We are inching oh so close to finally seeing the release that collectors have been waiting a year and a half for. With less than one week to go, Topps has released the checklist for 2023 Series 1 (2021S2) Garbage Pail Kids GPK Goes on Vacation. The base set iscontains 200 cards, 100 new paintings in a/b versions.
There are a number of insert sets, most of them exclusive to a certain pack type. Artist Tom Bunk returns with his own insert set called, Famous Landmarks. This 10 card set can be found in Retail Display (Hobby) boxes. The 10 card Pack Your Bags – Wacky Packages insert set can be found exclusive in Collector boxes. Collector boxes are also the only place to find the 49 card State Quarter Relics insert set. (Note: The checklist only shows 49 states, with Wyoming missing. According to Topps Wyoming was a late removal from the set.) All retail packs are suppose to share the 20 card Don’t Make Me Pull this Car Over insert set. The 8 card Bumper Sticker insert set is the same set that was called Travel Posters on the sell sheet. Those cards were scheduled to be Blaster box exclusives. For the first time, Topps has revealed the employee Short Print cards. There are 9 total in the set, that can be found in all pack types. The rare employee cards first appeared in the 35th anniversary set. Collector boxes are suppose to also have a luggage tag in each box, but those do not appear on the checklist.
Once again the four final card artists, Joe Simko, Brent Engstrom, David Gross, and Smokin Joe McWilliams did all the cards in the set, and their autographs can be found in packs numbered to /75. The autograph checklist is missing three cards, 19 (Artie of Massage), 66 (Absconding Abby), and 100 (Water Fallon) are missing. There are 58 artists that appear on the sketch card checklist for the set. You can find the official checklist for 2023 Series 1 (2021S2) Garbage Pail Kids GPK Goes on Vacation in PDF form here.
We are just two days away from the scheduled release of the next GPK Sapphire set. Today, Topps released the checklist for 2022 Garbage Pail Kids Sapphire. This marks the second Sapphire release in the past four months, and allows Topps to continue to catch up on past planned sets. Topps is changing thIngs up with this new release. The checklist contains the same 100 cards from Chrome OS 5. The set features all original OS 5 cards plus the 10 new pieces (20 cards) done by current artists for the recently released Chrome OS 5 set. This is the first time a GPK Sapphire set is focused on one series. No other information has been released by Topps including pricing, parallels, or odds. Distribution could very well be changing for this release. Previously, Montgomery Club members received first crack at GPK Sapphire boxes. However, this time may be different. Topps is playing catch-up throughout January with multiple Sapphire brands. So far none have been offered to Montgomery Club members first. The 2022 Club has ended, and 2023 members were only promised 2023 labeled sets. So Topps has been going with just public releases so far this month with Sapphire sets. Collectors can view the checklist here. Expect a rush of buyers to be ready to go when 2022 Garbage Pail Kids Sapphire launches 1/27/23.
Christmas isn’t the only thing that’s a week away. One week from today is the release date for the next Chrome GPK release. Today, Topps revealed the checklist for 2022 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 5. This is the second GPK chrome release in the past four months. The set follows the familiar formula of reprinting an OS set, while adding some all new artwork. The base set consists of 100 cards, 80 from OS 5, (40 originals with a/b versions) and 20 new cards, (10 new pieces with a/b versions). Artists Joe Simko, Brent Engstrom, David Gross, Joe McWilliams, and Neil Camera all did two new cards for the set. In a strange move the checklist shows the new cards are not numbered “AN1a/b”, instead the numbering continues at 207a/b-216a/b. This will be super confusing if Topps releases Chrome OS 6 next year. There are also 50 “C” name cards, one for each painting in the set, that will be randomly inserted into packs. These feature brand new names for the existing artwork.
The popular artist autographs are back again. There are a total of 22 autographs in the set. Original Series artist Tom Bunk signed all the “a” names for the 12 cards he painted in the set. Artist John Pound did not sign cards for the set. The 10 All New cards were also signed by their respective artists. Auto cards are numbered /50 for this release. There is also 50 No Blue Ink Short Prints listed on the checklist, one for each card in the set. You can check out the complete checklist here. 2022 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 5 is set to be released 12/23/22.
