Topps On Demand #9 GPK Memes Sells Out

Sometime over the night the Topps On Demand #9 GPK Memes set sold out. In less than 24 hours all 500 copies of the set available were snatched up. This is a huge improvement in sales over the last year or more for online GPK sets. While there have been individual online GPK cards sell more than 500, this sets the high mark for a set.

Topps saw similar quick sales with Last year’s Wacky Packages Old School 6 set. The configuration of both sets was done in a similar manner. Collectors were inticed by this set for a few reasons. This was the cheapest price per card online set so far. At 24 cards for $40, puts the price per card at $1.67, down from the usual $2.50. The availability of parallel cards also made collectors want to try their hand at multiple sets. Finally a 50/50 chance to pull a OS 1 sketch card pushed many over the edge.

What will be interesting is if Topps abandons the old format of offering awards, comic con, music, and holiday sets, and instead focuses on the On Demand concept going forward. Whatever happens except to see future sets with the same formula.


Topps Launches On Demand Set #9 GPK Memes

After a long dry spell, over two months, without online GPK sets, Topps is back. Today Topps launched On Demand Set #9 Garbage Pail Kids Memes. After the change in Brand Managers over GPK earlier this summer, Topps has been silent with online sets. They are back today, but in a different form. The set is being offered under the On Demand section of their online store. This is the second GPK themed set to be featured as an On Demand set, after last year’s GPK Classic set. Despite being just one week after the launch of the latest retail GPK set, Oh the Horror-ible, Topps is going after collectors wallets in a big way.

The 20 card set features 10 pieces of new artwork completed by Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Joe Simko, Smokin Joe McWilliams, and Neil Camera. Each artist completed two cards for the set, and each card comes in a/b name versions. The cards feature OS 1 characters in parodies of popular internet memes. Unlike the typical online set, the configuration is quite different. For the first time collectors will get 1 “c” name card in each set. The “c” name is the third name for each piece of artwork. Each set also comes with 1 pink border parallel, and 3 border green parallels. In addition each artist completed 50 sketches, all of OS 1 characters, for the set. Each set comes with a 1:2 chance to pull a sketch card. The sketches were done on the same card stock used for the 2018S2 GPK Oh the Horror-ible retail set. This will make it tough for collectors to distinguish the difference between the sketches of Smokin Joe and Neil Camera who also completed sketches for the retail set. David Gross did not complete his regular sketches for Oh the Horror-ible, so any regular sized Gross sketch came from the Meme set. Engstrom and Simko did not complete sketches for Oh the Horror-ible.

The set is available for $40.00. Free shipping in the US is being offered via the SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The set is available on for 7 days. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is a checklist of the set, and a couple of pictures of the cards.

A. Names

  • Nasty Nick
  • Adam Bomb
  • Furry Fran
  • Weird Wendy
  • Swell Mel
  • New Wave Dave
  • Kim Kong
  • Wrinkly Randy
  • Wrappin Ruth
  • Slimy Sam
B. Names
  • Evil Eddie
  • Blasted Billy
  • Hairy Mary
  • Haggy Maggie
  • Dressy Jesse
  • Graffiti Petey
  • Anna Banana
  • Rockin Robert
  • Tommy Tomb
  • Lizard Liz
C. Names
  • Season Al
  • Mind Blown Mike
  • Ancient Allen
  • Disaster Pearl
  • Skeptical Mel
  • Success Less
  • Grumpy Kat
  • Hard to Seymour
  • Dee-Sintegrate
  • Sinister Same

Topps Teases New On Demand GPK Set

Topps this evening sent out an email to their mailing list teasing the next online Garbage Pail Kids set. The set looks to be called GPK Memes. Unlike most online sets, this one will be listed in the On Demand section of their store and not the general GPK section. This On Demand #9 set will be the second GPK set in the section after last year’s GPK Classic.

Philly Non-Sports Card Show Reveals First Promo Cards

In just over three weeks collectors from around the country will gather for the latest non-sports card show in the US. Set to take place at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, PA the fall show will focus on Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages. The show announced just a couple of weeks back there will be a number of promo cards available at the show. Yesterday show promoters showed off two of those. Numbered 1a and created by GPK artist Brent Engstrom , the first promo card features show promoters, the Tosers, reimagined in a GPK style Ghostbusters parody. The second card is a promo card for series 4 of Mark Pingitore’s fantastic Horrorible Kids upcoming set. Collectors can receive both cards with their paid admission to the show, while supplies last. The show will take place the weekend of Oct 20-21.

