Back to regular online release schedule today for Topps with the political parody cards. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy- The First 100 Days cards #14-#18. Today’s cards feature four GPK cards and one Wacky Packages card. They also released a Wacky Packages Newwork Spews card as well. Topps seems to be sticking to the method of adding Wacky Packages cards into the GPK set, and not using the Alternate Facts brand created just last week. Each of today’s cards can be purchased for $9.99 or in lots of 5 for $29.99, 10 for $49.99, or 20 for $79.99. Free shipping is being offered via the SmartPost option. There is also a six card bundle featuring all of today’s cards that can be purchased for $39.99. The cards will be for sale for 24 hours on Topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here are pictures of today’s cards.
To help celebrate(?) the inauguration of Donald Trump, Topps released a special one time parody set. Moving past the Disg-Race series, Topps decided to do a separate set with both GPK a/b cards, and Wacky Packages cards. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids American as Apple Pie Presidential Inaug-Hurl Ceremony. All cards in the set drew similar sales numbers from the mid to upper 200’s. Here are the final print run numbers for each card printed.
- 1A: DISLOYAL DONALD/1B: “TRUSTY” TRUMP – 272
- 2A: DECIMATION DONALD/2B: TERMINATION TRUMP – 263
- 3A: DESPAIR DONALD/3B: TORMENT TRUMP – 267
- 4A: APPALLED ABE/4B: LET DOWN LINCOLN – 264
- 5A: DRIZZLE DONALD/5B: TEARFUL TRUMP – 262
- 6A: MELANCHOLY MELANIA/6B: TURNED AWAY TRUMP – 263
- 7A: KOOKY KELLYANNE/7B: CRAZY CONWAY – 265
- 8A: GLAD VLAD/8B: 45TH PRESIDENT PUTIN – 268
- 9: MELANIA’S JACKIE-OH NO! MASQUERADE COSTUME – 288
- 10: TRUMP SCOUTS COOKIES – 290
- 11: MY PARENTS WENT TO THE INAUGURATION AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS LOUSY PRESIDENT T-SHIRT – 290
This is Part 2 of a two part series on the production of 2017 GPK Adam-Geddon. If you missed Part 1 you can go here to catch up.
- Total Production – 459,000 Packs
- Collector – 36,000 Collector Packs or 1500 Hobby Boxes or 187 Collector Cases
- Retail/Hobby – 423,000 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 Pee 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 Pee borders were made. This also true for the various retail bonus sets; Classic Adamgeddon, Gross Bears, and Bathroom Buddies. However, with production down 28% compared to Prime Slime, there will be a lot less of these sets. 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 Pee parallel, we can determine how many of the other two non-numbered parallels were made. We can also find out how many of the Best of the Presidential Election bonus inserts were made.
- Bruised Borders – 36,000 Collector packs X 1 Odds (doh) = 36,000 total Bruised borders / 180 cards in set = 200 per card.
- Puke Borders – 423,000 Retail packs X 1 Odds (doh) = 423,000 total Puke borders / 180 cards in set = 2,350 per card.
- Best of Presidential – 36,000 Collector packs / 24 Odds = 1500 total cards / 10 in set = 150 of each card made.
Some very interesting things to point out in those numbers. Because there are 1000 more Collector packs compared to Prime Slime, there are actually more Bruised cards this time. However due to production cuts in retail there are now less Puke cards. Perhaps the biggest different is in the Best of Presidential “Bonus” cards. In previous sets you would get one card per Collector & Hobby box. With Topps chasing Hobby boxes to match retail the cards were only available in Collector boxes this time. That means more than a 40% cut in available bonus sets with this release. There can only be 150 Bonus sets possible this time. These cards might dry up quickly.
One thing I always find interesting is to determine what pack types the printing plates and artist autographs are hiding? Retail always had the majority of the plates because over 80% of the production is retail. We know Topps inserted 360 plates into the production, so here is the breakdown of how many can be found in each pack type.
- Collector Plates – 36,000 packs / 1062 odds = 34 plates in Collector packs
- Retail/Hobby Plates – 423,000 packs / 1073 odds = 394 plates in Retail packs
- Collector Autos – 36,000 packs / 168 odds = 214 autos in Collector packs
- Retail/Hobby Autos – 423,000 packs / 168 odds = 2517 in Retail/Hobby packs
First an explanation on why the numbers for each are higher that they should be. If you remember back in Part 1 of our discussion, I talked about Topps chasing the odds on Jumbo Retail packs this year. Previously the odds would be halved on everything for Jumbo packs, therefore a Jumbo pack would count as 2 packs. However, this time for Plates and Autos that is not the case. Our pack number of 423,000 assumes Jumbos as 2 packs, this is why the numbers come out a little bit more. I think the main thing to point out here is plates will be few and far between in Collector boxes, this is a change from previous releases where they fell at a much higher rate.
