Official Trailer for 30 Years of Garbage Released

30yearsThe folks behind the 30 Years of Garbage documentary released the official trailer for the film today. The film started by producers June Gonzales, Joe Simko, and Jeff Zapata is nearing the finish line after it was first offered as an project over 18 months ago. The documentary is aiming to cover the 30 years of Garbage Pail Kids history. From the inception of the card line, to the Garbage Pail Kids movie, to controversies surrounding the cards, and even showing off some of the huge GPK collections around the world. Many artists, actors, and super fans were interview for the film.

The film does not yet have a release date, although the producers have mentioned a June/July timeframe for the release of the DVD. They also said a date for the World Premier located in New York City would be announced soon. To keep up to date on 30 Years of Garbage visit their Indiegogo page.

New York Comic Con Jumbo Error Cards Surface

Topps announced Thursday that they would be selling 5 new jumbo character card sets at the New York Comic Con this weekend. Just like that collectors begin showing up to purchase, and found something odd with both the Mean Gene and Boozin Bruce sets. Card #1 and #2 in those character sets are both from The Garbage Gang series in Australia. The front of the cards are identical. What is odd is the backs. Besides being numbered differently they also represent different years; 1987 and 1988. Thanks to GPK collector Ke We for pictures of the error cards below.


Collectors who purchased sets Thursday only received the error cards. Fast forward to Friday, collectors who purchased those sets were handed separately the correct missing Basuritas card from Argentina. So those collectors received both the error variation, and the corrected variation. Thanks to master Matt Oldweiler for the picture of the correct cards.


Customers at Topps booth were told they printed a total of 250 of each character set for the New York Comic Con. They also told customers that there were not that many corrected cards printed of Gene/Bruce so not all error sets would be able to receive the correct version. No word yet if customers that purchased on Thursday would be able to go back and claim the corrected cards. If you are going I would suggest to not delay if you want to get everything thats being offered.

Topps Offering New GPK Jumbo Promo Cards at New York Comic Con

Topps today announced they will be offering new Jumbo Promo cards at this weekend’s New York Comic Con. Similar to the cards offered at the San Diego Comic Con, Topps is offering 5 different characters. The 5 characters this time are Bonie Jonie, Dead Ted, Kim Kong, Boozing Bruce, and Mean Gene. Like before each character comes in a 10 card set with the cards redone in many different languages. Each character set will cost $20 at the Comic Con. No word yet on how limited these are or if they will be offered after the show online. The San Diego sets were limited to 400 sets, and only sold at the Comic Con. So who’s going to NYCC, and can hook me up?


Topps Releases New Garbage Pail Kids Binders w/ Promo Cards

Topps today released six new Garbage Pail Kids Collector’s Binders. They are doing things a little differently this time around. First off, Topps continued their GPK binder series and released binders 17-20 (17-Dead Ted, 18-Scotty Potty, 19-Brainy Janie, 20-Up Chuck). Topps announced that binders 17-20 are limited to 100 copies each, with a cost of $19.99. Additionally, Topps released the anticipated 30th Anniversary binder, coming in two variations. The Pink Adam Bomb 30th Binder comes with Promo card “Let Them Eat Kate”, while the Blue Adam Bomb 30th binder comes with the Promo card “Marie Baguette”. The 30th binders look to be limited to 400 copies and cost the same $19.99. Head over to Topps online shop to order yours now.

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Be a Garbage Pail Kid for Halloween

aligatorTopps worked hard this year to get as many GPK products on the market as they can to help celebrate the 30th anniversary. The last of these officially licensed products are Halloween masks made by Trick or Treat Studios. The company is offering 4 masks and 1 decoration in their GPK line. Ranging in price from $60-$80 these masks will allow you to be the only kid on your block dressed as a Garbage Pail Kid! They are offering Ali Gator, Bony Tony, Creepy Carol, and Zeke Freak as masks, and a Glowing Amber decoration for $50. Check out the links below to get your GPK on for Halloween this year!

