Topps Launches Garbage Pail Kids x WAX OS 2 Digital Set

Topps contained their digital partnership with WAX today by launching their 4th set on the Wax Blockchain. Garbage Pail Kids x WAX OS 2 packs went on sale at 12:00 PM EST. Initial demand for packs was strong, but once again the launch produced errors that frustrated collectors. For the first 10 mins of the launch, collectors were not able to purchase any packs due to receiving a network error. According to initial reports the error once again was due to an issue with the credit card processor. After that things began working smoother, although many users reported problems with opening packs.

For the first time since OS 1, packs did not sell out right away. There were three different pack types sold, Standard $9.99 (8 cards), Mega $24.99 (25 cards, and Ultimate $49.99 (55 cards). Topps offered 5000 of each pack at launch. Standard packs sold quickly and were gone within the first 5 mins. By 9:27 the large Ultimate packs also sold out. The hold out turned out to be the mid sized Mega pack. As of press time, almost two hours after launch, there are still over 1500 Mega packs left for sale.

Topps decided not to reveal pack numbers, card inventory, or odds prior to launch. With 5000 of each pack available there is a possibility of 440,000 cards in the series. Not every card type is available in each pack. Each pack has its exclusive parallel card, Standard (Slime), Mega (Gum), and Ultimate (VHS). Odds for each pack, along with average card counts for each one are below.

There were some unannounced surprises in the set from Topps. Topps inserter some “error” cards into the set, including a badly miscut Spilt Kit, and a Censored “Schizo Fran” card. Topps has hinted Schizo might be in the set, but it appears the black bar version will have to do.

(Note: Card counts are based on possible percentages, but will vary slightly due to how cards are minted on the Blockchain.)

Standard

  • Slime 4 per pack (20,000)
  • Raw 1 per pack (5,000)
  • Returning 50% (2,500)
  • Sketch 30% (1,500)
  • Collector 1% (50)
  • Base A, B, C – (10,950)

Mega

  • Gum 4 per pack (20,000)
  • Raw 3 per pack (15,000)
  • Returning 2 per pack (10,000)
  • Returning “A” 1 per pack (5,000)
  • Sketch 1 per pack (5,000)
  • Collector 4% (200)
  • Base A, B, C (69,800)

Ultimate

  • Raw 8 per pack (40,000)
  • Returning 7 per pack  (35,000)
  • Sketch 3 per pack (15,000)
  • VHS 2 per pack (10,000)
  • Collector 10% (500)
  • Base A, B, C (174,500)

Total

  • Base A, B, C 104 in set (2454 each)
  • Returning 26 in set -28,750 “A”/23,750 “B (“A” 2211 each/“B” 1826 each)
  • Raw 42 in set (1428 each)
  • Slime 84 in set (238 each)
  • Gum 84 in set (238 each)
  • VHS 84 in set (119 each)
  • Sketch 84 in set (255 each)
  • Original Art 9 in set (Odds unknown)
  • Relics Unknown in set (Odds unknown)
  • Collector’s Edition 24 in set (31 each)
  • Errors Unknown in set (Odds unknown)

New Art a Highlight in Upcoming Garbage Pail Kids x WAX OS 2 Digital Set

More news has trickled out over the last few days for the upcoming Garbage Pail Kids x WAX OS 2 digital set. Vice President of Topps Digital, Tobin Lent appeared on a number of video podcasts, including one with GPKNews, to reveal many details around the set. Topps is making an attempt to lure the longtime GPK collector who has yet to give digital cards a try. They have inserted a number of various parallels and inserts into the set, as well as a number of surprises they haven’t shared yet. The base set consists of the original 84 card OS 2 set. The Returning Cards, that first appeared in Chrome OS 2, will be an Uncommon insert set to collect, as well as the “C” name variations that also appeared in Chrome OS 2. There are various parallel sets available to collect, Gum, Raw, Slime, Gum, VHS, and Sketch card. In addition to that, there are a number of special items under the Collector’s Edition label.

