Fresh off the announcement by WWE this morning of shirts being available at wwe.com and Spencer’s gifts, Topps decided to launch their wrestling themed GPK set a day early. Today Topps launched WWE X GPK 13 sticker online set. The set features 13 cards of past and present WWE superstars turned into GPK characters. Joe Simko and Brent did all the artwork on the cards. The cards have numbers and the “peel here” arrow on the fronts. Unlike a traditional GPK set each character only has one card. The WWE announcement from today said the cards would launch on Mar. 12, but it looks like Topps decided to get the ball rolling a day early. The set is available for $24.99. Shipping is free in the US, while international shipping varies. It will be available for 29 days at topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is the checklist and pictures from Topps & WWE of the cards.
1. Gigantic ANDRE (Simko)
2. Breakin’ BECKY (Simko)
3. C-Thru CENA (Engstrom)
4. Savage RANDY (Simko)
5. Mixed-Up MICK (Engstrom)
6. Mouthy MIZ & Maryse (Simko)
7. Slick RICK (Engstrom)
8. Rowdy RONDA (Engstrom)
9. Brawlin’ ROLLINS (Engstrom)
10. Seething STEVE (Engstrom)
11. Chipped ROCK (Simko)
12. Unravelled WARRIOR (Simko)
13. Undead TAKER (Engstrom)
Award season ended last weekend as the yearly Academy Awards show passed out the Oscars. After skipping the first batch of awards shows, Topps released an online exclusive set based on this years Oscars. Today Topps revealed the print run for the 2019 Garbage Pail Kids Not-Scars online set. In total the set sold 375 copies. While the number is down from the recent On Demand releases, it’s a great number for an awards set. In fact this is the highest selling awards set Topps has produced. Collectors quickly sold out recent On Demand releases such as Valentine’s is Gross, and the GPK Coloring Book. This set did not contain any sketches or parallels and thus was not limited. The set was for sale the entire 7 days on topps.com. With the set being a surprise launch it will be interesting to see where Topps puts their online focus the remainder of the year. We most certainly will see additional On Demand sets, but with record numbers for the awards set, surely more of those types of sets will be on the way?
Just when you thought Topps was done with awards sets…Today Topps launched 2019 Garbage Pail Kids Not-Scars online set. This is a surprise from Topps. Topps seemingly was skipping over the awards season this year. But after three hugely successful On Demand GPK releases, Topps seems to be taking a step back to the awards sets of the past couple of years. This year’s 12 card set features six new paintings, (available in a/b versions), all completed by artist David Gross. The gags all parody many of the best picture nominees for this weekend’s upcoming Academy Awards show. Unlike the most recent Valentine’s set, there is no new back card art for this set. Card numbers and the “peel here” arrow will be appearing on the fronts. The entire set can be purchased for $24.99 in the brand new Garbage Pail Kids Online section of topps.com. Shipping in the US is free, while international shipping varies. The set will be available online for 7 days. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is the checklist.
1A. Gashed GAGA
1B. Starstruck STEFANI
2A. Bathroom Break BRADLEY
2B. A STAN is Born
3A. Bohemian RAMI
3B. Flossing FREDDIE
4A. THEA Favourite
4B. EMMA Execution
5A. Deranged DICK
5B. Crackpot CHRISTIAN
6A. Host LES
Well that didn’t take long. Less than four hours after going on sale, the Topps On Demand #2 2019 Garbage Pail Kids Valentine’s Day is Gross online set sold out. Collectors and resellers were quick to jump on this set. A total of 800 sets were available through Topps.com starting just before 2 PM Eastern time. Just after 5:30 PM the sets were no longer for sale. This marks the fastest sellout of a GPK online set. Last year’s Meme set sold out in just about 12 hours. With the quick sellouts expect future print runs of the sets to increase. The question now on collector’s minds is if Topps has fixed the shipping issues they had with the Meme set.
Update: Topps posted the official print run as 750 sets. It could be because Topps is holding back some of the sketches for replacements for damaged shipments, which is a common practice.
This Valentine’s Day Topps begins to try to win back the hearts of GPK collectors! Today Topps launched On Demand Set #2 Garbage Pail Kids 2019 Valentine’s Day is Gross. After starting the year off with a very popular coloring book, Topps is back with an On Demand set similar in configuration to last year’s GPK Meme set. It appears that Topps might be listening as some changes to the cards are evident in this new set.