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 – 36,000 Collector packs / 178 odds = 202 Shaped Sketches in Collector packs.
Regular Sketches – 423,000 Retail/Hobby packs / 326 odds = 1297 Regular Sketches in Retail/Hobby packs
Dial Artist Panoramic – 36,000 Collector packs / 694 odds = 52 Dual Artist Panoramic Sketches in Collector packs.
A couple of things stand out right away. Hobby boxes no longer contain Shaped Sketches, therefore there is more than 60% fewer Shaped sketches in this release. Dual Artist Panoramic Sketches are cut by almost 50% compared to Prime Slime. This matches information shared by the artists when they began drawing the sketches. They were giving far less to draw for this release.
Looking at the numbers for Adam-Geddon really tells a story, but also leaves many unanswered questions. Production was cut way back compared to recent sets. Is interest falling in retail GPK sets? Or is this just distributors over correcting because of over ordering on Prime Slime? Topps has yet to announce the next retail GPK set. It will be interesting to see how the smaller set size coupled with the lower print run affects the next GPK set.
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 – (36,000 Collector packs X 6 cards per pack) + (423,000 Retail/Hobby packs X 7 cards per pack) = 3,177,000 Total Base Cards produced / 180 cards per set = 17,650 Total of each base card.
While that’s a ton, its down from over 25,000 of each Prime Slime card. Get those sets while you can!!!
This is Part 2 of a two part series on the production of 2017 GPK Adam-Geddon. If you missed Part 1 you can go here to catch up.
Paul Lasko, who writes about legal issues in the trading card market for Cardboard Connection, was first to report today that Topps filed for trademarks for both GPK and Garbage Pail Kids in association with, “downloadable images and graphics in the nature of digital stickers”. No work on what this could be for. It could be as simple as the trademarks for the digital stickers already released in the Apple App Store. Or maybe it could mean more? Topps also filed for trademarks for digital stickers for the Wacky Packages and Mars Attacks brands, which have not had any digital releases as of yet.
Topps files TM apps for MARS ATTACKS, WACKY PACKAGES, GPK and GARBAGE PAIL KIDS for downloadable images in the nature of digital stickers
— Paul Lesko (@Paul_Lesko) January 27, 2017
Would sales on the latest release of Trump cards rebound after a disappointing day 2? Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy – The First 100 Days cards #9-#13. The third release this week of president cards saw very similar numbers to the previous day. Sales were slightly higher for the GPK cards, but all hung around the 200 range. In an attempt to boots bundle sales Topps added Wacky Packages to the set for the first time, instead of including them in the Wacky set that was launched earlier this week. This sales didn’t materialize as the Wacky cards saw sales stay in the mid-200’s. There is however plenty of time for Topps to work on rebounding sales, still 92 days left in that first 100 days. Here are the final print run numbers.
#9 – Defunding Donald – 216
#10 – Discarding Donald – 214
#11 – Devastating Devos – 196
#12 – Take-A-Me & Go (Wacky) – 254
#13 – Trump’s Duplicake Mix – 272
The presidential inauguration of Donald Trump brought out comic and GPK collectors alike for the second issue of Topps Comics. Today Topps released the print run for Topps Comics GPK #2: 2017 Presidential Inaug-Hurl Ceremony of Donald Dump. Sales for issue #2 blew away sales for the first issue, coming in at 455 copies sold. The comic book which cost collectors $19.99 + shipping, also came with two GPK cards featuring the same artwork as the cover. Look for Topps to continue issuing the comics if sales remain strong.
Day two of the Trumpocracy was not quite as successful as the first day. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy – The First 100 Days cards #6-#8. After a very successful first day of sales, things came crashing down in day two. Two of the GPK cards finished under 200 in sales, with the other card just over 200. The Wacky Packages cards finished much lower as well in the mid 200’s. This might explain why the Wacky cards were added into the Trumpocracy set for the third day of sales, in an attempt to boost sales by selling bundles. It will be very interesting to see sales numbers as the new sets progress. Here are the print run numbers for the second Trumpocracy release.
