2020 continues to rear its ugly head. Wednesday collectors got some upsetting news that Topps has cut production on 2020S2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary boxes. Mikee Friesen, who sells a large quantity of GPK boxes every release, posted a message he received from his distributor that said they were informed that Topps “significantly” cut production of Collector boxes due to a “production issue”. Today the distributor sent an update that production on Collector boxes was cut 60% by Topps. GPKNews has reached out to Topps for a statement, but has not heard back. If Topps responds, this article will be updated. It would appear the production issues are only related to Collector boxes, as retail distributors haven’t received notices.
Collector boxes are set to arrive in a collectible garbage can tin. They also exclusively contain black and red parallels, GPK Wacky insert set, relics, shaped and triptych sketches. It’s unknown if all all the inserts and parallels were inserted into the limited production run, or if a number of the cards didn’t make it. Productions issues or not, 2020 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary is set to release next Wed, 10/28/20.
The untold stories continue to be told. Topps had a hit on its hands back in July with the first release of the comic styled cards. The concept is back, this time with a Halloween theme. Today Topps launched 2020 Garbage Pail Kids Halloween Stories. The 63 card base set is made up of 5 different stories done by artists Neil Camera, Chris Meeks, and Lowell Isaac. There is also 5 card Cover Story insert set. Each pack comes with 10 base cards, and 1 Cover Story insert card. The listing also says there are randomly inserted story sketch cards. These are the cards used to print the base cards. No odds were given for the story sketches. Each pack can be purchased for $19.99 each or in a lot of 10 for $179.99. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. The set will be on sale for 7 days on topps.com or while supplies last. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is the checklist in PDF along with pictures of some cards.
After ending yesterday, Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays Oct. Week 3. The set sold a total of 446 copies. This is down from the previous two weeks in October. However, once again the print run remains consistently right in the 400’s. As the holidays get closer it will be interesting to see if the prints runs hold up.
With just one week to go before the delayed release date, Topps has released the checklist for 2020 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary set. As promised on the sell sheets, the base set contains 200 cards, 100 new paintings in a/b versions. Subsets are back for this set, however Topps kept the numbering 1-100a/b. The subsets are; All Grown Up (1-20a/b), Snot Another Anniversary (21-30a/b), 135th Anniversary Flash Forward (31-55a/b), 35 Years of GPK (56-90a/b), and Battle of the Decades (91-100a/b).
All the advertised insert sets are also on the checklist and closely use the same structure as the 2020S1 Back to School set. The Fan Favorites (Original art) insert set contains 20 cards, (1-10a/b), and come 2 per Fat Pack. These characters were decided based on voting a few months ago held by Topps. The Midlife Crisis (Simko/Engstrom) insert set is also 20 cards, (1-10a/b), and come 3 per Blaster Box. This is a change as the Late to School blaster insert was 10 cards. No Regerts Tattoos (Simko/Engstrom/Gross/McWilliams) is a 10 card insert set found only in Retail Display boxes. Finally, GPK Wacky Packages (Gross/McWilliams) and Location Relic cards are both 10 cards, and both are only in Collector boxes. There is also one unannounced insert set that will be a rare insert in packs.
The four final card artists, Joe Simko, Brent Emgstrom, David Gross, and Smokin Joe McWilliams each did 25 base card paintings, and their autographs can be found in packs. Finally, the sketch artist checklist contains 52 artists, including one artist making his GPK debut, Karl Jones. This is an increase of 11 from the Late to School set. You can find the official checklist for 2020 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary in PDF form here.
It took a little longer than usual but today Toops launched Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays Oct. Week 4. This week’s set contains 10 cards, 5 with a/b versions. The set also comes with one pink parallel card. Each set can be purchased for $19.99, or in a lot of ten for $179.99. There are also 10×14 posters of each card available for $19.99. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. The set will be available for 7 days on topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is the checklist along with pictures of the cards.
•16A Cheesy Chelsie
• 16B Nacho Natalie
•17A Wacky MAX
•17B Brain Game BRIAN
• 18A International Artists DAVE
•18B Painting Petey
• 19A Adam Bomb
•19B Basted Billy
•20A Opera Oprah
• 20B High Pitched Hilda
Topps today on their social media channels began teasing a new online set Garbage Pail Kids Halloween Untold Stories. The set is scheduled to be released on topps.com this Thursday, 10/22. This will mark the second untold stories type of set releases by the company. No other details about the set, including of sketches will be part of it again, were available.
GPKNation has set their launch lineup for this week. Tomorrow, Tues. 10/20 @ 1:00 PM EST, will see the launch of the next keychain. The Blue Adam Bomb Ornament Keychain is the third different keychain so far after red and black. The keychain will be limited to 100 copies made, and collectors can purchase 2 per order.
