Topps Cuts Production of Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary Collector Boxes

2020 continues to rear its ugly head. Wednesday collectors got some upsetting news that Topps has cut production on 2020S2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary boxes. Mikee Friesen, who sells a large quantity of GPK boxes every release, posted a message he received from his distributor that said they were informed that Topps “significantly” cut production of Collector boxes due to a “production issue”. Today the distributor sent an update that production on Collector boxes was cut 60% by Topps. GPKNews has reached out to Topps for a statement, but has not heard back. If Topps responds, this article will be updated. It would appear the production issues are only related to Collector boxes, as retail distributors haven’t received notices.

Collector boxes are set to arrive in a collectible garbage can tin. They also exclusively contain black and red parallels, GPK Wacky insert set, relics, shaped and triptych sketches. It’s unknown if all all the inserts and parallels were inserted into the limited production run, or if a number of the cards didn’t make it. Productions issues or not, 2020 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary is set to release next Wed, 10/28/20.

Topps Releases 2020 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary Checklist

With just one week to go before the delayed release date, Topps has released the checklist for 2020 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary set. As promised on the sell sheets, the base set contains 200 cards, 100 new paintings in a/b versions. Subsets are back for this set, however Topps kept the numbering 1-100a/b. The subsets are; All Grown Up (1-20a/b), Snot Another Anniversary (21-30a/b), 135th Anniversary Flash Forward (31-55a/b), 35 Years of GPK (56-90a/b), and Battle of the Decades (91-100a/b).

All the advertised insert sets are also on the checklist and closely use the same structure as the 2020S1 Back to School set. The Fan Favorites (Original art) insert set contains 20 cards, (1-10a/b), and come 2 per Fat Pack. These characters were decided based on voting a few months ago held by Topps. The Midlife Crisis (Simko/Engstrom) insert set is also 20 cards, (1-10a/b), and come 3 per Blaster Box. This is a change as the Late to School blaster insert was 10 cards. No Regerts Tattoos (Simko/Engstrom/Gross/McWilliams) is a 10 card insert set found only in Retail Display boxes. Finally, GPK Wacky Packages (Gross/McWilliams) and Location Relic cards are both 10 cards, and both are only in Collector boxes. There is also one unannounced insert set that will be a rare insert in packs.

The four final card artists, Joe Simko, Brent Emgstrom, David Gross, and Smokin Joe McWilliams each did 25 base card paintings, and their autographs can be found in packs. Finally, the sketch artist checklist contains 52 artists, including one artist making his GPK debut, Karl Jones. This is an increase of 11 from the Late to School set. You can find the official checklist for 2020 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary in PDF form here.

Topps Shares Images of Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary Pack/Box

The next retail set, 2020 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary, is just around the corner. Topps shared with GPKNews mock-ups of both the pack wrapper and Retail Display Box. A very infected Adam Bomb adorns the pack and box along with the now familiar 35th anniversary logo. Collectors were made to wait a few weeks after a delay was announced for the set. The long wait is almost over, 2020S2 GPK 35th Anniversary is scheduled to release Oct. 28, 2020.

2020S2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary Retail Set Delayed by Topps

Topps giveth and Topps taketh away! After announcing the first set of 2021 earlier today, now word is coming that the 35th anniversary set has been delayed by Topps. All major online retailers, including GTS, DA Cardworld, Blowout Cards, and Steel City Collectibles, have changed the release date of the set to 10/28/20. Topps has confirmed with GPKNews that the set has been delayed. The new date will come 5 weeks after the original release date of 9/23/20. No reason has been given for the delay. Sketch artists are already returning sketches, and final card artists have their cards to autograph for the set. However, due to the current pandemic Topps has seen multiple delays with the majority of their retail releases. It appears GPK isn’t immune to that. GPK Chrome OS 3’s date has not changed so far, that release is still schedule for 11/25/20. This will put the 35th set only 4 weeks before Chrome, with 2021S1 to follow 8 weeks later. It’s going to be a busy 12 weeks for collectors.

Artists Start Work on 2020S2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary Sketches

GPK sketch artists are starting work on sketches for the next major retail release, 2020 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary. Most of the artists have been busy this summer on online sets or other brands. They have their work cut out for them this time, as sketch numbers are up and deadlines are tight. Invites started going out late last week, and artists began receiving sketches in the mail this week. In what seems to be a Topps tradition, once again the artists have a short deadline to complete sketches. Artists have a three week deadline to get sketches returned to Topps for the mid-Sept release of the set. Collectibles during the current pandemic have been more popular and in demand as ever. GPK has been on a roll, and pre-sale demand for boxes has been high. In perhaps a hint of increasing production for the upcoming set, Topps has increased the number of sketches from the artists. Each artist is being asked to complete 46 regular, 14 die-cut, 6 loaded puzzle, 3 panoramic, and 3 Tryptych sketches. This is an increase in regular, die-cut, and loaded puzzle over the previous set.  The number of artists for the set also appears to be up compared to 2020S1 Late to School. This should help make up for any production increases.

