30 Years of Garbage Finishes Theatrical Run/DVD Launched

In what started over 4 years ago as an idea has now seen itself through the whole project. From the first Kickstarter, to Indiegogo, to the completion and debut of the film, to finally distribution, the folks behind 30 Years of Garbage have truly met the high standards of GPK collectors. Directors Joe Simko, Jeff Zapata, and June Gonzales set out to create a love letter to GPK collectors and have succeeded is just about every way. Here’s one last update on how the film is doing during distribution.

After being picked up by independent movie distributor Indican, the film debuted the weekend of 8/11/17, and continued in theaters until 11/16/17. The movie was offered in a very limited run, never appearing in more than two theaters in one week. According to Box Office Mojo the movie grossed a total of $26,804 during its release. During its opening weekend, 30 Years finished as the #76 movie based on gross earnings. How does the movie rank all time? Box Office Mojo has it as the 12,575 highest grossing movie, and the 1,027 highest grossing documentary of all time.

The Indican version of the movie has been available in a number of online streaming services for a few months now. Indican has also promised a DVD release of the movie a few times now, but with mixed results. While DVD sellers like Amazon, Target, and Indican itself have yet to offer the DVD for sale, it has popped up in a few places. eBay has had a number of copies for sale from a handful of sellers. Familyvideo.com also offered a limited number of copies via their website. In a small bit of good news for collectors, Directors Joe Simko and Jeff Zapata will have a small number of DVDs for sale at the upcoming Gross Card Con in Las Vegas. Hopefully, Indican will have a wider DVD release so everyone can get their hands on a copy.

The film has garnered a number of positive reviews from various online independent movie, and horror fan sites. Feedback has been almost universally positive from collectors as a whole. I asked Director Joe Simko to share his feelings on the entire journey now that he’s been through the whole process. He told GPKNews, “Honestly, Jeff, June and I could write a book on it. Of course we are so happy with the final product and how all the interviews we wanted to get, accepted our offer to participate in this great 1980s collective experience we call Garbage Pail Kids. We felt we were able to get a proper piece of this trading card history told through our film. It was a long journey, starting in late 2013 and releasing in summer of 2016. Well worth the time spent trash pickin’ away till it was done. We just hope people enjoy it as well.”

Joe, Jeff, and June should be proud they’ve created something collectors will fondly watch for years to come.


Topps Launches 2018 GPK Valentines Day Online Set

Do you feel the love in the air? Topps is getting into today’s Valentine’s fun with an online offering. Today Topps launched 2018 Garbage Pail Kids Valentines online set. The 9 card set features 3 new pieces of GPK artwork (a/b versions), and 3 Wacky Packages cards. All familiar characters are found on he GPK versions in the set. All three GPK cards were completed by artist Miran Kim. The set is available for $34.99 on Topps.com online store. Free shipping is available in the US via the SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The set will be available for 7 days. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is a checklist, and pictures of the cards available.

  • 1a: ADAM Bomb/1b: ADA Bomb
  • 2a: Meltin’ MELISSA/2b: Glowing AMBER
  • 3a: Double HEATHER/3b: FRAN FRAN
  • 4. Cheathearts
  • 5. Wimp Man’s
  • 6. Her or She

Artsits to Offer a Variety of Art/Cards at Gross Card Con

With just two weeks to go until Gross Card Con hits Las Vegas, collectors are anxious to find out just what will be available to them at the show. Artists have been finalizing their plans over the past few weeks. There is a large variety of things being offered from original GPK artwork, roughs, sketches, personal artwork, cards, and more! See below for items the various artists are planning to have available at the show!

Tom Bunk will be attending his second Las Vegas show. Tom will be bringing a number of original GPK artwork pieces for sale!! See pictures below for some of the pieces available at the show. Fantastic stuff available from Mr. Bunk!

