How Many 2020S1 GPK Late to School Were Produced? Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two part series on the production of 2020S1 GPK Late to School. 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 2020S1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School. Here’s a review of what we came up with.

  • Total Production – 670,000 Packs
  • Collector – 74,000 Collector Packs or about 3,083 Hobby Boxes or about 385 Collector Cases
  • Blaster – 252,000 Blaster Packs or 50,400 Blaster boxes or 1,220 Blaster Cases
  • Retail Display/Fat Packs – 344,000

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 figure 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 Blue /99, Red /75, and Gold /50 for the parallels, and Relics /100 and Autos /35! One important note, for this set Topps has raised the print run on the artist autographs. They are now /35, previously they were /25.

Unlike the previous series, 2019S2 Revenge, we can’t quite figure out everything. We were unable to figure out Retail Display and Fat Pack production. That means we won’t be able to figure out Green or Purple parallels this time.

First let’s figure out production for the various parallels.

  • Black Borders – 74,000 Collector packs / 1 Odds (doh) = 74,000 total Blacklight cards / 200 cards in set = 370 per card.
  • Yellow Borders – 252,000 Retail Display packs / 5 Odds = 50,400 total Yellow borders / 200 cards in set = 252 per card

Let’s take a look at these numbers compared to previous series. Not surprisingly Black borders are slightly higher. This is because production is also slightly higher on Collector boxes. The number that stands right out is the Yellow borders. Topps moved the Yellows to Blasters this time. Blasters are produced much higher than Retail Display boxes. This means the print run of the Yellows is far higher than in the past. Last series 2019S2 was only 30 per card. This series we are up around 250 per. Should be much easier to find the Yellow border you are looking for. Finally, because we don’t have Fat Pack and Retail display numbers broken out, we are unable to determine Green and Purple borders this time. You can assume the production is similar on the Greens compared too 2019S2. However, the Purples will be about 1/2 of what 2019S2 had. If you remember, Topps messed up and included 2 purple per Fat pack last release. This series was back to 1 per fat pack, so assume purples are about 1/2 of last series.

Now let’s take a look at the various insert sets.

  • Wacky Package Parodies – 74,000 Collector packs / 24 odds = 3,084 total Wacky Package Parodies / 10 cards in set = 308 per card
  • Class Superlatives – 50,400 Blaster Boxes * 3 per box = 151,200 total Class Superlatives / 10 cards in set = 15,120 per card
  • Lunchboxes – 3,084 Collector boxes / 1 odds – 3,083 total Lunchboxes
    • We know Green & Purple are 1/4 of total = 771 lunchboxes. We also know Orange is 1/2 of Purple/Green = 385. Meanwhile Blue are 1.5 times of Purple/Green = 1157

Wacky Package Parodies are very close in production to the Collector box insert of the 2019S2 set. This is because there are 10 cards in the set, compared to 9 last time. Class Superlatives also comes in very close to the insert set from Blaster boxes in 2019S2. We are unable to determine the print run for the GPK Mascots or Faculty Lounge because we weren’t able to break down the pack production of Retail Display and Fat Packs. The lunchboxes are interesting. Every case I saw was packed the same, 3 blues, 2 purples, 2 greens, and 1 orange. Not sure why Topps decided to short print the Orange ones. But those will be tougher to locate as collectors are realizing.

One thing I like taking a look at each set is where all the printing plates are hiding. Historically, retail has the majority of the printing plates because it accounts for over 80% of the print run. We know Topps inserted 400 plates into production. Here is the breakdown of how many can be found in each pack type.

  • Collector Plates – 74,000 packs / 531 odds = 139 plates in Collector packs
  • Blaster Plates – 252,000 packs / 2,295 odds = 109 plates in Blaster packs

Once again if you want a plate Collector packs are the easiest option. Although a large amount of plates are in retail packs, you just have to open a bunch. Because we can’t breakdown Fat Pack and Retail Display pack numbers were can’t double check out pack totals. But once again the numbers for plates will be very similar to 2019S2.

The bottom line is this, the last two retail sets have been hugely successful for Topps. It couldn’t come at a better time. 2020 will be a year long 35th anniversary celebration, with the year ending with the 35 anniversary set. There will be ample licensed merchandise items debuting from new and old companies alike. Topps stands to make more money off of GPK in 2020 that they have in many, many years.

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 or 7 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 – (74,000 Collector packs X 6 cards per pack) + (596,000 Retail packs X 7 cards per pack) = 4,616,000 Total Base Cards produced / 200 cards per set = 23,080 Total of each base card.

Not quite as high as the 25,000+ sets from 2019S2, but still a lot of base cards out there! Collectors will have no problem putting this set in their collections!

This is Part 2 of a two part series on the production of 2020S1 GPK Late to SchoolIf you missed Part 1 you can go here to catch up.

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