Well this is interesting. Collectors are now able to purchase Value Boxes on Walmart.com. Each Value box is advertised to come with an exclusive Walmart promo card, Cubby Colby #WM1. GPKWorld was first to report the news. The card’s artwork was done by Joe Simko. The back of the card just shows the set name, Late to School. It’s interesting that this card is only available from online sales. Collectors finding Value boxes in Walmart stores have not reporting finding the promo card. It remains to be seen if any other exclusive promo cards will surface.
Update #2: Article updated to add Walmart.com promo card.
Update: Thanks to Clint Coleman for confirming Triptych sketches are being pulled from Value boxes. It would appear Topps switched the Panos and the Triptych sketches.
After just a short 4 month break, Topps is back with their latest retail set 2020 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School. Change is the key word with the newest GPK set from Topps. First off, the subject matter is entirely new and not based off of real people. This breaks with the prior two years of retail sets. After years of complaints from collectors, Topps is finally starting to listen. Gone are the subsets that started with the 30th anniversary set in 2015. The base set is 200 total base cards, all numbered on the front 1a/b-100a/b. Card back art also finally returns! Card backs feature puzzle pieces, GPK Report Cards and checklists. All these are welcome changes for collectors and things they have been asking for. While there are changes, the basic formula is very similar to the previous set, 2019S2 Revenge of Oh the Horror-ible. Based on odds, production is very high once again, just down slightly from 2019S2. Once again Topps has overstated the odds on parallels by double.
Topps did make a couple of tweaks to the product. Topps increased the print run on the artist autographs. They are all out of /35 now. Pano sketches were suppose to move to Value Box packs. However, collectors busting packs are finding them in Collector boxes. None have surface from Value packs despite showing up on the sell sheet and pack odds. GPKNews has reached out to Topps for comment on the Pano sketches. This article will be updated if they respond. In another possible interesting update Triptych sketches have not surfaced in any pack type as of this writing. They should be in Collector boxes. Finally, while sketch artist numbers are down, the official Topps checklist is missing three artists who completed sketches for the set. The total sketch artists should be 44.
I will have articles in the coming days looking at production numbers in more detail. To see the official Topps checklist click here. For now here is what you can find, and where you can find it in 2020 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School.
(Note: I will continue to update this post as new information comes to light and any new parallels/inserts are found.)
- Base Set – 100a/b (200 Cards).
- Parallel Sets – Same exact cards from the Base set, except with a different speckled color border.
- Bruised Black Border (Black)) – 1:1 – Collector (200 Cards)
- Spit Blue Border (Light Blue) /99 – 1:8 – Collector (200 Cards)
- Blood Nose Red Border (Red) /75 – 1:10– Collector (200 Cards)
- Fool’s Gold Border (Gold) /50 – 1:134 – Retail Display/Value, 1:134 – Collector, 1:45 Fat Packs (200 Cards)
- Booger Green Border (Green) – 1:1 – Retail (200 Cards)
- Jelly Purple Border (Purple) – 1:1 – Fat Packs (200 Cards)
- Phlegm Yellow Border (Yellow) – 1:10 – Value Box Packs (200 Cards)
- Printing Plates – 1:531 Collector, 1:2,295 Value, 1:2,318 Retail Display, 1:758 Fat Packs (400 Total Plates – 4 per card artwork)
- Insert Sets – All the various insert subsets that can be found in packs.
