This week saw the return of daily GPKs to the Topps lineup. Would collectors come out to purchase? Today Topps reveled the print run for Garbage Pail Kids 2019 Was the Worst cards #1 – #3. Card #1, Walking Joaquin, became the second biggest selling individual online GPK ever by selling 1120 copies. The only other card to sell more was the first Dis-grace to the White House card. Card #2, Eccentric Elon, also did very well selling 780 copies. Card #3, Pop Ira, came in just a bit lower at 598. Collectors are enjoying the daily concept and are showing up in big numbers to purchase. It will be interesting to see if sales remain high throughout December.
Today marks the fourth day for Topps new online GPK set. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids 2019 Was the Worst #4 Unmasked Singer. Artwork for today’s card was done by artist David Gross . Like the previous cards, today’s card can be purchased for $7.99, or in lots of 5 for $27.99, 10 for $44.99, or 20 for $74.99. Shipping is free when choosing the SmartPost option. The card will be on sale for 24 hours. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale.
Another day, another new card in Topps’ latest GPK online set. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids 2019 Was the Worst #3 Pop Ira. Artwork for today’s card was done by artist Brent Engstrom. As with the previous two cards, each card can be purchased for $7.99, or in lots of 5 for $27.99, 10 for $44.99, or 20 for $74.99. Shipping is free when selecting the SmartPost option. The card will be on sale for 24 hours on topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run after the end of the sale.
It’s day two in the brand new online daily GPK cards set from Topps. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids 2019 Was the Worst #2 Eccentric Elon. Artwork for the card was done by artist Smokin Joe McWilliams. Pricing for the card is the same as yesterday’s card. One copy of the card can be purchased for $7.99, or in lots of 5 for $27.99, 10 for $44.99, or 20 for $74.99. Shipping is free with the SmartPost option. The card will be available for sale on topps.com for 24 hours. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale.
Collectors were stuffing themselves with GPK before the holidays begin! It took just three days for the latest On Demand GPK release to sell out. Today Topps officially revealed the print run for On Demand #22 Garbage Pail Kids We Hate the Holidays. The set sold 1304 copies. This sets a new record for online set sales. This set breaks the record just set with the GPK x NYC Takeover set. Based on sketches completed by artists there should have been a few more sets sold. However, Topps is probably holding back a handful of sketches for replacements. With a print run of 1304 base sets it puts the parallel print runs at; 195 green, 130 red, 65 snowflake, and 130 of each 5×7 poster. Collectors can expect the On Demand formula to return in 2020.
Just when you thought Topps was done with daily online GPK cards, Topps surprises everyone. Today Topps launched Garbage Pail Kids 2019 Was the Worst Walking Joaquin #1. After abandoning daily GPK cards in the summer of 2017, Topps is trying them again. Topps is planning on releasing daily cards for the next four weeks. The set celebrates all the wackiest moments in 2019. Artwork for the set is being completed by Joe Simko, Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Joe McWilliams, and Neil Camera. Today’s first card was completed by artist Joe Simko. Back in 2017 collectors had tired of the numerous daily offerings and subpar rushed art by former Topps artists, and some of the last cards only sold in the double digits. Topps has done very well selling GPKs with the On Demand formula launched in 2018, and have set records for online sales throughout 2019. So it’s surprising Topps is going back to trying the daily sales method. Each of the new cards can be purchased for $7.99 each or in lots of 5 for $27.99, 10 for $44.99 or 20 for $74.99. Shipping is free with the SmartPost option. Each card is available for 24 hours on topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of each sale.
Update 11/24/19 – Sometime in the last few hours the set has sold out at Topps.
As promised, today Topps launched On Demand #22 Garbage Pail Kids We Hate the Holidays online set. The 20 card base set features 10 new paintings available in a/b name versions. Artists Joe Simko, Brent Engstrom, David Gross, and Joe McWilliams each completed cards for the set. Each set purchased from Topps also comes with three green parallels, two red parallels, and 1 new snowflake parallel. There doesn’t appear to be any C names this time. For the first time each set also includes a foldable 5×7 poster. There will be 10 different posters in the set, 1 for each ‘a’ name. There is also a 1:2 chance to pull a sketch card. The set is available for $40 on topps.com for the next 7 days or until sold out. Shipping is free with the SmartPost option. The max number of sets per order is 50. Topps will post the print run of the set at the end of the sale.
According to the checklist there were 17 artists that completed sketch cards for the set. These artists completed sketches for the set, Shane Garvey (50), David gross (30), Joey Fitchett (50), GPKNic (30), Joe Grotesque (30), Jasmine Contois (50), Dan Contois (50), Antony Skubis (50), and Robert Jimenez (30), Gavin Williams (50), Brent Engstrom (20), Chenduz (50), Jason Crosby (50), Joe McWilliams (30), Rich Molinelli (50), Darrin Pepe (16), and Neil Camera (50). Once I hear back from all artists, I can figure out print run info. There are 686 total sketches completed by artists for the set. This means there are 1372 possible base card sets if it sells out. Based on the math there are 205 of each green parallel, 137 of each red parallel, 68 of each snowflake parallel, and 137 of each 5×7 poster.
Here is a checklist along with pictures of some of the cards.
1a/1b – Cranky Frankie/Bad Brad (Joe Simko)
2a/2b – Bony Jonie/Thin Lynn (Joe McWilliams)
3a/3b – Ailtin’ Al/ Mauled Paul (Brent Engstrom)
4a/4b – New Wave Dave/Graffiti Petey (Joe Simko)
5a/5b – Boozin Bruce/Drunk Ken (Brent Engstrom)
6a/6b – Nasty Nick/Evil Eddie (David Gross)
7a/7b – Wrappin’ Ruth/Tommy Tomb (David Gross)
8a/8b – Up Chuck/Heavin Steven (Joe McWilliams)
9a/9b – Adam Bomb/Blasted Billy (Brent Engstrom)
10a/10b – Fryin’ Brian/Electric Bill (Joe McWilliams)
1 – Cranky Frankie
2 – Bony Jonie
3 – Ailtin’ Al
4 – New Wave Dave
5 – Boozin Bruce
6 – Nasty Nick
7 – Wrappin’ Ruth
8 – Up Chuck
9 – Adam Bomb
10 – Fryin’ Brian
Topps today via their Garbage Pail Kids Facebook page, announced GPK: We Hate the Holidays set scheduled to release online tomorrow. Pictured is one piece of artwork for the set completed by Joe Simko that features Cranky Franky in a Thanksgiving gag. The set will feature classic characters in various holiday themed gags. The set will feature gags from multiple holidays. Like many of the previous online sets, it is expected this will be launched as an On Demand set with parallels and inserts. There have also been sketch cards completed for this set. Artist lists are not yet available. This article will be update with launch details once posted from Topps.
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
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