Target Halts In Store Sales of Some Trading Cards, are GPKs Included?


Huge news in the trading card industry yesterday as Target announced they would be halting in store sales of some trading card brands. As first reported by Bleeding Cool, Target also issued the following statement to GPKNews:

The safety of our guests and our team is our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution, we’ve decided to temporarily suspend the sale of MLB, NFL, NBA and Pokémon trading cards within our stores, effective May 14. Guests can continue to shop these cards online at Target.com.

The statement only specified certain trading cards would be pulled; Pokémon, MLB, NFL, and NBA. When asked by GPKNews, Target would not specifically say if other trading cards, specifically Garbage Pail Kids, would continue to be sold in stores. GPKNews was told by a source that the company will continue to evaluate other cards and make decisions that best serve customers and employees. An internal store communication posted to Blowout Cards Forums shows that employees are only pulling Pokémon, MLB, NFL, NBA cards from store shelves.

Target made the decision after months of various policy changes in stores in an attempt to organize trading card sales after massive increases in demand. After Black Friday like atmospheres begin occurring, Target started limiting sales to Friday mornings and limiting purchase quantities. Last week, an incident made news after a customer was attacked by four men in a Target parking lot in Wisconsin after a disagreement over trading cards purchased. The customer ended up stopping the altercation by pulling his gun on the assailants.

Rumors have also circulated online that Walmart is stopping in store trading card sales. However, as of now that isn’t the case. Walmart told GPKNews, “We have not suspended the sale of any trading cards.  Like other retailers, we have seen increased customer demand, and we are determining what, if any, changes are needed to meet customer demand while ensuring a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.” It appears any stores posting Walmart would be stopping in stores sales was done an error.

2021 Series 2 Garbage Paul Kids GPK Goes on Vacation Retail Sell Sheet

The last week has been filled with GPK news. Today brings us the retail sell sheets for 2021 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids GPK Goes on Vacation. There are a number of changes being made to the retail products found in Targets and Walmarts. It appears Fat Packs are a thing of the past. As with Chrome 4, there are no Fat Packs being offered by Topps for the next retail release. Blasters and Retail Display boxes will be the two options available for big box retailers. Because there are no Fat Packs, Purple parallels are also no longer being produced. Collectors can continue to find Green parallels in all retail packs. Route 66 Asphalt (/66), Fool’s Gold (/50), Printing Plates, Regular Sketch cards, and Artist Autos will be also randomly inserted into all pack types throughout the product. A new insert card, Don’t Make Me Pull this Car Over, will be inserted into all retail packs types in 1:3 packs. These cards will featured the theme of the torture that is being crammed into a car for a road trip.

Retail Display boxes are now being advertised by Topps on the sell sheet as being Retail + Hobby Display boxes. Keep in mind these are the same product. There is no “H” designating them as Hobby. They do however come with some exclusive items. Spit Blue parallels (/99) can be found in Display boxes. Famous Landmarks by Tom Bunk can be found in Display Boxes only. The returning Bunk puts his GPK twist on iconic destinations. These will be inserted 1:3 packs.

Blaster boxes (aka Value Box), will continue to contain some exclusive items. Blaster boxes will come packaged in 1 of 3 collectible luggage themed tins. These boxes will once again contain 10 packs, and carry a MSRP of $22 per tin. Phlegm Yellow parallels can only be found in Blasters, and will be inserted 1:5 packs. The Travel Poster Sticker insert set is also a Blaster box exclusive, and will come 3 cards per tin. Collectors will also get the chance to pull Loaded Puzzle and Panoramic sketch cards from these tins.

Much like with GPK Chrome 4, release dates and allocations are up in the air. The product is being heavily allocated on the retail side with customers only being able to pre-order a limited number of cases. The sell sheets advertise the set will be available September 2021, while the case pricing sheets have a release date of Nov. 24, 2021. GPKNews reached out to Topps for clarification on the released date, and was told to expect the set in the Fall of 2021. GPKNews will update everyone once an exactly release date is known. You can checkout the retail sell sheet for 2021 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids GPK Goes on Vacation below, or in PDF form here.

