Topps to Stop Daily GPK Themed Cards, Move to Weekly Sets

Yesterday artists begin receiving word from Topps that they will no longer be producing daily Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages cards. Wednesday’s cards served as the final daily offerings from Topps for the foreseeable future. Instead, Topps will focus on smaller weekly online sets.

The daily cards were based off Topps’ popular Topps Now Baseball Card program started in early 2016. While Topps had been selling smaller GPK sets online, their first daily cards appeared in the GPK Disg-Race to the While house set that took aim at the presidential election. More daily sets were launched by Topps including two Trumpocracy sets, GPK Network Spews, Wacky Packages Alternate Facts, and the Twister set.

There was no overarching reason supplied to the artists on why the daily cards were ending. A number of reasons could certainly be in play. Sales have fallen constantly since the first release of the cards. Collectors have complained about too much political focus, over saturation of the market, along with artwork from certain artists that seems rushed. With sales falling often below 100, it may no longer have made sense financially to offer daily cards.

The focus will now turn to weekly smaller online sets, similar to ones offered in the past. Past sets focused on the holidays, awards shows, TV, and musicians. While sets might not appear every week, you can expect similar themes. More than likely sets will continue to see GPKs mixed with Wacky Packages. With limited political cards, less cards offered, and possibly more time for artists to complete cards, it will be interesting to see if sales start to rise.

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Topps Launches GPK 4th of July Online Set

Topps focus on smaller online sets continues with today’s release. Today Topps announced Garbage Pail Kids 4th of July online set. The set features 3 new pieces of GPK artwork in a/b pairs, as well as 3 Wacky Packages cards. All cards are new parodies of various American historical figures. It appears that Topps is no longer offering the cards individually, you can only purchased the entire 9 card set fro $29.99. Shipping is free in the US via the SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The cards will be available for 7 days on topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is the checklist along with pictures of the cards, (Note Topps did not show a picture for card #9 in the listing.)

  • 1a. JOHN Hancocky (Artist – Michael Barnard)
  • 1b. Hubristic HANCOCK
  • 2a. Smashed SAM (Artist – Simone Arena)
  • 2b. Ale ADAMS
  • 3a. Independence DON (Artist – Michael Barnard)
  • 3b. Take-Off TRUMP
  • 7. George Washington Grill
  • 8. Lincoln Legs (Artist – Robert Jimenez)
  • 9. Fourth Fingers
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Topps Reveals Print Run for GPK Summer Time TV Online Set

Last week Topps revisited last year’s Prime Slime TV set, with a special set based off of this summer’s popular TV shows. Today Topps released the print run for Garbage Pail Kids Summer Time TV online set. The 10 card set featured 3 new pieces of artwork available in a/b pairs, and 4 Wacky Packages cards. Except for one Wacky card, all cards in the sent ended in the mid 120’s in sales. This topped the previous week’s set based on James Comey. After taking a long break from these smaller separate sets, Topps seems to be returning focus to these along side the daily GPK cards. Here is how each card finished for the Summer Time TV set.

  • 1a. CASINO COPPER/1b. JACKPOT JONES – 127
  • 2a. PRISONER PIPER/2b. CHAIN GANG CHAPMAN – 126
  • 3a. RIPPED RUTH/3b. WILD AHIR WILDER – 126
  • 7. TWIN FREAKS – 128
  • 8. SHAME OF THRONES – 129
  • 9. SHARKNADA – 140
  • 10. BIG BOTHER – 128
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