The comic series that shows the world just how the Garbage Pail Kids met the Madballs continues with their second issue. Dynamite Entertainment has posted the preview for Madballs vs. Garbage Pail Kids Slime Again Issue #2. The preview for this issue reads, “Arrrh, mateys! Weigh anchor for horrible hijinks on the high seas as the Madballs set sail for a pirate adventure with Skullface on their flag and…well, never mind what’s on the poop deck. Plus: Italy in the 16th Century: The Sistine Chapel needs a paint job…and the GPK and Madballs both want the gig! There’s only one way to choose: a no-holds-barred paint-off!” The comic is written by Sholly Frisch with all the artwork by Jason Crosby. Covers for this issue are being done by Crosby, Joe Simko, and a fight poster done by Ken Haeser. There will be more variant and exclusive covers announced. The comics can be preordered now wherever comics are sold. Issue #2 is scheduled to hit comic stores on 3/15/23.
When future collectors look back at 2022 perhaps what will be most remembered are the giant increases in production for Garbage Pail Kids sets. Or maybe collectors are going to remember continued delays, followed by multiple releases at a fast and furious pace. Regardless, 2022 was another eventful year in GPK. Retail sets continued to see delays throughout the first half of 2022. Once again 2021 Vacation did not see production during the year, frustrating many collectors. Topps did release 2022 Book Worms and 2021 Chrome 4 in the second half of the year, (2022 Chrome 5 was also released on 12/23, but was too late to be included in the awards ballot.) When Topps finally released the sets, the result was an increase in production unlike anything seen in the GPK world in the last decade plus. Online sets saw a steady stream of releases during the year, that only increased in number in the last quarter of the year. Sales overall remained strong for online sets, with average print runs higher than ever before. Its clear demand and popularity of the GPK brand continues to increase year of year.
GPK licensed merchandise started returning to normal after more delays in 2021. Many products still saw delays in 2022, but it’s clear companies have gotten a better handle on production delays and release dates. The highlight of GPK merchandise was a GPK video game from iam8bit. The 8-bit old school video game showed collectors what should have been back in the mid-1980’s. GetAGrip continued a year full of very popular skateboard releases. While dolls of all types from plush, to bag clips, to vinyl all saw releases with original GPK classic figures the focus for licensees. Book publisher’s also had highlights with Abrams calendar and cookbook, and Simon & Schuster GPK tarot book, and Dynamite comics being popular items.
2022 started out slow, but by the end of the year collector’s wallets were left empty with numerous retail, online, and merchandise releases. Let’s take a look back at what stood out in 2022 for Garbage Pail Kids. It’s time for the 6th annual 2022 GPKNews.com Best of GPK Awards! Winners have been selected by the editor of GPKNews.com in seven categories, (NFT Set of the year and Rookie Sketch Artist was not awarded in 2022 due to limited options). Additionally, a Reader’s Choice winner was also named in each category. Readers of GPKNews were able to vote in a poll on GPKNews’ Facebook page in mid-December. On some awards there is agreement, while others vary in opinion. Let the debate begin! It’s time to celebrate the best in GPKs for 2022!
And the winners are…
2022 GPK Retail Set of the Year
Winner: 2022S1 GPK Book Worms
Reader’s Choice: 2021 GPK Chrome OS 4
There were two retail sets for collectors to collect in 2022. Most collectors like their shiny cards, and that was still the case as Chrome 4 won the Reader’s Choice voting. However, Chrome 4 was marked by multiple spelling and editing errors throughout the set. This is one of the reasons why 2022S1 GPK Book Worms is the Retail Set of the Year. Collectors had been waiting nearly a year and a half for a retail release. The artists delivered with one of the better sets top to bottom for artwork and gags. Even if you weren’t an avid reader, the subject matter was easy to understand and the new artwork was once again top notch. (Note: Chrome 5 was released too late in the year to be considered in this year’s awards.) Honorable mention: 2021 Chrome OS 4.
