How Many 2024S1 GPK Kids At Play Were Produced? Part 1

This is Part 1 of a 2 part series on the production of 2024 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids: GPK Kids At Play. Part 2 will be posting soon.

Ugh Topps! After back to back sets of nailing the odds correctly, Topps decided to put back on the dunce cap and fail math class. The first retail set of 2024 saw the return of product to big box retailers like Target and Walmart. This means there were 3 or 4, depending on your trust level in Topps, different box types for this release. The big problem with figuring out production numbers is there are many, many errors on the odds sheet. There are three major issues with the odds sheet; 1) There are at least 10 card types where the odds are incorrect, 2) The per box odds do not match the per pack odds on 20 different card types, 3) finally while in the past Hobby and Retail Display boxes are the same thing, there are four different odds listed for these two boxes. We will cover each of those errors throughout both production articles. The good news is, there is enough information to figure out production, we don’t quite have a Chrome 5 situation here. Production looks to be way up over the previous set. How high? Let’s take a look!

First my disclaimer! Production numbers are never an exact science, and Topps makes it tough on us. In order to attempt to solve this riddle we need to look very closely at sell sheets, odds, and real world breaks. Some things to keep in mind for this post. 1) Topps doesn’t want the public to know exactly how much of each card was made. Why? No idea really, I think it’s dumb, but historically Topps only provides enough information to get close. 2) We need to make some assumptions. Those assumptions will be based on the clues we have, but still some guessing has to happen. 3) The odds never quite seem to come out completely equal. However, we can round and get pretty close to how much was produced. 4) Keep in mind Topps historically holds back up to 5% of the print run to cover missing hits, damaged cards, and their No Purchase Necessary program. These numbers would include that 5%. With all that in mind let’s get started…(Warning lots of math coming up. If you don’t want to read about the process, skip to the bottom for the answer sheet!)

We always start by trying to figure out the total production. Usually there’s at least one card type that is shared across all pack types and has the same odds. Last set it was Gold and Gray parallels. Unfortunately, for Kids At Play every shared card either doesn’t have the same odds or the odds are wrong. Not only are the odds listed different for Gold, Gray, and Autos, but after doing the math, the odds for all three are incorrect. In each case the odds are actually overstated. The cards should be, and based on early case breaks, are falling at a higher rate than what’s stated. In the case of Gold cards the odds are over stated by more than half. So where does that leave us? We have to try to figure out production for each individual pack type. Thankfully there appears to be enough odds that are correct to get individual pack production. Let’s start with the easy one, Collector packs. We can look at Red parallels, patch inserts, and for the first time both Shaped and Triptych sketches. That’s right, for the first time in years, Topps revealed how many of each sketch type was inserted into packs.

  • Red borders – 200 cards in set * 75 made per card = 15,000 total Red borders * 27 odds = 405,000 Collector packs made
  • Patches – 10 cards in set * 199 make per card = 1,990 total Patches * 206 odds = 409,940 Collector packs made
  • Shaped Sketches – 1134 total * 344 odds = 390,096 Collector packs made
  • Triptych Sketches – 202 total * 1933 odds = 390,466 Collector packs made

Those numbers are all right in the same neighborhood. Based on case breaks they also appear to be correct with Reds and Patches. We are going to go with 405,000 for the Collector pack number. That number is slightly lower than InterGoolatic, but I expected it to be much lower, since they are adding back in Blasters. In fact it’s similar to Book Worms collector box numbers.

On to the next pack type, Retail Display. Or is that Hobby? Well this one is a mystery. Historically, Topps has sold the same exact box under both the Retail Display and Hobby names. Odds, package, and SKU have always been the same. This year surprisingly, there are four card types where it shows different odds for these box types; Printing Plates, Regular Sketches, Gold Autos, and Auto Foilfractors. That would make one think there are two different box types. However, based on what collectors have received both the Package and SKU numbers on boxes and packs are the same. After running the numbers, I believe both box types are the same, and those different odds are an error. No only are the odds different, but running the numbers on them show that they are incorrect as well. The good news is we still have the Blue parallel odds we can use to figure out the pack run.

