Topps today revealed the print run for 2021 Garbage Pail Kids x Comic Con Oh the Horror-ible. The set is an expansion pack to the very popular retail sets released the last few years. The set sold a total of 1,741 copies. Topps confirmed with GPKNews these numbers do not include sales of the sets at NYCC, so the print run of the base set is considerably higher. Topps did not reveal how many sets were sold at NYCC. Only the online version of the set comes with one Sepia parallel card. Based on the online print run, the Sepia’s are limited to 174 copies per card. The sales number is a very good number for Topps, considering sets were also sold at NYCC and there are no sketches offered with this one.
Update: Thanks to Topps for official pictures of the tin artwork.
Topps is taking the kids on vacation to NYCC. This years New York Comic Con started today and Topps has plenty for GPK collectors that stop by their booth. As part of their display, Topps has examples of the box tins for the next retail set, 2021 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids GPK Goes on Vacation. Thanks to collector Sam Gras for sending along pictures. There are three different tins painted with a suitcase theme that will be used for the Value Boxes (Blasters). Artists David Gross, Joe Simko, and Brent Engstrom each painted one tin for the series. Artist Joe McWilliams painted a round globe themed tin which will be used for the Collector Box. After a delay of a couple months, 2021S2 GPK on Vacation is set to be released on 11/24/21.
As promised earlier this week, today Topps launched 2021 Garbage Pail Kids x Comic Con Oh the Horror-ible set. The regular set come with 10 cards, 5 new characters available in a/b versions. Each set also comes with 1 Sepia parallel card. Artwork for the set was done by Joe Simko, Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Joe McWilliams, and Neil Camera. This set is also available at NYCC. Collectors purchasing at the show will receive bonus cards. Each set can be purchased for $19.99 or in a lot of 10 for $179.99. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. The set is only available on Topps.com for three days. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the show. Here is the checklist along with pictures of the cards.
1A Massacred MICHAEL
2A Chopped CHUCKY
3A Chris KRAMPUS
4A ASHER Scratcher
5A TERRY Fier
1B Carved CARSON
2B Stitched UPTON
3B HOLLY Spirit
4B FREDDY Fingers
5B Split Apart ART
As Topps released yesterday, they have a lot in store for this weekend’s New York Comic Con. There are a number of Garbage Pail Kids giveaways and special guests planned for the event. Specific details have started coming out, collectors attending the event now have a good idea what times they need to be at Topps’ booth (#2557) to claim everything.
A brand new expansion set for Oh the Horror-ible will be on sale at the Topps booth during the show. The 10 card set features new artwork based on the popular horror theme. The set will also be available online later in the week on Topps.com. Collectors who purchase the set in person at NYCC will also receive two bonus cards, Buff Bill and Silenced Silas. Pricing for the set has not been revealed as of yet.
Topps will also have a number of free cards at the show. GPK artist Joe Simko will be at the Topps booth, Friday 10/8 and Saturday 10/9 at 12:00 PM, signing 6” x 9” movie poster cards featuring artwork based on the Fury Load animated shorts. Collectors also will have the chance to enter a contest each day of the show to win a large scale version of the movie poster. They also can be the first to see part 3 of Fury Load at Topps’ booth Saturday at 12:00. Collectors not at the show will have to wait until Monday’s release of the video on Topps’ Yourube channel. Also making an appearance the same time as Simko’s booth appearances will be none other than Adam Bomb! Kids and adults alike can take pictures with the GPK icon.
Artist David Gross will be at Topps booth Saturday 10/9 at 2:30 PM signing a reconfigured Food Fight card, Max Wax. He will also be at the 4 Real Breaks booth at 3:30 PM busting GPK packs and doing a short Q & A session.
Topps will also be promoting the upcoming GPK Goes on Vacation with a special Lydia Liberty card. The first 250 collectors to participate in Topps Interactives at their booth on Saturday 10/9 will receive a copy of the card. Topps is also planning giveaways for t-shits, Tom Bunk autos, and more.