Topps is going with green for the color on the headers and backs of sketches. The fronts feature the Garbage Pail Kids banner in green. The regular sketches have a white name plate for the first time. The back of the regular sketch features the classic Adam Bomb. The back of the pano sketch features Double Heather, while the Tryptych sketch has Potty Scotty and Tattoo Lou. For some strange reason Topps has not included any logo or reference to the 35th anniversary on the sketch blanks. This seems to be a missed opportunity to help celebrate the anniversary. In keeping with recent tradition, Topps has two different die-cuts. Joining the trashcan die-cut is the new poop emoji die-cut.

It looks like the total number of sketch artists for this set will be higher than 2020S1 Late to schools. Only 44 artists completed sketches for the first set of 2020. So far 41 of those 44 of confirmed they are doing sketches for the 35th anniversary set. Set to return are; David Acevedo, Simone Arena, Rö García Astorga, Quinton Baker, Bobby Blakey, Emma Burges, John Brewer, Neil Camera, Nik Castaneda, Pat Chaimuang, Jasmine Contois, Sobot Cortez, Jason Crosby, Dave Dabila, Vincenzo D’Ippolito, Joey Fitchett, Dave Gacey, Shane Garvey, Patrick Giles, Kelly Greider, Jason Heil, Lowell Isaac, Robert Jimenez, Rickey Kipfer, Mike McHugh, Rory McQueen, Lily Mercado, Rich Molinelli, John Monserrat, Victor Moreno, Jay O’leary, Darrin Pepe, Cathy Razim, Chad Scheres, Brent Scotchmer, Anthony Skubis, Mike Stephens, Gregory Tilson, Magnus Von Robotsson, Gavin Williams, and Clinton Yeager. Three artists, Joe Dobbins, Dennis Gortakowski and Daniel Goodroad have declined the invite for the set. Topps is adding a number of returning or new artists to the lineup for this set. Artists Dan Contois, Simon Jacobsohn, Chris Meeks, Barry Nygma, Todd Rayner and Matt Steffens are all returning to retail GPK sketches after taking a break. Topps also added Jeff Cox, Bekki Sharp, Brandhen Snyder, and Greg Treize, who all made their GPK sketch debuts this spring and summer on online sets. In addition Karl Jones is making his GPK debut with this set. This brings the current confirmed sketch artist total to 52 so far. This article will be updated as any additional artists come forward.

Excitement is high as collectors anticipate the upcoming celebration of GPKs. 2020 Garbage Pail Kids Series 2 35th Anniversary is set to release on Sept. 23rd, 2020.

Topps Asks Collectors To Help Pick Characters for 35th Set

Today, on the official Garbage Pail Kids Facebook page they, Topps began asking collectors to help them pick characters for the Garbage Pail Kids Series 2 35th Anniversary set. According to the retail sell sheet, there is a Fan Favorites insert set that will be found in retail Fat Packs. Collectors will pull 2 cards per pack. Topps is looking for the top 10 vote getters from their survey for the set. The survey asks collectors for their 3 favorite garbage pail kids, when they started collecting, and their favorite memory. No info is listed for how long the survey will be available, so vote now to have input on the next set! Garbage Pail Kids Series 2 35th Anniversary is set to hit store shelves Sept. 23, 2020.

Topps Reveals Print Run for Garbage Pail Kids Video Set #3 GPK Rocks

After selling for the past month the sales are in for the latest set based on the GPK animated videos. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Video Series Set #3 GPK Rocks. The set sold a total of 348 copies. This is down quite a bit from the previous two video sets. The card set is not a typical GPK set, but instead still shots from the animated videos. When the animated videos and card sets debuted, Topps had advertised there would be one video per month. However, things seemed to have slowed down with GPK Rocks being the only video released since mid-Feb. Topps has not hinted yet when the next video will launch.

2020 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary Retail Sell Sheet

After yesterday’s release of the Hobby sell sheet, today brings us the 2020 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary retail sell sheet. The format of the second series of 2020 is much the same as the first series of the year, Late to School, with just a couple of changes. The base set still appears to be numbered 1-100a/b, but the set features cards from 5 different themes. The themes help celebrate Garbage Pail Kids through the last 35 years. Collectors can expect to see familiar characters and art styles throughout all eras of Garbage Pail Kids. Like Late to School the set will have back art, featuring puzzles, checklists, and more.