2022 Online GPK Set of the Year
Winner: Oh the Horror-ible Expansion Set (1-6)
Reader’s Choice: 2022 GPK Sapphire (OS3 & OS4)
Topps took some new chances in 2022 with online offerings. The sets that sold the most were the sets that were not favored by GPK collectors, but instead resonated with other groups of collectors. Ermsy Entertainment Blend, GPK x MLB, and Taste Buds all set high sales marks, but were preferred by either fans of the artists involved, baseball collectors, or family members of breweries. Once again collectors choose shiny cards, and went with 2022 Sapphire for the Reader’s Choice winner. GPKNews however is picking the Oh the Horror-ible Expansion Set (1-6) for Online Set of the Year. Horror themed cards will forever be a favorite of GPK collectors. The artists once again nailed the artwork and gags with the sets being some of the most popular of the year. Honorable mention: 2022 GPK Sapphire (OS3 & OS4), Complexland Skateboard Deck Stickers, We Hate the 80’s Expansion Set (1-6), Valentine’s Day Disgusting Dating.
2022 Non-Traditional Set of the Year
Winner: Topps International Trading Card Day
Reader’s Choice: Topps International Trading Card Day
2022 also saw Topps take some chances with the brand and offer sets in different scenarios other than traditional stores or online. That’s why we have this new category this year. There were a number of sets only available at Cons or in hobby stores this year. Some were free, others could be purchased. None saw collectors spend more money on gas this year than the Non-Traditional Set of the Year Winner, Topps International Trading Card Day. For the first time, GPK was included in this yearly event. Collectors visiting their local hobby store could score a free pack of GPK cards. This set caught the imagination of collectors as prices initially soared for unopened packs and cards, before the realization of the production set in. It was a fun few weeks, as collectors traded to complete their sets. Honorable mention: ComplexCon California Takeover, Adam Bomb Mis-Fortune Telling Machine, SDCC Scavenger Hunt.
2022 Topps GPK Licensee of the Year
Reader’s Choice: GetAGrip Skateboards
Another hotly contested vote this year for Licensee of the Year. iam8bit is this year’s winner for their 8-bit GPK Video Game, Mad Mike and the Quest for Stale Gum. From the teaser video, to the game play, and even selling an actually NES cartridge of the game, iam8bit excelled at how to promote a brand and make a high quality product. Collectors were immediately brought back to the mid-80’s in what should have been created then. Meanwhile Reader’s Choice winner, GetAGrip continued to be popular with collectors for their skateboard decks, wheels, and general GPK merchandise. Honorable mention: GetAGrip, Dynamite Entertainment, GPK Nation, Abrams Books, Simon & Schuster.
2022 Sketch Artist of the Year
Winner: Chris Meeks
Reader’s Choice: David Acevedo
For the first time there is a back to back winner. This year’s GPK Sketch Artist of the Year is once again Chris Meeks. There were not a lot of chances for artists to shine this year. With only one retail set, and three online sets some artists saw more opportunities than others. When it’s all said and done though, Chris Meeks really dominated this category this year. His level of detail in pack inserted, online, and returns really made his work stand out. Some Meeks returns sold at prices only previously seen in final card artwork. With Pat Chaimuang not doing GPK sketches in 2022, it opened up the Reader’s Choice award. After a lot of online promotion, David Acevedo beat out a number of other talented artists in a close vote for the reader’s favorite. Honorable mention: David Acevedo, Eric Medina, Mike Stephens, Jasmine Contois, and Greg “13” Treize.
2022 GPK Artist of the Year
Winner: David Gross
Reader’s Choice: David Gross
For the third straight year, David Gross is the GPKNews Artist of the Year. Gross also won the Reader’s vote in a landslide. Once again his gag writing really is where he shines year after year. There were nearly two dozen gags in Book Worms and the online expansion sets that could have been considered for card of the year. Another great year for new GPK artwork! Honorable mention: Rory McQueen, Joe Simko, Brent Engstrom.
2022 GPK Card of the Year
Winner: Adam Book (Book Worms 72a Artist/Concept Brent Engstrom)
Reader’s Choice: Adam Book (Book Worms 72a Artist/Concept Brent Engstrom)
Every year there are so many great choices for Card of the Year. 2022 was no exception, and the voting by readers showed. There were three cards that fought neck and neck all week in readers’ voting. Adam Book barely edged out Jabbed Jack and Adam Bomb Skateboard Sticker to win. We agree, as the card of the Year goes to Brent Engstrom’s Adam Book card from Book Worms. Collector’s may complain they are tired of seeing Adam Bomb, but that’s just not the case in voting or popularity of cards. Jabbed Jack was strongly considered as well, as the gag, (How did a Disney gag get approved!?), and art were excellent. Honorable mention: Jabbed Jack, Adam Bomb Skateboard Sticker, Beetle Julie, Joking Jack, Sapphire Steve.