How Many 2018S2 GPK Oh the Horror-ible Cards Were Produced? Part 1

This is Part 1 of a two part series on the production of 2018 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids Oh the Horror-ible. Part 2 will be posting soon.

Topps got off the a fast start in 2018 with the first retail set We Hate the 80’s. Collectors enjoyed the gags that harkened back to their youth when GPKs first came out in the 80’s. However, once 2018S2 Oh the Horror-ible was announced, collectors almost unanimously were excited to see what Topps could produce. The Horror genre resonates with GPK collectors perhaps more than any other. So would that love for Horror reflect on the production numbers? News on production took a hit shortly after the set was announced and Topps cancelled Gravity Feeds packs due to Target’s lack of interest in ordering. As you will see both the Horror theme and the cancellation of Gravity packs had a large impact on production this year. Lets crunch some numbers!

First my disclaimer! Production numbers are never an exact science, and Topps makes it tough on us. In order to attempt to solve this riddle we need to look very closely at the clues in both the odds and the sell sheets. Some things to keep in mind for this post. 1) Topps doesn’t want the public to know exactly how much of each card was made. Why? No idea really, I think its dumb, but historically Topps only provides enough information to get close. 2) We need to make some assumptions. Those assumptions will be based on the clues we have, but still some guessing has to happen. 3) The odds never quite seem to come out completely equal. However we can round and get pretty close to how much was produced. 4) Topps changes what is printed from what the sell sheet says all the time. This will throw off all our numbers. 5) Keep in mind Topps historically holds back 5% of the print run to cover missing hits, damaged cards, and their No Purchase Necessary program. These numbers would include that 5%. With all that in mind let’s get started…(Warning lots of math coming up. If you don’t want to read about the process, skip to the bottom for the answer sheet!)

To start we need to determine how many packs were made for the entire print run. In order to do that we need a card type where all the odds are exactly the same in Collector and Retail/Hobby packs. In the past this was easy. Historically, Topps has used the same exact odds for both the Gold borders and the Artist autographs. For the most part that stays the same this set, with one exception. For the second set in a row, Topps changed up the Fat Pack Retail pack odds. Usually they are 1/2 of all the other packs, because there is double the amount of cards. So in the past we counted Fat Packs as two packs. Now as you will see below the numbers are slightly off. The only way to possibly take a stab at this is to assume the Fat Pack odds are 1/2 a regular pack. Just keep in mind the odds are slightly easier for the Fat Pack Retail packs, making production numbers actually less than what I have stated in the article. Its not by a lot, but our numbers are off a bit.

Gold borders this time are set at 1:44 packs in Collector, Retail, and Blaster packs. The exception is Fat Pack retail packs, at 1:18, if we double those we still only get 1:36, which is slightly less that it should be. If we assume the odds were printed correctly by Topps, that will throw of our numbers just slightly. In order to come up with an estimate, we will use the 1:44 number. There are 200 base cards in the set, and Gold borders are /50 on the back. Therefore, 200 X 50 number of golds per card = 10,000 total Gold borders X 44 odds = 440,000 total packs made for release. Here’s our first clue that despite cancelling Gravity feed packs, production is slightly up vs. the previous series.

Can we be sure about 440,000 packs being made? We use to be able to double check by using Artist Autographs. However, with this series, Topps made the odds much easier on autos in Collector boxes. We won’t be able to get close. We also can’t use plates for the same reason. We are going to go with the 440,000 as total number of packs. I think its the right number, and other calculations in the article show its a logical choice.

Next we need to try to figure out how many of each pack type was created for the set. Collector packs are always easier to figure out because they have the cards that are exclusive to the set. We need card types that are only in Collector packs, and we know already how many were made. Once again there are three types, Patches, Bloody Red borders, and Spit Blue borders. Here’s what the math looks like on those:

  • Patch Cards – 20 cards in set X 50 made per card = 1000 total patches x 59 odds = 59,000 Collector packs made
  • Bloody Red borders – 200 cards in set X 75 made per card = 15,000 total Red borders X 4 odds = 60,000 Collector packs made
  • Spit Blue borders – 200 cards in set X 99 made per card = 19,800 total Blue borders X 3 odds = 59,400 Collector packs made

This is quite possibly the easiest Collector packs have been to figure out. In the past Topps had to round the odds on red and blue parallels, thus throwing off the numbers just a bit. However, based on actual box breaks it shows the odds are true to form, with an average of 8 blues and 6 reds coming from each box. I’m confident 60,000 is a good number to use for Collector pack production, (Its probably closer to the 59,000 number, but I’m going to use 60,000 to make our calculations easier. This shows that production for Collector packs is up, way up. The hardcore GPK collector came out in a big way to purchase Collector boxes. As you will see below its a 35% increase in production compared to WHT80’s.