The return of cons around the country includes this weekend’s annual New York Comic Con. Topps has big plans for the event, with many of them involving the Garbage Pail Kids. Today, Topps shared details of everything they have planned for the con. Topps will be selling a new mini set at the show based off of previous Oh the Horrible releases. Topps is planning on also offering the set online to collectors later this week. While Topps hasn’t yet revealed details, there are plans for an exclusive promo card to be given to collectors who purchase the set at NYCC. There will also be other GPK promo cards available at Topps booth. Topps doesn’t spell out what will be available each day, but artist Joe Simko will be at the Topps booth (#2557) Friday and Saturday at 12:00 PM, while artist David Gross will be there Saturday at 2:00 PM. Both will be signing cards at the show. Topps also said there will be giveaways of Tom Bunk autos, tshirts, and movie posters. Speaking of movies, the debut screening of part three of the Fury Load trilogy will take place at Topps booth on Saturday at 12:00. Expect the animated short to debut online shortly after. A virtual panel featuring many of the GPK licensees is schedule to take place virtually on Thursday 10/7 at 10:00 AM. Schedule to take part are Mishka designer Mabel Garcia, author RL Stine, artist Joe Simko, and Fury Load producer Adam F Goldberg. Finally, Adam Bomb himself will be making an appearance after a two year absence. Collectors will get that chance to take their picture with the GPK icon. GPKNews will bring you more details on cards and giveaways as more detail emerge.
Like all other comic cons this year, New York Comic Con was cancelled and moved to a virtual event. Super7 launches their special Stay-At-Home-Ic-Con today on their website. The highlight for GPK collectors is the Garbage Pail Kids Reaction Figure Adam Bomb. The figure measures 9x6x1. It can be purchased for $20 plus shipping, there is a 2 figure per customer limit. Super7 also debuted a new long sleeved Adam Bomb tshirt. The shirt features the GPK logo on front, with Adam Bomb going up both sleeves. The short is available for $40 in sizes S-3xl. Order now before these special Virtual NYCC items sell out.
This weekend’s Gross Xperience show within the Las Vegas Toy Con is still scheduled to take place. While many local governments and sports leagues around the country have postponed or cancelled events in the last 24 hours due to the coronavirus, that hasn’t been the case with the Vegas Toy Con. Nevada and Las Vegas currently do not have any local government restrictions in place limiting social gatherings. The show released information on their social media channels yesterday stating, “the show must go on”. As of 11:00 AM local time today, show promoters confirmed with GPKNews that the show would go on. Jon Gregory, one of the GPK artists scheduled to attend the show, will no longer be attending.
This isn’t the only convention coming up over the new few months that has a large Garbage Pail Kids presence. The next Philly Non-Sports card show is set to take place May 2-3 in Allentown, PA. As of now the show is still scheduled. Show promoters told GPKNews today that, “They are still planning to hold the show unless the CDC orders all gatherings to be cancelled.”
Then there are the larger Comic Cons in San Diego and New York. Earlier today on their twitter account, the San Diego Comic Con posted that their sister con, Wonder Con (scheduled Apr 10-12), has been postponed. They said no decision has been made yet on the San Diego Comic Con, scheduled to take place July 23-26.
We continue to work closely with officials in San Diego and at this time no decision has been made regarding the rescheduling of Comic-Con slated to take place this summer; July 23-26, 2020. (3/4)
— San Diego Comic-Con (@Comic_Con) March 12, 2020
New York Comic Con has not commented yet, but their show is still a number of months away in October. The next few weeks/months will be chaotic for show promoters as they struggle with these decisions.
