Topps 2023 Garbage Pail Kids Plans Include New Chrome/Two New Retail Sets

Every year, right about this time, Topps lays out its plans for the following year. GPKNews has seen the 2023 Topps Sales Calendar, and once again Garbage Pail Kids have a full slate of products planned. Thanks to Jeff P from The Garbage Pail Kids Superstore for sending along the calendar, be sure to visit their Facebook page! If you’ve been collecting GPKs for more than a week, you’ll know that due to a variety of reasons, the dates mentioned on these calendars should be taken with a grain of salt. It’s almost a certain guarantee all the dates will change multiple times over the next year plus. The calendars do show what Topps has planned for the brand over the next year. With that in mind, let’s look at what we know, what we’ve heard, and what collectors can expect from Topps in 2023.

Retail Sets

If Topps has their way, 2023 will see three new retail releases. Currently the only retail set officially announced by Topps is 2021S2 GPK Vacation. The most recent street date calendar has the set now listed as Feb. 2023 TBD. Collectors have been frustrated that Topps has been unable to release retail sets, mainly GPK Vacation. The set has continued to be delayed due to Topps struggles to obtain sticker card stock. Believe it or not, Topps feels a lot of this same frustration, and wants to release the set as soon as they can. At one point a couple of months ago, Topps thought they would have the necessary sticker stock to launch Vacation in Dec, when it become known they wouldn’t, the date was moved to Feb 2023. GPKNews has heard Topps believes they will have the sticker stock and GPK Vacation should release late Feb/early March.

From there Topps is hoping to go back to a regular GPK release schedule. The 2023 sales calendar also shows two new retail sets. 2023S1 is now planned to release in May 2023. The 2023S1 theme has not yet been announced or the set solicited by Topps. Final card artwork for the set however, has been completed, but sketch cards or autos have not yet been assigned. 2023S2 is also on the calendar for Aug. 2023. Artists have already started working on the gags and art for the 2023S2.

Chrome

Topps surprised collectors when they officially announced that 2022 GPK Chrome OS 5 would release on 12/23/22. Chrome OS 5 had been planned over a year ago to release in late 2022, but collectors thought the set would be delayed longer since Chrome OS 4 was just released in Aug. Topps has been more readily able to obtain Chrome card stock in recent months, that coupled with the date change of GPK Vacation, led Topps to be able to release Chrome OS 5, and get the Chrome releases back on track. GPK Chrome collectors will be pleased to hear that “GPK Chrome” is on the 2023 sales calendar, scheduled for a Nov. 2023 release.

GPK Sapphire 3

For the first time Topps has announced ahead of time that the third GPK Sapphire set will be coming in 2023. Topps this week announced a number of changes to their yearly Montgomery Club. Collectors who purchase a membership in the club will get early access to purchase a limited amount of GPK Sapphire, among other Sapphire products throughout the year. Topps has lowered the price of membership for 2023. With the lower price comes less free exclusive sets, and a lower number of preorder abilities for Sapphire sets. Collectors can renew their Montgomery Club memberships from 12/5-12/7 for $149.99. From 12/7-12/9 new memberships will be available for $199.99. Topps is now also limiting the number of memberships to one per household.

Online

Online physical sets run independently from the retail releases. Their plans aren’t generally announced too far ahead of time. However, with the sales success throughout 2022 for online GPK products, it’s a safe bet there will be a plethora of online releases throughout the year. There are concrete plans to continue the six week online series during 2023. The six week series will feature both expansion sets for past releases, as well as new themes. The first six week series of 2023 will come in early January with the launch of the Trashy TV Expansion Set. Collectors can also expect at least one more online release in 2022 to finish the year strong.

Topps Updates Release Dates, 2021S2 Vacation Now 2023/Chrome 5 Gets Release Date

Topps today updated their release dates for the next few months on their products. There were a number of GPK changes. 2021 Series 2 GPK Vacation has now been changed to February 2023 TBD, this is a change from previously being Dec. 2022 TBD. The bigger news is the debut of 2022 GPK Chrome OS 5, which shows up on the calendar with a 12/23/22 release date! This is a surprise as the product has not yet been officially announced by Topps, or solicited to distributors. Artwork has been done on the set for several months. If Chrome OS 5 releases it will come just 4 months after Chrome 4, and 3 months after Sapphire.

It Lives! Topps Reinstates 2021S2 GPK Vacation, Cancels 2022S2 GPK

Topps set off a firestorm yesterday afternoon for collectors when they sent out their weekly communication to distributors saying 2021S2 GPK Vacation was cancelled. Well what Topps kills, they can bring back! This morning Topps send out another message updating distributors on what is apparently the next GPK set. 2021S2 GPK Vacation is back on! Instead Topps “cancelled” the previously unannounced 2022S2 set. In addition, Topps updated the release date to December TBD, meaning the planned October date they were shooting for isn’t happening. The bottom line is this. Regardless of what they call it, Topps plan has been to make GPK Vacation the second regular release of 2022. They are pushing back the other planned themes to 2023. How distributors and online dealers will handle preorders that they cancelled yesterday is anyones guess. Only Topps can make things this confusing.

Topps Cancels GPK 2021S2 Vacation, Long Live 2022S2 GPK Vacation?

In their weekly email to distributors today, Topps announced that 2021S2 GPK Vacation has been cancelled. While this is accurate it’s not the full story. After being delayed for almost a year now, Topps has come up with a plan to solidify their release schedule. Previously Topps has not officially announced any sets that haven’t been release except for Vacation. However, they have had 10/26/22 listed on their release calendar for 2022S2. As of now the plan is to move GPK Vacation to be the 2022 Series 2 set. This will then push back the theme, currently unannounced, originally planned for 2022S2 to be the 2023S1 set. So while Topps did officially cancel the “2021” name from vacation, collectors can expect them to announce soon plans for Vacation to be released as 2022S2. That probably means however that preorders for collectors will be cancelled and people will have to do reorder product. Stick with GPKNews for more updates when they are available.