  • Blue borders – 200 cards in set * 99 made per card = 19,800 total Blue borders * 25 odds = 495,000 Retail Display/Hobby packs made

How can we be sure that number is accurate. For a couple of reasons. When running the rest of the numbers the amount of packs make sense. Also real world box breaks have shown that number to be accurate. So we are going with 495,000 total Retail Display/Hobby packs. Believe it or not, those numbers are an increase over InterGoolatic. That’s another key to show the print run is considerably higher. It’s less than Book Worms, but still very high!

One last pack type to look at, Blaster boxes. Topps actually saved us here by revealing the total number of each sketch type inserted into packs. Luckily, Blaster boxes have two exclusive sketch types, Panoramic and Loaded Puzzle.

  • Pano Sketches – 194 total * 6,111 odds = 1,185,534 Blaster packs made
  • Loaded Sketches – 350 total * 3,532 odds = 1,236,200 Blaster packs made

So here’s where we need to take a little leap of faith. We don’t have any other numbers we can use. These odds are hard to prove because these hit types are very high. However, again when running the other numbers they make sense. Also the other sketch types in Collector boxes were accurate. I believe we are safe using these numbers. I’m going to use 1,185,000 for the Blaster pack number to make the math easier. Wow, another very high number. It’s right on line with Vacation Blasters.

So there you have it, we now have production numbers for each individual pack type in Kids At Play. Here’s what I believe the total production numbers:

  • Total Production – 2,085,000 Total Packs
  • Collector – 405,000 Collector Packs or about 16,875 Collector Boxes or about 2,109 Collector Cases
  • Retail Display –  495,000 RD Packs or about 20,625 RD Boxes or about 2,578 RD Cases
  • Blaster – 1,185,000 Blaster Packs or about 118,500 Blaster Boxes or about 2,962 Blaster Cases

Wow over 2 million total packs. With adding back in Blasters to the mix, one would think Topps would cut back on Collector and Retail Display print runs after increasing them for InterGoolatic. That didn’t happen, and to top it off they printed a ton of Blasters. Let’s take a look how production compares to recent sets.

  • Total Pack Production
    • Food Fight – 1,790,000
    • Book Worms – 3,635,000
    • Vacation – 1,737,000
    • InterGoolatic Mayhem – 900,600
    • Kids At Play – 2,085,000 (132% increase in production vs. InterGoolatic)
  • Collector Pack Production
    • Food Fight – 225,000
    • Book Worms – 405,000
    • Vacation – 180,000
    • InterGoolatic Mayhem – 465,000
    • Kids At Play – 405,000 (13% decrease in production vs. InterGoolatic)
  • Retail Pack Production
    • Food Fight – 1,565,000
    • Book Worms – 3,245,000
    • Vacation – 1,557,000
    • InterGoolatic Mayhem – 435,600 (Hobby boxes only)
    • Kids At Play – 1,680,000 (386% increase in production vs. InterGoolatic)

Wow! It’s hard to believe Topps would increase production this much over InterGoolatoc. Just when you thought they learned their lesson. Topps really had the production dialed in with InterGoolatic. There just isn’t the demand for a print run this large. Kids At Play is the third highest produced modern GPK set. Only Book Worms (3.6 million) and Chrome 5 (3.2 million) were higher. No other set has broken the 2 million pack production number. How Topps moves forward from here will be interesting. While there have not officially been any other announced sets for 2024, we know Chrome 7 will be coming this fall. Kids At Play are going to have to be discounted heavily in a few months. How will that play into future sets?

This is Part 1 of a 2 part series on the production of 2024 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids: GPK Kids At Play. In Part 2 we will look at production numbers for all parallel and insert sets. Part 2 will be posted soon.

Pre-Orders Start for Greenlight Garbage Pail Kids Series 7 Die-Cast Cars

Greenlight Collectibles continues full steam ahead with their GPK die-cast car sets. GPKWorld was first to report that 3000toys.com has preorders available and initial information up for their Series 7 Garbage Pail Kids Die-Cast cars. There are once again six cars to collect. There will also be limited Green Machine parallel versions randomly inserted into cases. Much like with Series 6, the company has only announced 5 of the 6 cars. The employee car with an original card has yet to be revealed. Here are the announced cars with their associated GPK card.