How about other pack types? Once again Hobby boxes are nonexistent, and exist in name only. Starting with Adam-Geddon Topps has made Hobby boxes the same as Regular Retail boxes. There are no longer any marks on the packs or boxes that distinguish a Hobby box vs. a Retail display box. Also, the odds are exactly the same. Since all cards types are the same there is no way to tell how many Hobby/Retail boxes were produced. Sadly the same holds true for retail packs. In order to determine how many different types of retail packs were made, we would need a card type that is only in one type of retail pack, and we know how many were made. The only cards types that are individual to retail packs are Loaded Sketches and Panoramic Sketches. Topps no longer releases how many sketches are inserted into each pack type.

So just like with We Hate the 80’s the rest of our discussion will combine all Hobby/Retail pack types into one number. Keep in mind a Fat Pack Retail pack counts as 2 packs in our numbers.

We know there are 60,000 Collector packs. How many Retail/Hobby packs to we have? 440,000 total packs – 60,000 Collector packs = 380,000 Retail/Hobby packs. It would appear with the cancellation of Gravity Feed packs, the production of retail is slightly decreased from WHT80’s. However, one thing that is obvious from looking at the odds is Topps made up quite a bit for cancelling the Gravity feeds by increasing production on both Blaster and Fat Packs. Odds on loaded sketches are 27% tougher than the previous set, and that’s with more sketch artists. Likewise odds for pano sketches are just shy of 25% higher. Even though Gravity feeds were cancelled there isn’t a huge different in retail production.

Here’s what I believe the total production numbers to be for We Hate the 80’s:

  • Total Production – 440,000 Packs
  • Collector – 60,000 Collector Packs or about 2,500 Hobby Boxes or about 312 Collector Cases
  • Retail/Hobby – 380,000 Retail/Hobby Packs

(Once again our numbers are slightly off due to the easier Jumbo Retail odds. So there is actually slightly less retail produced than stated.)

The numbers produce a fascinating story for Topps on the newest GPK set. The good news for Topps? Overall production appears to be up for the first time since the Trashy TV set. This is especially true with Collector pack production. Clearly the Horror theme was well received by GPK collectors, and it showed with their orders. The bad news for Topps? It appears Target is out of the gravity feed business. Is that because of declining consumer demand with GPK? Or is it because of updated store card displays? Whatever the reason, retail production is down overall, albeit not be much. Take a look any the last five sets and the production numbers:

  • Total Pack Production
    • Trashy TV – 638,000
    • Adam-Geddon – 459,000
    • Battle of the Bands – 441,000
    • We Hate the 80’s – 439,000
    • Oh the Horror-ible – 440,000 (0.3% increase in total overall production vs. We Hate the 80’s)
  • Collector Pack Production
    • Trashy TV – 35,000
    • Adam-Geddon – 36,000
    • Battle of the Bands – 41,000
    • We Hate the 80’s – 39,000
    • Oh the Horror-ible – 60,000 (35% increase in Collector production vs. We Hate the 80’s)
  • Retail Pack Production
    • Trashy TV – 550,000
    • Adam-Geddon (Includes Hobby packs) – 423,000
    • Battle of the Bands (Includes Hobby packs) – 400,000
    • We Hate the 80’s (Includes Hobby packs) – 393,000
    • Oh the Horror-ible – 380,000 (3.4% decrease in Retail/Hobby production vs. We Hate the 80’s)

Topps prints to order their product. Which means based on distributor pre-orders, Topps decides how much product to produce. While the numbers show very similar production of Oh the Hour-ible to the previous three sets, that doesn’t tell the whole story. There were some big swings this series with the cancellation of Gravity Feed packs and the huge increase in Collector pack numbers. Topps has already announced there will once again be no Gravity feed packs for the next retail set, 2019S1 We Hate the 90’s. So, will Collector box numbers stay high? Will retail demand increase due to the success of Oh the Horror-ible? A lot of interesting answers ahead next January.

