In their weekly email update to distributors today, Topps made a release date update to one of the upcoming announced retail sets. After moving to June TBD just a week prior, 2021 GPK Chrome OS 4 was moved to July TBD. Maybe the most interesting thing to note is 2021S2 GPK Vacation remained TBD June. Could that mean there’s some hope for a June release for Vacation? 2022S1 GPK Book Worms remains with a 7/27/22 release date. There are now only three sets from 2021 that don’t have a release date, OT Elite Basketball and the two GPK sets. Trading card products industry wide have been delayed due to paper and printer shortages. As always it should be noted that dates from online sellers should be ignored as they typical use the last Wednesday as a placeholder date.
Garbage Pail Kids collectors are going to need to continue to show more patience this summer on the release of upcoming retail sets. In their regular email to distributors today on release dates for upcoming products, Topps has updated the date for 2021S2 GPK Vacation and 2021 Chrome OS 4 to “June TBD”. 2022S1 GPK Book Worms remains with its original 7/27/22 release date. The sets continue to see delays due to paper shortages and printer demands for trading cards. Topps continues to show four total products from 2021 with TBD dates. Just because Topps mentions June, doesn’t mean collectors should necessarily expect the sets to release in June. For products that are TBD, Topps hasn’t started the printing process yet. GPK artist David Gross has been telling collectors for months now that despite Topps only moving the dates a month at a time, the sets really are in an indefinite delay until Topps can address shortages. Many online sellers continue to use the last Wed. of the month as a placeholder date, so collectors should not depend on those dates from sellers. Artwork for all three sets, including artists autographs has been completed, and work continues on future retail releases.
As has been anticipated, Topps today issued further delays for both 2021S2 Garbage Pail Kids GPK Goes on Vacation and 2022 Chrome OS 4. Both sets have been changed to “May TBD” on their release calendar. Topps is down to six sets left from 2021 without release dates, two of those being the GPK sets. The sets have seen continues delays caused first by the Covid pandemic, and then high customer demand for trading cards. All companies industry wide have had trouble finding enough printers and materials to keep up with demand. Collectors should not follow distributor or online website release dates as most sellers are setting filler dates on “TBD” sets to the last Wednesday of each month. Stick to GPKNews for the latest updates.
Topps updated distributors today with their latest product release date updates. Sadly for Garbage Pail Kids collectors, once again the sets that were scheduled to release last year, were moved back. Both 2021 Series 2 GPK Vacation and GPK Chrome OS 4 are now listed as “April TBD” on the official Topps calendar. The Topps calendar still shows 11 products from 2021 that haven’t been shipped yet. Topps has seen delays in printing due to demand and the Covid pandemic. Other licensed brands have taken priority over the Fanatics/Topps owned GPK brand. Collectors should not trust any dates from online box sellers or distributors as many of them add placeholder dates for the products that are TBD. GPKNews will have the latest updates when available.
GPK Collectors will need to remain patient for the next retail release, 2021 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids Goes on Vacation. Topps updated their release calendar today, officially moving back the set to March TBD. Originally set to release in Sept. 2021, the previous date listed for the set by Topps was Feb. TBD. Topps has seen most releases delayed over the last year plus due to the high demand for trading cards, and the Covid pandemic. GPK continues to take a backseat as Topps prioritizes other more profitable products. GPK Chrome OS 4 remains with a March TBD date on the latest calendar.
Topps made a change in release dates this morning for one of their highly anticipated GPK products. Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 4 has been updated now to March “TBD”. Originally set for release in November 2021, the set has seen a number of delays. Topps I continued to work through a backlog of sets due to printing delays. What is notable is 2021S2 GPK on Vacation was not changed, and remains February TBD. That could mean good news for collectors as Topps might be more confident that set will release in February. Collectors are slowly inching towards the release of the next sets.
The more things change the more they stay the same? Topps updated their release schedule today for distributors and the news isn’t good for Garbage Pail Kids collectors. After being previously listed as January TBD, both the 2021S2 GPK Vacation and Chrome 4 sets have been officially updated by Topps to February TBD. The “TBD” means Topps really doesn’t know when the sets will release. With the update to February, collectors now know they won’t see them in January. Topps continues to see printing delays across all their brands into 2022. Topps only has so many slots available at the printers, unfortunately contracts and other more profitable sets are taking precedence. Some work does continue on the sets as artists have now signed their autographs for both 2021S2 and Chrome 4. After multiple delays for both sets, collectors must continue to exercise patience for the next releases.
Topps today, once again, officially delayed 2021 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids GPK on Vacation. The set is now scheduled to release Dec. 15, 2021. This is the second delay the set has seen. Originally scheduled for a mid-Sept release, the set was first changed to Nov. 24 due to printing delays. Topps has seen delays and cancellations among many of their brands throughout 2021. The Covid pandemic launched a huge demand for trading card products. Manufactures continue to have a hard time finding printers who are able to meet that demand. Artists are expected to receive and sign their autographed cards soon, hopefully a sign the set has been printed, and will shortly enter the pack out process. There is no word yet if 2021 Chrome OS 4 will also see a release date change. The set is still officially scheduled to release 12/31/21.
Update: Thanks to Topps for official pictures of the tin artwork.
Topps is taking the kids on vacation to NYCC. This years New York Comic Con started today and Topps has plenty for GPK collectors that stop by their booth. As part of their display, Topps has examples of the box tins for the next retail set, 2021 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids GPK Goes on Vacation. Thanks to collector Sam Gras for sending along pictures. There are three different tins painted with a suitcase theme that will be used for the Value Boxes (Blasters). Artists David Gross, Joe Simko, and Brent Engstrom each painted one tin for the series. Artist Joe McWilliams painted a round globe themed tin which will be used for the Collector Box. After a delay of a couple months, 2021S2 GPK on Vacation is set to be released on 11/24/21.
GPK collectors are going to have to wait a little bit longer for their next retail fix. Topps has confirmed with GPKNews that the upcoming 2021 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids GPK Goes on Vacation set has been delayed. Topps already had a pretty good idea they wouldn’t be able to meet the original launch date when sell sheets were sent out. Originally the sell sheet listed the cards would be in stores September 2021. However, the case SKU sheets sent to distributors gave a conflicting release date of 11/24/21. Topps has now confirmed the set won’t hit the September date. With demand in trading card industry exploding in 2021, Topps has had to delay the majority of their products as they struggle to find printers to meet demand. Topps told GPKNews there is no new official release date as of yet. Topps has been releasing release date updates to distributors on a monthly basis. Currently most large online card sellers have the 11/24/21 date listed as the release date. GPK Chrome OS 4 is in a similar place. Conflicting dates were also seen on sell sheets and case SKU sheets when they were sent to distributors. Topps is currently shooting for a late December release for GPK Chrome 4.