• Karate Kit – 1947 Ford Super De Luxe Convertible Club Coupe
• Waxed Zack – 1961 Volkswagen Type 3 Squareback with Roof Rack and Surfboards
• Ski Cliff – 1968 Ford Mustang Coupe with Trunk Mounted Ski Rack and Skis
• Dish Grace – 1976 Dodge B-100 with Roof Mounted Satellite Dish
• Sawyer Anything – 1977 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu Classic
• TBD

The cars can be preordered for $6.99 each or as a set for $39.99. Series 7 is set for a July/Aug arrival.

2024 Series 1 GPK Kids At Play Explained

The kids have to have some playtime! The first retail set of 2024 is dedicated to all types of games and activities involving Garbage Pail Kids. Once again the 200 card base set was done by artists David Gross, Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko, and Joe McWilliams. In sticking with recent tradition, Tom Bunk also did the art for one of the insert sets. After taking a set off, GPKs are returning to big box retailers like Target and Walmart. With it come additional box options. Targets and Walmarts will be stocked with the usual Value Boxes (Blasters). Those come in two versions, EA and SE, that are essentially the same odds wise. The popular Collector boxes return to hobby stores. Additionally, Topps is selling the 24 pack Retail Display box, that they also sell under the Hobby moniker. When Topps released the odds sheet on their website, they actually listed odds that were different on a handful of card types for Hobby and Retail display boxes. After some early research is does appear the boxes are the same, with the same SKUs and Package numbers. It will be tough to determine which set of odds is correct, or if both are accurate since the card types that are different have longer odds. GPKNews has reached out to Topps for clarification. That’s not the only thing that appears to be wrong with the odds sheet. Once again Green and Black odds are listed as 1:2, which is incorrect as those are 1 per pack. The odds for the Ill-Influencers insert set found in Blasters shows 1:6 on one Blaster type and 1:1 on the other. Neither of those are correct. Based on early break results it appears those are actually 1:3 for blaster packs. Finally, many of the “per box” odds are just incorrect. A lot of the parallels show as 1:1 per box, when it’s actually multiple per box. Also there are many card types like shaped sketch, that don’t match the pack odds. If the pack odds are correct then it’s 1:14 boxes, but per box odds are listed as 1:7. It’s too early to know which ones are correct and which ones are wrong. One final note, while base autos are not numbered this time around, artists have reported they signed /90 of each base auto. Those numbers are up from the previous set.

Based on some early math it appears this set is very heavily produced. It will be among the highest produced modern GPK sets. GPKNews will absorb a number of case breaks over the coming days. I’ll have much more on what odds are real in my production articles next week. To see the official Topps checklist click here. For now, here is what you can find, and where you can find it in 2024 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids GPK Kids At Play.

(Note: I will continue to update this post as new information comes to light and any new parallels/inserts are found.)

(Note: Many of the odds below came from Topps and are incorrect. I’ve adjusted some odds where it’s obvious.)