Joe Simko will have a full assortment of products available. The highlight being the Indican version of the 30 Years of Garbage DVD. Indican hasn’t quite yet officially released the movie on DVD yet. There have been a few pop up on eBay, but its not widely available. The Directors will have a limited number of DVD available at their booth. The Director’s cut DVD, which was previous available to backers of their Indigogo campaign, will also be available at the show. Both versions of the DVD will be available for $25.

Joe will also have original GPK and Wacky Packages paintings, a variety of original sketch cards, Cereal Killers sticker cards, Stupid Heroes trading cards, and his Sweet Rot books. He will also be available for custom sketch work on blank sketch cards, printing plates, blank comic covers, or “blank human faces”. Joe will also be selling some great custom comic covers at the show.

Brent Engstrom will be at his second Vegas show. He will have a couple of prints for sale. He will also be signing autographs and doing sketches as time permits.

At the first GPK-Con David Gross sold his popular Rejected GPK concepts book. With GCC comes version 2 of the book! David will be selling both versions of the book at the show. If you purchase the book you also get a sketch done on the inside. Pre-orders of the book are available by contact him directly prior to the show. In addition to personal prints, David will be taking orders on sketches on both official and personal stock.

Mark Pingitore will be debuting his latest set at GCC, Nintendopes Series 1. The 18 card set will go on sale for the first time at the show. Mark will also be taking orders for sketches on his brand new sketch blanks, themed from some of his previous sets. Besides the new items, Mark will also have his previous sets, pins, sticker sheets and original art available for sale.

Jeff Zapata will be back for his second show in Vegas. Jeff will have new prints and original artwork at the show. Jeff will also be debuting two new t-shirts he designed. He will also have a limited number of 30 Years of Garbage DVDs available for sale.

Layron DeJarnette is also back for his second Vegas show. He will have original art, exclusive prints, and exclusive cards for sale. He will also be giving away free posters and cards with each purchase!

Jon Gregory will have many original portraits and artwork available. He will also be taking sketch commissions at the show. Free gift with each commission! You won’t want to miss the free gift!

Smokin Joe McWilliams will be at his second Vegas show, and he will have a lot of items available! Joe will have some original paintings for both GPK and Wacky Packages available. He will also be taking sketch commissions on both official GPK/Wacky blanks, and his personal stock. He will be promoting his new website MostersGoPOP.com. The website features original artwork from a number of artists. At the show he will have some stickers and mini prints of some of the artwork features on MonstersGoPOP. Finally Joe will be selling stickers and posters from a new line he created called, Giving Fingers. There will be something for everyone at Smokin’ Joe’s table!

Chad Scheres will have his Monster Art Card set at the show for sale. Each set will be $20 at the show. The set consists of 10 cards, and is limited to 50 made. With each set there is a chance at a sketch or original 8×10 monster drawing. He will also have a number of monster themed enamel pins and patches available for sale.

Attending his first Vegas show, Michael Barnard will have a set of 6 original cards he created from past GPK concepts. The set will cost $25 at the show. Michael will also have a set of four GPK inspired 8 X 10 prints available for $20. He will also have many other original prints available for $10 each at the show. You will be able to purchase both together for just $40.

Vincenzo D’Ippolito is also attend in first Vegas show. Making a special appearance from overseas, he will be taking commissions on sketches and comic covers. He will also have an original print available for sale.

Joe Grossberg will be attending his first Vegas show. GPK fans might not be as familiar with his work, as he has primarily worked on the Wacky Packages brand for a number of years. Joe is very innovative in creating his own Wacky inspired items, and he will have many available at the show. He will have 3 exclusives available at the show. A Wacky action figure, a mini toy set, and a mini comic will all make their debuts at the show. The toys are similar to a previous Wacky Holiday Treat toys he created back in 2015 and 2016. In fact Joe will be giving out his Wacky Holiday Treats postcard set with a purchase of $5 or more. Joe will also be promoting his Joe G ParoTee online store at the show. He will be premiering a new ParoTee design at the show, and will have ParoTee cards to give out with each t-shirt purchase from his store.