The Collector Edition cards will consist of various special relics, animated cards, and new art. Perhaps the biggest news for collectors was revealed on The Nifty Show podcast. Tobin shared there will be brand new art inserted into the set, all from up and coming new artists who have all previously worked as sketch artists for Topps. Tobin specifically showed off original art variations from “GPK” Nik Castaneda, Chenduz, and Brent Scotchmer. The original art cards are a takeoff of the Project 2020 baseball card set Topps is selling as online physical cards. Some of the original art cards are even animated like the Sketch parallels for the base set, and will feature the artist’s digital autograph on the card back. There are also a number of special animated characters created by artist Justin Gammon. Topps began using Justin for work after seeing his fantastic creations earlier this year that he shared online.

Tobin also shared details around the launch and makeup of the packs. There will be three packs types offered, $10 Standard Pack (8 cards), $25 Mega Pack (25 cards), and $50 Ultimate Pack (55 cards). There will be some purchase limits in place, so collectors can not purchase unlimited packs. Each pack type will contain an exclusive parallel card. Some cards types, like the Collector Edition will be available in all pack types. Tobin said Topps will not be revealing pack or card inventory numbers prior to launch this time around. Like with the OS 1 set, the set will be based off the Simple Assets standard, and packs can only be purchased with a credit card.

Many collectors have asked about the status of the Schizo Fran character, who appeared in the first two printings of OS 2, but was replaced for the 3rd printing with Fran Fran, and hasn’t been used since by Topps. When asked about Schizo being in the set, Tobin strong hinted that, “In an effort to delight collectors, we’ve tucked some surprises into the set.” Tobin also told Nifty Show that he tried really hard to get John Pound to do digital autographs for the set, but was unable to talk him out of his retirement. Packs will go on sale at 12:00 PM EST this Wed. 9/30/20 on the toppsgpk.io website. Packs will sett out quickly, so collectors should have their account created and ready to purchase.

10 Questions With…Tobin Lent Video Interview

We are just a few days away from the release of Topps Garbage Pail Kids x WAX OS 2 digital set. I sat down with Tobin Lent, VP of Topps Digital, for the first GPKNews 10 Questions With… video interview. We discussed a number of topics including how Topps can overcome objections of current GPK collectors and get them on the blockchain, how Topps is working with Wax to release digital sets, the future of Topps and GPK on the Blockchain, and much more! We also went into detail on the upcoming OS 2 digital set. You can watch the video on GPKNews YouTube channel here. Or check it out below!

In the interview we cover:

• Tobin talks about overcoming the objections to longtime GPK collectors to try digital…
• The biggest issue in onboarding new users…
• Redemptions in physical packs in the future…
• Past issues around initial pack distribution…
• How OS 2 will be distributed…
• Thoughts on secondary market and how Topps tries to balance…
• Using GPKs in 3rd party games…
• Details on OS 2 pack types…
• Parallels and special inserts in OS 2…
• Launch time, standard used, purchase method for OS 2
• Is Schizo Fran in the set???
• Future of GPK on WAX for 2020/2021…
• Debuting new GPKs on WAX…
• Physical cards inserted into OS 2??? What?!?!
• Long term future for Topps and WAX, other partners…
• The future of displaying assets…
• My pitch for an album NFT…
• Status of Gone Exotic base card burn…

 

Initial Details on GPK x WAX OS 2 Digital Release

The following of digital GPK collectors and WAX NFT enthusiasts are eagerly awaiting the next release from Topps and WAX. We are only seven days away from the release of Garbage Pail Kids x WAX OS 2. This will be the fourth GPK release between the companies on the WAX blockchain.

Topps was able to share a few initial details with GPKNews about the makeup of the upcoming set. Topps is advertising the set will include original artwork animations and special effects. The different variations of cards being offered will make this the largest digital release to date. In addition to the regular a/b base cards, Topps is adding some cards that were released in the physical GPK Chrome OS 2 release from 2014. Special “C” name variations will be available randomly in packs. There were 20 C name cards in the Chrome set. Topps will also include the 26 card Returning Card subset that was in the Chrome release. There will be five different parallel card types offered in various scarcities in the set; Raw, Slime, Gum, VHS, and Sketch card. There will also be new Animation and Relic cards inserted. See list at the end of the article for a description of the card types.