Dollar Tree Packs for 30th GPK Set Available Now

About a month after each new release Topps has been distributing special packs to the discount chain Dollar Tree, and the 30th set is no exception. GPK collector Rex Adams was the first to post pictures of these 4 cards packs found exclusive in Dollar Tree stores. Now don’t head out looking to find any printing plates, sketches, or even inserts for that matter. These packs only contain base cards. If you only want to put together the base set, and have fun opening packs, then these are for you! Pack/Box collectors will also be after this version to complete their sets.


GPK 30th Production Part 2

collectoroddsThis is Part 2 of a study on how large the print run was in the Garbage Pail Kids 30th Anniversary set. If you missed part 1 you can go here to get caught up.

In the first article, based on information from the odds and sell sheets, I wrote about how many packs/boxes/cases were made for Hobby/Collector/Retail for the GPK 30th set.

We have 577,000 Retail Packs + 51,000 Hobby Packs + 41,000 Collector Packs = 669,000 Packs.

I’ll be using those numbers to attempt to figure how how many of each card/parallel were made. This can give you a good idea how tough a set will be to put together or how rare that last card you need for your rainbow is! As a reminder I had to use some educated guesswork and assumptions to come to these numbers. But I’m pretty sure we are in the ballpark.

So how many of each card was made? We aren’t able to answer this for all cards. Some of this is easy, Topps gave away this information on the sell sheet! According to the sell sheet there are 384 Italian Stamp Relics, 500 Die-Cut sketches, 19 Pen Relics, 15 total Triple Autos, 40 total Duel Autos, etc.

Other card types are impossible to figure out because not enough information is provided. For example on the retail side its not possible to determine how many Wal-Mart Blue parallels there are, or how many Poop-allels there are. While we know how many retail packs were made, we don’t know the break down between Gravity Feeds, Blasters, Jumbo, regular retail boxes, and Wal-Mart packs. We can only figure out print runs for things that have the same odds across all pack types or items in Hobby/Collector boxes.

Let’s start with Collector Boxes. The Collector Box inserts are easy to figure out:

Medallions: 41,000 Packs / 92 Odds = 445 total medallions / 6 = 75 of each medallion made. So at most only 75 collectors will have a set of these.

Barf Bags: 1708 Boxes / 1 per box (duh!) = 1708 total Barf Bags / 10 = 170 of each bag made.

Artist Relics: 41,000 Packs / 28 Odds = 1464 total relics / 4 or 5 (Its tough here because there are no odds for the “celebrity relic” so is it already part of the relic odds or is it separate? We don’t know.) = 366 or 292 of each relic depending on if Goldburg is included in the odds.

Loaded Sketch Cards: 41,000 Packs / 831 Odds = 49 Total Loaded Sketches

Let’s get Hobby boxes into the mix here as well. How many of the popular Foreign Legion cards are there?

Foreign Legion: 92,000 total packs / 24 odds = 3833 Total Foreign Legion cards / 10 = 383 of each Foreign Legion card made.

Now let’s grab all the odds and see how many parallel cards and the common inserts were made. Remember due to Topps confusing wording on packs, listed pack odds are actually 1/2 of what’s printed. I’ll be using the real odds in my numbers below. Also note when looking at these, the sell sheet says there are 85 copies of each Gold Border card.

Sepia/Pink Border Cards: 41,000 packs / 24 odds = 1708 total / 220 = 8 of each card made, and that’s with me rounding up! I know this number is hard to believe, but unless Topps is completely lying on the odds for Collector boxes there are just not that many of these to be had. Get yours when you see it!

Red/Character Back Card: 41,000 packs / 1 odds = 41,000 total / 220 = 186 of each card made.

Silver Border Card: 92,000 packs / 24 odds = 3833 total / 220 = 17 of each Silver border made.

Green Border Card: 577,000 Packs / 1 = 577,000 total / 220 = 2622 of each Green Border

Black Border: 669,000 Packs / 2 = 334,500 total / 220 = 1520 of each Black border

Famous Movie Scene: 669,000 Packs / 4 odds = 167,250 total / 15 = 11,150 of each

Horror Film: 669,000 Packs / 8 odds = 83,625 / 5 = 16,725 of each

Super Fan Tattoo: 669,000 Packs / 12 odds = 55,750 / 5 = 11,150 of each

Interesting numbers I think. I was shocked to see how some of the numbers came out. Now don’t take these numbers as gospel because like I’ve stated some guesswork and assumptions had to be used. But I think these general numbers are close to what’s really out there. I’d love to hear your comments on the numbers, and the method I used. If I’m off anywhere please let me know!