There was once a time GPK collectors had to wait six years in between Chrome releases. Topps has that down to 4 months now. After releasing Chrome OS 4 in August, collectors now get 2022 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 5 as a Christmas present. This puts Topps back on their regular schedule for GPK chrome releases, after seeing delays the last couple of years due to Covid, paper, and printer shortages. This Chrome release highlights the original series 5 release back in 1986. The base set contains 100 cards. All 80 original cards, 167a/b-206a/b appear in the set. The original release contained puzzle back variations, that do not appear in the Chrome release. There are also 20 all new cards done by artists David Gross, Joe Simko, Brent Engstrom, Joe McWilliams, and Neil Camera. Topps however, in a major shift from before, did not number the new cards with the AN# format. Instead, the new cards continue with the regular set numbers 207a/b-216a/b. Topps currently has another GPK Chrome set on the calendar for 2023. If that set is OS 6 then the numbering scheme will turn out to be very confusing for collectors.
The main selling point for a lot of collectors are the parallel cards. This release contains the same chrome parallels found in Chrome 4. Topps however did make changes to the exclusive parallels they advertised on the Chrome 5 sell sheets. Hobby box exclusive parallels are Red, Orange, and Black Wave Refractors. Blaster boxes appear to just have Black and Atomic Refractors as exclusive. Gold refractors were moved from being blaster exclusives to being available in all pack types. It appears there are a number of regular Refractors that were not stamped with “Refractor” on the back. So far, numerous examples of unstamped Refractors exist with cards 179a, 193a, 193b, 204a, 204b, and 209a. There are 22 autos in the set. Tom Bunk signed all 12 cards he painting in the OS 5 set, while all 10 new cards were signed by their respective artists. For Chrome 5 autos there is no a or b number, just one card number for each one. However, some of the artists have reported they signed cards with different puzzle backs for their cards. So there may be variation auto cards in packs. There are also No Blue Ink short print variations listed on packs, however as of this writing none have surfaced. **Update: Hours after this article went live the first No Blue Ink short print surfaced.**
Perhaps the biggest error Topps made with this release was on the pack wrappers. Nearly all the odds on all pack types appear to be incorrect. What is printed on the packs and what is actually coming out are drastically different. For Hobby odds, parallels are dropping at about 1/2 the rate of the odds. Case break examples are averaging 2-3 parallels per box, where the pack odds say there should be 4-5 per box. Blaster boxes are the exactly opposite. The odds printed on the packs are so inflated that collectors should only be pulling 2-3 total parallels for a 40 box case. Thankfully, that isn’t the case as real life examples show 20+ parallels per case. Hanger odds are also equally inflated, although more real life examples are needed to confirm. Odds for the exclusive parallels, refractors, Atomics, and C cards are the only ones that seem to have a chance at being correct for all pack types.
So, what does this mean for production? It appears production is up quite a bit from the already inflated Chrome 4, but by just how much? This set is going to be the toughest to try to determine productions numbers. There will need to be multiple real life case break examples to see trends before production assumptions can be made. GPKNews will dig into this with a production article once enough examples exist. To see the official Topps checklist click here. For now here is what you can find and where you can find it in 2022 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 5.
(Note: I will continue to update this post as new information comes to light and any new parallels/inserts are found.)
(Note #2: Most of the odds listed below are incorrect.)
- Base Set – (100 Cards).
- OS 5 167a/b – 206a/b (80 Cards)
- New Art 207a/b-216a/b (20 Cards)
- Parallel Sets – Same exact cards from the Base set, except with a different color border or background pattern.