Topps has shared there will be three different pack types available for sale for this release with varying card amounts and odds per pack. However, specific details around the pack types, including number available, has not been released. No other details around the release are available yet, including initial sales process or pack distribution. While not set in stone the set is expected to launch next Wed., Sept. 30th, at 12:00 PM EST.

Collectibles to expect:

  • Static A/B Cards: digitized versions of physical GPK Series 2 release
  • Static C Cards: released in GPK Chrome Series 2 (debuted in 2014)
  • Returning: reimagined character art based on 2014 GPK Chrome Series 2 release
  • RAW: Original GPK Series 2 cards with no nameplates or logo
  • Slime: Original GPK Series 2 Card with “slime” motion effect
  • Gum: Original GPK Series 2 Card with “gum” motion effect
  • VHS: Original GPK Series 2 Card with “VHS” motion effect
  • Sketch: Original GPK Series 2 Card with sketch motion effect
  • Animation: Exclusive animation card created for this release
  • Relic: Exclusive animation card created for this release

Topps Talks WAX x Garbage Pail Kids Future

Tobin Lent, VP of Topps Digital, appeared on the NFT Day broadcast earlier today to discuss the future of Topps and the WAX Blockchain. Tobin announced they are working on the next GPK x WAX release, Garbage Pail Kids OS 2. They are planning a late September release for the set. Topps is planning more variety of rare parallels and inserts to appear in the next release.

Tobin also announced they are working out the mechanics to allow collectors to “burn” some of their Tiger King base cards. Collectors would basically give up a certain number of cards, in return they will be awarded a very limited Tiger King sketch card. Topps is planning on making sketches from the 15 “a” cards from the set. No other details or release date for the burn were announced.

Finally, during his appearance, the final 1200 Crash Gordon packs went live. The Crash Gordon set once again proved to be a success for Topps. The first batch of 3000 packs sold out in 3 min. 18 seconds, while the second batch of 1200 sold out in just 31 seconds! Collectors had to be quick for this one.

Topps x WAX GPK Goes Exotic Sells Out

Can’t stop that tiger! Today’s digital launch of Topps x WAX GPK Goes Exotic sold out in just over an hour. Collectors who are part of the Garbage Pail Kids Trading group on Telegram were given a password at 11:30 EST to allow early access buying. All 7,000 Mega packs sold out during the early sale period in only 24 mins. By 12:37 EST the website was showing all 13,000 Standard packs were sold as well.

While the sell out was a huge success for WAX and Topps, all did not go smoothly. Collectors were hit with delays and errors almost immediately after the early access password was released. Many collectors reported their credit/debit cards were declined at the initial purchase. Those that were able to purchase saw a delay, initially a few mins, but up to 30 mins to receive packs in their account as the payment process worked its way through. Perhaps the most frustrating thing for many collectors was cancelled and refunded orders after the fact. Representatives from WAX explained in Telegram that the huge demand caused a giant backlog for the payment processor. Therefore, packs were still being sold before previous sales were issued to accounts. This caused packs to be oversold, and refunds issued. More than likely packs sold out much earlier than the 1:07 shown on the website.

This is a huge learning for WAX and Topps. This also shows why choosing GPK to be the test dummy, and Tiger King to be the second release made a lot of sense. If demand was this large for GPK, what is going to happen when Star Wars or baseball cards are launched? The companies now know what they need to work on for the next release. Company reps have already hinted there will be changes for the next release. Purchase limitations are one thing being considered. They also said they would take a look at eliminating any sort of early password access.

What Topps and WAX have done is show there is a huge demand for digital cards. You can bet a OS 2 release will see a significant increase in print run. The sky seems to be the limit here for both companies if they are able to manage through the hiccups.