Clint Coleman will have his GPK & Wacky Warehouse setup at the show, offering all kinds of GPK items for sale. His table will also be the place to purchase the show exclusive card set.

The countdown is on! Better save those pennies for next week’s show!



Topps Reveals Print Run for 2018 GPK Shammy Awards

As the awards season continues, so does the online GPK sets. The latest set was based on this year’s Grammy awards. Today Topps revealed the print run for 2018 Garbage Pail Kids The Shammy Awards online set. Topps missed offering the set prior to the awards show, and instead sold it the week after. While many collectors will come out for the holiday themed sets, there is a lukewarm response to the awards sets. The Shammys was much the same as the total print run for the set hit 120 copies. This is the lowest online print run in the last few months, since the final award set of 2017. Topps is sure to have more awards themed sets in the way. However with Valentine’s Day next week, will Topps show GPK collectors some love?


Schedule for Upcoming Gross Card Con Takes Shape

In a little over two weeks, Garbage Pail Collectors from around the country will converge on Las Vegas for Gross Card Con. Gross Card Con is part of the larger Vegas Toy Con being held at the Circus Circus Hotel from Feb. 23-25. This is the second gathering of GPK collectors in Vegas. In the summer of 2016, GPK-Con was held in Vegas, and at the time was the largest gathering ever of GPK artists and collectors. GCC is set to break that mark this year with even more guest artists. Scheduled to attend are 14 current and former artists. Highlighting the show will be the appearances by Original Series artists Tom Bunk and James Warhola. Both artists played integral parts in the first 15 series of GPKs. This will be Bunk’s second appearance, while a first for Warhola. Almost all the current final card artists will also be in attendance. Returning to Vegas are Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko, David Gross, Layron DeJarnette, Joe McWilliams, and Chad Scheres, while Michael Barnard will be attending his first show. Former Topps artists Jeff Zapata and Mark Pingitore also are returning for their second show. Sketch artists Jon Gregory (2nd) and Vincenzo D’ippolito (1st) will also be in attendance. Finally Wacky Packages artist Joe Grossberg round out the lineup, making his first appearance.

What events will collectors have to look forward to while at the show? What type of ticket is best for you? Read on for a quick FAQ of the rundown on this year’s Gross Card Con.

What type of ticket do I need?

There are three types of tickets being offered for the event. For the most serious GPK collector there is a Super GPK VIP ticket. These tickets are now sold out, so if you missed them you are out of luck! The GPK VIP ticket cost $750, and these few lucky collectors get 4 nights hotel, tickets to the show, early admission, dinners Thurs., Fri., and Sat., a B&W sketch, and the GCC card set, and more! Second, there is a regular VIP ticket. For $150 these ticket holders get admission all 3 days, early admission, and dinners Fri. and Sat. Finally, there is a general admission 3 day or individual day tickets available. The 3 day pass retails for $25, while single day admission is available; Fri. ($10), Sat. ($15), Sun. ($15). A tip for collectors, try checking Groupon for discounts on basic VIP and general admission tickets, you might just get a nice discount!

What hours is the show open?

The show is open Fri. 4:00 PM – 9:00PM, Sat. 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and Sun. 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Holders of the GPK VIP or basic VIP tickets will be able to get in one hour early to the show each day.

What should I expect at the show?

Being a larger toy convention there will be plenty of booths setup selling toys. You will see lots of cosplayers, and even indy professional wresting shows! But you are there for GPK! All GPK artists will be in one area of the show. This allows collectors to have kind of a home base to visit with artists, see people they’ve only spoken with online, and maybe even do some trading! All 14 artists will be in the same area. In addition Clint Coleman and GPK & Wacky Warehouse will have a table set up again selling all things GPK.

Is there an artist Q&A session?

Unfortunately this time around there will not be a separate artist seminar. Due to space restraints, show promoters were not able to facilitate a Q&A session this year. However, all the artists are very approachable and really do love talking to collectors.

I’m a VIP holder, I get dinner(s)?

