GetaGripSkateboards announced in a press release today a new license agreement with Topps to produce Garbage Pail Kids themed skateboard wheels and decks. This will be the first release from the brand new company. The company will first offer a blind bagged individually themed GPK skateboard wheels on 5/1/21. There will be 8 wheels to collect with an Adam Bomb chase wheel as a limited edition. There will also be a 1/1 wheel inserted into the release. Then coming two weeks later on 5/14/21 will be the first deck release. This first deck will be limited to 300 copies only. The company says shortly after that will be five more decks, with other releases planned including more wheels, decks, and clothing in the coming months. The skateboard theme was hugely popular with collectors back in 2017 when Santa Cruz released themed blind bagged decks. No other details have been release including pricing. The products will be available to purchase from GetaGripSkateboards website. Here is the press release from today.
GET A GRIP SKATEBOARDS™ and GARBAGE PAIL KIDS® JUST REINVENTED THE WHEEL
NEW YORK. April 21, 2020. Newly established Skate Brand GetaGripSkateboards and The Topps Company, creator of the renowned-yet-subversive Garbage Pail Kids® brand (“GPK”), have teamed up for a collaboration of epic and ground-breaking proportions.
The collaboration, licensed by Topps, will feature both classic retro artwork and photography, as well as all-new 1980s skateboard inspired artwork from renowned GPK illustrators.
To kick-flip it all off, May 1st will see the release of a world first – a blind bagged, GPK collectible skateboard wheel set. Foil wrapped and blind packaged, each packet will contain one wheel featuring one of eight fan favorite GPK characters. Word on the street is that there will be a chase wheel to collect, as well as a “Super” rare, one-off wheel, hidden away in just one of these bags, ready to be busted out and released to the world.
Designed to be displayed as collectibles, these are 100% authentic, high performance skateboarding wheels, and so if the mood takes you, you can slap these 53mmx33mm street wheels to your deck and get riding.
As if that were not intriguing enough, just two weeks later, May 14th will see the first actual skateboard release from GetaGripSkateboards (“GAGS”). A Limited-Edition deck of just 300 quantity – USA printed and made. Expect a first glimpse of this deck design a week after the wheels drop – but wait, there’s more! We caught up with the two mysterious founders of GAGS, Ray Decay and Dead Ted (possibly not their real names!), and they let the cat out of the bag that there would be a further 5 deck release (with a twist!) very soon after that – and even more decks, more wheels and clothing too, in the pipeline!
Ray and Ted also explained how this unique partnership came about: “Get a Grip Skateboards was EXPLICITLY formed out of an incomprehensible addiction and passion for GPK. We liked what Santa Cruz did with their decks back in 2017, but we felt that the story was left unfinished. We approached Topps and asked them if we could write the next chapter in the GPK Skateboard history book, and luckily for us, they said, heck yeah!”
The GAGS founders went on to say: “We are collector’s first and foremost. We had a dream; we are living it right now, and it is time for you to get a grip, get on board, buckle up and join us for one helluva joy ride!”
Ira Friedman, Topps VP of Global Licensing, goes on to say: “The GetaGrip Team oozes tenacity and creativity, which is why we chose to work with them in the first place. Now that we’ve seen what they have planned over the next 12 months, we’re just super stoked to be on this journey with them.”
Series 1 GPK Collector Wheels go on sale from May 1st – exclusively from www.GetaGripSkateboards.com