Over a week after the New York Comic Con, and there is still some GPK news being made. Collectors who purchased the 40 card Garbage Pail Kids Stranger Things set were able to choose one show exclusive promo card at Topps’ booth. There were four promo cards to choose from. Three of the cards were upside down characters; #1 Byers Beware, #2 Wrong Way Wheeler, and #4 Denny Gorged On. A Stranger Things poster collage made up card #3. Today GPK collector Ray Muccianti posted yet another Stranger Kids promo card on Facebook. Also labeled #2 on the back, the card is Double Duffer, its a take off the OS 2 gag Double Heather.
What’s the story behind this card? I was able to confirm with artist Joe Simko the card was painted for the set originally. Topps liked the card and was planning on including it in the set. However, Topps was not able to secure licensing approvals prior to NYCC. Unlike most GPK sets, this set was part of a license agreement with Netflix, therefore it appears agreements with Netflix and the actors were necessary.
So how did the card get out? That explanation is less clear. By being labeled as promo card #2, it would appear Topps had the cards printed in hopes they could obtain the approvals prior to NYCC. They also had Wrong Way Wheeler printed, so there was a backup plan if they couldn’t get the approvals. Ray obtained his early on the first day of NYCC from another party that purchased sets at Topps’ booth. GeePeeKay also received and posted this photo of the bonus cards from Topps booth from early that Thursday. You can clearly see a stack of Double Duffer promos in the photo. However other collectors that attended NYCC Thursday morning reported when they were there, that it was the Wheeler card that was available, and not the Duffer.
The question becomes how many of these cards made it out? So far Ray’s is the only copy to surface. I was not able to find any examples that sold on ebay during the show. I’ve reached out to Topps for comment, if they reply this article will be updated.
The New York Comic Con starts today, and much like previous years Garbage Pail Kids collectors have a lot to keep their eyes open for. Topps is leading things off with a weekend full of GPK goodness. There is a new 40 card GPK X Stranger Things parody set being offered at the show. The set is available in two separate 20 card packs, “a” and “b” packs for $19.99. Everyone buying both sets can get one special bonus card each day of the show. So there are a total of four different bonus cards available. Topps said there is a limit of one set per person per day of the show. Topps will also have sets available without the bonus cards in their online store after the show is over. (Thanks to GeePeeKay and KeWe for pictures!)
Topps will have GPK artist Joe Simko on hand signing autographs from 1:30 – 2:30 at their booth, #454. Topps will also be passing out an Oh the Horror-ible promo card at their booth Saturday to collectors. The card is based off the Jack Lagoon (#10a Classic Film Monsters) from the new retail set.
Toy Tokyo will be offering a special metallic version of the Adam Bomb Funko Pop! The figure will be limited to 3000 copies, and should go quickly.
Anyone who hasn’t picked up a copy of the excellent 30 Year of Garbage documentary will have a chance to buy the Director’s Cut from booth #2312.
Finally Kawaii Cubes will have a few of their plush GPK toys they released last year at their booth, #243.
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!
In just over three weeks collectors from around the country will gather for the latest non-sports card show in the US. Set to take place at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, PA the fall show will focus on Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages. The show announced just a couple of weeks back there will be a number of promo cards available at the show. Yesterday show promoters showed off two of those. Numbered 1a and created by GPK artist Brent Engstrom , the first promo card features show promoters, the Tosers, reimagined in a GPK style Ghostbusters parody. The second card is a promo card for series 4 of Mark Pingitore’s fantastic Horrorible Kids upcoming set. Collectors can receive both cards with their paid admission to the show, while supplies last. The show will take place the weekend of Oct 20-21.
In just over six weeks Garbage Pail Kids collectors on the East Coast will have an opportunity to mingle with some of their favorite GPK artists. The biannual Philly Non-Sports Card Show will once again be ready for collectors on October 20 & 21. The Philly show is the oldest non-sports card show in the country. The upcoming show in October will be the 69th Philly show. The show, which is actually not in Philadelphia but instead in Allentown, PA, takes place at the Merchants Square Mall. With each Philly show there is a focus on a certain non-sports brand. Show organizers are going all out, with the next two Philly Non-Sports shows being GPK and Wacky Packages focused.