Topps x WAX GPK Goes Exotic Launch Delayed

WAX announced today, via their Twitter account, that the launch of the digital set GPK Goes Exotic has been delayed. Originally, the set was scheduled to launch tomorrow, 7/8, at 12:00 EST. No reason was supplied for the delay. However, based on messages posted on Telegram by WAX representatives, there is a technical problem with a third party provider and their shopping card. Once that is resolved a new launch date will be announced. WAX reps said there would be at least a 24 hour notice given before launch.

WAX x Topps Packs Sell Out, Secondary Market Flourishes

Tuesday afternoon at 12:00, WAX x Topps launched their first partnership on the WAX Blockchain by selling Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids packs. Just 28 hours later all the packs had sold out. The first set had a run of 10,000 Standard packs, and 2,000 Mega packs. The Mega packs went quickly in the first 7 hours, with the Standard packs selling out the next afternoon. Topps and WAX were very happy with the results of the initial launch. Selling out quickly was something that was in the back of the minds of Topps. VP of Topps Digital Tobin Lent told GPKNews, “We are thrilled of course. This was our first step into blockchain, so to see this type of success out-of-the gates is fantastic.  We weren’t quite sure how it would go. However, many of us thought a 24 hour sellout was possible. We figured there would be demand from a wide variety of folks, from GPK fans to blockchain enthusiasts and other digital collectors. That’s exactly what we saw.”

WAX had similar feelings on the launch. They are also thrilled with the secondary market support the set has been receiving. Evan Vandenberg, Director of Business Development at WAX, told GPKNews, “I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I was a little surprised. The response was overwhelming, especially considering the fact that these were a first-of-their-kind release and people took a few hours to figure out exactly what these blockchain-based cards were about. More surprising and important to me has been the activity on the secondary markets. We are on pace for secondary market sales to top well over $100K of transactions in the first week since launch. This shows that people genuinely value these assets and are willing to spend money to acquire cards and complete sets. Cards and sets are being sold for hundreds and in some cases thousands of dollars on the secondary markets. For me, this was the biggest win and shows that future releases will likely garner even more interest.”

So, who exactly bought all these packs quickly? Based on activity on Telegram and Blockchain secondary marketplace sites, it appears the WAX community was very excited about the launch and fully supported it. While, it may take some time for longtime GPK collectors to warm to the idea of digital cards, there were also many collectors who not only bought packs, but are actively engaged in the marketplace. The secondary marketplace has taken off in the days after release. While secure sales can’t happen via eBay, prices for packs and cards are still soaring. Mega packs have been selling for $100 or more. In no surprise, Adam Bomb is the most popular selling for individual cards. The rare sketch variations have been fetching right around $600, while the prisms over $100. Other sketches and prisms have also been constant sellers. There are also sales happening on secondary blockchain marketplace websites. Simple Market is one website where there are over 4000 cards listed for sale. Prices have seen similar results as ebay, although Wax tokens are needed to purchase cards.

There is not currently an integrated marketplace to buy and sell on WAX’s website. The company is working on a solution. There is a steep learning curve for GPK collectors who want to buy on secondary blockchain markets. Especially if they want to acquire Wax tokens to purchase cards. Until WAX either integrates a marketplace or the third party websites make it easier to use common payment methods, it will be a barrier for regular GPK collectors to enter the market. The Wax website also has plenty of improvements that will need to be made. Although, the company is listening and changes are already happening. Better search and sorting functions for the Inventory tab were launched Thursday on the website.

