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.
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.
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.