Of course Retail Display boxes are back once again. These 24 pack boxes were not very popular with Collectors with the Late to School set since Topps removed the Yellow Parallels. In order to help rectify that, the Spit Blue Parallels (/99), formerly found in Collector boxes, have moved to Retail Display boxes. While this increases the value of Retail Display boxes, it hurts the Collector box as there was no value replacement for them. Green Parallels return 1 per pack in all retail types. Gold Parallels also can be found in all pack types, however this time they will be /35, instead of the usual /50. Artist Autos and Printing plates are also available in all pack types. The Retail Display boxes will be the only place to find the “No Ragerts” Temporary Tattoos. The artwork on these are done in American Traditional tattoo style. Finally, collectors can also hunt for regular sized sketch cards.

Value boxes will be available again in retail stores like Target and Wal-Mart. These 5 pack boxes will once again come in 40 box cases, a change Topps made with the Late to School set. The Phlegm Yellow parallels will be back in Value boxes again, one per box. Midlife Crisis insert cards will appear 3 per Value box, wrapped in a separate cellophane wrapper. These will be classic characters facing midlife and millennial issues. Also just like Late to School, Value boxes are scheduled to feature both Loaded and Panoramic sketches. This didn’t happen with the Late to School set, as Topps switched the Pano and Triptych sketches during production.

The last retail pack type will be the familiar Fat Packs. Fat Packs will see the return of 1 Jelly Purple parallel per pack. Each pack will also include 2 Fan Favorite insert cards. The sell sheet says these will be the favorite GPKs as voted on by fans. No word yet on how or when Topps will hold voting.

The sell sheet also advertises that collectors will have a chance to have a custom GPK created of themselves. To view the retail sell sheet click here, or see below for pictures. 2020 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary is set to hit store shelves on 9/23/20.

Topps Announces Garbage Pail Kids 2020 Series 2 35th Anniversary Set

Garbage Pail Kids celebrate their 35th anniversary! Today Topps announced the second retail set of the year, 2020 Garbage Pail Kids Series 2 35th Anniversary. The set is scheduled to once again be 200 base cards, featuring 100 new paintings broken down with a/b versions. Topps appears to be going back to the themes, as the base set will feature 5 themes, Al Grown Up, 35 Years of GPK, Snot Another Anniversary, 135th Anniversary Flash Forward, and Battle of the Decades. Once again the familiar parallel colors are scheduled to be back. Although the sell sheet does advertise back card art as well. All retail packs will contains 1 Booger Green parallel. While Bruised Black  and Bloody Nose Red /75 parallels will  return to Collector packs, Spit Blue /99 parallels have moved to the Retail Display boxes. Fool’s Gold parallels can be found throughout all pack types and will be numbered to only /35 this time. Printing Plates and Artist Autos can also be found in all pack types.

Insert cards this time feature “No Ragerts” Temporary Tattoos. These can be found only in Retail Display boxes and are described as GPK inspired temporary tattoos in American Traditional style. GPK Wacky Packages inserts can be found 1 per collector box. These will be Wacky Package styled paintings parodying GPK merchandise. In addition, Collector boxes will contain new Location Relic Cards. These will contain relics from characters locations, like sand from Wrapping Ruth or dirt from Dead Ted’s grave. The usually sketch card options will be available. Regular sized sketches can be found in retail pack types, while shaped and Triptych sketches can be found in Collector boxes. Collectors boxes are advertised to come in special Garbage Can Shaped Tins. Finally, the sell sheet also advertises there will be a chance to have a custom GPK created of you!

You can view the sell sheet here in PDF form here, or see below for pictures. Garbage Pail Kids 2020 Series 2 35th Anniversary is scheduled to hit stores 9/23/20.

Topps Launches GPK Late to School Video Series Sticker Set #1

Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids Late to School Video Series Sticker Set #1. The 5 card set features frames from a video short Topps also released today. The animated video depicts the GPKs going back to school for their 35th anniversary. The cards feature Topps logo for this year’s 35th anniversary of the Garbage Pail Kids. It would appear Topps will start doing this for each animated video short they do this year. The set costs $9.99. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. The set will be on sale for 30 days on Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is the checklist:

• 1- High-Flying Wedgie
• 2- Trouble-Making Tagger
• 3- Watermelon Warfare
• 4- Double the Flavors…and Mess
• 5- Food-Fight Frenzy