  • Base Set – 100a/b (200 Cards).
  • Parallel Sets – Same exact cards from the Base set, except with a different speckled color border.
    • Black Border (Collector) – 1:1 (200 Cards)
    • Blue Border /99 (Hobby/Retail Display) – 1:25 (200 Cards)
    • Red Border /75 (Collector) – 1:27 (200 Cards)
    • Fool’s Gold Border /50 (Hobby/Retail Display) – 1:300, (Collector) – 1:428, (Blaster) 1:566 (200 Cards)
    • Booger Green Border (Hobby/Retail Display/Blaster) – 1:1 (200 Cards)
    • Yellow Border (Blaster) – 1:5 (200 Cards)
    • Gray Border /199 (Hobby/Retail Display/Blaster) – 1:70, (Collector) 1:78 (200 Cards)
    • Printing Plates –1:1,594 (Collector), 1:14,856 (Hobby), 1:14,954 (Retail Display), 1:12,225 (Blaster) (400 total – 4 per artwork)
  • Insert Sets – All the various insert subsets that can be found in packs.
    • Wacky Packages Playthings – 1:24 – Collector (8 cards)
    • Let’s Get Physical – 1:3 – Retail Display/Hobby (5a/b – 10 Cards)
    • Ill-Influencers –1:3 – Blaster (10a/b – 20 cards)
    • Bored of Board Games – 1:24 – Collector (5a/b – 10 Cards)
    • Game Over! – 1:8 Collector (12a/b – 24 cards)
    • GPK TCG – 3 Per Box Topper Pack Collector (12 Cards)
    • GPK TCG Foilfractor 1/1 Collector – 1:32,536 (12 Cards)
    • GPK Parch Card /199 – 1:206 – Collector (5a/b – 10 Cards)
    • GPK Patch Card Green /150 – 1:273 Collector (5a/b – 10 Cards)
    • GPK Parch Card Blue /99 – 1:412 – Collector (5a/b – 10 Cards)
    • GPK Parch Card Red /75 – 1:544 – Collector (5a/b – 10 Cards)
    • GPK Parch Card Gold /50 – 1:816 – Collector (5a/b – 10 Cards)
    • GPK Parch Card Foilfractor 1/1 – 1:39,044 – Collector (5a/b – 10 Cards)
    • Artist Autograph /90 – 1:81 Collector, 1:615 Hobby/Retail Display, 1:614 Blaster,  (100 Total Cards – 1 per card artwork)
    • Fool’s Gold (Yellow) Artist Autograph /50 – 1:128 Collector, 1:1,184 Hobby, 1:969 Retail Display/Blaster  (100 Total Cards – 1 per card artwork)
    • Foilfractor Artist Autograph 1/1 – 1:6,298 Collector, 1:59,424 Hobby, 1:67,296 Retail Display, 1:48,898 Blaster  (100 Total Cards – 1 per card artwork)
    • Sketch Card – 1:632 Hobby, 1:249 Retail Display, 1:481 Blaster (3371 Total sketches, 68 Artists)
    • Panoramic Sketch Card – 1:6,111 Blaster (194 Total sketches, 68 Artists)
    • Loaded Puzzle Sketch Card – 1:3,531 Blaster (350 Total Sketches, 68 Artists)
    • Shaped Sketch – 1:344 – Collector (1134 Total Sketches, 68 Artists)
    • Triptych Sketch – 1:1,933 – Collector (202 Total Sketches, 68 Artists)

2024 Series 1 GPK Kids At Play Odds

Today marks the official release date for 2024 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids: GPK Kids At Play. Topps today revealed the pack odds for all pack types via their website. There are a few surprises on the odds sheet in additional the inconsistencies, Topps listed odds for both “Hobby” and “Retail Display”, historically those SKUs are exactly the same on the boxes. However, with this release the listed odds are slightly different for many of the tougher hits, while the parallels have the same odds. Are there actually two different SKUs this time? The odds sheet also shows odds for two Blasters, SE and EA. Those are nearly identical, with just slight differences in the toughest hits. The other surprise is the number of sketches for each sketch types listed on the odds sheet. Topps hasn’t revealed sketch numbers for years now. Finally, some of the odds already don’t make sense. Green parallel odds show 1:2 packs, which is not correct, as those are 1:1. Additionally, the per box odds for Greens show 1:1, which should be 24:1. Odds for Blue and Red parallels also do not seem to be correct based off of early breaks. The per pack odds conflict with the per box odds for those same parallels on the sell sheet. Many of the odds for the inserts are also appear to be incorrect. Based on some early calculations the print run is up significantly over 2023S2 InterGoolatic. That’s not a surprise as Blasters were added back into the production line this series. However, Topps didn’t adjust down production of Collector or Retail Display boxes. It would appear this set is heavily printed and will be one of the largest GPK sets ever produced. I’ll have a detailed article in the coming days looking at production of the set. Check out the odds for 2024S1 GPK Kids At Play below, or click here for the PDF of the odds from Topps.