This Friday, GPKNation will be retiring their initial coins with the launch of coin #3. There will be 100 copies of the coin available in Nickel Plated White, Sterling Silver, and Artist Proof. There will also be 5 each of the coins in red, blue, green, purple, orange, and yellow. The coins will launch at 1:00 PM EST this Friday, 10/16. Collectors can enter their order number on the GPKNation Facebook page to win
GPKNation was one of the companies highlighted by Topps Licensing VP Ira Friedman on last week’s Philly Non-Sports Topps Virtual Chat. Now the Chief Operating Officer of GPK Nation, Louis Gregory; publicly known as “Uncle Louie” who also co-stars on ABC’s hit show The Goldbergs has shared with us that he has finished a new book and last year’s “Topps Sketch Artist of the Year” Jasmine Contois is hard at work illustrating it as we speak. Be sure to follow the GPKNation Facebook page for more updates.
COVID-19 wasn’t able to stop Topps news from coming out at the Philly Non-Sports card show. The show is being held virtually this weekend. Today’s first virtual card talk session featured Topps Ira Friedman and Jessica Kanzer. The call was hosted by show promoter Harris Tosar.
Topps VP of licensing Ira Friedman took the first half of the call to go over all the various licensing efforts Topps is working on for Garbage Pail Kids. Ira told collectors Topps is focused on making GPK a global brand. He first reviewed a number of products that are for the core GPK collector. USAopoly is planning to release two new puzzles in 2021, plus a new unannounced product. There will be 3 new Geekitikis in the second series coming in Nov. Funko will release new POPs in early 2021. Greenlight will have the already announced 3rd series of die-cast cars in 2021. Ira showed off the GPK playing card deck during the talk. He said they would be sold at both FYE and ToyNK. He also showed the recent playing card coins from GPKNation, and talked about their weekly limited releases. He also had the Super7 reaction figure of Adam Bomb, and said he hoped it would lead to more figures.
Next Ira spoke of products that were focused on a broader audience. He mentioned the continued FYE consumables they continue to come out with. The Wal-Mart GPK advent calendar was shown. Ira said the calendar will be sold in 900 stores nationwide. He then talked about trying to being GPKs to kids. Part of that will include two more announcements with toy companies coming in 2021, that will focus on products to bring kids into the hobby. Finally, in some big news, Ira said they are working on various video game initiatives, and there will be some announcements in 2021.
Ira then went on to talk about the various partnerships they are working on. He said there would be a new partnership announcement in Dec. for 2021. He then talked about the success of the RL Stine book, and being #7 on this weeks NY Times kids best seller list. He showed off the audio version of the book, featured on 6 CDs. He mentioned there will be more books on the way from RL Stine. Finally he said their stop motion partnership with Jam Roll Studios is continuing. There is an upcoming much longer 3 part videos series coming out soon from the company. The first part 3 1/2 min video will debut this December. Part 2 will come in the first quarter of 2021, with part 3 in the 2nd quarter.
Finally Ira talked about global expansion. He said various GPK products would be offered in other countries that have supported GPK. He also mentioned in 2021 they are working on new card sets for other countries featuring not only existing, but new artwork as well.
Next to speak was Topps Entertainment Brand Manager Jessica Kanzer. Jessica started by giving an overview of the upcoming 35th anniversary set. Jessica showed a picture of the Garbage Can Tin that will be the box on the Collector boxes. She mentioned there are two versions, one will be limited. Next she talked about the Chrome OS 3 set. In addition to the OS 3 base cards, there are nine new pieces that were created for the set. She said Tom Bunk signed a number of cards for the set, but they were not able to get John Pound to sign autos this time. She mentioned she is also excited for the 2021S1 Food Fight release, and work is starting for the second half releases in 2021.
Jessica also talked about some upcoming releases for topps.com. The second series of Trashy Treasures will be coming in Nov. She showed off one of the figures, Nat Nerd. She said there will be a Halloween themed release on 10/22, with two additional holiday themed releases planned for the rest of the year. She also said the weekly GPK card sets would continue in 2021 with a different theme.
Topps doesn’t speak often on GPK so this was incredible insight being shared with collectors. Hats off to the Philly Non-Sport promoters for putting the talk together. The show has 6 more various non-sport related talks scheduled through the weekend.
The sales kept on coming for the holidays. After ending yesterday, Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays Oct. Week 2. Total sales came in at 480 copies. Sales is up slightly from the previous week, as the sets inch closer back to 500 copies. There continues to be a set group of collectors that add these sets to their collection weekly.
It’s time to celebrate your boss. Today Toops launched Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays Oct. Week 3. This week’s set contains 10 cards, 5 with a/b versions. The set also comes with one pink parallel card. Each set can be purchased for $19.99, or in a lot of ten for $179.99. There are also 10×14 posters of each card available for $19.99. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. The set will be available for 7 days on topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is the checklist along with pictures of the cards.
•11A Fossil Floyd
• 11B Paleontology Paul
•12A Defibrillate KATE
•12B Jolted JOLENE
• 13A Bossy Bob
• 13B CHARLES in charge
• 14A Gaudy Gregory
•14B Garish Trish
•15a Chef Boy Artie
• 15b Dinner Bill