Wednesday marked the last day Topps will offer daily GPK cards. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Network Spews #91. The final Network Spews card featuring a trio of superheroes ended up doing really well with collectors finishing with 185 in sales. Topps focus the last couple of weeks was on Wacky Packages cards. What artists showed however was collectors were willing to pay for classic gags, featuring established properties, and well done art. This marks the end of a controversial time in the history of Garbage Pail Kids. With the daily sets now complete it remains to be seeen how topps will incorporate their online offers going forward.
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.
Topps focus on smaller online sets continues with today’s release. Today Topps announced Garbage Pail Kids 4th of July online set. The set features 3 new pieces of GPK artwork in a/b pairs, as well as 3 Wacky Packages cards. All cards are new parodies of various American historical figures. It appears that Topps is no longer offering the cards individually, you can only purchased the entire 9 card set fro $29.99. Shipping is free in the US via the SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The cards 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 along with pictures of the cards, (Note Topps did not show a picture for card #9 in the listing.)
Last week Topps revisited last year’s Prime Slime TV set, with a special set based off of this summer’s popular TV shows. Today Topps released the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Summer Time TV online set. The 10 card set featured 3 new pieces of artwork available in a/b pairs, and 4 Wacky Packages cards. Except for one Wacky card, all cards in the sent ended in the mid 120’s in sales. This topped the previous week’s set based on James Comey. After taking a long break from these smaller separate sets, Topps seems to be returning focus to these along side the daily GPK cards. Here is how each card finished for the Summer Time TV set.
After coming out strong for Transformers, collectors stayed away when it comes to gorillas. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Network Spews #87. The card was the only GPK released on Tuesday. Topps has brought the focus back to Wacky Packages the last couple of weeks. Artist Michael Barnard’s parody of a recent viral video of an gorilla playing in a kiddie pool just didn’t resonate with collectors finishing fell under 100 copies sold. The Wacky Packages sold that sam day also finished low in sales. It will be interesting to see if the low sales trend continues as the week marches on. Here is how the lone card from Tuesday finished.
For the second day in a row there is just one online GPK card offered by Topps. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Network Spews card #91. Today’s card by artist Layton DeJarnette features a trio of superheroes. Topps is also offering 3 Network Spews Wacky Packages. Today’s card can be purchased for $9.99 or in lots of 5 for $29.99, 10 for $49.99, or 20 for $79.99. There is a 4 card bundle featuring one of each card for $29.99. Shipping is free in the US with he SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The cards are available for 24 hours on topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale.
Topps is starting this week out slowly for GPK collectors with only one card. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Network Spews #87. Today’s card, done by artist Michael Barnard, is a parody off the recent viral video of a gorilla playing in a kiddie pool. Topps is also offering one Trumpocracy and three Network Spews Wacky Packages cards. 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 in the US is available via the SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The cards will be on sale on Topps.com for 24 hours. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale.
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.
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.
The results are in for Wednesday’s online GPK cards and sales came in lower. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy 2017 cards #33-#35. After taking a week off from the political cards, the question would be if collectors would come to purchase after the break. That ended up not being the case. All three cards finished just barely over the 100 card mark. However, sales are expected to rebound a bit with Thursday’s offer of a Transformers parody. Here are how the cards from Wednesday ended up.