Yesterday artists begin receiving word from Topps that they will no longer be producing daily Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages cards. Wednesday’s cards served as the final daily offerings from Topps for the foreseeable future. Instead, Topps will focus on smaller weekly online sets.
The daily cards were based off Topps’ popular Topps Now Baseball Card program started in early 2016. While Topps had been selling smaller GPK sets online, their first daily cards appeared in the GPK Disg-Race to the While house set that took aim at the presidential election. More daily sets were launched by Topps including two Trumpocracy sets, GPK Network Spews, Wacky Packages Alternate Facts, and the Twister set.
There was no overarching reason supplied to the artists on why the daily cards were ending. A number of reasons could certainly be in play. Sales have fallen constantly since the first release of the cards. Collectors have complained about too much political focus, over saturation of the market, along with artwork from certain artists that seems rushed. With sales falling often below 100, it may no longer have made sense financially to offer daily cards.
The focus will now turn to weekly smaller online sets, similar to ones offered in the past. Past sets focused on the holidays, awards shows, TV, and musicians. While sets might not appear every week, you can expect similar themes. More than likely sets will continue to see GPKs mixed with Wacky Packages. With limited political cards, less cards offered, and possibly more time for artists to complete cards, it will be interesting to see if sales start to rise.
After waiting the weekend, Topps wrapped up the prints runs from last week cards. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy 2017 #36, and GPK Network Spews #85. Collectors came out in full force for the Transformers. Michael Barnard’s parody of the upcoming Transformers movie saw sales spike finishing with 268 copies sold. The Trumpocracy card however remained in the low 100’s. Collectors are showing they will come out for popular gags and good artwork, but are tired of the political cards. After another abbreviated week last week, it will be interesting to see what Topps has to offer this week. Here are how the final numbers came out for Thursday’s cards.
GPK Trumpocracy 2017
#36 – Irked Ivanka – 107
GPK Network Spews
#85 – Past His Prime – 268
I launched a new feature to the website this evening, GPKNews Artist Directory. My goal was to showcase every artists that’s credited with working on a card front, card back, or sketch for a Garbage Pail Kid card.
I spent many hours searching for websites, e-mail address (I’ve only included publicly available e-mail addresses), Facebook, FB Pages, Twitter, and Instragram accounts. There are other lists out there but they aren’t as complete as this one. My hope is this will be a one stop shop for collectors to find artists to not only contract out for commissions, but also purchase what the artists have available. All these artist could use collector support!
If you have any feedback to the new feature, please let me know or comment in this post. Thanks for your continued support of the website. I hope everyone enjoys the new feature.