The artist line up for upcoming show has six top notch current and former GPK artists. Former original series artist Tom Bunk will lead a group which includes current artists; David Gross, Joe Simko, Smokin’ Joe McWilliams, Layron DeJarnette, and Chad Scheres. The artists will all be on hand selling original art, prints, stickers, cards, and more. Show goers will receive a promo card created by Mark Pingitore. On Sunday, prior to the show opening, there will be a Card Talk panel discussion with all the artists. All the artists are happy to meet the fans. This is a great time to get some quality time with your favorite artist, and help support their art.
With the show focus being on GPK and Wacky Packages, there will be some promo cards available. First off, all attendees to the show will receive a promo card painted by Brent Engstrom. Second, everyone attending the Saturday night show dinner at the Airport Hilton Garden Inn will receive two Halloween themed cards, (one GPK, one Wacky), painted by Joe Simko and Fred Wheaton. The cards will be numbered #1 and #2 in a set. Tom Bunk will also paint a card for dinner attendees. The dinner will be limited to 64 attendees only, and will cost $17.95 per person. Topps has chipped in with a generous donation to help with the artists and to reduce the cost for collectors attending the Saturday night dinner. Smokin’ Joe McWilliams is set to be the guest speaker at the dinner. There will also be prizes from Creepy Co. and Fright Rags. Dinner tickets will sellout. To reserve your spot contact Roxanne Toser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As mentioned above, the focus on GPK/Wackys doesn’t stop with the October Philly show. The 70th Philly Non-Sports show will share the same focus. Show organizers already have a number of things planned for the show taking place on May 4 & 5, 2019. The artists scheduled to attend are Tom Bunk, Mark Pingatore, Fred Wheaton, Jeff Zapata, James Warhola, Neil Camera, and one more TBD. In order to help defray costs for the artists attending the show, they are looking for people to sponsor artists for $250. A couple more sponsorships are available. Sponsors will receive a full color sketch from the artist they sponsor. If interested in sponsoring an artist e-mail Roxanne Toser. The May 2019 show will also feature the next two promo cards in the show dinner set. The cards, #3 & #4, will feature a spring theme and be painted by Layron DeJarnette and Chenduz.
The Philly Non-Sports show features a much different vibe than a Gross Card Con show. With a more relaxed atmosphere, the show floor features nothing but tables selling various non-sport cards. This includes of course a number sellers with GPK merchandise. The show hotel is the Airport Hilton Garden Inn, and a special show rate of $97 is available. Show tickets are available for $8 per day, or a two day pass for $14. The show will be open from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Saturday 10/20, and 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sunday 10/21. East Coast collectors, don’t miss your chance to meet your favorite GPK artists.
Jago Studios, the makers of the upcoming GPK The Game mobile game, announced today there will be the first look at the art of the game at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. Today’s announcement was the first from the company since their initial release announcing the game. The company announced they will be passing out an art card at SDCC featuring art from the game. Once again Atomic Toybox will be the place to be for GPK fans. Attendees can pick up their card at that booth, #3921.
There will be just one card available. The 4” x 6” card will be limited to 5000 copies only available at SDCC.
Jago also announced they will be releasing the first teaser trailer for the game next week. People signed up to their mailing list at gpkthegame.com will get the first view on 7/23, while everyone else will get to see it on 7/24. They will also be drawing a winner for a Creepy Co. GPK blanket and promo card from registered users.
GPK The Game will launch later this year on the App Store and Google Play. Here is the complete press release from Jago on today’s announcement.
LOS ANGELES — MONDAY, JULY 16, 2018— Jago Studios, the independent entertainment studio behind Garbage Pail Kids: The GameSM, today announced it will be attending Comic-Con San Diego to
provide Garbage Pail Kids® fans with complimentary art cards designed by the team behind the upcoming mobile game. The limited-run cards will offer a first look at the game’s artwork. Comic-Con attendees can receive a free card by visiting Atomic Toybox Entertainment, Booth 3921, which is hosting Garbage Pail Kids: The Game.
For those unable to attend Comic-Con, Jago Studios will be releasing a sneak peek trailer on Monday, July 23 to all online subscribers. A private link to the trailer will be emailed to people who subscribe to game updates at gpkthegame.com by July 22, 2018. Anyone registered for updates will also be entered in a random drawing to win a Garbage Pail Kids plush blanket from Creepy Co., featuring beloved character Adam Bomb, along with a copy of the Comic-Con art card.