- Walmart Promo Card – 1 Per Walmart.com Value Box (1 Card)
- Wacky Package Parodies – 1:24 – Collector (10 cards)
- GPK Faculty Lounge – 2 Per Fat Pack (10a/b – 20 Cards)
- GPK Mascots – 1:3 – Retail Display (5a/b – 10 Cards))
- Class Superlatives – 3 Per Value Box (5a/b – 10 Total Cards)
- School Pennant Patch Cards /100 – 1:74 – Collector (10 Total Cards)
- Collectible Lunchbox – 1 Per Collector Box (4 Total Lunchboxes)
- Artist Autograph /35 – 1:61 Collector, 1:260 Retail Display, 1:259 Value, 1:87 Fat Packs (100 Total Cards – 1 per card artwork)
- Sketch Card – 1:371 Retail Display/Value, 1:124 Fat Packs (44 Artists)
- Shaped Sketch – 1:122 – Collector (44 Artists)
- Triptych Sketch – 1:723 (Actually being found in Value box packs.) – Collector (44 Artists)
- Loaded Sketch – 1:229 – Value Box (44 Artists)
- Panoramic Sketch Cards – 1:4,519 – Value (Actually being found in Collector packs.) (44 Artists)
In an interesting unexpected move Topps decided to jump their own release date and begin offering 2020 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School online. Value Boxes, Retail Display boxes (label as “Hobby”), and Collector boxes are all for sale on topps.com. That’s not all! Topps is overlong 5×7 “giant” sized sets of Late to School. Collectors can purchase 100 card base sets /49 for $199.99. Gold 5×7 sets are numbered /10 and cost $399.99. The sets only contain the “a” cards from the series. Topps is also selling individual 10×14 posters for each “a” card from the series. Base posters are $24.99, while 1/1 Gold posters are $99.99 each. Rainbow collectors have a lot more to chase now!
While the official release date is still a couple of days away, that hasn’t stopped boxes from being shipped from distributors for 2020 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School. Today we are able to share with you Collector box odds. The odds tell a similar story with Retail. Production appears to be quite high once again. Also, as has been Topps’ tradition the odds on the parallels are overstated by double. Keep in mind parallels are actually falling at twice the rate posted on packs. Collector boxes are packages in a regular box and plastic wrap, making the lunchboxes a blind box of sorts. I’ll have much more on that and production numbers in upcoming articles. Here are the Collector pack odds.
2020S1 GPK Late to School Collector Pack Odds
- Spit Blue 1:8
- Blood Nose Red 1:10
- Fool’s Gold 1:134
- Printing Plate 1:531
- Artist Autograph 1:61
- Wacky Package Parody 1:24
- School Pennant Patch 1:74
- Shaped Sketch 1:122
- Tryptych Sketch 1:723
Updated 1/20 – Article updated to add Fat Pack and Retail Display Odds.
We are just under one week away from the official release date of 2020 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Late To School. That isn’t stopping stores from releasing the product early. Thanks to collectors Eric Benton and Aaron Seidel for sending along pictures and info. These collectors found Value boxes at Meijer stores today. This is the first time Meijer has beaten Target to the punch. Topps has returned to the previous naming convention for the parallels as Fool’s Gold and Phlegm Yellow are back after the blood splatter from 2019S2. It appears once again the odds on the parallels are overstated by double. It’s still early, but each Value box has 1 yellow border card which makes them 1:5, not 1:10 as stated. It wouldn’t surprise me to see all the parallels odds this same way as has been the case the last few GPK series from Topps. A quick look at the odds reveals some hits are slightly easier this time. Both Printing Plates and Artist Autos are a little easier to pull. Initially it looks like production might be slightly lower than 2019S2, but still higher than any previous series in years. Meanwhile sketch cards have even longer odds than 2019S2. Pano sketches and Loaded sketches will be very hard to come by once again. This is attributed to the lower number of sketch artists on this set.
I’ll have my usual rundown of the production numbers in the coming days once all pack odds are in. In the meantime here are the odds for all retail pack types of 2020S1 GPK Late to School.
2020S1 GPK Late to School Value Pack/Box Odds
- Phlegm Yellow 1:10
- Fool’s Gold 1:134
- Printing Plate 1:2,295
- Artist Autograph 1:259
- Regular Sketch 1:371
- Panoramic Sketch 1:4,519
- Loaded Puzzle Sketch 1:229 (Value Boxes)
2020S1 GPK Late to School Fat Pack Retail Odds
- Fool’s Gold 1:45
- Printing Plate 1:758
- Artist Autograph 1:87
- Regular Sketch 1:124
2020S1 GPK Late to School Retail Display Odds
- Fool’s Gold 1:134
- Printing Plate 1:2,318
- Artist Autograph 1:260
- GPK Mascots 1:3
- Regular Sketch 1:371
We are just under one week away from the release of the next retail set, 2020 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School. Today Topps released the checklist to GPKNews and other hobby outlets. As advertised, the base set will come with 200 cards, (100 with a/b versions). Gone are the recent familiar subsets! The base set is listed as 1-100!