Yes, one of the big perks of the big GPK VIP package is an exclusive dinner with the artists on Thursday night. Ticket holders be sure to check your package details for time and location of the dinner. All GPK VIP and basic VIP holders also receive a ticket to the show wide VIP only dinners on Fri. and Sat. nights at 6:00 PM. General admission ticket holds must separately purchase tickets for the Fri/Sat dinners if they want to attend.

What other GPK events are there?

Saturday night there will be an evening social event at the West Bar inside the Circus Circus casino at 11:00 PM. The event is open to all collectors. While there is a breakfast mentioned on the event flyer, that event has been cancelled. Show promoters decided based on feedback from the previous show to leave more time open to collectors to have the freedom to do their own meet ups.

Is there a show specific card set available?

This year’s set is bigger than last year’s. Collectors will have a few choices this year. All 14 artists have created a card for the event, and in the case of 6 artists a second card. These 20 images will be available for sale in a few different formats. A master show set will be available at the show for $40. Cards #1-12 are regular cards done by the artists attending the show, Bonus #1-2 are the cards created by Tom Bunk and James Warhola. Rounding out the set are card #P1-P6. These are prism cards, printed on a shiny card stock. These images are the second card some of the artists created. Don’t want the whole set? Or just want extras of some? Cards #1-12 will be available by themselves for $15. While cards #P1-P6, will also be available separately for $15. The only way to get the Bonus cards is to purchase the maser set. GPK VIP ticket holders are in luck as the master set is already included in their package. There will also be a limited edition set of those same 20 images available as a proof/blank back set for $40. There are only 100 copies of the limited edition set available for purchase. Artists will also be given a number of their own cards to sell at their table and autograph/doodle on for collectors. Sets will be available at the GPK & Wacky Warehouse booth during the show. Those of you unable to make the show, should contact GPK & Wacky Warehouse after the show to inquire about purchasing any leftovers. Check out some images of the card art that artists have shared already!

What will the artists have available?

Ahhh that’s another article…..coming later this week! Tune into GPKNews to check out some of the goods the artists will be showcasing at the show!


Topps Launches 2018 GPK The Shammy Awards Online Set

Awards season is in full swing, and Topps is continuing their awards sets. Today Topps released 2018 Garbage Pail Kids The Shammy Awards online set. Topps did things a little different this time, releasing the set the day after the awards show. The 10 card set, (5 a/b versions), feature parodies of various music acts. The art for the set was created by David Gross and Brent Engstrom. The set is available for $27.99. Free shipping is available in the US via the SmartPost option, or for $10 internationally. 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 and pictures of the cards.

  • 1a: Lil Doozy Bert/1b: Pierced Ira (Artist: Brent Engstrom)
  • 2a: Tyler Created/2b: Crea-TOR (Artist: Brent Engstrom)
  • 3a: Overkill Kendrick/3b: Overloaded Lamar (Artist: David Gross)
  • 4a: Lady Shawl Shawl /4b: Vegatari Anne (Artist: Brent Engstrom)
  • 5a: Born to Ron/5b: E Street Rand (Artist: David Gross)

How Many 2018S1 GPK We Hate the 80’s Cards Were Produced? Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two part series on the production of 2018S1 GPK We Hate the 80’s. If you missed Part 1 you can go here to catch up.

In the first post we looked at how many packs/boxes/cases were produced of 2018S1 Garbage Pail Kids We Hate the 80’s. Here’s a review of what we came up with.

  • Total Production – 432,000 Packs
  • Collector – 39,000 Collector Packs or about 1625 Hobby Boxes or about 203 Collector Cases
  • Retail/Hobby – 393,000 Retail/Hobby Packs

I’ll be using these numbers to try to come up with an idea how many of each type of parallel and insert were created for the set. This will give you a good idea how rare a set is and how quickly you need to snap up that card for your rainbow! I’ll also compare some of this info to the previous sets for reference. As a reminder, in addition to using the sell sheet and odds, we will also have to make some assumptions and flat out guesses when trying to figure some of these out.