  • Gray – 1:70 (Collector/Retail Display/Blaster) 1:78 (Hobby)
  • Yellow – 1:5 Blaster
  • Blue – 1:25 (Retail Display/Hobby)
  • Red – 1:27 (Collector)
  • Fool’s Gold – 1:300 (Retail Display/Hobby), 1:428 (Collector), 1:566 (Blaster)
  • Printing Plate – 1:14,954 (Retail Display) 1:14,856 (Hobby), 1:12,225 (Blaster) 1:1,594 (Collector)
  • Artist Autograph – 1:615 (Retail Display/Hobby)  1:614 (Blaster) 1:81 (Collector)
  • Fool’s Gold Autograph – 1:1,184 (Retail Display), 1:969 (Hobby), 1:970 (Blaster) 1:128 (Collector)
  • Foilfractor Autograph – 1:67,296 (Retail Display), 1:59,424 (Hobby), 1:48,898 (Blaster) 1:6,298 (Collector)
  • Let’s Get Physical – 1:3 (Retail Display)
  • Ill-Influencers – 1:6 (Blaster)
  • Wacky Packages: Playthings – 1:24 (Collector)
  • Game Over – 1:8 (Collector)
  • Bored of Board Games – 1:24 (Collector)
  • GPK “TCG” – 1:24 (Collector)
  • GPK “TCG” Foilfractor – 1:32,536 (Collector)
  • GPK Patch Card – 1:206 (Collector)
  • Green Patch – 1:273 (Collector)
  • Blue Patch – 1:412 (Collector)
  • Red Patch – 1:544 (Collector)
  • Fool’s Gold Patch – 1:816 (Collector)
  • Foilfractor Patch – 1:39,044 (Collector)
  • Sketch Card – 1:249 (Retail Display) 1:632 (Hobby), 1:481 (Blaster)
  • Puzzle Sketch Card – 1:5.057 (Blaster)
  • Panoramic Sketch Card – 1:6.111 (Blaster)
  • Shaped Sketch Card – 1:344 (Collector)
  • Triptych Sketch Card – 1:1,933 (Collector)

Topps Reveals Checklist for 2024 Series 1 GPK Kids At Play

The first big Garbage Pail Kids release of 2024 is almost here! Today Topps revealed the checklist for 2024 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Kids At Play. Once again the base set is comprised of 200 cards, 100 new pieces with a/b versions.

After taking the last set off, GPK cards will return to retail stores like Target and Walmart. More pack types mean the insert sets are spread out. No matter which configuration collectors purchase, there are a lot of inserts to collect. Retail Display (Hobby) boxes will have Tom Bunk’s Let’s Get Physical (10), while Blaster boxes will have the Ill-Influencers (20) insert set. Collector boxes will have a number of exclusive inserts; Game Over (24), Bored of Board Games (10), Wacky Packages: Playthings (8), GPK “TCG” (12), and GPK of America Patch Cards (10).

Once again, Joe Simko, Brent Engstrom, David Gross, and Joe McWilliams did all the base card art for the set. As with 2023S2, there will be three different artist autos inserted throughout all pack types; Base /90, Fool’s Gold /50, and Foilfractor 1/1. Base auto print run is up to /90 of each. While sketch artists don’t appear on the checklist, GPKNews can confirm there are 68 sketch artists that completed sketches for the set. This includes 5 making their GPK sketch debut. The list of sketch artists on the set are; David Acevedo, Simone Arena, Andy Artz, Ro Garcia Astorga, Robert Ball, Bobby Blakey, Neil Camera, Marion Carole Miller, Nik Castaneda, Chenduz, Slippa Chervascus, Tim Clinton, Dan Contois, Jasmine Contois, Sobot Cortez, Jeff Cox, Steve Crockett, Jason Crosby, Adam Dobrzeniecki, Rusty Gilligan (New Artist), Daniel Goodroad, Terry Gordon, Kelly Greider, Kimber Grobman, J Hammond, Robert Harris, Guy Holzer, Lowell Isaac, Robert Jimenez, Karl Jones, Debjit Kar (New Artist), Ricky Kipfer, Brandon Klein (New Artist), Eric Lassen, Aaron Laurich, Fox Layng, Dan Lydiate, Steve Martin, Julia McKenzie, Rory McQueen, Eric Medina, Chris Meeks, Lily Mercado, Rich Molinelli, Victor Moreno, Nik Muggli, Erik Muller, Barry Nygma, Justin Olson, Mark Parisi, Tim Parsons (New Artist), Darrin Pepe, Jean Pierre, Anthony Pietszak (New Artist), Cathy Razim, Paul Reynolds, Eddie Rhodes III, Rich Rios, Lee Rumball, Chad Scheres, Brent Scotchmer, Brandhen Snyder, Mike Stephens, Greg Tilson, Greg Trieze, Gavin Williams, Clinton Yeager, and Ziggy.