I have a lot of fun trying to figure this stuff out. Let me know your thoughts on the numbers in the comments!

This is Part 1 of a two part series on the production of 2018S2 Garbage Pail Kids Oh the Horror-ible. In Part 2 we will look at production numbers for all parallel and insert sets. Part 2 will be posted soon.

Sgorbions Release Confirmed/UK The Garbage Gang Release Delayed One Week

Topps Europe has pushed back the release of The Garbage Gang to Oct. 4, 2018. Originally, the first foreign GPK release in years, was set to come out on 9/27. No reason was given for the delay. The set is an English version of the Kakkones release from Italy in 2008. More info on the set can be found in the announcement of the release.

Topps Europe also confirmed with GPKNews that this same exact release has actually already launched in Italy. Sold under the Sgorbions brand, collectors in Italy can find the same packs and starter packs, just in Italian. The naming is interesting considering this set was previously sold in Italy as “Kakkones”. The Sgorbions release came out Sept. 10, and is also distributed by Topps Europe through their Italian office. Topps Europe also confirmed that Italy and the UK are the only countries seeing a new release. Thanks to GPK collector Henry Mora for finding the pictures through a retailer in Italy.

Here are a few sample pictures of the Garbage Gang cards courtesy of Topps Europe.

2018 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids Oh the Horror-ible Explained

Its been a long 9 months since the last retail release of GPKs. 2018S1 We Hate the 80’s proved to be very popular with collectors. Collectors enjoyed the gags that harkened back to their childhood when they first collected GPKs. However, if there is one theme that GPK collectors seem to latch onto it’s horror. 2018 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids Oh the Horror-ible is out to get both GPK and Horror lovers. Topps is once again sticking to the same formula that has been used for the last number of sets. They slightly increased the base set to 200 cards, that is still broken down into 8 subsets. Collectors continue to be disappointed the cards lack card back artwork, sticker die-cuts, checklists, and numbering is on the back. I will have articles coming in the next few days looking at production numbers. To see the official Topps checklist click here. For now here is what you can find, and where you can find it in 2018 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids Oh the Horror-ible.

(Note: I will continue to update this post as new information comes to light and any new parallels/inserts are found.)

  • Base Set – 200 total cards made up of 8 different subsets.
    • 80’s Horror Sticker (15a/b – 30 Total Cards)
    • 80’s Sci-Fi Sticker (10a/b – 20 cards)
    • Modern Horror Sticker (15a/b – 30 cards)
    • Modern Sci-Fi Sticker (5a/b – 10 cards)
    • Classic Film Monster Sticker (15a/b – 30 cards)
    • Retro Horror Sticker (15a/b – 30 cards)
    • Retro Sco-Fi Sticker (15a/b – 30 cards)
    • Folklore Monster Sticker (10a/b – 20 cards)
  • Parallel Sets – Same exact cards from the Base set, except with a different speckled color border.
    • Bruised Border (Dark Blue/Black) – 1:1 – Collector (200 Cards)
    • Spit Border (Light Blue) /99 – 1:3 – Collector (200 Cards)
    • Bloody Nose Border (Red) /75 – 1:4 – Collector (200 Cards)
    • Fool’s Gold Border (Gold) /50 – 1:44 – Retail/Hobby/Collector, 1:18 Retail Fat Packs (200 Cards)
    • Puke Border (Green) – 1:1 – Retail/Hobby (200 Cards)
    • Jelly Border (Purple) – 1:1 – Retail Fat Packs (200 Cards)
    • Phlegm Border (Yellow) – 1:4 – Blaster Packs (200 Cards)
    • Printing Plates – 1:1190 Collector, 1:1317 Blaster, 1:1320 Hobby/Retail, 1:525 Retail Fat Packs (400 Total Plates – 4 per card artwork)
  • Insert Sets – All the various insert subsets that can be found in packs.
    • Horror Film Poster Parodies – 1:24 – Collector (10 Cards)
    • Classic Monster Stickers – 2 Per Retail Fat Pack (10a/b – 20 Total Cards)
    • Trick or Treats – 1:3 – Retail/Hobby (10 Cards)
    • Bathroom Buddies – 3 Per Blaster Box (16-18a/b – 6 Total Cards)
    • Patch Card /50 – 1:59 – Collector (10a/b – 20 Total Cards)
    • Artist Autograph /25 – 1:41 Collector, 1:103 Hobby/Retail, 1:104 Blaster, 1:42 Retail Fat Packs (100 Total Cards – 1 per card artwork)
    • Sketch Card – 1:248 Hobby/Retail,, 1:247 Blaster, 1:99 Retail Fat Packs (58 Artists)
    • Shaped Sketch – 1:115 – Collector (58 Artists)
    • Triptych Sketch – 1:572 – Collector (58 Artists)
    • Loaded Sketch – 1:108 – Blaster Box (58 Artists)
    • Panoramic Sketch Cards – 1:712 – Retail Fat Packs (58 Artists)