So how many of each type of card was made? We can’t figured it out for every type of insert or parallel. Some card types we don’t have enough information. Other times however, Topps is nice enough to tell us exactly how many of a card was produced. Like previous sets, Topps has continued to number many card types. This means we already know most of the parallel and insert numbers already! Makes this post a lot easier! We know Spit /99, Bloody /75, and Fool’s Gold /50 for the parallels, and Patches /50 and Autos /25 for the insert sets!

Still there are some things we just can’t determine. Topps has made it tough on us in recent releases. They no longer share a lot of information on the sell sheets for insertion numbers. This means we can not figure out each different retail pack type. Therefore, there are many retail items that we are unable to determine the production on. For example, the Yellow Phlegm borders. Since there is no way to break out the number of gravity feed packs from the other retail packs, we can not determine how many Phlegm borders were made. This also true for the various retail bonus sets; Classic 80’s (Jumbo Insert Set), Gross Bears, and Bathroom Buddies. However, with production being slightly down compared to Battle of the Bands, you should see similar numbers of those this series. The lack of retail breakdown also means we can not determine how many Loaded Sketches or Panoramic Sketches were inserted into packs.

Let’s discuss what we can figure out.

While we can’t figure out the Yellow Phlegm parallel, we can determine how many of the other two non-numbered parallels were made. We can also find out how many of the Wax Pack Parody bonus inserts were made.

  • Bruised Borders – 39,000 Collector packs X 1 Odds (doh) = 39,000 total Bruised borders / 180 cards in set = 216 per card.
  • Puke Borders – 393,000 Retail packs X 1 Odds (doh) = 393,000 total Puke borders / 180 cards in set = 2,183 per card.
  • Concert Posters & Album Covers – 39,000 Collector packs  / 24 Odds = 1625 total cards / 10 in set = 162 of each card made.

How do these numbers compare to the previous set, Battle of the Bands? Everything is down compared to the previous set. Bruised parallels and the Wax Pack Parody inserts are just slightly down since there were 2,000 less Collector packs produced this series. Puke borders are also down as retail production was just a tad lower this time.

One thing I always find interesting is to determine what pack types the printing plates and artist autographs are hiding? Retail always has the majority of the plates because over 80% of the production is retail. This same thing holds true for the new Sitcom Autos. We know Topps inserted 360 plates, 2,250 autos, and 250 Sitcom autos into production so here is the breakdown of how many can be found in each pack type.

  • Collector Plates – 39,000 packs / 1,190 odds = 32 plates in Collector packs
  • Retail/Hobby Plates – 393,000 packs / 1,200 odds = 327 plates in Retail packs
  • Collector Autos – 39,000 packs / 189 odds = 206 autos in Collector packs
  • Retail/Hobby Autos – 393,000 packs / 188 odds = 2,090 in Retail/Hobby packs
  • Collector Sitcom Autos – 39,000 packs / 1,844 odds = 21 autos in Collector packs
  • Retail/Hobby Sitcom Autos – 393,000 packs / 1,890 odds = 207 in Retail/Hobby packs

There’s a lot of interesting information these numbers reveal. First an explanation on the odds I used above. If you remember from the previous article on production, the Jumbo odds are a little off that normal. Therefore, that indicates production is actually a little lower than what we came up with. In order to estimate the odds above I used an average for the Retail odds from the different pack types. The numbers come out pretty darn close to what it should be. We can use these numbers to help corroborate our total pack numbers. The Plates the odds above come out to 359, which is darn close to 360 we know were made. Artist autos and Sitcom Autos are also very close.

Topps has continued their practice of not revealing how many total sketches of each type are inserted into packs. While we can’t figure out all sketch types, there is a few we can determine based on odds.

