Earlier this week Topps launched a new Facebook page dedicated to the Entertainment side of the company, which includes Garbage Pail Kids. Right now the posts are focused on the upcoming Dr. Who set, but the page states all entertainment products will be featured. This is in addition to another Topps Entertainment Facebook Page that hasn’t been updated since 2014, and the Garbage Pail Kids Facebook page.
News today coming from Paul Lesko on Twitter that Topps filed for two trademarks on August 10th for the letters GPK.
On Aug. 10, Topps filed two #trademark applications for the letters GPK for cards, stickers, games, etc.. ICYDK GPK AKA Garbage Pail Kids
— Paul Lesko (@Paul_Lesko) August 18, 2015
According to Mr. Lesko, Topps never previously trademarked the acronym “GPK”, only the term “Garbage Pail Kids” was trademarked. It remains to be seen how Topps will use this trademark going forward. Now that the 30th anniversary set has been released there have been no upcoming announcements for future GPK card sets.
This past week was the yearly National Sports Collectors Convention. Topps held their yearly Q&A session with collectors on Saturday morning. While this convention is 99% sports collectibles related, there can be some tidbits of news coming out that relates to Garbage Pail Kids.
During the session one collector asked something that is a common complaint among GPK collectors. They inquired to Topps if they can do something about pack searchers and the packaging they use.
In Topps responce they mentioned both Hanger Blisters and Blaster Boxes as ways Topps has worked to make pack searching harder. They also stated they have spoken to Wal-Mart and Target in working to stop pack searchers. But here’s the interesting part, Topps went on to say they are working on their retail packaging and that next year they will have packaging that is virtually unsearchable.
If Topps can pull this off it will be a boon to to retail buying, as many collectors refuse to buy opened gravity feeds or retail boxes because of pack searching.
In other news to come out of the session, Topps explained that there are times when not all the stated amount of inserts/parallels will make it into packaging. The answer referenced sports products, but could always be applied with GPK. In their example just because a parallel is limited to “299” doesn’t mean 299 get inserted into products. They said they print based on orders, and they always stick to the printed odds. While they never print more, there may be less that what is stated on sell sheets or numbered on cards.
Topps also said they would start breaking card news on their site instead of relying on other websites.