of the Year – Which of the two GPK Retail sets did you enjoy the most?
  • 2019 Online Set of the Year – More online offerings from On Demand to Daily GPKs in 2019. Only sets released in 2019 are eligible.
  • 2019 Licensee of the Year – Maybe the toughest category this year? So much merchandise to choose from. Which company did it best this year?
  • 2019 GPK Rookie Sketch Artist of the Year – No ROY this year. Only one new artist debuted, so we are leaving this one off the ballot this year. Maybe more will debut in 2020?
  • 2019 GPK Sketch Artist of the Year – To be eligible an artist must have had official Topps GPK sketch cards appear in a set in 2019. There were two retail sets, and 4 On Demand sets that contained sketches in 2019. This year there were just over 60 sketch artists that did sketches! Don’t see your favorite on the list? Feel free to choose the write-in option and vote for them!
  • 2019 GPK Artist of the Year – To be eligible an artist must have painted an official Topps GPK final published card in 2019. Retail and Online sets are eligible. Don’t see your favorite on the list? Feel free to choose the write-in option and vote for them!
  • 2019 GPK Card of the Year – All GPKs published in 2019 are eligible. Retail and Online cards are eligible. For nomination purposes if a/b versions are available, only the “a” card is listed. There are hundreds to pick from! Don’t see your favorite on the list? Feel free to choose the write-in option and vote for them!

Categories and nominees were chosen by the Editor of Categories such as best artist, sketch artist, rookie sketch artist, and best card also contain a write-in option. Write-in votes will only be counted for a valid artist/card. Voting will be live from Friday 12/20 through Friday 12/27 @ 3:00 PM(EST). Voting will only be done through Facebook. Participants can only vote once. Vote totals or individual votes cast will not be made public. Winners will be revealed in a future article that will appear on right around the 1st of January.