Super Premium Topps WWE Transcendent Set to Feature GPK Art

Are you a big fan of WWE and GPK? Do you have 13k lying around? Then maybe Topps 2021 WWE Transcendent is for you. Yesterday, Topps announced the latest super premium WWE set. For those unfamiliar with the Transcendent line, it’s a ultra rare boxed set that contains limited card sets, inserts, autographs, original art, and a VIP ticket to a special party. As part of this year’s set each box will receive an original piece of Garbage Pail Kids artwork from Brent Engstrom or Joe Simko. The example shown is Steve Austin artwork Engstrom did previously for the WWE x GPK card set and merchandise. No other info is available yet on the different GPK x WWE pieces that will be inserted. WWE Transcendent is set to be released 7/25/21 and is limited to only 50 boxes. If you want to scratch that itch, Steel City has some available for the low price of $12,999.95!

Topps Announces 2021 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids: GPK Goes on Vacation

Fresh off the details of this year’s chrome set from Topps, comes today’s announcement of 2021 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids: GPK Goes on Vacation. The second retail set of 2021 will feature the now standard 200 card base set, comprised of 100 new characters. The entire theme of the series will be kids on vacation. Many of the usual parallels are set to return. Green parallels will once again be inserted in all retail packs. Black (1 per pack) and Red parallels (/75) can once again be found exclusively in Collector packs. Topps is introducing a brand new parallel, Route 66 Asphalt, those will be numbered /66 and can be found throughout the product. Fool’s Gold, printing plates, and artist autographs can also be found throughout the product.

Tom Bunk will make his return to GPK with an insert set called Famous Landmarks by Tom Bunk. These will feature iconic landmarks redone with a GPK twist. Those can be found 1:3 packs in Retail/Hobby Display boxes. Pack You Bags – Wacky Packages will be inserted 1 per Collector Tin. Collector tins will also be the only place to funs State Quarter Relics. These will be /99 and will highlight quarters from all 50 US states. Of course Collector tins will also have a chance at Shaped and Triptych Sketch cards. Regular sketch cards can be found once again in retail packs. Finally, each Collector tin will come with one luggage tag packaged inside. Each Collector tin will also come with artist designed map artwork.

As with the Chrome sell sheets, there is conflicting information on the release date. The sell sheet advertised September 2021, while the case SKU sheets say the set will release the week of Nov. 24, 2021. GPKNews will reach out to Topps for more information. You can view the sell sheets below or they can be found in PDF form here.

2021 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 4 Retail Sell Sheet

Late last week Topps released Hobby information for 2021 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 4. Today the retail information is out, and there are quite a few changes this time around. With this release Topps will only be offering Value (Blaster) Boxes for the retail store SKUs. The previously offered Fat Packs in Chrome OS 3 are no more. There will be two versions of the Blasters, a pre-priced and non pre-priced Blaster. Each Blaster this time around will contain 6 of the 4-card packs. Each blaster is guaranteed 3 Atomic Refractors. Blasters will carry the usual $20 MSRP, and once again will come 40 to a case. The distributor GPKNews spoke with also mentioned sales of Blasters from Topps will be heavily allocated. It wasn’t clear if the allocations are limited to non big box retailers or if the product as a whole will be allocated.

The retail sell sheet once again describes the set as a 100 card base set featuring the 42 original OS 4 characters, along with 6 new paintings done by David Gross, Joe Simko, and Brent Engstrom. C Name variations will also be available in retail, scheduled to fall 1:100 packs. Artist autographs of Tom Bunk and David Burke will also be inserted, with those limited to /50 per card. For the first time in a GPK chrome release, Gold and Black Refractors will be Value Box exclusives. In previous releases those were Hobby only parallels. Atomic Refractors will also return, but this time instead of being wrapped separately in a 3 per box pack, they are advertised as being inserted 1:2 packs. Here is a complete rundown of parallels that can be found in Value boxes.

  • Refractors – 1:3
  • Atomic Refractor – 1:2
  • Green Refractor – /299
  • Green Wave – /299
  • Yellow Refractor – /275
  • Yellow Wave – /275
  • Purple Refractor – /250
  • Purple Wave – /250
  • Prism – /199
  • Aqua Prism – /199
  • X-Fractor – /150
  • Black Refractor – /99 (Value Box Only)
  • Gold Refractor – /50 (Value Box Only)
  • Rose Gold Refractor – /25
  • Superfractor – 1/1
  • Printing Plates – 1/1

GPKNews was able to obtain come clarifying information on the release date for the product. Topps had sent out conflicting information with the sell sheets advertising the release date as “November 2021”, and the case SKU form showing “Week of December 31 2021”. Topps told GPKNews the the set was planned for November, but after the sell sheets were approved to send out, the date had already slipped due to production issues. Right now Topps is planning for a December release for GPK Chrome OS 4, with an exact date to come at a later time. The retail sell sheet for 2021 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 4 can be seen below or in PDF form here.