“We are thrilled to share original artwork from GPK: The Game with fans of the notorious 80s brand and attendees at Comicon,” said Stuart Drexler, Jago Studios founder and chief executive officer. “Our first trailer will also give fans an exciting preview of what’s to come in the game.”
Garbage Pail Kids: The Game is an upcoming mobile card-battling RPG featuring iconic characters from the collectible trading cards and stickers originally issued by The Topps Company in the 1980s. Currently in private beta, the free-to-play mobile game will be released worldwide on the App Store and Google Play. For more information and to receive updates on the game, visit gpkthegame.com or follow @gpkgame on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
About Jago Studios
Founded in 2017, Jago Studios creates interactive social entertainment oozing with irreverence and virality. Their core team of game and brand veterans have decades of experience developing high profile, influential entertainment licenses and intellectual properties. Jago Studios invents, designs, and launches compelling play experiences made for mobile-first lifestyles, tickling the funny bone and strengthening meaningful social connections as people play together and laugh together. Jago is currently creating a series of comical free-to-play mobile RPG Card Battlers. Visit jagostudios.com for more information.
About The Topps Company
Founded in 1938, The Topps Company, Inc. is the preeminent creator and brand marketer of physical and digital sports cards, entertainment cards and collectibles, and distinctive confectionery products. Topps’ leading sports and entertainment products include Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Bundesliga, Indian Premier League, Star Wars, WWE, UFC, Wacky Packages®, Garbage Pail Kids®, Mars Attacks® and other trading cards, sticker album collections and collectibles. Topps’ app portfolio, including Topps BUNT®, Topps NFL HUDDLE®, TOPPS KICK® and Topps® Star WarsSM: Card Trader, has been a hit with millions of fans around the world. Topps’ confectionery brands include Ring Pop®, Push Pop®, Baby Bottle Pop®, Juicy Drop® Pop, and Bazooka® bubble gum. Topps was acquired by Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company and Madison Dearborn Partners in October 2007. For additional information, visit Topps.com and Candymania.com.
Topps today announced their plans for this weekend’s New York Comic Con. Held right in Topps’ backyard, they usually have a large presence at the show. This year will be no exception. This will be a change after GPK was left out of San Diego Comic Con this year. Topps announced that there will be a 2017 Series 2 GPL Battle of the Bands promo card given out Saturday, while supplies last. This is the first time Topps is offering a GPK Promo card since 2014. The card, painted by Joe Simko, features a parody of Katy Perry. In addition to passing out the card, artist Joe Simko will be at the Topps booth on Saturday from 1:30-2:30 signing copies of the card. Topps also said they will be busting boxes of products throughout the show, including GPK on Saturday. GPK collectors will want to hit up the show on Saturday.
This past weekend was the semiannual Philly Non-Sport Show. The show is one of the largest non-sport card focused shows in the country. The spring show was themed Garbage Pail Kids/Wacky Packages. The GPKnews.com East Coast Bureau, (AKA Steve Sodergren & Erica Fox), filed this report on the show.
This past weekend saw the 66th Philly Non-Sport Show held at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, Pa. Collectors flocked from all over for the oldest show of it’s kind in the country. This particular show held even more interest for Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages collectors, as it had a show exclusive and Topps licensed nine card GPK and Wacky Packages set. Vendors from across the country were on hand with a wide variety of all things non-sports cards and related merchandise selling boxes, sets, singles and even wrappers for a myriad of card brands. Among these vendors were six Topps official artists all located in what was referred to as “The Artist’s Corner.” Layron DeJarnette, Jon Gregory, Smokin’ Joe McWilliams, Chad Scheres, Joe Simko and Jeff Zapata were all on hand selling sketch cards and their own personal non-Topps projects, as well as taking commissions, signing autographs and chatting with fans. One artist billed to be there, Neil Camera, could not attend due to weather problems interrupting travel. Located near “The Artist’s Corner” was vendor and well known eBay seller Clint Coleman (9046clint) who brought his GPK and Wacky Warehouse to the show. Also seen floating around the artists area was GPK historian “Barren” Aaron Booton, who’s site gpkworld.com has helped many collectors over the years. The show’s promoter and organizer Roxanne Toser (Roxanne Toser Enterpriss) and family were on hand keeping the show running smoothly, as well as selling all things Wacky and GPK at their very own stand.