Finally, can we figure out how man base cards were made? Not exactly, but I’ll make a guess. Collector packs have 3 base cards, unless a thick card is in the pack. Hobby/Retail have 8 or 9 base cards depending on number of inserts in the pack. Because of this, even using my rounded guesswork numbers its still not really possible. Let’s see what we come up with anyway. I’m going to use 8.75 base cards per Hobby/Retail pack and 3 base cards per Collector pack for my numbers.

Base Cards: 41,000 Collector Packs x 3 cards per pack = 123,000 Base + (628,000 Hobby/Retail packs x 8.75 cards per pack) = 5,618,000 Base / 220 = Approx. 25,536 of each base card made.

Plenty of sets to go around!

30th Anniversary Garbage Pail Kids Set Explained

Thanks to GPK Collector Ke We for the Checkilist picture!

Last Updated 7/17/15 @ 23:20

Topps decided to throw everything and the kitchen sink at the 30th Anniversary set this time around. Not only is there a record number of insert and parallel sets, but Topps decided to completely change the numbering for the base set. The base set is basically made up of individually numbered subsets. So, when searching ebay for your favorite character don’t use just the number, 1a will get you every 1a card for each subset. Let’s take a look at what we know so far.

  • Base Set – 220 total cards, made of up 12 different subsets.
    • Title Card/Checklist Subset (2a/b – 4 Total Cards)
    • Adam Bomb’s “Don’t Push My Button!” Subset (10a/b – 20 Total Cards)
    • Artistic Influence Subset (10a/b – 20 Total Cards)
    • Artistic Interpretations Subset (5a/b – 10 Total Cards)
    • Comic Book Covers Subset (7a/b – 14 Total Cards)
    • Cutting Room Floor Subset (5a/b – 10 Total Cards)
    • Lost Alternate Art Subset (6a/b – 12 Total Cards)
    • Zoom-Out Subset (10a/b – 20 Total Cards)
    • 80s Spoof Subset (25a/b – 50 Total Cards)
    • Garbage Pail Pets Subset (10a/b – 20 Total Cards)
    • Garbage Pail Presidents Subset (10a/b – 20 Total Cards)
    • Garbage Pail Kids’ Kids Subset (10a/b – 20 Total Cards)
  • Parallel Sets – Same exact cards from the Base set, except with a different color border or back.
    • Black Border – 1:4 – Retail/Hobby/Collector (220 Total Cards)
    • Silver Border – 1:48 – Hobby/Collector (220 Total Cards)
    • Gold Border – 1:72 – Retail/Hobby/Collector (220 Total Cards)
    • Green Border – 1:2 – Retail (220 Total Cards)
    • Poop-allel (Brown) Border – 1:12 – Retail Gravity Feed (220 Total Cards)
    • Foil Card – 1:Wal-Mart Blister (2 Total Cards)
    • Blue Border – 1:Wal-Mart Blister (220 Total Cards)
    • Blue Border Blue Character Back – 1:21 Wal-Mart Blister (220 Total Cards)
    • Metallic Red Border – 1:2 – Collector (220 Total Cards)
    • Character Back – 1:2 – Collector (220 Total Cards)
    • Pink Border – 1:48 – Collector (220 Total Cards)
    • Sepia Border – 1:48 – Collector (220 Total Cards)
    • Printing Plates – 1:1516 – Retail/Hobby/Collector (880 Total Cards – 4 Per Base Card)
  • Insert Sets – These are all the various subsets Topps created for the 30th Anniversary set.
    • Famous Movie Scene – 1:4 – Retail/Hobby/Collector (15 Total Cards)
    • Horror Film – 1:8 – Retail/Hobby/Collector (5 Total Cards)
    • Super Fan Tattoo – 1:12 – Retail/Hobby/Collector (5 Total Cards)
    • Foreign Legion – 1:24 – Hobby/Collector (10 Total Cards)
    • Blaster Box 1986 Poster Set Reprint – 1 Per Blaster Box (18 Total Cards)
    • Jumbo Pack 1986 Giant Series 2 Reprint – 1 per Jumbo Pack (15 Total Cards)
    • Sketch Card – 1:288 – Retail (21 Artists/Unknown Total Sketches)
    • Die-Cut Sketch – 1:237 Hobby 1:144 – Collector (21 Artists/500 Total Sketches)
    • Loaded Sketch – 1:831 – Collector (10 Artists/Unknown Total Sketches)
    • Panoramic Sketch Cards – ??:?? – Retail Blaster Box (11 Artists/Unknown Total Sketches)
    • Autograph Card – 1:288 Retail, 1:96 Collector, 1:244 Hobby (16 Total Artists/3000 Total Autos)
    • Duel Autograph – 1:1017 – Collector (4 Total Csrds)
    • Triple Autograph – 1:2712 – Collector (3 Total Cards)
    • Artist Relic – 1:28 – Collector (4 Total Cards)
    • Celebrity Relic – Unknown Odds – Collector (1 Total Card)
    • i Mitici Sgorbions Stamp Relic – 1:115 – Collector (384 Total 1/1 Cards)
    • Manufactured Medallion Card – 1:92 – Collector (6 Total Cards)
    • Autographed Pen Relic – 1:2543 – Collector (19 Total 1/1 Cards)
    • Barf Bags – 1:Collector Box – (10 Total Cards)
    • Stamped Buyback – 1:?? Retail 1:24 Hobby/Collector (Unknown # of Total Cards. None found in retail to date.)
    • C-Named Short Prints – 1:100 – Retail/Hobby/Collector (Sell Sheet says 10 Total Cards. None found to date.)