You can find the checklist for 2024 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids GPK Kids At Play here. The kids officially hit the playground this Friday, 2/16/24.

Topps Launches 2024 Garbage Pail Kids Putrid Poetry

Love is in the air! Topps today launched their first online set of the year, 2024 Garbage Pail Kids Putrid Poetry. This year’s set contains 21 base cards, 10 new pieces with a/b versions, and a checklist card. Each set purchased comes with 29 cards. In addition to the base set, collectors will receive 3 Red Heart parallels (Die-Cut), 1 Chocolate Fingerprint parallel, 2 Putrid Poem inserts, 1 C Name, and either 1 Foil or 1 Sketch or 1 Relic. The Foils are available in Rainbow /25 (1:6) and Gold /50 (1:3). There are three total relic cards (1:10), and also a card by Ermsy limited to 1:5. Sketch odds are listed as 1:2.5 boxes. There are a total of 26 artists that did sketches for the set. Included are three artists making their GPK debut. Here is the list of artists with the number of sketches they completed. Eric Lassen (50), Cesar Lopez (New Artist) (70), Steve Crockett (60), Kimber Grobman (60), Barry Nibert (50), Eric Medina (70), Neil Camera, Carmen Santa Ferrara (New Artist) (50), Darrin Pepe (60), Jasmine Contois (70), Brandhen Snyder (60), Aaron Laurich (50), Barry Nygma (40), David Acevedo (70), Nik Castaneda (50), Eric Muller (50), Chad Scheres (60), Victor Moreno (70), Tim Clinton (50), Marion Miller (70), Albert Collado (40), Roobeeo (50), Kasey O’Rourke (New Artist) (15), Chenduz (70), Greg Trieze (60), and Simone Arena (60). This article will be updated as more information becomes available. Topps is raising the price this year of the set. Each set can be purchased for $44.99. Shipping is free when choosing the economy option. There is no time limit on the sale. Here are pictures of some of the cards from the set.

Topps Teases 2024 Garbage Pail Kids Putrid Poetry

Topps yearly dedication to love is upon us. Today via their social platforms, Topps started teasing this year’s Valentine’s set, 2024 Garbage Pail Kids Putrid Poetry. Nothing is revealed about the set except for a new card of Ashley Can eating her box of chocolates fresh from the garbage. As is tradition, collectors can expect sketch cards to be randomly inserted into sets. Putrid Poetry is scheduled to launch on Topps.com this Thursday, 2/8/24.

Topps Shares Box/Pack Art for 2024S1 Garbage Pail Kids: Kids At Play

We are just two weeks away from the release of the next Garbage Pail Kids retail set, 2024 Series 1 GPK Kids At Play. Topps today shared with GPKNews the box and pack art for the Collector’s Box. Both the box and pack contain new art with a gag based on a popular kids block set. The pack or box don’t reveal any other info about the set. After being pushed back a couple of weeks, 2024S1 Kids At Play is set to release 2/16/24.

Jago Studios Announces the End of GPK: The Game

Garbage Pail Kids: The Game is no more. Jago Studios, the company behind the GPK mobile game, announced today via their social channels that the game would be discontinued. The game was removed effective today from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. The company announced current players would be able to continue to play the game until its final shutdown on 3/31/24.

The game garnered some excitement from collectors as it was the first licensed video game featuring GPKs. However, after launching in 2019, the company quickly stopped fixing bugs and updating the game. This led to the majority of original players to stop playing. The game however made a comeback one year later with a relaunch in 2020. The company has been continuing to launch new content within the game since then. The game was able to create a small but loyal following who’s dedicated players will miss.