Rarely seen items were on display for purchase. Those included the extremely rare GPK pencils valued at $25 a piece, also Imperial toys in the packaging, and not marred by price tags and unused still in the box Halloween costumes. Attendees could find deals throughout the show, including not mint but still nice OS 1 singles starting at $2 each, U.K. minis ranging from 25¢ to $1 each depending on condition, and $1 mint giant Series 1 and 2 cards. Everywhere you looked collectors could be seen rifling through cards with their needs lists in hand making deals to help complete their various card projects. Attendees also were able to purchase the exclusive GPK and Wacky Packages card set for $25. Only 300 were printed and less than that were available for sale. Some were used by the artists who were selling signed copies of their own cards, some sets were used as prizes, and some were also sent back to Topps. The set was limited to two per person and arm bands were marked to ensure fairness that the limit was enforced. Saturday’s allotment, which according to Harris Toser of Non-Sport Update and Beckett Media, was the bulk of the run and were sold out by somewhere between 12:00 and 1:00. A sign was put on the table announcing that more would be available Sunday. All attendees were given a free card set they could choose from a table at the entrance as well as show exclusive promo and event cards, which included an in memoriam card for Topps veteran and GPK and WP legend Jay Lynch who passed away on March 5.
Day one finished off with a sold out dinner hosted by the Tosers which took place at the show’s host hotel, Hilton Garden Inn. The dinner was in honor of Jay Lynch and the late Frank Reighter who started the Philly Non-Sports Card Show back in 1984. Frank died on February 3 of this year. Upon entering the dinner, guests were given a dinner exclusive card package which included a Wacky Packages 50th Anniversary card done by George Wright and a metal version of the Jay Lynch memoriam card. Assigned seating was given and each table had an artist seated there. This seating arrangement lent itself well to collectors of both brands to talk with the artists and each other on a more personal level. The atmosphere was very welcoming as Roxanne’s attention to detail created a well organized evening that ensured not only the comfort of the diners, but also kept it structured and moving along at a good pace. The dinner opened with each guest introducing themselves. Dinner attendees included all six show attending GPK and WP artists as well as artist George Wright who created the artwork for the dinner exclusive card, Melty Misfits creator Buff Monster, and former Topps Vault manager and Beckett’s Price Guide editor Mike Jasperson. Also in attendance were hardcore Wacky and GPK collectors who are well known in their respective communities including Aaron Booton and Clint Coleman. The dinner featured a speech given by Jeff Zapata honoring his friend, mentor and former roommate Jay Lynch. Jeff opened the room up to anyone who wanted to share a story or reflect on the life of Jay. Others who spoke included Mike Japerson, Smokin’ Joe, Roxanne and her husband Marlin. The night ended with a prize drawing in which Roxanne herself and attendees pulled the winning names out of an original GPK garbage can. Prizes included a framed uncut sheet of a past event promo card created by Jay, a large metal card of the exclusive dinner card, a Jay Lynch memorial service poster, IDW GPK Puketacular comic books, a box of GPK Prime Slime Trashy TV, a 30 Years of Garbage DVD, and the table centerpieces which were made by Roxanne herself. Capping the evening was a very special surprise gift for all attending as each table got a metal card of the artist that they had dinner with. The admission price for this evening was well worth the night of fun and surprises that Roxanne and family provided.
Every show features a card talk session on Sunday morning. The 66th talk featured a Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages panel and included Layron DeJarnette, Smokin’ Joe McWilliams, Chad Scheres, Joe Simko and Jeff Zapata. The talk was a Q & A format where anyone in attendance could ask the artists a question. The panel opened with each artist introducing themselves, where they live and some of their current and past personal and professional experiences with GPK and WP. After the intro it was open for anyone to ask a question. There were six questions in total asked. The first was directed to Smokin’ Joe regarding his experience growing up locating and collecting Wacky Packages. The second question was asked of Chad Scheres regarding any future plans to do a Rat Finks or Hot Rod inspired set. Questions three and four centered on Topps’ online card releases and the artists gave their thoughts on the pros and cons of the current card trend and collecting experience. Question five asked for each artist to share a rejected concept that they submitted and really liked, but for whatever reason never made it. Question six asked why the artists are not more prominently credited on their cards. As with the dinner there was a promo card handed out. This promo was non-GPK and Wacky themed. Also as with the dinner, there was a prize drawing in which 18 various non-sport cards and merchandise prizes were given including a box of 50th Anniversary Wacky Packages and a box of GPK PSTT both courtesy of Topps. The card talk lasted approximately an hour and ended around 9:15 allowing plenty of time to make the 10:00am opening of the show.
