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)
Update: It looks like there will be additional shirts sold at Spencer’s gifts, and a card set coming Mar. 12 to Topps.com. Here is a release WWE released today:
New WWE collaboration with the Garbage Pail Kids
WWE is teaming with ’80s icons, the Garbage Pail Kids, to give a new look to your favorite WWE Superstars and Legends. Superstars like Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey will get a GPK-style makeover for a new line of T-shirts and hats on WWEShop.com and Spencer’s.
WWE Shop will offer T-shirts for Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey, John Cena, Seth Rollins and The Miz as “GPKs.”
WWE x GPK tees with “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Randy Savage, Ric Flair, The Undertaker, The Ultimate Warrior and Andre the Giant will be available at Spencer’s starting March 21.
Collectible trading card packs will also be available for ordering on Topps.com, starting March 12.
Get your hands on “Breakin’ Becky,” “Brawlin’ Rollins” and more, available now!
Here are preview pictures of cards and some of the shirts from WWE.
Topps is expanding their licenses with WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) and Garbage Pail Kids. Today the WWE launched officially licensed Garbage Pail Kids shirts. The five new shirts feature artwork done by Joe Simko and Brent Engstrom. The shirts parody some of the biggest names in wrestling, Becky Lynch, John Cena, Seth Rollins, Rhonda Rousey, and the Miz. Each shirt is available for $27.99 and comes in sizes S-2XL. The shirts can be purchased on wweshop.com. No word yet if the shirts will be available at merchandise stands at shows.
The third annual Las Vegas Gross Card Con was held last weekend at the Westgate Casino in Las Vegas. Collectors and artists from around the world ascended on Vegas to reacquaint with buddies, meet new friends, and get all the Garbage Pail Kids they can handle. This years show was the biggest yet with a staggering 18 current and former GPK artists in attendance. There were also plenty of GPK focused activities for collectors and artists alike. Perhaps the highlight for most in attendance was just being able to hang out with their fellow collectors and artists they chat with on a daily and/or weekly basis online.
This years Las Vegas ToyCon was held in the event center of the Westgate Casino. This was the best setup, by far, of the three Las Vegas shows. The entire show was held in one room. This made things a lot better for everyone involved and allowed the general ToyCon guest to easily find the GCC area. The 12 regular artists who attend GCC were located in their own section of the show, complete with an archway banner letting everyone know they were entering GCC. The new sketch artists who were attending for the first time were in artist’s ally in the adjoining isles. Clint Coleman’s GPK & Wacky Warehouse booth was right outside the entrance to GCC.
As usual the biggest highlight of the show for collectors is seeing all the artists. OS artist Tom Bunk was once again the headlining artist at the show. He was offering his new GPK dollhouse print for sale at the show, and it proved to be a big hit. The Gross Card Con sketch shirts being offered by Joe Simko and Jeff Zapata were also a popular item for collectors. Sales of the shirts with sketches kept both artists busy the entire show sketching at their booth. In fact a majority of the artists spent a lot of time working on commissions at the show. Another highlight from the show was David Gross’ third GPK Rejects book. Each book comes with a sketch and is filled with pages of great gags that were not used by Topps. Jon Gregory’s black canvas paintings were suburb to look at in person. It wasn’t just GPK merchandise that was selling well either. Both Michael Barnard and Chad Scheres were busy at their booths selling a number of their own original creations. Mark Pingitore also had all the Magic Marker Art items, including new magnets and promos cards for upcoming sets. In addition all sic of the first time artists attending seemed to really enjoy themselves, not only meeting collectors, but also meeting their fellow artists.
Another large part of this year’s show was Topps finally acknowledging the show existed. While Topps didn’t attend in person, they did allow one of David Gross’ unused 90’s gags to be created as promo cards. There were a number of ways to obtain both promo cards at the show, and they were a popular item for collectors. In addition Topps promoted GCC on both their GPK Facebook page, and the Topps Twitter account on Friday. This acknowledgment is a huge advancement for Topps, and shows collectors that there may be some change afoot with the brand.
There were also plenty of special GPK themed events for collectors during the show. All three days of the show featured a Scavenger Hunt. Clint Coleman would hide some exclusive ToyCon cards, sketch cards, and other goodies around the hotel for collectors to find. Saturday morning was the VIP breakfast with the artists. Many of the artists attneded with collectors who were SuperVIPs or purchased the breakfast. This setting allowed collectors a chance to talk with artists through a meal. Attendees to the breakfast also received a set of Topps Promo cards, and a special Adam Bomb decorated cookie from Joe Simko. Later that morning brought on the usual card chat with the artists. This year’s chat started off with Jago Studios CEO Stuart Drexler. He gave a quick 10 min. presentation on GPK the Game. He shared some of the game mechanics, what items they were focusing on, and general developments on the dame. He also handed out an exclusive GPK the Game sticker to collectors on Friday and Saturday at the show. That left only a minimal amount of time with the artists. While there wasn’t a lot of new information to share, the artists did mention they were working on some projects that they thought would really push the brand forward. Unfortunately, they were unable to share any additional information about unannounced products. GPKNews was in attendance, you can find video of the card chat here.