Topps today released the checklist for 2021 Garbage Pail Kids Sapphire. Yes, yea it’s being labeled as a 2021 set. Just over a week ago, the release showed up on Topps release calendar for 9/21/22.. The follow up set, to the hugely popular initial Sapphire release, features cards from OS 3 & OS 4. Additionally, Topps has added the 4 additional “B” name cards to push the set total to 170 cards. No other information has been released by Topps including pricing, parallels, or odds. Distribution also isn’t clear. It’s unknown if Montgomery Club members will get first crack at pre-sales tomorrow, 9/20, or if the the sale will be public only on 9/21. You can click here to see the official 2021 Garbage Pail Kids Sapphire checklist. GPKNews will have more information when it’s released.
We are just one week away from the next chrome GPK release. Today, Topps revealed the checklist for 2021 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 4. The set was originally suppose to launch in Nov. 2021, but was delayed like many other Topps sets the last two years. Like previous Chrome releases, this set reprints the OS 4 set in shiny thicker card stock. The base checklist consists of 100 cards, 88 from OS 4 (42 originals with a/b versions) and 12 new cards (6 new pieces with a/b versions). Artists Joe Simko, David Gross, and Brent Engstrom each did two new paintings for the set. In a bit of a surprise cards 125b, 149a, 158b, and 164b, are listed twice on the checklist. Both the original “famous” name, and the changed name versions will be in the set. There are also 48 “C” name cards, one for each painting in the set, that will be randomly inserted into packs. These feature brand new names for the existing artwork.
Chrome sets are primarily known for their numerous parallel cards of the base sets instead of insert sets. This release is no exception as there are no new insert sets to collect. However, the popular artist autographs return. There are a total of 23 autographs in the set. Original series artists Tom Bunk signed all the “a” and “b” names for the 9 cards he painted for the set (158b has autos for both name versions). Artists John Pound and David Burke did not sign cards for the set. Due to a printing error by Topps, the only new cards have autos are the two pieces by Brent Engstrom. You can check out the complete checklist here. 2021 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome OS 4 is set to be released 8/24/22.
We are one week away from the release of the first GPK retail set in 17 months. Today Topps revealed the checklist for 2022 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Book Worms. GPK retail sets have been delayed due to printer and sticker/card stock shortages due to Covid and increased demand in the trading card industry. The base set is listed on the checklist as 1-100 with only one column of names. GPKNews is checking with Topps to see if the “B” names were left off in error, or if base set is only 100 cards. **Update: B cards exist based on an early box break this evening.** The checklist also shows a 32 piece puzzle, and 6 9-card character name puzzles. These are the puzzles for the back of the cards.
There are of course plenty of inserts that are exclusive to different pack types. Although due to sticker stock shortages, Topps cancelled Value Box (Blasters) from the series, eliminating the GPK Gets Graphic insert set. That artwork may find life in the future as part of a different offering. Retail Display packs are being made, and will be the place to find the 10 card Author’s of Their Own Misfortune insert set with artwork done by Tom Bunk. According to the checklist the Gross Adaptations insert set might be found in multiple pack types. The insert set is listed as 25 cards, 1-15 are separated from 16-20, which are labeled as a Walmart MB Exclusive, while 21-25 are labeled as a Walmart MB Toy Aisle exclusive. It appears there might be two different types of Mega Boxes offered at Walmart, while the first 15 cards of the set are available in multiple pack types. The ever popular Collector packs have a number of inserts; 8 card Wacky Package Prose (1 per box), 5 card Book Marked! (1 per box), and the 10 card GPK Patch Card insert set. The Iron-on patches advertised on the sell sheet do not appear in the checklist.
Topps had the four final card artists; Joe Simko, Brent Engstrom, David Gross, and Joe McWilliams sign autos once again for the set. However, the number of autos signed increased tremendously. Each artist signed 170 autos per card(!), 160 for pack insertion, and 10 for replacements. In a change, the autos were not numbered on the card when received by the artists. It’s not known if Topps decided to insert all the autos into the product, given Value boxes were cancelled. Topps did not include an official sketch card artist checklist. GPKNews is working to try to obtain the official list. In the meantime, GPKNews has confirmed 59 sketch artists, with one being new to GPK. Those numbers could change with the release of the product. You can find the official checklist for 2022 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Book Worms in PDF form here.
Update: Topps shared with GPKNews the official sketch artist list for the set. In total there are 60 artists, with 9 being first time GPK artists. The artist checklist can be found here.
We are just one week away from the release of the first retail GPK set of 2021. Today Topps released the checklist for 2021 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Food Fight. The base set contains 200 cards, 100 new paintings in a/b versions. Numbering for the set continues the recent trend of 1-100a/b.
