Topps Announces New 2016 Garbage Pail Kids Set

Tops just released information on the new 2016 Garbage Pail Kids American as Apple Pie In Your Face set. Whew that’s one heck of a title. Cardboard Connection was the first to post information about the upcoming series which is set to release 1/20/16.

This new set is setup up much like the previous 30th series, but with completely new parallels, and inserts that resemble previous releases. Once again the base set will be made up of subsets just like the 30th set. This time there will be 9 subsets that make up the base set; (American as Apple Pie (84), American Swept Under the Rug (18), America’s Pastimes (18), American Icons (18), Americana Devolved (18), American Inventors (18), 2016 Presidential Candidates (10), 2016 US Summer Olym-Picks (18), and US Historical Moments (18)).

For Hobby/Collector’s boxes Topps is completely changing parallels and their insertion rates. Spit Splatter is limited to 99 copies and only found in Hobby, Bloody Nose is limited to 75 copies and only found in Collector, and Gold Dust is limited to 50 copies and can be found in multiple box types. No word yet on what parallels will be found in Retail packs/boxes.

Bonus cards also look to be a thing of the past. Similar to the 30th set both Hobby and Collector boxes will come with 1 Comic Covers card (I’m guessing this is where those IDW Micro fun pack cards went) and 1 Horror Card. These look to replace bonus cards similar to the Foreign Legion cards in the 30th set.

Finally Hobby and Collector boxes have other goodies inside similar to older releases. Die-cut sketches, Printing Plates, Patch Cards limited to 50 each, Artist Relics similar to the 30th set, autographs (The example I saw shows a return to base cards being autographed), and panoramic sketch cards look to be moving from Blaster boxes to Collector boxes. The Collector box guarantee of a auto, plate, sketch, or patch card per box looks to be returning with this release.

Some interesting choices from Topps. Going with a large base set and using subsets again. Completely changing how parallels look and are distributed, and removing the extra parallels from Collector’s boxes. Lots to digest here, more info to come once the sell sheet comes out.

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Dollar Tree Packs for 30th GPK Set Available Now

About a month after each new release Topps has been distributing special packs to the discount chain Dollar Tree, and the 30th set is no exception. GPK collector Rex Adams was the first to post pictures of these 4 cards packs found exclusive in Dollar Tree stores. Now don’t head out looking to find any printing plates, sketches, or even inserts for that matter. These packs only contain base cards. If you only want to put together the base set, and have fun opening packs, then these are for you! Pack/Box collectors will also be after this version to complete their sets.

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Parallels Surface for GPK Go HollyWood Comic

Updated 8/27 @ 9:47

The Black border Methane Max has finally surfaced. GPK collector Stephen Emery pulled a black border from his comic order from all the way in the U.K.! Now that all the parallels have been found, happy hunting everyone!

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Almost a week after the release of the newest comic, Garbage Pail Kids Go Hollywood, colored parallels of the promo card finally have started to surface. Collectors busting the comic in the first week had pulled nothing but the base version of the Methane Max card found in the Deluxe version of the comic. However GPK collector Jeremiah Schauls broke that streak last night. Jeremiah purchased 8 of the Deluxe version from his local comic store and hit the jackpot. He pulled 7 yellow versions along with the very rare red version.

IDW’s lackluster distribution of the comics has continued since the first comic. IDW won’t shuffle the comics as they are distributed, therefore the same store will end up with batches of the same colored parallel, while all other stores get base versions. While there has been no confirmation yet from IDW in previous releases there were 10 copies of the red version and 100 copies of the yellow version of the card produced. In keeping with the previous comic released the reds/yellows are not numbered on the back. As of this update a Black version of the card has yet to surface. This article will be updated when a black surfaces.

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Topps Files Two Trademarks for “GPK”

News today coming from Paul Lesko on Twitter that Topps filed for two trademarks on August 10th for the letters GPK.

According to Mr. Lesko, Topps never previously trademarked the acronym “GPK”, only the term “Garbage Pail Kids” was trademarked. It remains to be seen how Topps will use this trademark going forward. Now that the 30th anniversary set has been released there have been no upcoming announcements for future GPK card sets.

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Deluxe GPK Go Hollywood Comic Released w/ Promo Card

deluxe5Thanks to Kevin Johnson over at Gotham City Comics we now have the first images of the promo card found in the Deluxe version of the Garbage Pail Kids Go Hollywood Comic #5.

Last week the regular, variant, and blank cover versions of the comic were released. We had to wait a week for the Deluxe version to arrive in stores. See below for the regular version of the Methane Max card. This post will be updated once others color versions are found.

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IDW Releases 5th One Shot Comic

comic5Garbage Pail Kids Go Hollywood, or at least they do in IDW’s 5th One Shot Comic, releasing officially Wed. Aug. 12. As with previous versions of the comic there are 4 covers to choose from. You can find the regular version, the deluxe version containing a promo GPK card, a rarer variant cover, and finally a blank cover that can be used to sketch your own.

Thanks to Kevin Johnson over at Gothem City Comics we learned today that the Deluxe version w/ card has been delayed one week. We will have to wait a little longer to see the various colored parallels of the promo card and if they will be numbered this time around.

Also of note this appears to be the final Garbage Pail Kids Comic LDW will be producing.

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IDW Cancels Micro Comic Fun Packs

microfunpackAs we’ve covered here previously IDW was set to release the GPK Micro Fun Packs, containing mini versions of the GPK comics, special promo cards, and other goodies. Originally the Fun Packs were set to release in April 2015, pushed back to June of 2015, then pushed back again to October 2015. Just a couple of weeks ago IDW decided to cancel the project all together. Word on the street has it there were not enough pre-orders from distributors to continue with the project.

One thing to note for rare GPK collectors. There are uncut sheets of the promo cards out in the wild. A Topps rep gifted a few of these to various folks over the last few weeks. So you might come across one of these rare sheets.

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Topps Working on Unsearchable Retail Packaging

toppsThis past week was the yearly National Sports Collectors Convention. Topps held their yearly Q&A session with collectors on Saturday morning. While this convention is 99% sports collectibles related, there can be some tidbits of news coming out that relates to Garbage Pail Kids.

During the session one collector asked something that is a common complaint among GPK collectors. They inquired to Topps if they can do something about pack searchers and the packaging they use.

In Topps responce they mentioned both Hanger Blisters and Blaster Boxes as ways Topps has worked to make pack searching harder. They also stated they have spoken to Wal-Mart and Target in working to stop pack searchers. But here’s the interesting part, Topps went on to say they are working on their retail packaging and that next year they will have packaging that is virtually unsearchable.

If Topps can pull this off it will be a boon to to retail buying, as many collectors refuse to buy opened gravity feeds or retail boxes because of pack searching.

In other news to come out of the session, Topps explained that there are times when not all the stated amount of inserts/parallels will make it into packaging. The answer referenced sports products, but could always be applied with GPK. In their example just because a parallel is limited to “299” doesn’t mean 299 get inserted into products. They said they print based on orders, and they always stick to the printed odds. While they never print more, there may be less that what is stated on sell sheets or numbered on cards.

Topps also said they would start breaking card news on their site instead of relying on other websites.

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