Is this the future of card collecting? There’s no doubt this first launch was hugely successful. Was it successful because the WAX community finally has a major player on the Blockchain? Or are there really collectors out there who are collecting the cards? There seems to be no shortage of collectors on the GPK channel in Telegram who are trying to put together base and prism sets. There are also people who are looking for deals, and trying to flip, or hold long term as an investment. Is there room for both investors and collectors? Thats probably the big question, we will see. How will pack and card sales hold up in the coming days and weeks to come? The “first” of something always seems to be more collected. Will collectors want to keep their digital assets long term? As for what’s next for WAX and Topps? With a quick sellout, it’s obvious there will be more GPKs in the future for the Wax Blockchain. In a tweet earlier in the week, Topps Digital teased a future Series 2 GPK set. As for what WAX is working on Vandenberg told GPKNews, “Without going into too much detail, I can tell you we are working hard on plans to release upcoming GPK sets in the not too distant future. We have a few very cool concepts in the work for the next packs, so stay tuned. As far as other Topps properties go, I will leave that officially unanswered at this time, but I can tell you we are both interested in figuring out the next IP to bring to the WAX blockchain.” Meanwhile, Topps Tobin Lent told us, “We are very excited to introduce the beloved GPK brand to a new platform and new fans. We are just getting started. More to come.” Looks like the digital future of card collecting has arrived.

Topps x WAX Mega Packs Sell Out on First Day

Well that was fast! After launching at 12:00 Eastern time today, the Mega Packs of the new Topps x WAX Blockchain Garbage Pail Kids have sold out. The packs cost collectors $24.99 for 30 digital cards. It’s basically like buying 6 packs for the price of 5. There were 2,000 Mega packs created for the launch. After the first hour they had sold over 500 packs. It ended up taking just over 7 hours to sell out of the Mega packs. The Standard packs have not had the same luck. As of press time there are still a little more than 8,300 of the 10,000 Standard packs still available. Still I’m not sure many GPK collectors could have predicted the rate at which these have been selling.

Collectors have been trading all day, despite some odd random errors popping up on the site. WAX has been busy squashing bugs as the day has gone on. Collectors familiar with the cryptocurrency world have also been listing cards for sale. There is currently no integrated marketplace on the WAX website. The company is working on that feature. In the meantime WAX has suggested to collectors in tweets to use the wax.simplemarket.io to buy and sell cards. There looks to be a steep learning curve for collectors not already involved in the crypto world. However, websites like this one will be the main place to buy/sell until WAX incorporates that into their website.

Collectors have also been asking about the “print run” for each type of card. Is that what we should be calling it, “print run”?? Here’s a rundown based on the math of the percentages they’ve given:  

  • Total Cards – 110,000
    • Standard: 10,000 Packs x 5 cards per pack = 50,000 cards
    • Mega: 2,000 packs x 30 cards per pack = 60,000 cards
  • Prism “B” Names – 20,000
    • Standard: 10,000 packs x 1 per pack = 10,000
    • Mega: 2,000 x 5 per pack = 10,000
    • 20,000 total prism / 41 different names = 487 each B name Prism
  • Prism “A” Names – 11,000
    • Standard: 10,000 packs x 0.5 per pack = 5,000
    • Mega: 2,000 x 3 per pack = 6,000
    • 11,000 total prism / 41 different names = 268 each A name Prism
  • Sketch “B” Names – 3,000
    • Standard: 10,000 packs x 0.1 per pack = 1,000
    • Mega: 2,000 x 1 per pack = 2,000
    • 3,000 total sketch / 41 different names = 73 each B name Sketch
  • Sketch “A” Names – 1,500
    • Standard: 10,000 packs x 0.05 per pack = 500
    • Mega: 2,000 x 0.5 per pack = 1,000
    • 1,500 total sketch / 41 different names = 36 each A name Sketch
  • Collector Edition – 40
    • Standard: 10,000 packs x 0.002 per pack = 20
    • Mega: 2,000 x .01 per pack = 20
    • 40 total Collector / 8 different names = 5 each Collector Edition
  • Base Cards – 74,460
    • Standard: 50,000 – 15,000 Prisms – 1,500 Sketch – 20 Collector = 33,480 total base cards
    • Mega: 60,000 – 16,000 Prisms – 3,000 Sketch – 20 Collector = 40,980 total base cards
    • 74,460 total base cards / 82 cards = 908 per base card

If my math is off on any of these, please let me know. Interesting numbers. The math doesn’t come out exact on the parallels. Most likely because the pack odds are rounded, much like Topps does with physical cards. These numbers should be very close to what’s out there for each card type.