- Refractor – 1:3 Hobby/Blaster/Hanger (100 Cards)
- Atomic Refractor – 1:2 Blaster (100)
- Green Refractor /299 – 1:757 – Blaster Pack, 1:1,152 – Hanger, 1:42 – Hobby (100 Cards)
- Green Wave Refractor /299 – 1:757 – Blaster Pack, 1:1,152 – Hanger, 1:42 – Hobby (100 Cards)
- Yellow Refractor /275 – 1:824 – Blaster Pack, 1:1,253 – Hanger,1:45 – Hobby (100 Cards)
- Yellow Wave Refractor /275 – 1:824 – Blaster Pack, 1,1253 – Hanger, 1:45 – Hobby (100 Cards)
- Purple Refractor /250 – 1:1,268 – Blaster Pack, 1:808 – Hanger, 1:49 – Hobby (100 Cards)
- Purple Wave Refractor /250 – 1:1,268 – Blaster Pack, 1:808 Hanger, 1:49 – Hobby (100 Cards)
- Prism Refractor /199 – 1:1,139 – Blaster Pack, 1:1,731 – Hanger, 1:62 – Hobby (100 Cards)
- Prism Aqua Refractor /199 – 1:1,139 – Blaster Pack, 1:1,731 – Hanger, 1:62 – Hobby (100 Cards)
- X-Fractor /150 – 1:1,511 – Blaster Pack, 1:2,297 – Hanger, 1:82 – Hobby (100 Cards)
- Black Refractor /99 – 1:186 – Blaster (100 Cards)
- Black Wave Refractor /99 – 1:107 – Hobby (100 Cards)
- Gold Refractor /50 – 1:6,374 – Blaster Pack, 1:4,024 – Hanger, 1:248 – Hobby (100 Cards)
- Rose Gold Refractor /25 –1:9,082 – Blaster Pack, 1:13,735 – Hanger, 1:496 – Hobby (100 Cards)
- Orange Refractor /75 – 1:141 – Hobby (100 Cards)
- Red Refractor /5 – 1:2,095 – Hobby (100 Cards)
- Superfractor 1/1 – 1:78,947 – Blaster Pack, 1:35,917 – Hanger, 1:12,406 – Hobby (100 Cards)
- Printing Plates – 1:1,382 – Blaster Pack, 1:52,653 – Hanger, 1:3,101 – Hobby (800 Total Plates – 4 per card A & B)
- Insert Sets – All the various insert subsets that can be found in packs.
- C Name Variations – 1:100 Hobby/Blaster/Hanger (50 Cards)
- No Blue Ink Short Print – 1:1,986 Hobby/Blaster/Hanger (50 Cards)
- Artist Autograph /50 – 1: 457 – Blaster Pack, 1:1,391 Hanger, 1:1,392 Hobby (22 Cards – 167a, 174a, 175a, 178a, 180a, 181a, 183a, 184a, 185a, 187a, 189a, 206a, 207a, 208a, 209a, 210a, 211a, 212a, 213a, 214a, 215a, 216a)
Topps today revealed the remaining print runs for Garbage Pail Kids 2022 Was the Worst cards #7-#10. It appears Swifties showed up in full force, while sales for the remaining calls fizzled out. Card #7, Hammy Burgler, sold 1,108, card #8, Swift Revenge sold 1,791, card #9, Oinking Owen, sold 920, and card #10, Hooked Heidi sold 923 copies. The Swift card was the second best selling of the set. The final two cards were the only ones not to crack four digits, possibly due to sales being so close to Christmas. This does it for 2022 releases. Collectors might have to wait a few weeks for the next online release, as the first expansion set of 2023 won’t launch in early January as originally expected.
Sales of the GPK individual worst cards continue to stay strong. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids 2022 Was the Worst cards #5-#6. Card #5, Protesting Patti sold 1,247 copies, while card #6, Treasure Hunter sold 1,265 copies. Those numbers are right in line with the previous day’s sales. It appears after the Elon card the sales have settles into a consistent number. Just four more cards to report sales one for this year’s set.
The worst is over! Today marks the final day of Garbage Pail Kids celebrating all the worst of 2022z Topps today launched 2022 Garbage Pail Kids: 2022 Was the Worst card #9-#10. Cards are being sold individually two per day for this set. Todays cards are #9, Oinking Owen, and #10, Hooked Heidi. Each order also has a 1:5 chance at an unhappy face parallel card. Each card can be purchased for $9.99, or in a lot of 5 for $29.99, 10 for $49.99, or 20 for $79.99. Shipping is free when choosing the Economy/SmartPost option. The set will be available for 24 hours on Topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here are the pictures of today’s cards.
After the second day, sales remain strong for Worst set of the year. Today Topps revealed the print run for Garbage Pail Kids 2022 Was the Worst cards #3-#4. Sales for card #3, Yeet Pete, were 1,258. Sales of card #4, Artifcial Art, were 1,127. While sales were down considerably from the first two cards, those totals remain very strong for individual GPK sales. How will the rest of the week play out?