This 20 card base set features 10 pieces of new artwork, (a/b versions), from the same artists that did the Meme set. Artists Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Joe Simko, Smokin Joe McWilliams, and Neil Camera all completed two pieces for the set. The cards feature classic male characters on the fronts, trying to woo classic female characters on the backs! Wait….what?!?!? Back art? Yes! In the biggest change since 2014 the new set features brand new back art, completed by the same artists that did the front of the cards. The backs are based off of OS Wanted Posters that show the character with her “likes” and “dislikes”. Not only is there back art, but card numbers and the “Peel Here” arrow has returned to the front of the cards!!! There also appears to be a checklist card back. “C” cards are back again. Each set purchased comes with one “C” card. Green and Pink parallels also return from the Meme set. Each set purchased comes with one Pink and three Green bordered cards.
All five artists also completed sketches for the new online set. This time all the sketches are based on OS 2 characters. In another welcome change from the Meme set, Topps used brand new sketch card stock for this set. Each artist was asked to complete 80 sketches this time, an increase over the Meme set. Once again sketches fall at 1:2 sets. This means if it sells out, the print run of this set will be at 800 sets. The Meme set had a print run of 500 sets. This would put the print run of the C cards at 80, Pink borders at 40, and green borders at 120.
The set is available for $40.00, the same price as the GPK Meme set. Free shipping in the US is being offered via the SmartPost option, while international shipping varies. The set is available on topps.com for 7 days, although the previous Meme set sold out within 2 days. Topps has a 20 set limit per customer. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Let’s hope Topps also fixes the shipping issues that the Meme set had. Here is a checklist of the set, and a couple of pictures of the cards.
In today’s email to collectors, Topps included an advertisement for a 2019 Garbage Pail Kids Valentines Set. The photo used features Adam Bomb with a heart shaped mushroom cloud. The artwork completed by Joe Simko was also featured in an interview and article done by InsideEdition that was posted today.
Notice anything interesting in the picture? Are those card numbers and “peel here” arrows on the front??? The set is expected to go on sale on Topps.com tomorrow.
Two weeks ago Topps posted their first online Garbage Pail Kids product of 2019. The ABC’s of GPK Coloring book features 26 pages of classic characters to color. In addition each book comes with one A is For Adam card, either with a green, pink, or gold border. The lure of an Adam Bomb themed card proved popular with collectors as the product sold out on topps.com a few days ago. Customers attempting to order the product the last few days were met with no, “add to cart” option on the product page. The new Topps website design made it difficult to tell if the product was sold out. Now that the sale is over Topps revealed that the print run of the coloring book is 1000 copies. There was no mention of a breakdown yet of how many green, pink, or gold A is for Adam cards were produced. However, Topps must have had a breakdown of each border available, as there would be no other reason to limit an “on demand” offering. Surely by selling out there will be a coloring book #2 in the future.
Fresh off a redesign of the Topps.com website, there is the first online GPK product of 2019. Today Topps launched The ABC’s of GPK coloring book. The book comes with 26 pages of classic GPK characters to color. In addition it appears each order comes with one of three different A is for Adam cards. There are gold, green, and pink bordered variations of the Adam Bomb card. No mention from Topps on if any versions will be rarer than the others. The book and card costs $9.99. Shipping is free in the US with the SmartPost option. The book is available on Topps.com for 14 days. The listing does not say if Topps will reveal the print run of the various borders. Here are pictures of the book and cards.
For weeks now GPK collectors have been eagerly awaiting shipment of the GPK Meme On Demand set. Topps offered this online exclusive set back in September. The set quickly sold out of all 500 copies available. However, collectors have begun to get restless as almost two months have passed with no shipping notice from Topps. Today Topps sent out an email to collectors that ordered the set stating there was a problem with the production of the set. They email says shipping should be expected within two weeks. Within the email is says, “there is a delay on the balance of orders shipping.” What is not known is if that means some collectors will get their orders weeks before others. Collectors will hopefully have these in hand in time for Christmas.
After debuting at last weekend’s New York Comic Con, the new Stranger Kids set is now available for purchase online. Today Topps officially launched 2018 Garbage Pail Kids & Stranger Things “A” and “B” sets. Just like at NYCC, the 40 card set is being offered as two separate 20 card “A” and “B” name sets. All the artwork in the set was completed by artist Joe Simko. Each set is available to purchase for $19.99. Shipping is free within the US via the SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The sets are available on topps.com for sale for a longer than usual 90 days. Topps does say the print run for the sets will be revealed at the end of the sale. No word yet if the print run will include NYCC purchases. The four bonus cards available at NYCC are not available with the set online. Here is the checklist of both sets along with a few pictures of the cards.