Can’t stop that tiger! Today’s digital launch of Topps x WAX GPK Goes Exotic sold out in just over an hour. Collectors who are part of the Garbage Pail Kids Trading group on Telegram were given a password at 11:30 EST to allow early access buying. All 7,000 Mega packs sold out during the early sale period in only 24 mins. By 12:37 EST the website was showing all 13,000 Standard packs were sold as well.
While the sell out was a huge success for WAX and Topps, all did not go smoothly. Collectors were hit with delays and errors almost immediately after the early access password was released. Many collectors reported their credit/debit cards were declined at the initial purchase. Those that were able to purchase saw a delay, initially a few mins, but up to 30 mins to receive packs in their account as the payment process worked its way through. Perhaps the most frustrating thing for many collectors was cancelled and refunded orders after the fact. Representatives from WAX explained in Telegram that the huge demand caused a giant backlog for the payment processor. Therefore, packs were still being sold before previous sales were issued to accounts. This caused packs to be oversold, and refunds issued. More than likely packs sold out much earlier than the 1:07 shown on the website.
This is a huge learning for WAX and Topps. This also shows why choosing GPK to be the test dummy, and Tiger King to be the second release made a lot of sense. If demand was this large for GPK, what is going to happen when Star Wars or baseball cards are launched? The companies now know what they need to work on for the next release. Company reps have already hinted there will be changes for the next release. Purchase limitations are one thing being considered. They also said they would take a look at eliminating any sort of early password access.
What Topps and WAX have done is show there is a huge demand for digital cards. You can bet a OS 2 release will see a significant increase in print run. The sky seems to be the limit here for both companies if they are able to manage through the hiccups.
Topps’ summer long celebration for daily holidays continues. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays July Week 3. As usual, this week’s set contains 10 base cards, 5 with a/b versions. Artists Joe Simko, Brent Engstrom, and Neil Camera did the art for this week’s cards. Each set also comes with one red parallel. This week’s set is available for $19.99, or in a lot of 10 for $169.99. 10 x 14 posters are also available of each character for $19.99. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. The cards will be available on Topps.com for 7 days. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is this week’s checklist along with pictures of the cards.
•11A Daniel Dork Man
• 11B Smart Alec
• 12A Grazing Gladice
• 12B Queen Maudine
• 13A Serpent TINA
• 13B Cobra KYRA
• 14A Taste BUD
• 14B OLLIE Pop
• 15A Backside BAXTER
• 15B Bottoms UPTON
Digital collectors finally are getting their second round of Garbage Pail Kids cards. Today Topps x WAX launched GPK Goes Exotic. This marks the second set from the two companies, who have partnered up to offer digital collectibles on the WAX Blockchain. Back in May the companies launched GPK OS 1. The packs sold out in just over a day. Secondary market prices have continued to rise in the two months since. This set is based off the Netflix documentary phenomenon, Tiger King, that has become one of the highest viewed shows in their history. The set contains the same 30 cards, (15 with a/b versions), that Topps offered earlier this year in 3 online physical sets. GPK artist David Gross did all the original art for the cards. In addition to base cards, collectors can expect to randomly find Prism, Tiger Stripe, and Tiger Claw parallels of all 30 cards. There are also 6 rare Collector Edition cards randomly inserted into packs.
Collectors who want to participate in the launch can purchase packs with credit/debit cards only at toppsgpk.io. Accounts are simple to create if the collector doesn’t have one already. Once again there are two different types of packs to choose from. The Standard Pack contains 5 cards and costs $4.99. Mega Packs contain 25 cards and costs $19.99. There will be 13,000 Standard, and 7,000 Mega packs available to purchase for this set. This equates to a total of 240,000 cards. This is much higher than the 110,000 for the GPK OS 1 digital set. WAX has not put any purchase limitations on packs for this release. Collectors who joined the Telegram GPK Trading group were given early access to purchase packs.
Insert rates for each card type for both packs is below, along with estimated print run totals. The reason the print runs are estimates is due to the way cards are minted. Cards are not created on the Blockchain until a pack is opened. Percentages are followed for each insert type. This means that everyone, from the first pack opened to the last, still has a chance to pull any of the cards. So while the numbers say there should be an average of 80 for each collector card, it could really be a couple less, or a couple more of each one. This gives you a good idea roughly to expect for each card type.
Total Cards – 240,000
Standard: 13,000 Packs x 5 cards per pack = 65,000 cards
Mega: 7,000 packs x 25 cards per pack = 175,000 cards
Prism “B” Names – 35,800
Standard: 13,000 packs x .6 per pack = 7,800
Mega: 7,000 x 4 per pack = 28,000
35,800 total prism / 15 different names = 2,386 each B name Prism
Prism “A” Names – 26,200
Standard: 13,000 packs x 0.4 per pack = 5,200
Mega: 7,000 x 3 per pack = 21,000
26,200 total prism / 15 different names = 1,746 each A name Prism
Tiger Stripe – 4,800
Standard: 13,000 packs x 0.1 per pack = 1,300
Mega: 7,000 x .5 per pack = 3,500
4,800 total Tiger Stripe / 30 different names = 160 each Tiger Stripe
Tiger Claw or Collector Edition – 480
Standard: 13,000 packs x 0.01 per pack = 130
Mega: 7,000 x 0.05 per pack = 350
480 total Tiger Claw / 30 different names = 16 each Tiger Claw
480 total Collector Edition / 6 different names = 80 each Collector Edition
Base Cards – 74,460
Standard: 65,000 – 13,000 Prisms – 1,300 TS – 130 TC – 130 Collector = 50,440 total base cards
Mega: 175,000 – 49,000 Prisms – 3,500 TS – 350 TC – 350 Collector = 121,800 total base cards
172,240 total base cards / 30 cards = 5,741 per base card
With the print run having increased significantly it will be interesting to see how quickly packs sell. A smaller card set compared to the previous release will also have ripple effects on the secondary market. Another important thing to look at will be the number of new collectors that show up for this release. Many people missed out the first time since packs sold out quickly. WAX has also announced that initial buyers of Goes Exotic will be eligible to win rare Golden cards. No other details such as how many, which cards, or when they would be distributed was released. For collectors involved in the digital collectible space its certainly an exciting time indeed.