I’ll continue to update this post as information comes in including Hobby pack odds.

Blue Borders/Foil Cards in Wal-Mart 30th GPK Packs

walmartThe rumors are true. Thanks to GPK collectors Robert Smith and Raymond Ledesma who were some of the first to spot these special retail packs found only in Wal-Mart Stores. The packs come with 3 retail packs and 2 special cards. You will get 1 of 2 special foil parallels of either Trekkie Travis or Loony Leonard. You also will get a special blue border parallel card found outside the packs like the foil cards. It appears the Blue Borders come in all 220 base cards.

The odds on the back of the cardboard mention a special Blue Border “Character Back”. Are they referring to the blue borders found in the pack and just label it wrong, or does it mean there is yet another Blue Border Character Back waiting to be found? I’ll update this article should more information become available.

Thanks for GPK collector Nick Bulblitz for the confirmation. There are also Blue Adam Bomb Character Back Blue Border parallels inserted 1:21 in the Wal-Mart packs. These will be tough finds.

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How Many 30th GPK Cards Were Produced?

So how many cards did Topps produce on the 30th Anniversary set? That question is never easy or straight forward to solve. In order to attempt to solve this riddle we need to look very closely at the clues in both the odds and the sell sheet. 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 its 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) Topps changes what is printed from what the sell sheet says all the time. This will throw off all our numbers. 5) Keep in mind Topps historically holds back 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 hear about the process skip to the bottom for the answer sheet!)

collectoroddsThe first bit of info I want to know is how many cases/boxes/packs did Topps create for Hobby/Collector/Retail. We need to figure out how many packs Topps made for the entire print run. The only want to determine that is to look at the odds that all 3 pack types share that are the same. There are only two; Printing Plates 1:1516 and Gold Borders 1:72. We know there are 880 total Printing Plates in the set, 220 base cards X 4 Plates per card. (Or do we? The sell sheet is very confusing on this. It states “more than 540” plates which makes no sense unless they held a bunch of plates back. The sell sheet also alludes to the plates being from the “base set + inserts”. In that case there could be 980 plates, Base plus the 3 regular insert sets, but how about the other insert sets? There could be a ton of plates in this set depending on what Topps decided to do. Until other plates show up I’m going with 880 plates as our first assumption! You’ll see why in a bit.)

So if we go with 880 plates we have 880 X 758 = 667,040 Total Packs in the print run.