Topps Announces 2021 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 4

While the second retail set for 2021 still hasn’t been announced by Topps yet, today Topps did officially announce 2021 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 4. After a huge response to last years Chrome OS 3 release, Topps is back this year with more. Once again the set will feature 100 base cards, comprised of reprints of the original 42 characters in the set, along with 6 new pieces of art, (That doesn’t add up to 100, so the sell sheet may be off there.) There will be a host of new parallels this time around, with 16 different ones per character! Collectors will be able to find:

  • Refractors – 1:3
  • Green Refractor – /299
  • Green Wave – /299
  • Yellow Refractor – /275
  • Yellow Wave – /275
  • Purple Refractor – /250
  • Purple Wave – /250
  • Prism – /199
  • Aqua Prism – /199
  • X-Fractor – /150
  • Black Wave – /99 (Hobby Only)
  • Orange Refractor – /75 (Hobby Only)
  • Rose Gold Refractor – /25
  • Red Refractor – /5 (Hobby Only)
  • Superfractor – 1/1
  • Printing Plates – 1/1

C Name variations will once again return with an insertion rate of 1:100 packs. Artist autographs are also advertised with autos from Tom Bunk and David Burke. You can view the sell sheets below or in PDF form right here. Topps didn’t include an official release date for the set in the information. The sell sheet advertises available in November, while the case breakdown says releasing the week of Dec. 31st. GPKNews will work to confirm the release date. Enjoy you chrome addicts!

Topps Advertises Upcoming Garbage Pail Kids Licensed Merchandise

Topps today begin advertising all the upcoming officially licensed Garbage Pail Kids merchandise planned through the summer. And boy is there a lot! Perhaps the highlight of the announcements is the return of Tom Bunk to Garbage Pail Kids cards. Topps says the Bunk will be doing art for upcoming online and retail sets.

Topps also focused on their merchandise. Many items shared are already available or know about. However there were some new info. In addition to the recently launched Orange Soda, FYE will be launching two new candy bars, the Cotton Candy bar and the Drippy Skippy bar. On the GPK x Madballs partnership it appears the Mishka launch will include hats and sweatshirts as well. A brand new product, Adam Bomb golf club covers will be offered by Swag Gold starting on 6/3. Finally the last bit of new news is the next installment of Max Max Fury Road is coming in June.

Check out this link for all the info on the upcoming products from Topps.

Mishka Garbage Pail Kids x Madballs T-shirt Coming Soon

The Garbage Pail Kids x Madballs partnership continues on. The next item launching is a t-shirt from Mishka. The company is planning on launching a shirt through the NTWRK app on Thursday, May 6 at 8:00 PM EST. The shirt features all new artwork designed by Mishka’s Greg Rivera, and painted by Joe Simko. The company also had promo cards printed by Topps with the same artwork. The cards will be given to the first 300 t-shirt purchasers.

GetAGripSkateboards Launches Garbage Pail Kids Wheels

GetAGripSkateboards today launched their initial series of officially licensed Garbage Paul Kids themed skateboard blind bag wheels. Today’s launch was announced to collectors who were signed up to their VIP email list. The officially launch day is tomorrow, 5/1. There are eight base wheels, and one limited chase wheel to collect. The characters on the wheels are comprised of all OS 1 characters, except for one OS 2 wheel. Individual wheels are available for $11.99, or in a 10 pack for $100, or a 50 pack for $450. Wheels can be purchased on the company’s website. Wheels went on sale early morning and the website reports the 50 packs are already sold out. The website state the wheels will ship in mid-May. The company will also be selling a limited edition skateboard deck in the middle of May.

USAopoly Set to Release Two New Garbage Pail Kids Puzzles

Collectors who like to put puzzles together will be set later this year. As first reported by GPKWorld, USAopoly is set to release two new Garbage Pail Kids puzzles based on the books by RL Stine. First up is the Thrills & Chills puzzle, based on the book releasing in May. The puzzle uses the same Joe Simko artwork that’s featured on the book’s cover. The puzzle is set to release 6/17/21, and will retail for $14.99. You can preorder the puzzle at this link. The next puzzle is the Home Gross Home puzzle. This one is based off the cover artwork from the previously released Welcome to Smellville book. There is no release date or preorder available yet for this puzzle. More info can be found at the company’s website.