Shaped Sketches – 39,000 Collector packs / 76 odds = 513 Shaped Sketches in Collector packs.
Regular Sketches – 393,000 Retail/Hobby packs / 256 odds = 1535 Regular Sketches in Retail/Hobby packs
Dial Artist Panoramic – 39,000 Collector packs / 376 odds = 103 Dual Artist Panoramic Sketches in Collector packs.

While production is down a bit, the odds are slightly easier on all the sketches. When you compare the number of sketches inserted the numbers are very similar to Battle of the Bands.

The production numbers of We Hate the 80’s continue to show consistent support for GPK, even though there continues to be slight decreases in production. More than likely we will get a nine month break before 2018S2. Both the long break and the subject matter of the set might affect production.

Finally, can we figure out how many base cards were produced? Not really, but we can use what we know and give it our best guess! We know Collector packs have 6 base cards per pack now, except for packs containing patches, but that number is so small we will go with 6. Retail/Hobby packs 7 base cards per pack this time around, except for packs containing gold dust, autos, sketches, and plates, but again that number is so small I’m going to go with 7 per pack.

Base Cards – (39,000 Collector packs X 6 cards per pack) + (393,000 Retail/Hobby packs X 7 cards per pack) = 2,985,000 Total Base Cards produced / 180 cards per set = 16,583 Total of each base card.

While that’s a ton, its down just slightly compared to Battle of the Bands. Time to use a lot of hair spray, put on some baggy pants, and hop in your Delorean and get right down to Target and put together your set of We Hate the 80’s!

This is Part 2 of a two part series on the production of 2018S1 GPK We Hate the 80’sIf you missed Part 1 you can go here to catch up.


How Many 2018S1 GPK We Hate the 80’s Cards Were Produced? Part 1

This is Part 1 of a two part series on the production of 2018 Garbage Pail Kids We Hate the 80’s. Part 2 will be posting soon.

Topps had a solid 2017 when it came to retail sets. Both Adam-Geddon and Battle of the Bands were well received by collectors. Battle of the Bands was released just last October. After taking a 3 month break, Topps is back with the first set of the year, 2018 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids We Hate the 80’s. Despite the short window of time between releases, collectors have been eagerly anticipating We Hate the 80’s. The majority of collectors grew up in the 80’s, and that’s when the GPK phenomenon took off. How does that anticipation affect production, if any? Let’s see what we can figure out. This time around however, as you will see, Topps threw us a curveball with the odds. Time to get down and dirty with numbers!

First my disclaimer! Production numbers are never an exact science, and Topps makes it tough on us. In order to attempt to solve this riddle we need to look very closely at the clues in both the odds and the sell sheets. Some things to keep in mind for this post. 1) Topps doesn’t want the public to know exactly how much of each card was made. Why? No idea really, I think its dumb, but historically Topps only provides enough information to get close. 2) We need to make some assumptions. Those assumptions will be based on the clues we have, but still some guessing has to happen. 3) The odds never quite seem to come out completely equal. However we can round and get pretty close to how much was produced. 4) Topps changes what is printed from what the sell sheet says all the time. This will throw off all our numbers. 5) Keep in mind Topps historically holds back 5% of the print run to cover missing hits, damaged cards, and their No Purchase Necessary program. These numbers would include that 5%. With all that in mind let’s get started…(Warning lots of math coming up. If you don’t want to read about the process, skip to the bottom for the answer sheet!)

To start we need to determine how many packs were made for the entire print run. In order to do that we need a card type where all the odds are exactly the same in Collector and Retail/Hobby packs. In the past this was easy. Historically, Topps has used the same exact odds for both the Gold borders and the Artist autographs. For the most part that stays the same this set, with one exception. For the first time, Topps changed up the Jumbo Retail pack odds. Usually they are 1/2 of all the other packs, because there is double the amount of cards. So in the past we counted Jumbo packs as two packs. Now as you will see below the numbers are slightly off. The only way to possibly take a stab at this is to assume the Jumbo odds are 1/2 a regular pack. Just keep in mind the odds are slightly easier for the Jumbo Retail packs, making production numbers actually less than what I have stated in the article. Its not by a lot, but our numbers are off a bit.