Wait a minute you say, “why did you use 758 when the odds are 1:1516.” Because the odds aren’t right, that’s why! (Assumption #2. Topps not only decided to confuse us on the numbering of the base set, but also on the odds. I believe the odds for the parallels are doubled from what is actual, here’s why. In looking at the pack odds closely is says “Base Sticker Parallels (A OR B):” Notice the “:” then goes on the have black, silver, gold, printing plate separated by “,”. Then there is a “;” before going on with the rest of the odds. I believe Topps is saying the odds of getting a Black Border are 1:4 for A OR B. Which really means 1:2 overall A AND B combined. This has to be true because all the parallels are falling at exactly half the pack odds in Retail, Hobby, and Collectors. Therefore I believe true printing plate odds are 1:758.

Let’s look at Gold Borders next. The odds on those is 1:72 across all three. We know there are 85 Gold Borders of each card made. (Assumption #3 here. I’m going to assume there are Gold Borders of only the base set. This is how Topps has been doing it for the last few series, and seems reasonable.)

So 220 Base Cards X 85 Each = 18,700 Total Gold cards in the run X 36 = 673,200 total packs in the print run. Pretty darn close to the plate pack numbers. That’s why I’m comfortable going with 880 printing plates made. (Now this whole thing can be royally screwed up if Printing Plates and/or Gold cards of something other than Base cards shows up. If that happens, just ignore this whole article.)

So we are going to go with 670,000 total packs in the print run. That’s in between the number above. Now let’s try to figure out how many packs from each Retail/Hobby/Collectors. Collector’s is the easiest to find out. We just need to look at the odds for things that are only found in Collector Boxes. Let’s start with Duel Autos. According to the sell sheet there are 40 total, with odds of 1:1017.

So 40 X 1017 = 40680 Total Collectors Packs.

Let’s check with some other Collector only items.

15 Total Triple Autos X 2712 Odds = 40680 Total Collectors Packs. Look at that a match!
450 Total Medallions x 92 Odds – 41400 Total Collectors Packs. Ugh that’s close but off.
384 Total Italian Stamps X 115 Odds = 44160 Total Collectors Packs. Even more off.
19 Total Pen Relics X 2543 Odds = 48317 Total Collectors Packs. Getting Colder…

So why don’t the numbers add up? Who knows? As I mentioned above the odds seldom add up exact. Topps could have changed the amount of cards made for the items above from what they said on the sell sheet. It happens all the time, and by the looks of things they may have removed “C” names this time. I’m going to go with 41,000 Total Collectors Packs.

Now let’s move to Hobby packs. We can figure out Hobby packs by looking at something only Hobby and Collector packs have, Die-Cut Sketches. The Sell Sheet says there are 500 total Die-Cut Sketches inserted in Hobby/Collectors boxes.

So 41000 Collector Packs / 144 Odds = 285 Total Die-Cut Sketches in Collector Boxes
500 – 285 = 215 Total Die-Cut Sketches in Hobby Packs
215 X 237 Hobby Odds = 50955 Total Hobby Packs, let’s just call that 51,000.

Moving onto Retail. The only other thing that Retail shares with Hobby/Collector packs that we know how many total cards is autographs. The sell sheet says there are 3000 total autographs.

41000 Collector Packs / 96 Odds = 427 Total Autos in Collector Packs
51000 Hobby Packs / 244 Odds = 209 Total Autos in Hobby Packs
3000 – 427 – 209 = 2364 Total Autos in Retail Packs
2364 X 244 Retail Odds = 576816 Total Retail Packs (This number means total 10 card packs. Which won’t be correct because some retail will be made of Jumbo packs, but the total number of autos in Retail would remain the same.

So we have 577,000 Retail Packs + 51,000 Hobby Packs + 41,000 Collector Packs = 669,000 Packs. That is darn close to what we came up when using Plate and Gold odds.

Here is what I believe to be the pack/box/case numbers for Hobby and Collector.

Hobby – 51,000 Hobby Packs or 2125 Hobby Boxes or 265 Hobby Cases
Collector – 41,000 Collector Packs or 1708 Collector Boxes or 231 Collector Cases

(Again I could be way off, lots of assumptions I mentioned above coupled with my minimal math skills, could mean bad news for my numbers. But I think these are a pretty good guess.)

What’s interesting about these numbers? I don’t think very much Hobby/Collector was printed. These could dry up within a few months. Retail? They printed a ton of it! It will be on store shelves for years.

Let me know what you think in the comments section.