This year’s Vegas Gross Card Con ended up being a solid show for all involved. This was the best and cleanest hotel that show has been in to date. As mentioned above the show layout, while not perfect, was also the best its been. Next time not closing off the GCC area would lead to more general ToyCon foot traffic for the artists. In speaking with the artists at this years, show the vibe was it was a good show. Most artists made money, with a couple saying they had their best show day ever on Friday. The show ended up being a positive experience for almost all the artists. Every collector I spoke with really enjoyed the show. I think every collector will tell you the same thing. While it’s great to see all the cool items available, the highlight of the show is hanging out with friends you talk to throughout the year. This show brings a couple of hundred of your closest hobby friends together. If you haven’t attended a Vegas GCC show before, start planning now for next year, you will not be disappointed.
Check out a bunch of pictures from the show. Thanks to collector Jason Bryant for sharing some of his pictures as well!
Much like the recent Sgorbions Slime release in Italy, Topps Europe has launched The Garbage Gang Slime Buckets. Thanks to UK collector Stephen Emery for finding this picture first. There aren’t a lot of details yet on the product. The slim buckets look to be the same, old Minikins inserted into Slime. There is no mention on the box of an activity book like Sgorbions had. Topps Europe had confirmed with GPKNews a few weeks back that the Slime product would be launching in the UK, at the time they didn’t have a release date. Those of you in the UK keep your eyes peeled for this latest product.
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?
As we’ve detailed over the past few weeks, this year’s Gross Card Con will be the biggest one yet. GCC will open at the Las Vegas ToyCon one week from today. The show will be March 1-3 at the Westgate Casino just off the Vegas Strip. Recently we shared all the details around the show exclusive cards, and the official Topps promo card available at the show. Now it’s time to review what each artist will be bringing. There are 18 artists scheduled to be on hand for the show. Many of today’s current and former final card artists, along with a number of GPK sketch artists will be on hand offering a wide variety of their own original art for sale. Each artist will also have their show exclusive GCC cards they created at their table for sale. Here’s a rundown of what show goers can expect to find at each artist’s table.
Original series artist Tom Bunk is once again headlining this large group of artists. He will have posters available to purchase of his recent GPK Dollhouse painting. He will also have on hand large card versions of his Gross Card Con cards available for purchase.
Like usual, current GPK artist Joe Simko will have a table full of items to choose from. A brand new item, Gross Card Con Sketch Shirts, will be offered only at Smiko and Jeff Zapata’s tables. These shirts have the option to get an artist to draw a sketch right on the shirt! Only 100 shirts will be available. Joe will have copies of the Director’s Cut version of his 30 Years of Garbage DVD. He will have several Stranger Kids sets for sale, in addition to one complete Master Stranger Kids set (w/ all four bonus cards). He will also have some of his final art available to purchase. He will have official Topps sketch cards available to purchase or for commission, along with comic covers. He also will have plenty of his own Cereal Killers and Stupid Heroes trading cards for sale.
Current GPK artist Brent Engstrom will once again to attending GCC. He will have a number of prints of his original work available for sale.
Another mainstay GPK artist David Gross will be bringing a number of new items to the show. A brand new third installment of his popular Rejected GPK roughs will debut at the show. Collectors purchasing a book also get a pencil sketch in the book. Books 1 & 2 will be available for purchase as well. David will have a number of new original 11×14 Glossy prints available to purchase including a Thanos/Adam Bomb crossover, a great GPK/CPK mashup, a Mario parody, and more. There will also be cards of the Thanos and Pulp Fiction paintings available. He will also have final art, original pencil roughs, and his own sketch cards available for commission. If you aren’t attending GCC, be sure to message David after to show to purchase any remaining items.
Layron DeJarnette, another current GPK artist will be on hand showcasing his original art. He will have both Garbage Pail Kids and Mars Attacks final art available for purchase at the show. He also will have a number of large 11×14 prints of his original work available for purchase. Sketch cards and trading cards also will be available.
Longtime Wacky Packages and GPK artist Smokin’ Joe McWilliams will once again be at GCC. He will have a wide assortment of items highlighted by numerous final paintings from recent GPK releases. He will also have his some new prints and posters of his original art. His popular sticker packs will be available as well. He will have a number of sketch cards available in addition to taking commissions at the show. He commission list is also open for custom illustrations, paintings, and portraits.