One important thing Topps did fix this time around was the parallel odds, compared to Battle of the Bands. If you remember the odds printed on Battle of the Bands were overstated by double. Topps has corrected that with the new release, this should lead to less confusion.

Gold borders this time are set at 1:48 packs in Collector, Retail, Blaster, and Gravity packs. The exception is Jumbo retail packs, at 1:20, if we double those we still only get 1:40, which is slightly less that it should be. If we assume the odds were printed correctly by Topps, that will throw of our numbers just slightly. In order to come up with an estimate, we will use the 1:48 number. There are 180 base cards in the set, and Gold borders are /50 on the back. Therefore, 180 X 50 number of golds per card = 9000 total Gold borders X 48 odds = 432,000 total packs made for release. While very close to the previous release, this does indicate production is down.

Can we be sure about 432,000 packs being made? We can also check total pack production using the Artist Autographs. There are 90 different autos in the set X 25 autos per card = 2,250 total autos in the print run x 188 odds = 423,000. That number is pretty close to the number we got when using the Gold odds. Why the difference? A few reasons, the odds for autos in Collector is different by one, 1:189. Also remember Jumbo Retail pack odds are easier at 1:76. Double that we only have 1:152. This I think helps explain the difference in the numbers. I am going to use the 432,000 number for total packs made. Just keep in mind the production is actually a little less due to the Jumbo Retail odds.

Next we need to try to figure out how many of each pack type was created for the set. Collector packs are always easier to figure out because they have the cards that are exclusive to the set. We need card types that are only in Collector packs, and we know already how many were made. Once again there are three types, Patches, Bloody Red borders, and Spit Blue borders. Here’s what the math looks like on those:

  • Patch Cards – 20 cards in set X 50 made per card = 1000 total patches x 39 odds = 39,000 Collector packs made
  • Bloody Red borders – 180 cards in set X 75 made per card = 13,500 total Red borders X 3 odds = 40,500 Collector packs made
  • Spit Blue borders – 180 cards in set X 99 made per card = 17,820 total Blue borders X 3 odds = 53,460 Collector packs made

Ok so what gives here? Why in the world are the numbers so different? You will notice that the numbers for the Patches and Red borders are pretty close, but the Blue borders are way off. Topps did something different for the first time on the Collector odds. Both the Red and Blue borders are listed with the same exact odds at 1:3. In the past, every set has had the odds listed as 1:3 for Reds and 1:2 for Blues. We also know from previous sets that those weren’t the true odds. Topps usually rounds the odds up or down to the nearest whole number. I have no idea why Topps changed the Blue odds to 1:3. In real world box busting the number of actual blues and reds pulled has remained the same. Collector boxes are averaging 8 Reds and 11 Blues per box. This is consistent with previous releases. I believe the Blue Spit odds are the one thing Topps incorrectly printed on the packs, and the actual odds are closer to 1:2. This would put the total pack numbers more in line with the other two cards types. I’m confident using 39,000 as the number for total Collector packs produced.

How about other pack types? Once again Hobby boxes are nonexistent, and exist in name only. Starting with Adam-Geddon Topps has made Hobby boxes the same as Regular Retail boxes. There are no longer any marks on the packs or boxes that distinguish a Hobby box vs. a Retail box. Also, the odds are exactly the same. Since all cards types are the same there is no way to tell how many Hobby/Retail boxes were produced. Sadly the same holds true for retail packs. In order to determine how many different types of retail packs were made, we would need a card type that is only in one type of retail pack, and we know how many were made. The only cards types that are individual to retail packs are Loaded Sketches and Panoramic Sketches. Topps no longer releases how many sketches are inserted into each pack type. So just like with Battle of the Bands the rest of our discussion will combine all Hobby/Retail pack types into one number. Keep in mind a Jumbo Retail packs counts as 2 packs in our numbers.