Garbage Pail Kids Release Date Updates

Topps today sent out their regular email to update distributors on release dates for sets through October of this year. There are plenty of GPK updates to share!

First, updates on what didn’t change. 2022S1 Book Worms and 2021 Chrome OS 4, remain with their current set release dates. Book Worms should be shipping from Topps, and remains with a 7/27/22 release date. Chrome OS 4 also remains with the 8/24/22 release date. Now for what did change. 2021S2 GPK Vacation has been updated to “TBD Sept.” Sticker stock shortages have continuing to cause future retail releases to slip.

The big news from this week’s email was the addition of 2022S2 GPK. That set has not officially been announced by Topps yet. The set is listed with a release date of 10/26/22. Artists have recently completed artwork for the set. So more GPK sets are on the horizon as Topps tried to get back on the regular release schedule.

Topps Delays Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 4

Two weeks ago Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 4 finally got a release date from Topps after months of being “TBD”. Today however, Topps has delayed the set by a couple of weeks. The set still has a release date, but now is scheduled for 8/24/22. Collectors will need a little more patience until they get their Chrome fix.

In other release date news 2022S1 GPK Book Worms remains with a 7/27/22 release date. In this week’s update Topps also moved 2021S2 GPK Vacation to “Aug. TBD”. It’s expected to be a few months still until Vacation releases.

2021 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 4 Gets Release Date from Topps

GPK Chrome collectors rejoice, we now have a release date. In today’s email to distributors, Topps has given 2021 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 4 a release date of 8/5/22. GPK Chrome has been listed as TBD for months after being originally scheduled for a Nov. 2021 release. The product was delayed as printer and card shortages shortages have ravaged the trading card industry.

2022S1 GPK Book Worms remains with a 7/27/22 release date on the calendar. Word begin coming down yesterday that distributors were informed of Book Worms impending release and the cancellation of Blasters. GPKNews has heard from additional sources today that have confirmed the same information being shared with them as well. It would appear collectors will be getting two sets  very close together.

Meanwhile, 2021S2 GPK Vacation remains July TBD on the calendar. GPKNews has heard from multiple sources that the set will continue to be delayed due to shortage of sticker card stock, with delays anticipated for months.

As always, collectors shouldn’t trust release date updates on online sellers websites as they generally use placeholder dates until official updates from Topps are released.

2022S1 GPK Book Worms Releasing First, Blasters Cancelled

GPK collectors might have some hope a retail set will be releasing soon! At least one retail distributor was told today from Topps upcoming shipping plans for 2022 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Book Worms. Topps is planning on releasing Book Worms first. However, the popular Value Boxes (Blasters) are being cancelled. Topps told the distributor this was due to lack of available sticker stock. GPKNews had heard a few weeks back Topps was having trouble getting sticker card stock to print GPK sets. They will still be shipping the 24 pack Retail Display Boxes. There is no update on the planned Wal-Mart exclusive Mega Boxes. The distributor told GPKNews that orders for display boxes could not be increased, only original allocations would be honored. The distributor was told shipping from Topps would occur in the next 10-15 days. GPKNews does not have an update on Collector boxes as we have not heard any updates from Hobby Distributors.

Word of cancelling of Blasters is not surprising, as shortly after sketch artists received sketch blanks from Topps for Book Worms they were told to not sketch the panoramic or loaded puzzle sketch cards. Both those types are found exclusively in Blasters.

There is no update yet on what will happen to the GPK Gets Graphic Insert cards or Yellow parallels that are usually exclusive to Blasters.  There are also no official release date updates from Topps yet. GPKNews has reached out to Topps for official comment, but has not heard back. As for 2021S2 Vacation, GPKNews also asked Topps for a status of that set. GPKNews continues to hear that work continues on the Vacation set. More than likely Topps had a contract with Walmart for the exclusive Mega Boxes that they had to meet, which would explain Book Worms releasing first.

Oh yeah, the distributor was also told Topps is trying to get 2021 Chrome Blasters shipped by mid-July. More info as we get it!

This Week’s Release Date Changes from Topps for GPK Retail Sets

Last week’s release calendar update from Topps brought some hope to collectors when 2021 GPK Chrome was moved to July TBD, while 2021S2 Vacation remained with a June TBD date. However, that hope was dashed with today’s newest update to distributors from Topps as 2021S2 GPK Vacation was updated to July TBD. With this week’s updates, both GPK sets are now the last remaining sets with a TBD on the calendar. 2022S1 Book Worms remained with a 7/27/22 release date. Collectors should not trust online sellers release dates as the companies usually use the last Wednesday of the month as a placeholder date.

More Updates from Topps On GPK Release Dates for Retail Sets

In their weekly email update to distributors today, Topps made a release date update to one of the upcoming announced retail sets. After moving to June TBD just a week prior, 2021 GPK Chrome OS 4 was moved to July TBD. Maybe the most interesting thing to note is 2021S2 GPK Vacation remained TBD June. Could that mean there’s some hope for a June release for Vacation? 2022S1 GPK Book Worms remains with a 7/27/22 release date. There are now only three sets from 2021 that don’t have a release date, OT Elite Basketball and the two GPK sets. Trading card products industry wide have been delayed due to paper and printer shortages. As always it should be noted that dates from online sellers should be ignored as they typical use the last Wednesday as a placeholder date.