WAX announced today the rescheduled launch date for their second digital set with Topps, GPK Goes Exotic. The set is now scheduled for July 14th at 12:00 PM EST. Originally scheduled for 7/8, WAX had to postpone the launch due to a technical issue with one of their third party providers and the shipping cart. It appears that issue has been resolved and the tigers are ready to be released!
After ending June on a high note, how did July’s sales start out? After ending yesterday, Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays July Week 1. Totals sales for the set was 514. This is down over 100 from the previous week’s record sales. There appears to be a trend the last couple of months where the first weeks sales starts out lower and slowly improves throughout the month. It will be interesting to see if that continues throughout July.
According to an article published in the Urbana News-Gazette on 5/2/20, former Garbage Pail Kids artist Luis Diaz has been accused of child sex crimes. The article states that on 4/22/20 the state’s attorney’s office charged him with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Luis appeared in court on 5/1/20 where bail was set. At the time, the court set his next appearance as 7/7/20, but according to Champaign County court records, that appearance has been postponed until 9/1/20.
Luis was a final card artist for Topps during the ANS series, completing over 30 paintings for published cards. In 2017 Topps filed a lawsuit against Luis accusing him of various trademark violations. Luis in turn countersued Topps, accusing them of using his concepts without permission. That lawsuit was settled out of court in May of last year. Terms of the settlement were not released.
According to the News-Gazette, Luis faces 60 years in prison if found guilty.
WAX announced today, via their Twitter account, that the launch of the digital set GPK Goes Exotic has been delayed. Originally, the set was scheduled to launch tomorrow, 7/8, at 12:00 EST. No reason was supplied for the delay. However, based on messages posted on Telegram by WAX representatives, there is a technical problem with a third party provider and their shopping card. Once that is resolved a new launch date will be announced. WAX reps said there would be at least a 24 hour notice given before launch.
As the summer heat continues, so does the weekly holiday sets. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays July Week 2. This week’s set has the usual 10 cards, 5 with a/b versions. Each set also comes with one Red parallel card. Artists Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko, and Neil Camera did the artwork for this week’s set. Each set can be purchased for $19.99 or in a lot of 10 for $179.99. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. The set will be for sale for 7 days on Topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is the checklist and pictures of this week’s cards.
•6A Tee-Vee Stevie
• 6B Geeky Gary
• 7A TEDDY Bear
• 7B Salvatore DOLLY
• 8A Blue Eyed Bowie
• 8B Alexander the Green
• 9A Foolish FRED
• 9B Paradise PERRY
• 10A Mugged Marcus
• 10B French Fry FRED
Can’t get enough of Netflix’s popular Tiger King documentary? Then Topps has you covered. Earlier this year Topps released three GPK sets based on Tiger King that were available for purchase on Topps.com. Those sets proved popular with collectors and fans of the show. The first series set a record for sales for a online only release. Now digital collectors will have a chance to buy and trade those cards as part of the WAX Blockchain platform. This will be the second release on the platform after last month’s very popular release of OS 1 cards. Packs of OS 1 sold out in just over 24 hours, and continue to be actively bought, sold, and traded in various online groups.
Today Topps shared with GPKNews details around the upcoming release of GPK Goes Exotic. The set will feature all 30 base cards, 15 with a/b versions, that were available in the original physical release. Those cards can be found in Base versions (Common), Prism (Uncommon), Tiger Stripe (Rare), and Tiger Claw (Super Rare). There will also be 6 Collector’s Edition cards, 3 with a/b versions. These will also be Super Rare.
Topps is increasing the number of packs available this time around at launch. Standard Packs will be available one again at $4.99 each. Each pack comes with 5 cards. There will be 13,000 standard packs available. The Mega Pack returns at the price of $19.99 each. This time the mega pack will come with 25 cards. There will be 7,000 mega packs available. There will be 240,000 total cards available for the GPK Goes Exotic release. This is up significantly from the OS 1 total of 110,000.
Other details such as card rarity numbers and any buying restrictions at launch haven’t been released yet by the companies. Below you can check out some examples of the cards. GPK Goes Exotic is still to launch July 8th at 12:00 PM Eastern time.
For whatever reason collectors spend the last week of the month. After ending earlier today, Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Bizarre Holidays June Week 4. The set sold a total of 650 copies. This sets a new record for the bizarre holidays sets. June might have started slowly for these sets, but the final week brought the customers out. This matches a similar formula in May. After weeks of increases, May ended with over 600 sold as well. How will July start out?