Topps X WAX Launch Digital Garbage Pail Kids on Blockchain

The time has come for digital Garbage Pail Kids to go prime time. Today Topps and WAX launched their joint venture to offer digital Garbage Pail Kids on the Blockchain. Collectors can signup and start their collection now at https://toppsgpk.io.This has been something the companies have been working on for nearly two years now. This is Topps first step into selling digital cards on the Blockchain. So what is the Blockchain, and why is this a better mousetrap for digital cards?

The Blockchain is part of the cryptocurrency world. But here’s the good news for collectors. As the Rock would say, “It doesn’t matter…”, what the Blockchain is. To make a very long story short, the Blockchain is basically a secure digital notebook that stores all kinds of information on digital items. Why should digital collectors care? This system gives three distinct advantages over the current digital collections offered on other Topps card apps like WWE Slam or Topps Bunt. 1) Ownership belongs to the collector. Cards can be bought and sold on any website that can view Blockchain assets. 2) All information on each individual card is tracked on the Blockchain. All ownership and transaction details will follow the card and can be viewed. 3) Finally,  digital cards can be bought and sold securely. No more having to use eBay and hoping there isn’t fraud with the transaction.

For collectors wanting to give digital cards a shot they don’t need to understand or even see the nuts and bolts about what makes this work. WAX has built a website where collectors can purchase packs, view their cards, and trade with others. For their first release the companies are launching Original Series 1 cards. All 82 cards, (41 with a/b versions), from the first series of GPK are available. Two pack options are available. Collectors can buy a 5 card pack for $4.99, or a 30 card pack for $24.99. Packs can be purchased with a regular credit card, or cryptocurrency. There are a set amount of packs available at launch. Once the packs are sold out, no more will offered of this series. There are a total of 10,000 5 card packs, and 2,000 30 card packs available. Collectors will be able to see a countdown of how many packs are left for sale on the website.

When packs are opened, each card has a small digital animation. Each pack can contain up to four different types of cards. The most common card type is Base cards. Uncommon Prism cards are randomly inserted into packs. These feature a shiny prismatic effect. Rare Sketch cards feature an animation that goes from pencil sketch to final card image. Finally, Super Rare Collector’s Edition cards have a special animation. While all 41 characters are available in Base, Prism, and Sketch versions, there are only 4 characters, (10a/b, 16a/b, 19a/b, 34a/b), available in the Collector’s Edition subset. Each pack type has different on the odds of receiving of of the rarer cards. The 5 card pack offers; 1 “B” name Prism Card, 50% chance at an “A” Prism card, 10% chance at a “B” Sketch card, 5% chance at “A” Sketch card, and 0.2% chance at a Collector’s Edition card. The 30 card pack offers; 5 “B” Prism cards, 3 “A” Prism cards, 1 “B” Sketch card, 50% chance at “A” Sketch card, and 1% chance at Collector’s Edition card.

Once collectors own cards, they will appear in the Inventory section of their account. Collectors can view the fronts and backs of all their cards. They can also view individual information for each card such as transaction and ownership history. Collectors can then use the Trading and Community sections of their website. All the options you would expect are there. Collectors can search for a card they want and submit trade offers. Alternatively, they can make trade offers to other collectors they are friends with. There is also a wishlist feature where collectors can post which cards they are looking for. There is also a section of their site that allows collectors to view all the available cards that are offered.

What isn’t available yet on the website is a marketplace that allows collectors to buy and sell cards with other collectors. WAX tells GPKNews that they are working on an integrated marketplace that will debut later. In the meantime, collectors can use any of the Blockchain marketplace websites out there that support the WAX Wallet. WAX will offer tutorials on how to do this in the coming days.

Topps and WAX will be going all out to support the launch in the coming days and weeks. There are 100 special Gold cards that will be awarded randomly to collectors purchasing packs. There will also be plenty of contests on the companies social media accounts where collectors can win free packs. This is just the first project between the two companies. Once GPK plays the guinea pig role, look for the companies to expand to other Topps properties.