As is always the case, there are a number of insert sets all exclusive to different pack types. All four final card artists did work on each insert set for this series. This time Tops has changed up the set size on some of the insert sets. The You Are What You Ear insert set, can be found in Retail Display packs and contains 10 cards. Celebrity Chef insert cards can be found 3 per Refrigerator Tin, with the set having a total of 16 cards. The Cereal Aisle insert cards, which show GPKs as cereal mascots, come 2 per Fat Pack and have a total of 24 cards in the set. Collector boxes will feature a number of exclusive insert sets. GPK Food Wacky Packages come one per Collector box with a total of 10 cards in the set. Each Collector box will also contain a separate pack with 2 mini magnets. The magnets look to be reprints of past food related GPKs, there are a total of 24 magnets to collect. Finally, patches return with the Wacky Packages Patch Card 10 card set.
The four final card artists, Joe Simko, Brent Emgstrom, David Gross, and Smokin Joe McWilliams did all the cards in the set, and their autographs can be found in packs numbered to /80. For the first time in a while Topps did not include the official sketch artist checklist. So far GPK News has confirmed 59 artists, including nine first time GPK artists, but those numbers could change with the release. So far this is an increase of seven from the 35th set. You can find the official checklist for 2021 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Food Fight in PDF form here.
Better late than never! Despite cards showing up on store shelves this past weekend, today Topps finally released the checklist for the set. The base set contains the original 82 cards from OS 3, (41 with a/b versions). In addition there are 18 new cards, (9 with a/b versions). David Gross, Joe Simko, and Joe McWilliams did two new chrome themed paintings for the set, while Brent Engstrom did three. The checklist also shows there are 50 “C” name variations, one for each card, that can randomly be found in packs. There are also artist autographs from Tom Bunk, Gross, Simko, Engstrom, and McWilliams. Topps previously said they were unable to get John Pound to sign cards for the set. You can check out the complete checklist here. GPK Chrome 3 is set to officially release 12/2/20.
With just one week to go before the delayed release date, Topps has released the checklist for 2020 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary set. As promised on the sell sheets, the base set contains 200 cards, 100 new paintings in a/b versions. Subsets are back for this set, however Topps kept the numbering 1-100a/b. The subsets are; All Grown Up (1-20a/b), Snot Another Anniversary (21-30a/b), 135th Anniversary Flash Forward (31-55a/b), 35 Years of GPK (56-90a/b), and Battle of the Decades (91-100a/b).
All the advertised insert sets are also on the checklist and closely use the same structure as the 2020S1 Back to School set. The Fan Favorites (Original art) insert set contains 20 cards, (1-10a/b), and come 2 per Fat Pack. These characters were decided based on voting a few months ago held by Topps. The Midlife Crisis (Simko/Engstrom) insert set is also 20 cards, (1-10a/b), and come 3 per Blaster Box. This is a change as the Late to School blaster insert was 10 cards. No Regerts Tattoos (Simko/Engstrom/Gross/McWilliams) is a 10 card insert set found only in Retail Display boxes. Finally, GPK Wacky Packages (Gross/McWilliams) and Location Relic cards are both 10 cards, and both are only in Collector boxes. There is also one unannounced insert set that will be a rare insert in packs.
The four final card artists, Joe Simko, Brent Emgstrom, David Gross, and Smokin Joe McWilliams each did 25 base card paintings, and their autographs can be found in packs. Finally, the sketch artist checklist contains 52 artists, including one artist making his GPK debut, Karl Jones. This is an increase of 11 from the Late to School set. You can find the official checklist for 2020 Series 2 Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary in PDF form here.
We are just under one week away from the release of the next retail set, 2020 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School. Today Topps released the checklist to GPKNews and other hobby outlets. As advertised, the base set will come with 200 cards, (100 with a/b versions). Gone are the recent familiar subsets! The base set is listed as 1-100!
All the advertised insert sets are as expected. GPK Mascots found in Retail Display boxes contain 10 cards. Class Superlative found in Value Boxes also contain 10 cards. Faculty Lounge, which are found in Fat Packs, contain 20 cards. Wacky Package Parodies, which come 1 per Collector box has 10 cards. The School Pennant Patches contain 10 different patches inserted into Collector boxes. Finally don’t forget there are 4 different lunchboxes, that are the actual Collector box!
Once again the same 4 final card artists return, and all have autographs in the set; Joe Simko, David Gross, Brent Engstrom, and Joe McWilliams. Finally the official sketch artist list contains only 41 artists, the lowest number of artists in years. You can find the official checklist for 2020 Series 1 Garbage Pail Kids Late to School in PDF form here.