The New York Comic Con starts today, and much like previous years Garbage Pail Kids collectors have a lot to keep their eyes open for. Topps is leading things off with a weekend full of GPK goodness. There is a new 40 card GPK X Stranger Things parody set being offered at the show. The set is available in two separate 20 card packs, “a” and “b” packs for $19.99. Everyone buying both sets can get one special bonus card each day of the show. So there are a total of four different bonus cards available. Topps said there is a limit of one set per person per day of the show. Topps will also have sets available without the bonus cards in their online store after the show is over. (Thanks to GeePeeKay and KeWe for pictures!)
Topps will have GPK artist Joe Simko on hand signing autographs from 1:30 – 2:30 at their booth, #454. Topps will also be passing out an Oh the Horror-ible promo card at their booth Saturday to collectors. The card is based off the Jack Lagoon (#10a Classic Film Monsters) from the new retail set.
Toy Tokyo will be offering a special metallic version of the Adam Bomb Funko Pop! The figure will be limited to 3000 copies, and should go quickly.
Anyone who hasn’t picked up a copy of the excellent 30 Year of Garbage documentary will have a chance to buy the Director’s Cut from booth #2312.
Finally Kawaii Cubes will have a few of their plush GPK toys they released last year at their booth, #243.
Topps today announced its plans for this weekend’s New York Comic Con. Topps will have its usual presence and will be promoting many of its card brands. Among those will be Garbage Pail Kids. Topps announced there will be a special parody set of Garbage Pail Kids Stranger Things. All 20 cards were painted by artist Joe Simko. The 40 card set will be available in two separate 20 card “a” name and “b” name sets. Each set will be available at the show for $19.99. Collectors purchasing both A & B sets will also receive a special promo card only available at the show. Topps also said the GPK Stranger Things sets will be available for purchase on topps.com, without the promo card.
Topps also announced that Joe Simko will be in the Topps booth on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 signing autographs. Topps also announced they will be passing out a GPK promo card on Saturday. They have not revealed the card as of yet.
Lots of fun stuff in store for GPK collectors at this weekend’s NYCC!
Sometime over the night the Topps On Demand #9 GPK Memes set sold out. In less than 24 hours all 500 copies of the set available were snatched up. This is a huge improvement in sales over the last year or more for online GPK sets. While there have been individual online GPK cards sell more than 500, this sets the high mark for a set.
Topps saw similar quick sales with Last year’s Wacky Packages Old School 6 set. The configuration of both sets was done in a similar manner. Collectors were inticed by this set for a few reasons. This was the cheapest price per card online set so far. At 24 cards for $40, puts the price per card at $1.67, down from the usual $2.50. The availability of parallel cards also made collectors want to try their hand at multiple sets. Finally a 50/50 chance to pull a OS 1 sketch card pushed many over the edge.
What will be interesting is if Topps abandons the old format of offering awards, comic con, music, and holiday sets, and instead focuses on the On Demand concept going forward. Whatever happens except to see future sets with the same formula.
After a long dry spell, over two months, without online GPK sets, Topps is back. Today Topps launched On Demand Set #9 Garbage Pail Kids Memes. After the change in Brand Managers over GPK earlier this summer, Topps has been silent with online sets. They are back today, but in a different form. The set is being offered under the On Demand section of their online store. This is the second GPK themed set to be featured as an On Demand set, after last year’s GPK Classic set. Despite being just one week after the launch of the latest retail GPK set, Oh the Horror-ible, Topps is going after collectors wallets in a big way.
The 20 card set features 10 pieces of new artwork completed by Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Joe Simko, Smokin Joe McWilliams, and Neil Camera. Each artist completed two cards for the set, and each card comes in a/b name versions. The cards feature OS 1 characters in parodies of popular internet memes. Unlike the typical online set, the configuration is quite different. For the first time collectors will get 1 “c” name card in each set. The “c” name is the third name for each piece of artwork. Each set also comes with 1 pink border parallel, and 3 border green parallels. In addition each artist completed 50 sketches, all of OS 1 characters, for the set. Each set comes with a 1:2 chance to pull a sketch card. The sketches were done on the same card stock used for the 2018S2 GPK Oh the Horror-ible retail set. This will make it tough for collectors to distinguish the difference between the sketches of Smokin Joe and Neil Camera who also completed sketches for the retail set. David Gross did not complete his regular sketches for Oh the Horror-ible, so any regular sized Gross sketch came from the Meme set. Engstrom and Simko did not complete sketches for Oh the Horror-ible.