The best of the worst from 2022 continues. Topps today launched 2022 Garbage Pail Kids: 2022 Was the Worst card #7-#8. Cards are being sold individually two per day for this set. The entire set should feature 10 cards. Todays cards are #7, Hammy Burgled, and #8, Swift Revenge. Each order also has a 1:5 chance at an unhappy face parallel card. Each card can be purchased for $9.99, or in a lot of 5 for $29.99, 10 for $49.99, or 20 for $79.99. Shipping is free when choosing the Economy/SmartPost option. The set will be available for 24 hours on Topps.com. Topps will reveal the print run at the end of the sale. Here are the pictures of today’s cards.
Fresh off the Hobby odds surfacing today, we now also are starting to see the retail odds for 2022 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 5. Thanks to Clint Coleman from GPK and Wacky Warehouse for the pictures of the Blaster odds! While the Hobby odds were very close to Chrome 4, the Blaster odds are way off, and almost all of them don’t make sense. For most of the non-exclusive parallels the odds are 8x-9x higher compared to Chrome 4. The odds equate to only a couple of parallels per case. So far, based on the first case Clint is opening, the odds don’t appear to be accurate. Odds for the exclusive Black refractors, autos, plates, C cards, and No Blue Ink short print cards appear to be more reasonable. Gold parallels, which were suppose to be exclusive to retail products as listed on both Hobby and Blaster packs. GPKNews will have much more on the odds and production in the coming days once people bust blaster cases.
Card Giants has Hanger boxes posted on their website for sale. The odds are very high on those as well, even higher than Blaster packs. Hopefully the odds are incorrect like they are on Blasters too. As expected there are no exclusive parallels available in Hanger packs. Here are the Retail odds for Chrome OS 5.
2022 GPK Chrome OS 5 Blaster Pack Odds
- Refractor 1:3
- Atomic Refractor 1:2
- Green Refractor 1:757
- Green Wave Refractor 1:757
- Yellow Refractor 1:824
- Yellow Wave Refractor 1:824
- Purple Refractor 1:1,268
- Purple Wave Refractor 1:1,268
- Prism Refractor 1:1,139
- Prism Aqua Refractor 1:1,139
- X-Fractor 1:1,511
- Black Refractor 1:186
- Gold Refractor 1:6,374
- Rose Gold Refractor 1:9,082
- Superfractor 1:78,947
- Printing Plate 1:1,382
- Artist Autograph 1:457
- C Name Variation 1:100
- No Blue Ink Short Print 1:1,986
2022 GPK Chrome OS 5 Hanger Pack Odds
- Refractor 1:3
- Green Refractor 1:1,152
- Green Wave Refractor 1:1,152
- Yellow Refractor 1:1,253
- Yellow Wave Refractor 1:1.253
- Purple Refractor 1:808
- Purple Wave Refractor 1:808
- Prism Refractor 1:1,731
- Prism Aqua Refractor 1:1,731
- X-Fractor 1:2,297
- Gold Refractor 1:4.024
- Rose Gold Refractor 1:13,735
- Superfractor 1:35,917
- Printing Plate 1:52,653
- Artist Autograph 1:1,391
- C Name Variation 1:100
- No Blue Ink Short Print 1:1,986
It’s a Christmas miracle! Despite the release of GPK Chrome 5 still being two days away, boxes started showing up in collectors hands today. Thanks to collector Kyle Ber for sending along pictures of the Hobby odds. In a surprise, odds for Gold Refractors appear on the hobby wrappers. Golds were announced as a retail exclusive, so it will be interesting to see if Golds are indeed found in Hobby Packs. With three types different types of SKUs being offered this time, we will need to wait for retail odds before knowing the full production numbers. However, the numbers line up very similar to the odds for Chrome 4 Hobby. I’ll have much more with a details production article in the coming days. Here are the Hobby pack odds for 2022 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 5.
2022 GPK Chrome OS 5 Hobby Pack Odds
- Refractor 1:3
- Green Refractor 1:42
- Green Wave Refractor 1:42
- Yellow Refractor 1:45
- Yellow Wave Refractor 1:45
- Purple Refractor 1:49
- Purple Wave Refractor 1:49
- Prism Refractor 1:62
- Prism Aqua Refractor 1:62
- X-Fractor 1:82
- Black Wave Refractor 1:107
- Orange Refractor 1:141
- Gold Refractor 1:248
- Rose Gold Refractor 1:496
- Red Refractor 1:2,095
- Superfractor 1:12,406
- Printing Plate 1:3,101
- Artist Autograph 1:1,392
- C Name Variation 1:100
- No Blue Ink Short Print 1:1,986