We know there are 39,000 Collector packs. How many Retail/Hobby packs to we have? 432,000 total packs – 39,000 Collector packs = 393,000 Retail/Hobby packs. That sounds like a whole lot of packs, but in reality, We Hate the 80’s is the lowest produced GPK set in the last three years, barely beating out the previous set, Battle of the Bands.

Here’s what I believe the total production numbers to be for We Hate the 80’s:

  • Total Production – 432,000 Packs
  • Collector – 39,000 Collector Packs or about 1625 Hobby Boxes or about 203 Collector Cases
  • Retail/Hobby – 393,000 Retail/Hobby Packs

(Once again our numbers are slightly off due to the easier Jumbo Retail odds. So in reality there is even less production of We Hate the 80’s than stated. However, I’m confident these numbers are really close.)

So what does this all mean? Once again the trend of production numbers being down continues. I’m a little surprised as Battle of the Bands was well like by collectors.  Maybe the quick turnaround between sets affected how many cases were ordered by distributors. In looking at the numbers, while Collector box production is down compared to the last set its still the second highest by Collector box. Take a look at the last five sets and the production numbers:

  • Total Pack Production
    • Apple Pie – 484,000
    • Trashy TV – 638,000
    • Adam-Geddon – 459,000
    • Battle of the Bands – 441,000
    • We Hate the 80’s – 439,000 (<.1% decrease in total overall production vs. Battle of the Bands)
  • Collector Pack Production
    • Apple Pie – 36,500
    • Trashy TV – 35,000
    • Adam-Geddon – 36,000
    • Battle of the Bands – 41,000
    • We Hate the 80’s – 39,000 (5% decrease vs. Battle of the Bands)
  • Retail Pack Production
    • Apple Pie – 408,500
    • Trashy TV – 550,000
    • Adam-Geddon (Includes Hobby packs) – 423,000
    • Battle of the Bands (Includes Hobby packs) – 400,000
    • We Hate the 80’s (Includes Hobby packs) – 393,000 (2% decrease vs. Battle of the Bands)

Topps prints to order their product. Which means based on distributor pre-orders, Topps decides how much product to produce. The numbers show for the most part this set was printed in very similar quantities as both Adam-Geddon and Battle of the Bands. Collectors continue to gravitate to purchasing Collector boxes. More than likely collectors have stop purchasing “Hobby” boxes, since they have figured out now they are the same as Retail. With production numbers trending downwards just slightly, it will be interesting to see if Topps changes anything up in the formula for the new retail series.

Always interesting stuff to consider. Let me know your thoughts on the numbers in the comments!

This is Part 1 of a two part series on the production of 2018S1 Garbage Pail Kids We Hate the 80’s. In Part 2 we will look at production numbers for all parallel and insert sets. Part 2 will be posted soon.


Kawaii Cubes Expands GPK Line, Now Offers Large Plush

Kawaii Cubes began offering a new size of their Garbage Pail Kids themed plushes. Last year the company released 6 GPK plushes in the small and medium sizes. The large version of the cube, which they normally offer, is now available in their online store. The large version measures 8 x 8 x 8 inches, twice the size of the medium cubes. The large plushes retail for $20 each. Initially the company only has a very limited number of large plushes available. As of this writing only the large Tee Tee Stevie remains in stock. However, a company spokesperson said more large plushes will be stocked in their online store in the next month or so. The company continues to offer the small and medium sized plushes.


Funko Reveals GPK Pop! Vinyl Pictures

Funko has officially announced the Garbage Pail Kids Pop! Vinyl figures. Information on these regular sized figures started leaking out a few weeks ago, but now we have more information from Funko. The pictures of the figures was revealed in Funko’s blog in association with the London Toy Fair. There will be 4 regular figures, (Adam Bomb, Clark Can’t, Ghastly Ashley, and Beastly Boyd), and one chase Adam Bomb figure. It appears the chase Adam Bomb will be glow in the dark. The company says on the blog the figures will be out in May.