Magic Marker Art owner/artist Mark Pingitore has been killing it lately with his new releases. He will once again be on hand with many new items available at the show for the first time. Collectors will be able to pickup promo cards for Marveless Kids 1 and Horrorible Kids 4 for $5. A brand new Series 2 Magnet set will be available for $15. A new batch of Horrorible Kids 11×17 posters will be on sale for $10 each. There will also be new shirts of Tarman Carmen for $20. Did you miss out on pre-orders for Marveless Kids 1? You will be able to pre-order at the show! He will also have a limited number of his previous sets, magnets, and posters available for purchase. Mark will also be taking commissions at the show for sketch cards and comic covers.
Former GPK art director, editor, artist, and co-Director on 30 years of Garbage Jeff Zapata will be at the show debuting a unique new item. Jeff will have some original painted folk art cereal boxes, redone with a GPK inspired theme to them. The front, back, and side panels are redone with gags from the mind of Jeff Zapata. Jeff, along with Joe Simko, will also debut the Gross Card Con Sketch Shirt. Available at both booths, the shirt is limited to 100, and gives buyers the option of getting an artist to add a sketch to the shirt. Jeff will also have some of his popular original prints available for sale.
Once again GPK artist Micheal Barnard is the workhorse of GCC. Michael is commissioned by ToyCon to create a number of pieces for be used throughout the ToyCon. Michael created the the official show Comic Cover which will be given out to the first 150 attendees each day of the show. Michael will be on hand at the show entrance to autograph the covers. A ToyCon sticker limited to 100 will be available at his table for $5. He also has a number of products featuring the artwork for his GCC cards. 8×10 show prints, signed and numbered to 100 will be available. A custom die-cast car featuring GCC artwork will be at his table in very limited quantities for $60. He will have a special show mug for $15. He will have a number of GPK inspired sketch cards on custom stock available. A GPK inspired card set is also available for $30. In addition he will have all his popular 10×17 prints at the show $10 for the first one, $5 each additional. Finally he will have a couple of his Head Rick sets available for fans of disc golf.
For the second year in a row GPK sketch artist Vincenzo “Chenduz” d’Ippolito will be traveling all the way from the Netherlands to attend Gross Card Con. He will have some original prints, metallic postcards, and stickers for sale. He will have sketch cards on GCC stock and blank comic covers available for commissions.
Chad Scheres will be attending his 4th GCC event. He will have a table full of his original monster art available in stickers, cards, prints, and more! He will also have some new GPK inspired prints on hand as well as lots of original art.
GPKs sketch artist Jon Gregory will once again be attending GCC. He will be debuting his beautiful Black Canvas Series of acrylic paintings done on 8×10 black canvas. He will also be doing the black and while commission drawings he did at last year’s event.
GPK sketch artist Shane Garvey will be making his first appearance at the show. He will have an assortment of stickers, magnets, buttons, prints and shirts available of his original work.
GPK sketch artist Barry Nygma will also be making his first appearance at GCC. He will have copies of his show exclusive Scavenger Hunt card at his table. He will also have two new prints for sale. His Let’s Get Gross print is a show exclusive and is limited to 25 copies. He will also have a couple of stickers for sale. For every $10 spent at his table you will get an entry in a contest for the original art of the ToyCon Scavenger Hunt card.
Another first time GCC participant is GPK sketch artist Shawn Cruz, He will have new stickers available of his original GPK inspired work as a set of 5 or for purchase individually. He will also have over 20 large 12 x18 prints of his original work. Magnets will also be available. Shawn will also be taking sketch card and 8×10 commissions at the show.
GPK sketch artist David Acevedo will have giant card sized “a” and “b” versions of his scavenger hunt card available for purchase. Each name is limited to 25 copies. He will also be taking sketch card commissions at the show.
The last first time attendee, GPK sketch artist Jay O’Leary will be on hand debuting his Grosser than Gross 10 card set. The release is limited to 666 packs. You can purchase a 5 card pack at the show for $5. If you aren’t attending the show, you can contact Jay to pre-order packs now. He will also have some of his Warstars Bootleg Kids cards available for purchase.
A last minute addition to the show is GPK sketch artist Victor Moreno. He will be selling his 5 card GPK inspired wrestling set featuring many of the WWE wrestlings who will be at ToyCon. He will have his original horror prints for sale as well. He will also be taking sketch commissions on personal stock and comic covers.
But that’s not all…
Of course Clint and the gang from GPK & Wacky Warehouse will be on hand. Not only will you be able to buy the show exclusive card set from his booth, but he will have a full display of GPK and Wacky products for purchase.
Finally, you can expect to see Stuart Drexler the CEO of Jago Studios at the show. Drexler who is also the Executive Producer of GPK the Game will be on hand at the beginning of the artist talk to share some updates on the game. He will also be available Saturday during the show to talk to collectors. Don’t miss this chance to get the latest info on the upcoming mobile game, GPK the Game.
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.