All the advertised insert sets are as expected. GPK Mascots found in Retail Display boxes contain 10 cards. Class Superlative found in Value Boxes also contain 10 cards. Faculty Lounge, which are found in Fat Packs, contain 20 cards. Wacky Package Parodies, which come 1 per Collector box has 10 cards. The School Pennant Patches contain 10 different patches inserted into Collector boxes. Finally don’t forget there are 4 different lunchboxes, that are the actual Collector box!
Once again the same 4 final card artists return, and all have autographs in the set; Joe Simko, David Gross, Brent Engstrom, and Joe McWilliams. Finally the official sketch artist list contains only 41 artists, the lowest number of artists in years. You can find the official checklist for 2020 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School in PDF form here.
Eagled eyed collectors this morning saw a deal that was too good to be true. Topps briefly had a listing on their website this morning for the corrected reprint version of card #20 form the Garbage Pail Kids 2019 Was the Worst set. The website was allowing customers to order single copies of the card for the low price of $0.00. A couple hours after word got out about the listing, Topps removed it from their website. Sure enough collectors won’t be getting free cards anytime soon. Later this afternoon Topps sent out emails to collectors canceling the order and informing them the listing was an error.
Yesterday toy distributor ACD posted their pre-order for USAoploy’s upcoming Garbage Pail Kids Monopoly board game. Along with the pre-order comes a picture of the box art for the game. Artwork for the game was completed by GPK artist Joe Simko. The box features a GPK version of Monopoly mascot Uncle Pennybags, along with classic GPK characters. The description for the game says it will come with 6 game tokens:
Relive the totally awesome 80’s with the MONOPOLY®: Garbage Pail Kids game! This game has the classic sticker artwork and new custom illustrations for a new generation of fans. Comes with 6 custom tokens.
USAopoly still hasn’t officially announced their partnership with Topps, however the game was first revealed in an article last year discussing plans for GPK licensing in 2020. No other information about the game was revealed, including a release date. The game is not yet available to pre-order to collectors. GPKNews has reached out to USAopoly for additional information. They are planning on sharing more info sometime in February on the game.
Collectors who ordered card #20, Announcing Adam, got a surprise this morning as they begin receiving emails for a new order from Topps for a reprint of the card. The first version of the card was sent out with just 2019 Was The Worst on the back instead of the checklist as advertised. Topps is correcting these errors and shipping a new version of the card with the checklist on the back. Topps has confirmed with GPKNews that everyone who ordered #20 will be getting the updated card with the checklist. This isn’t the first card from the set Topps has had to fix. Card #7 was printed initially with the incorrect image and name. Topps also sent out replacements for those cards.
We are now a little over two weeks away from the release of the next retail set 2020S1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School. Topps was nice enough to share an image with GPKNews of the Value Box art for the upcoming set. In keeping with the recent tradition of themed boxes, the box is shaped like a school house. The front of the box features artwork of a very frustrated looking principal done by artist David Gross.
Some other observations based on the odds on the side of the box. They odds are difficult to see in the picture, and they could just be a mock-up. But if real the odds look to be similar to the previous set, 2019S2 Revenge of Oh the Horror-ible. Loaded sketches look to be tougher to pull. Autos looks to be slightly easier. Pano sketches and Phlegm yellow borders are indeed in the Value boxes this set as advertised on the sell sheet. A lot of this makes sense. Less artists this set means sketches will be tougher to pull. Topps also increased the print run on the autos to /35 with this release, therefore making autos slightly easier to pull. Much more on the odds when the packs start to be released.