Collector/Hobby Odds for 2018 Series 2 GPK Oh the Horror-ible

Happy release day! Today is the official release day for 2018 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids Oh the Horror-ible. Thanks to GPK collector Nikolas Sosa we have the Collector and Hobby pack odds. There are a few things that stick out right away when looking at the odds. Production for Collector boxes appears to be up, way up. However, some of the hits, namely Plates and autos are much easier than the previous set. Expect less patches, with more autos and plates. However, when looking at patch, Triptych, and shaped sketches, there is a lot more Collector boxes out there. Hobby boxes, which are the same a Retail Display box, have very similar odds to what we’ve already shared on the retail side. This means the amount of Spit (Blue) and Bloody Nose (Red) parallels coming out of Collector boxes will be less than usual. Based on one collector’s box breaks, he pulled 8 Spit and 6 Bloddy Nose parallels, which would be true to odds. Previous years those fell at a much higher rate. On the Hobby boxes one thing to note, after telling distributors that Phlegm (yellow) parallels would appear in the Retail/Hobby Display boxes, they are not listed. Instead they only appear to be in Blaster packs. The new Trick or Treat insert appears to be a plentiful pull in 24 pack display boxes. i’ll have more in depth information on total production run in the coming days. Here are the odds for Collector and Hobby/Retail packs.

2018S2 GPK Oh the Horror-ible Collector Pack Odds

  • Spit (Blue) 1:3
  • Bloody Nose (Red) 1:4
  • Fools Gold 1:44
  • Printing Plate 1:260
  • Artist Autograph 1:41
  • Horror Film Poster Parodies 1:24
  • Shaped Sketch 1:115
  • Triptych Sketch 1:572
  • Patch Card 1:59

2018S2 GPK Oh the Horror-ible Collector Pack Odds

  • Fools Gold 1:44
  • Printing Plate 1:1320
  • Artist Autograph 1:103
  • Trick or Treat 1:3
  • Sketch Card 1:248

Topps Cancels Gravity Feeds for 2019 Series 1 GPK We Hate the 90’s

Well that was fast. Not even a week after solicitation began for 2019 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids We Hate the 90’s, Topps has already cancelled Gravity Feeds. It was a little surprising that Gravity feeds showed up on the retail sell sheet in the first place for the new set considering Topps cancelled them for the 2018S2 GPK Oh the Horror-ible Set. However, Topps attempted to offer them once again with very little mention of exclusive cards being offered in them. Topps once again told distributors that Phlegm (Yellow) parallels will be placed into retail display boxes. While Phlegm borders are showing up in Blasters for Oh the Horror-ible, there hasn’t been confirmation yet if they are also in 24 pack display boxes. The Classic 90’s sticker insert set us advertised on the sell sheet already as being in 24 pack display boxes. This may be the final nail in the coffin for Gravity feed boxes. If big box retailers like Target don’t order them, they won’t be made.

Funko Announces Exclusive NYCC Adam Bomb Figure

This year’s New York Comic Con is set to take place is just a few weeks from Oct. 4-7. Funko has begun revealing their exclusive figures for the show. Yesterday they revealed via their Facebook page an exclusive Metallic Adam Bomb POP! figure. The figure will be offered at the Toy Tokyo booth. It will also be limited to 3000 copies. Word from Funko collectors say figures from Toy Tokyo are nearly impossible to get, so many collectors will have to resort to ebay to get their Adam Bomb fix. Topps is scheduled to attend the show, but has not announced any exclusives yet.