The set is available for $40.00. Free shipping in the US is being offered via the SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The set is available on topps.com for 7 days. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is a checklist of the set, and a couple of pictures of the cards.
Topps this evening sent out an email to their mailing list teasing the next online Garbage Pail Kids set. The set looks to be called GPK Memes. Unlike most online sets, this one will be listed in the On Demand section of their store and not the general GPK section. This On Demand #9 set will be the second GPK set in the section after last year’s GPK Classic.
Topps yearly nod to San Diego Comic Con has ended and the sales results are in. Today Topps revealed the print run for 2018 Garbage Pail Kids Summer Comic Convention online set. Total sales ended at 131 for the seven day period. The high price point, disjointed nature of the set, many cards didn’t fit a comic con theme, and the final art were all common complaints from collectors for the latest release. It’s the lowest sold set since the Shammy awards set earlier this year.
With San Diego Comic Con in full swing this week, Topps continues it’s tradition of offering an online set. Today Topps launched 2018 Garbage Pail Kids Summer Comic Convention online set. The huge 20 card set consists of 10 new GPK pieces available in a/b variations. Concepts for the cards cam from various GPK artists, (Gross, Simko, Engstrom), while they appear to have been painted by artist JungHwa Im. The set is available for $49.99. Shipping is free in the US with the SmartPost option, and $10 for international shipping. The set will be available on Topps.com for 7 days. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is a checklist and a picture of all the cards.
1a: SUPER MANUEL/1b: CHARGED CLARK 2a: SUPPER MARIO/2b: 16-BIT MIT 3a: BATTLE TOD/3b: RASH ASH 4a: DREARY DARIA/4b: MORGAN DORKER
5a: BAT EMMANUEL/5b: GRIM TIM 6a: RUNTY ROSS/6b: PUNY PEROT 7a: CAMERON PLANET/7b: EARTH DAYTON 8a: BOOGER MANNY/8b: BOOGY BOGART 9a: KAT DOG/9b: CAT DOUG 10a: EARL WORM/10b: JUICY JIM
Fireworks, hot dogs, and GPK! All three have been traditions in recent years. With last week’s launch of 2018 Garbage Pail Kids 4th of July online set, collectors had another chance to add to their collection. Today Topps revealed the set sold 168 copies. The total is right in line with sales from previous online sets sold earlier this year. This year’s 8 card set was comprised of both GPKs and Wacky Packages. All the artwork for the set was completed by artist Robert Jimenez.
After a bit of a break, online GPKs are back. Last time Topps offered any online cards was a couple of months back with the Hall of Lame set. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids 2018 4th of July set. The set consists of three new GPK paintings, with a/b versions, and two Wacky Packages. All the artwork for the set was completed by artist Robert Jimenez. The eight card set is available for $29.99. Shipping is free in the US with the SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The set can be purchased for the next seven days at Topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is a checklist and pictures of the cards.
As part of their 80th anniversary, Topps has launched a year long online set focused on wrapper reprints of Topps sets through the year. Last week GPK made their first appearance with a wrapper based off of OS 1 from 1985. Today Topps revealed the print run for the 80th Anniversary Wrapper Art Card #23 1985 Garbage Pail Kids. In a bit of a surprise sales of the GPK card smashed sales records for the set. According to Topps the card sold 969 copies. With 24 cards so far released in the set, the card becomes the highest selling card to date. The previous highest card, was card #1, 1966 Batman, that sold 707 copies. What do these results tell Topps? Does it show there’s a large following for classic GPK stuff? Could it mean additional GPK wrapper cards will make an appearance later in the set? Would Topps use these results to change their minds on a product like Chrome OS 3? Lots of interesting questions for Topps with sales results such as these.