The ink hasn’t dried on 2017 Series 2 GPK Battle of the Bands yet, but Topps is already fast at work on the first retail series of 2018. Nothing has been publicly announced by Topps yet, but with Battle of the Bands cards already complete the focus has shifted to getting a head start on the next set. Topps also begin soliciting artist sketch card invites today for not only 2017S2, but also 2018S1 sets. Not much else is known about the 2018S1 set. Topps seems to be following the same release schedule as the previous sets. Based on timelines for when sketches are due, it appears Topps is shooting for a mid-Jan 2018 release. This will make only 4 months between retail sets. However unlike last year when sketch card deadlines were extremely tight for 2017S1, artists will have much more time to complete the cards for 2018S1. We are still probably a couple of months away from seeing sell sheets for the 2018S1 set, as Topps usually gives a 6 month window on those. Stay tuned to GPKNews as more info comes out.
Retail information is out for the next GPK retail set. Topps is returning this upcoming October with 2017 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids Battle of the Bands. The base set will feature 90 new paintings with a/b versions for a total of 180 cards. The base set will consist of subsets for various genres of music.
Topps appears to be following the same exact format as they did with 2017 Series 1 GPK Adam-Geddon. Once again Fool’s Gold parallels (/50), can be found randomly in all pack types. Green Puke parallels will be found 1 per retail pack. Artist Autographs, Regular Sketch cards, and Printing Plates also will be available in all pack types. Although the sell sheet does make note that Regular Sketches are only available in Retail & Display Boxes only, so there is some confusion if those will also appear in Blaster and Fat Packs like usual.
The popular Blaster Boxes return once again. For the forth straight series Gross Bears and Bathroom Buddies return as the “bonus” cards in the boxes. Gross Bears will once again be inserted into SE Blaster boxes according to the sell sheet. Bathroom Buddies will appear in EA Blaster boxes. Blaster boxes will continue with five packs per box. Also returning to Blaster boxes is randomly inserted Loaded Puzzle Sketch cards.
Fat Packs will also return to your local Target stores with this set. These packs are a little more than double a regular retail pack, containing 20 base cards per pack. In addition to containing two Puke parallels per pack, the Fat Packs will come with Classic Rock Stickers inserted in each pack. These stickers are based on classic GPK musicians in new designs. The sell sheet also confirms that Panoramic Sketch cards will continue to be randomly inserted into Fat Packs.
To view the Retail Sell Sheet, click here. Or check out the pictures below. 2017 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids Battle of the Bands is set to release in stores on Oct. 18th, 2017.
Topps today announced their next GPK retail set, 2017 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids Battle of the Bands. The latest GPK set will be all about music. Topps says there will be 180 cards, 90 a/b different paintings, the same as with the Adam-Geddon set. Once again the set will be broken up into various subsets based on genre. The layout of the set appears to be identical to the first set of 2017, Adam-Geddon.
Beyond the 180 base cards, Collectors boxes will once again come with various parallels. Bruised will fall one per Collector pack, Spit /99, and Bloody Nose /75 will be randomly interred into Collector packs only. Collector boxes will also be the only place to find some of the “hits” in the series. Shaped sketches, Patch cards, and Dual Artist Panoramic sketches will only be found in collector boxes. Meanwhile it appears Hobby boxes will suffer the same fate as last series. Hobby packs will come with one Puke parallel per pack. Only regular sketches and Gold borders can be found in Hobby boxes, along with all other pack types for the series. As with the Adam-Geddon release both pack types will remain with 8 cards per pack.
Also mentioned in the sell sheets are a Collector box exclusive insert set, GPK Album Covers. These are Wacky Packages style parodies of famous album covers.
See below for pictures of the sell sheet, or you can download the PDF version here. There are also pictures of some of the upcoming cards. 2017 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids Battle of the Bands is set to release on October 18th, 2017.