The yearly San Diego Comic Con is this weekend. Thousands will flock to southern California hoping to grab all the free stuff and purchase all the rare toys they can. What’s available GPK related? There are a few booths to check out at this year’s show to find some GPK goodies.
As we reported a couple of weeks back, Topps is offering two new 10 card Jumbo GPK sets. Both the Presidential Candidates set and the Trashy TV Preview set can be purchased for $20 each at the Atomic Toy Box booth #3921.
The Abrams Books booth #1216 has a number of Topps related books for sale including the 2012 GPK book. The book features pictures from the first 5 OS series and includes a special 4 card set within the book.
The PSA cards grading booth #5617 is giving away this month SMR magazine. This month’s magazine features a great article in PSA graded OS 1 cards with quotes from many collectors.
There will also be many booths selling Funko toys, where you can find the new Trump/Clinton Funkos and the previous 12 figure series.
Earlier this morning Topps posted via the official Topps GPK Facebook page that they would have an announcement for GPK fans tomorrow, 4/8.
Ardent GPK fans have taken to the comments on that post to demand Chrome OS 3. However, just last week Topps brand manager Mark Von Ohlen tweeted out that they would be announcing the next new Garbage Pail Kids set very soon. Could this announcement be that or something else?
Its been nearly two years since GPK OS 2 Chrome was released. During that drought die hard collectors have been clamoring for OS 3 Chrome to be released. It appears collectors will not be getting their wish anytime soon. In a response to a question GPK News submitted to Topps GPK Brand Manager Mark Von Ohlen via Twitter, he responded that there was, “no chrome planned for GPK right now.” No other elaboration was made, but it looks like collectors will have a long wait even if Chrome ever makes a return to the GPK line.
The other bit of information Mr. Von Ohlen mentioned in his tweet was there will be an announcement soon for the next new GPK set. Since January’s release of American As Apple Pie In Your Face, Topps has been busy creating and selling various online exclusive sets. However, talk online in recent weeks say Topps artists have begun working on the next set. It shouldn’t be long until Topps releases the sell sheet for the next GPK installment.
Earlier this week Topps launched a new Facebook page dedicated to the Entertainment side of the company, which includes Garbage Pail Kids. Right now the posts are focused on the upcoming Dr. Who set, but the page states all entertainment products will be featured. This is in addition to another Topps Entertainment Facebook Page that hasn’t been updated since 2014, and the Garbage Pail Kids Facebook page.
News today coming from Paul Lesko on Twitter that Topps filed for two trademarks on August 10th for the letters GPK.
According to Mr. Lesko, Topps never previously trademarked the acronym “GPK”, only the term “Garbage Pail Kids” was trademarked. It remains to be seen how Topps will use this trademark going forward. Now that the 30th anniversary set has been released there have been no upcoming announcements for future GPK card sets.
This past week was the yearly National Sports Collectors Convention. Topps held their yearly Q&A session with collectors on Saturday morning. While this convention is 99% sports collectibles related, there can be some tidbits of news coming out that relates to Garbage Pail Kids.
During the session one collector asked something that is a common complaint among GPK collectors. They inquired to Topps if they can do something about pack searchers and the packaging they use.
In Topps responce they mentioned both Hanger Blisters and Blaster Boxes as ways Topps has worked to make pack searching harder. They also stated they have spoken to Wal-Mart and Target in working to stop pack searchers. But here’s the interesting part, Topps went on to say they are working on their retail packaging and that next year they will have packaging that is virtually unsearchable.
If Topps can pull this off it will be a boon to to retail buying, as many collectors refuse to buy opened gravity feeds or retail boxes because of pack searching.
In other news to come out of the session, Topps explained that there are times when not all the stated amount of inserts/parallels will make it into packaging. The answer referenced sports products, but could always be applied with GPK. In their example just because a parallel is limited to “299” doesn’t mean 299 get inserted into products. They said they print based on orders, and they always stick to the printed odds. While they never print more, there may be less that what is stated on sell sheets or numbered on cards.
Topps also said they would start breaking card news on their site instead of relying on other websites.