For the first time in quite a while the clock ran out on an online GPK set without selling out. Today Topps revealed the print run for On Demand #18 Garbage Pail Kids X GPK Takeover. The set ended up selling 1211 copies. No word from Topps if that includes the sets sold at this years New York Comic Con. While the set sold just higher than the last On Demand set, it becomes the first On Demand GPK offer with sketches to not sell out since the first GPK Classic set. Why didn’t it sell out? There are a number if possible reasons. Did offering it a week prior at NYCC with little marketing and not letting customers know it would be listing online after hurt sales? Word of the set did not leak prior to NYCC, the lack of marketing ahead of time is sure to hurt sales. Or maybe 1200 is the limit of what Topps can expect from a GPK online set. Regardless of reason there are roughly 400 sets, along with 200 sketches that will be destined for the shredders. It will be interesting to see how Topps handles the next On Demand set, as well as the next convention offering.
Update 10/9/19: In trying to figure out a production run I asked around to the various sketch artists. Here’s how many sketches each completed for the set; Brewer (52), Jasmine Contois (52), Dan Contois (52), Crosby (52), Cortez (52), Grotesque (50), Fitchett (52), Garvey (52), Gortakowski (51), Jimenez (52), Molinelli (52), Scubas (50), Nygma (25), Sumner (50). and Williams (50). As of this writing only Neil Camera hasn’t responded. But it can be assumed he was asked to do between 50-52. Based on the ones we know about it comes to 744 sketches. If you add in 52 for Camera we get 796. Its right up there very close to 800 sketches for the set. If there were 800 sketches, that means 1600 base sets. This would be the highest produced of the On Demand online sets to date. For the C sets, 1600 sets / 10 cards in set = 160 “C” name sets. Green sets, 1600 sets * 3 greens per set = 4800 green cards / 20 in set = 240 green sets. Pink sets, 1600 set * 2 pinks per set = 3200 pink cards / 20 in set = 160 pinks sets. So to recap:
- Base sets: 1600
- Green Sets: 240
- Pink Sets: 160
- C Sets: 160
- Sketches: 800
Fresh off this year’s New York Comic Con, Topps is now selling their On Demand #18 2019 Garbage Pail Kids X NYC Takeover set online. The set is exactly like what was sold at NYCC, without the promo card. The 20 card set features 10 new pieces (with a/b versions) of artwork completed by Joe Simko. In addition to the base set, collectors also receive 3 green parallels, 2 pink parallels, 1 C name card, and a 1:2 chance at a sketch card. The set sells for the same price as NYCC at $40. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. Purchases are limited to 50 sets. The sets are available on topps.com for 7 days or until sold out.
Topps had sold out of sets pretty quickly at NYCC according to collectors attending the event. Topps only brought a limited number of sets to the con, while holding back the rest for online sales. As part of the online listing Topps did reveal the names of the 16 artists that did sketches for the set. Sketch artists are; John Brewer, Neil Camera, Jasmine Contois, Dan Contois, Sebastian Cortez, Jason Crosby, Joe Grotesque, Joey Fitchett, K GRiMM, Dennis Gortakowski, Robert Jimenez, Rich Molinelli, Anthony Skubis, B. Nygma, Floydman, and Gavin Williams. Artists were asked to complete 52 sketches, but some completed less. I’ll update this article with more details when available.
Here is a checklist for the set in addition to some pictures of the cards.
1. New Wave DAVE/Graffiti PETEY
2. Smelly SALLY/Fishy PHYLLIS
3. KIM Kong/ANNA Banana
4. Spilt KIT/Mixed-Up MITCH
5. Slobby ROBBIE/Fat MATT
6. Ashley Can/GRETA GARBAGE
7. Greaser GREG/CHRIS Hiss
8. Travelin’ TRAVIS/Flat TYLER
9. Up CHUCK/Heavin’ STEVEN
10. MATT Rat/RACHEL Rodent
Not to be left out, FYE themselves issues yet another Garbage Pail Kids promo today at their booth. Using the art from their cereal boxes released earlier in the year, the promo features Crispy Christy. The back of the card identifies it as a NYCC 2019 promo card. The card is being handed out at the FYE booth today during Joe Simko’s autograph signing. There continues to be surprises at NYCC for GPK collectors.