How Many 2018S1 GPK We Hate the 80’s Cards Were Produced? Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two part series on the production of 2018S1 GPK We Hate the 80’s. If you missed Part 1 you can go here to catch up.

In the first post we looked at how many packs/boxes/cases were produced of 2018S1 Garbage Pail Kids We Hate the 80’s. Here’s a review of what we came up with.

  • Total Production – 432,000 Packs
  • Collector – 39,000 Collector Packs or about 1625 Hobby Boxes or about 203 Collector Cases
  • Retail/Hobby – 393,000 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 Phlegm 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 Phlegm borders were made. This also true for the various retail bonus sets; Classic 80’s (Jumbo Insert Set), Gross Bears, and Bathroom Buddies. However, with production being slightly down compared to Battle of the Bands, you should see similar numbers of those this series. 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 Phlegm parallel, we can determine how many of the other two non-numbered parallels were made. We can also find out how many of the Wax Pack Parody bonus inserts were made.

  • Bruised Borders – 39,000 Collector packs X 1 Odds (doh) = 39,000 total Bruised borders / 180 cards in set = 216 per card.
  • Puke Borders – 393,000 Retail packs X 1 Odds (doh) = 393,000 total Puke borders / 180 cards in set = 2,183 per card.
  • Concert Posters & Album Covers – 39,000 Collector packs  / 24 Odds = 1625 total cards / 10 in set = 162 of each card made.

How do these numbers compare to the previous set, Battle of the Bands? Everything is down compared to the previous set. Bruised parallels and the Wax Pack Parody inserts are just slightly down since there were 2,000 less Collector packs produced this series. Puke borders are also down as retail production was just a tad lower this time.

One thing I always find interesting is to determine what pack types the printing plates and artist autographs are hiding? Retail always has the majority of the plates because over 80% of the production is retail. This same thing holds true for the new Sitcom Autos. We know Topps inserted 360 plates, 2,250 autos, and 250 Sitcom autos into production so here is the breakdown of how many can be found in each pack type.

  • Collector Plates – 39,000 packs / 1,190 odds = 32 plates in Collector packs
  • Retail/Hobby Plates – 393,000 packs / 1,200 odds = 327 plates in Retail packs
  • Collector Autos – 39,000 packs / 189 odds = 206 autos in Collector packs
  • Retail/Hobby Autos – 393,000 packs / 188 odds = 2,090 in Retail/Hobby packs
  • Collector Sitcom Autos – 39,000 packs / 1,844 odds = 21 autos in Collector packs
  • Retail/Hobby Sitcom Autos – 393,000 packs / 1,890 odds = 207 in Retail/Hobby packs

There’s a lot of interesting information these numbers reveal. First an explanation on the odds I used above. If you remember from the previous article on production, the Jumbo odds are a little off that normal. Therefore, that indicates production is actually a little lower than what we came up with. In order to estimate the odds above I used an average for the Retail odds from the different pack types. The numbers come out pretty darn close to what it should be. We can use these numbers to help corroborate our total pack numbers. The Plates the odds above come out to 359, which is darn close to 360 we know were made. Artist autos and Sitcom Autos are also very close.

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 – 39,000 Collector packs / 76 odds = 513 Shaped Sketches in Collector packs.
Regular Sketches – 393,000 Retail/Hobby packs / 256 odds = 1535 Regular Sketches in Retail/Hobby packs
Dial Artist Panoramic – 39,000 Collector packs / 376 odds = 103 Dual Artist Panoramic Sketches in Collector packs.

While production is down a bit, the odds are slightly easier on all the sketches. When you compare the number of sketches inserted the numbers are very similar to Battle of the Bands.

The production numbers of We Hate the 80’s continue to show consistent support for GPK, even though there continues to be slight decreases in production. More than likely we will get a nine month break before 2018S2. Both the long break and the subject matter of the set might affect production.

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 – (39,000 Collector packs X 6 cards per pack) + (393,000 Retail/Hobby packs X 7 cards per pack) = 2,985,000 Total Base Cards produced / 180 cards per set = 16,583 Total of each base card.

While that’s a ton, its down just slightly compared to Battle of the Bands. Time to use a lot of hair spray, put on some baggy pants, and hop in your Delorean and get right down to Target and put together your set of We Hate the 80’s!

This is Part 2 of a two part series on the production of 2018S1 GPK We Hate the 80’sIf you missed Part 1 you can go here to catch up.


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