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.
Fresh off a redesign of the Topps.com website, there is the first online GPK product of 2019. Today Topps launched The ABC’s of GPK coloring book. The book comes with 26 pages of classic GPK characters to color. In addition it appears each order comes with one of three different A is for Adam cards. There are gold, green, and pink bordered variations of the Adam Bomb card. No mention from Topps on if any versions will be rarer than the others. The book and card costs $9.99. Shipping is free in the US with the SmartPost option. The book is available on Topps.com for 14 days. The listing does not say if Topps will reveal the print run of the various borders. Here are pictures of the book and cards.
For weeks now GPK collectors have been eagerly awaiting shipment of the GPK Meme On Demand set. Topps offered this online exclusive set back in September. The set quickly sold out of all 500 copies available. However, collectors have begun to get restless as almost two months have passed with no shipping notice from Topps. Today Topps sent out an email to collectors that ordered the set stating there was a problem with the production of the set. They email says shipping should be expected within two weeks. Within the email is says, “there is a delay on the balance of orders shipping.” What is not known is if that means some collectors will get their orders weeks before others. Collectors will hopefully have these in hand in time for Christmas.
After debuting at last weekend’s New York Comic Con, the new Stranger Kids set is now available for purchase online. Today Topps officially launched 2018 Garbage Pail Kids & Stranger Things “A” and “B” sets. Just like at NYCC, the 40 card set is being offered as two separate 20 card “A” and “B” name sets. All the artwork in the set was completed by artist Joe Simko. Each set is available to purchase for $19.99. Shipping is free within the US via the SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The sets are available on topps.com for sale for a longer than usual 90 days. Topps does say the print run for the sets will be revealed at the end of the sale. No word yet if the print run will include NYCC purchases. The four bonus cards available at NYCC are not available with the set online. Here is the checklist of both sets along with a few pictures of the cards.
Topps today announced its plans for this weekend’s New York Comic Con. Topps will have its usual presence and will be promoting many of its card brands. Among those will be Garbage Pail Kids. Topps announced there will be a special parody set of Garbage Pail Kids Stranger Things. All 20 cards were painted by artist Joe Simko. The 40 card set will be available in two separate 20 card “a” name and “b” name sets. Each set will be available at the show for $19.99. Collectors purchasing both A & B sets will also receive a special promo card only available at the show. Topps also said the GPK Stranger Things sets will be available for purchase on topps.com, without the promo card.
Topps also announced that Joe Simko will be in the Topps booth on Saturday from 1:30 – 2:30 signing autographs. Topps also announced they will be passing out a GPK promo card on Saturday. They have not revealed the card as of yet.
Lots of fun stuff in store for GPK collectors at this weekend’s NYCC!
Sometime over the night the Topps On Demand #9 GPK Memes set sold out. In less than 24 hours all 500 copies of the set available were snatched up. This is a huge improvement in sales over the last year or more for online GPK sets. While there have been individual online GPK cards sell more than 500, this sets the high mark for a set.
Topps saw similar quick sales with Last year’s Wacky Packages Old School 6 set. The configuration of both sets was done in a similar manner. Collectors were inticed by this set for a few reasons. This was the cheapest price per card online set so far. At 24 cards for $40, puts the price per card at $1.67, down from the usual $2.50. The availability of parallel cards also made collectors want to try their hand at multiple sets. Finally a 50/50 chance to pull a OS 1 sketch card pushed many over the edge.
What will be interesting is if Topps abandons the old format of offering awards, comic con, music, and holiday sets, and instead focuses on the On Demand concept going forward. Whatever happens except to see future sets with the same formula.
After a long dry spell, over two months, without online GPK sets, Topps is back. Today Topps launched On Demand Set #9 Garbage Pail Kids Memes. After the change in Brand Managers over GPK earlier this summer, Topps has been silent with online sets. They are back today, but in a different form. The set is being offered under the On Demand section of their online store. This is the second GPK themed set to be featured as an On Demand set, after last year’s GPK Classic set. Despite being just one week after the launch of the latest retail GPK set, Oh the Horror-ible, Topps is going after collectors wallets in a big way.
The 20 card set features 10 pieces of new artwork completed by Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Joe Simko, Smokin Joe McWilliams, and Neil Camera. Each artist completed two cards for the set, and each card comes in a/b name versions. The cards feature OS 1 characters in parodies of popular internet memes. Unlike the typical online set, the configuration is quite different. For the first time collectors will get 1 “c” name card in each set. The “c” name is the third name for each piece of artwork. Each set also comes with 1 pink border parallel, and 3 border green parallels. In addition each artist completed 50 sketches, all of OS 1 characters, for the set. Each set comes with a 1:2 chance to pull a sketch card. The sketches were done on the same card stock used for the 2018S2 GPK Oh the Horror-ible retail set. This will make it tough for collectors to distinguish the difference between the sketches of Smokin Joe and Neil Camera who also completed sketches for the retail set. David Gross did not complete his regular sketches for Oh the Horror-ible, so any regular sized Gross sketch came from the Meme set. Engstrom and Simko did not complete sketches for Oh the Horror-ible.
The set is available for $40.00. Free shipping in the US is being offered via the SmartPost option, while international shipping is $10. The set is available on topps.com for 7 days. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here is a checklist of the set, and a couple of pictures of the cards.
Topps this evening sent out an email to their mailing list teasing the next online Garbage Pail Kids set. The set looks to be called GPK Memes. Unlike most online sets, this one will be listed in the On Demand section of their store and not the general GPK section. This On Demand #9 set will be the second GPK set in the section after last year’s GPK Classic.