#6 – Masked Melania – 226
#7 – Treasury Trump – 193
#8 – Pricey Tom – 193
Topps looks to be sticking with their usual GPK online release schedule with the new sets. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy – The First 100 Days cards #9-#13. Today’s cards feature three GPK cards, and two Wacky Packages cards. It looks like Topps is now going with the same route they took with the Disg-Race set, and mix in Wacky Packages as part of the set. I don’t know if they’ve abandoned the Wacky Packages Alternative Facts banner already, or if they are just mix and matching. Each of today’s cards can be purchased for $9.99 or in lots of 5 for $29.99, 10 for $49.99, or 20 for $79.99. A five card bundle featuring one of each card is available for $34.99. Free shipping is being offered via the SmartPost option. The cards will be available for sale for 24 hours on topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here are pictures of today’s new cards.
The Disg-Race is over! Last Thursday’s offering of Garbage Pail Kids Disg-Race to the White House proved to be the last issue for the set. Topps finally completed the online only set, and moved on to various other online offerings. The set is groundbreaking in a number of ways. 2016 was really the year of the online exclusive for Topps. Topps did a number of things across their properties to see how to offer online exclusives to collectors. Garbage Pail Kids were actually the first property Topps tested online cards with the Iowa Caucus set, back in Feb. of last year. After offering a mixture of political and entertainment based online sets, Topps moved to an individual card offerings for GPK. This matches Topps wildly successful Topps Now Baseball Card brand which launched in April of last year. Topps launched GPK Disg-Race on 9/26 with card #1, a parody of the first presidential debate. Originally collectors thought the set would last until the election in Nov. However, as things got crazier and crazier in the election, sales for the cards seemed to increase. Topps decided to ride the wave until last weeks’s inauguration.
How much did you spend collecting the Disg-Race set? How many cards were printed? How much money did Topps make? Let’s take a look at GPK Disg-Race by the numbers… (Thanks to collectors Steve Sodergren and Erica Fox for compiling many of the numbers for this article!)
- 152 – Total number of cards in the GPK Disg-Race set.
- 135 – Total number of GPK cards in the set.
- 17 – Total number of Wacky Packages cards in the set.
- 6 – Total number of artists who painted cards for the set. The artist breakdown is; Simko (64), Engstrom (61), Im (13), Gross (11), Camera (2), McWilliams (1)
- 115 – Total number of days elapsed between the first day the set was offered, (9/26/16), to the last day cards were offered, (1/19/17).
- 40 – Total number of days during that span cards were offered for sale on Topps.com.
- 54,480 – Total number of cards printed by Topps for the Disg-Race set.
- 47,429 – Total number of GPK cards printed in the Disg-Race set.
- 7,051 – Total number of Wacky Packages cards printed in the Disg-Race set.
- 1,196 – Highest print run of an individual card, #1 (Disg-Race to the White House).
- 248 – Lowest print run of an individual card, #143 (Dogfight Donald). There can be more more than 248 complete sets out there.
- 4 – Cards with a print run over 600, (#1, #64, #70, #102).
- $1,164.58 – Amount collectors had to spend to complete the Disg-Race set by buying the daily bundles.
- $1,518.48 – Amount collectors would have spent to collect the set if paying $9.99 per card. This was the most expensive non-eBay option.
- $606.48 – Amount collectors would have spent to collect the set if paying $3.99 per card. This was the cheapest option, only if the 20 card lot of each individual card was purchased.
- $544,255.30 – Gross sales total for all cards printed by Topps, if collectors spent $9.99 per card. This would be the highest possible amount made, which we know didn’t happen. Most collectors bought the bundles for their sets. There were also dealers who purchased card lots for re-sale. Its impossible to know how much Topps really made selling the Disg-Race.
The sequel is never better than the original, right? Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy – The First 100 Days cards #1-#5. Were set collectors tired of Trump cards after the end of the Disg-Race set? Collectors came out and proved that wasn’t the case with the first Trumpocracy cards. Sales were a bit across the board, but very solid for the most part. The Madonna parody card led the way with 425 copies sold. Two other GPK cards were in the mid-300’s, while the other two fell shy of the 300 mark. Incidentally both the Wacky and Twister cards sold in the 300’s despite being part of their own set. It will be interesting to see if collectors continue to flock to buy up Trump. Here are the print run for the GPK cards:
#1 – Deleted Donald – 371
#2 – Mad Donna – 425
#3 – Dissenting Donald – 349
#4 – Storyteller Spicer – 281
#5 – Tasteless Trump – 237