Day two of the show included a day specific promo card done by Tom Bunk. The remaining exclusive card sets were sold, again only two per customer and were not opened to vendor purchase until around 1:00. As with Saturday the set sold out. The show was a little less crowded as the previous day, but there were still plenty of attendees. Unlike Saturday, Sunday had a prize drawing for varied non-sport goodies. One prize winner was Allender’s House of Checklist creator Jeff Allender. Artists Jason Brower and Fred Wheaton were also attendees at the show and Fred attended the card talk as well.
Some upcoming releases were mentioned during the weekend which included a new themed GPK set slated for release in the fall according to Joe Simko. Details on the theme, size or set format were not given. Smokin’ Joe said he finally has had some of his GPK gags approved and will be part of the GPK artist lineup. Jeff Zapata made mention of a parody card set that he said he is currently trying to produce, but gave no further details on it. He also made mention of possibly working on his memoirs this year. Independent card company Sidekick Labs was on hand at the show and they handed out a promo card for a upcoming Spanish version of Melty Misfits 2 and it was also mentioned that Buff Monster was working on Melty Misfits 3.
The next Philly Non-Sports Card Show will be held on October 21-22 at Merchants Square Mall.
Thanks to Steve and Erica for their report on the show! Look later this week to GPKnews.com for transcripts of the card talk and Jay Lynch tributes. Below are the pictures they took of all the festivities!
The Philly Non-Sport show is one of the most popular non-sport shows in the country. Taking place two times a year, this year’s spring show is set for April 22 & 23 in Allentown, PA at the Merchants Square Mall. This show’s theme is GPK/Wacky Packages. There are six Topps artists attending the show. They are Neil Camera, Smokin’ Joe McWilliams, Layron DeJarnette, Joe Simko, Jeff Zapata, and Chad Scheres. Each artist has created either a GPK or Wacky card that will be part of a nine card set sold only at the show. This officially licensed Topps set consists of three GPK cards with a/b versions, and three Wacky Packages cards.
Show promoter Roxanne Toser, previewed pictures of the set yesterday via Facebook. The nine card set will be limited to 300 copies, and will cost $25 each. A couple of the sets will be autographed and given out as prizes during the Saturday night dinner with the artists. Proceeds from the sale of the sets will be used to cover some of the artist’s expenses for attending the show. A couple of artists have posted the artwork they did for the set. Here is the known checklist:
#1a Rocky N Roll/#1b Les Vegas – Layron DeJarnette
#2a Overdone Davy/#2b Cracked Crockett – Joe Simko
#3a Ceasing Clark/#3b Can’t Move Kent – Jeff Zapata
#4 Slop Loaders (Wacky) – Chad Scheres
#5 3-Thing Binder (Wacky) – Smokin’ Joe McWilliams
#6 Le Stinky Boot-ique (Wacky) – Neil Camera
Roxanne Toser announced today on Facebook that this Spring’s Philly Non-Sports Card Show will feature a GPK and Wacky Packages theme. The Toser’s have been involved in Non-Sports cards for decades. Famously running a mail order business, and publishing Non-Sports Magazine. Today they still promote one of the biggest and most important non-sports card shows in the country. The Philly Non-Sports card show takes place twice a year in the spring and fall.
In previous years, Topps has offered promo cards at the Philly Non-Sports shows, starting back in the ANS days and through the BNS sets. This time there is a twist. Roxanne announced there would be a licensed Topps set created by the artists for sale. There are no details yet on who is doing the artwork, number of cards in the set, or the price. Roxanne did say there were six artists attending the show; Smokin Joe McWilliams, Chad Scheres, Layton DeJarnette, Neal Camera, Joe Simko, and Jeff Zapata. It isn’t clear if the set will be available for sale before the show to people not attending. However, Roxanne did mention the set would go on sale soon, as the proceeds would be used to pay for the artists hotel rooms. This would appear to be a similar license deal that the Riot Fest music festival did last year.
The Philly Non-Sport show takes place April 22 & 23 at the Merchants Square Mall in Allentown, PA. Until more details are released you can check the show’s Facebook page or their Website. GPKnews will update once more details are available.