How Many 2016 Prime Slime Trashy TV Cards Were Produced? Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two part series on the production of 2016 GPK Prime Slime Trashy TV. If you missed Part 1 you can go here to catch up.

packfrontIn the first post we looked at how many packs/boxes/cases were produced of 2016 Garbage Pail Kids Prime Slime Trashy TV. Here’s a review of what we came up with.

  • Total Production – 638,000 Packs
  • Hobby – 52,000 Hobby Packs or 2167 Hobby boxes or 270 Hobby Cases
  • Collector – 35,000 Collector Packs or 1458 Hobby Boxes or 182 Collector Cases
  • Retail – 550,000 Retail Packs

I’ll be using these numbers to try to come up with an idea how many of each type of parallel and insert were created for the set. This will give you a good idea how rare a set is and how quickly you need to snap up that card for your rainbow! I’ll also compare some of this info to the previous sets for reference. As a reminder in addition to using the sell sheet and odds, we will also have to make some assumptions  and flat out guesses when trying to figure some of these out.

So how many of each type of card was made? We can’t figured it out for every type of insert or parallel. Some card types we don’t have enough information. Other times however, Topps is nice enough to tell us exactly how many of a card was produced. Like with the Apple Pie set, Topps decided to number many of the inserts and parallels. This means we already know most of the parallel and insert numbers already! Makes this post a lot easier! We know Spit /99, Bloody /75, and Fool’s Gold /50 for the parallels, and Relics /50, Patches /99, Autos /25 for the insert sets!

Still there are some things we just can’t determine. As mentioned previously, Topps has made it more difficult on us this time around. The sell sheets no longer reveal the number of each type of sketch inserted into each pack type. This means we can not figure out each different retail pack type. Therefore, there are many retail items that we are unable to determine the production on. For example, the Yellow Pee borders. Since there is no way to break out the number of gravity feed packs from the other retail packs, we can not determine how many Pee borders were made. This also true for the various retail bonus sets; Classic Re-runs, Gross Bears, Bathroom Buddies, and Adam Bomb Your TV. However with production up in retail 26% over Apple you can be assured there are many more of all of these compared to the Apple Pie release. The lack of retail breakdown also means we can not determine how many Loaded Sketches or Panoramic Sketches were inserted into packs.

Let’s discuss what we can figure out.

While we can’t figure out the Yellow Pee parallel, we can determine how many of the other two non-numbered parallels were made. We can also find out how many of the Wacky bonus inserts were made.

  • Bruised Borders – 35,000 Collector packs X 1 Odds (doh) = 35,000 total Bruised borders / 220 cards in set = 159 per card.
  • Puke Borders – 550,000 Retail packs X 1 Odds (doh) = 550,000 total Puke borders / 220 cards in set = 2,500 per card.
  • Wacky Packages – 35,000 Collector packs + 52,000 Hobby packs = 87,000 total packs / 24 Odds = 3625 total cards / 8 in set = 453 of each card made.

Compared to the Apple Pie set, Puke borders and Wacky’s have increased quite a bit due to production increases. Bruised borders is actually down just slightly.

One thing I always find interesting is where are all the plates hiding? Retail always had the majority of the plates because over 80% of the production is retail. We can also use plates to check our pack numbers to see if we are close. We know Topps inserted 440 plates into the production, so here is the breakdown of how many can be found in each pack type.

Collector Plates – 35,000 packs / 288 odds = 122 plates in Collector packs
Hobby Plates – 52,000 / 1792 odds = 29 plates in Hobby packs
Retail Plates – 550,000 / 1849 odds = 297 plates in Retail packs

The math looks close, that comes out to 448 total plates. There are only 180 or so Collector cases, so looking at the odds 2/3 of the cases will produce a plate. Hobby boxes continue to get the shaft. Topps has deemphasized the Hobby box the last few releases. The odds are just as long as retail, and there isn’t much extra content. Based on sell sheets for the next release, Adam-Geddon, Hobby boxes will make the complete transformation and will match Retail packs. We can also tell how many artist autos are in each pack type.

  • 35,000 Collector packs / 96 Odds = 365 autos in Collector packs
  • 52,000 Hobby packs / 245 Odds = 212 autos in Hobby packs
  • 2750 total autos – 365 Collector autos – 212 Hobby autos = 2173 autos in Retail packs

While Topps for the first time didn’t reveal sketch numbers on the sell sheet, we can figure out the number of Shaped and Regular sketches inserted into pack based on the odds.

  • Shaped Sketches
  • Collector – 35,000 Collector packs / 144 odds = 243 Shaped Sketches in Collectors packs
  • Hobby – 52,000 Hobby packs / 165 odds = 315 Shaped Sketches in Hobby packs
  • Dial Panos – 35,000 Collector packs / 352 odds = 100 Dual Artist Panoramic Sketches in Collector packs

Digging into the numbers for Prime Slime Trashy TV tells a familiar story. Topps has gone with the same set design now for three releases. So, the numbers look very similar to both the Apple Pie and 30th Anniversary sets. While Topps is stickling with the same set make-up for the next set, Adam-Geddon, they are drastically changing cards per pack and price point. It will be interesting to see how those changes affect production the next go around.

Finally, can we figure out how many base cards were produced? Not really, but we can use what we know and give it our best guess! We know Collector packs have 4 base cards per pack, except for patch and relic packs, but that number is so small we will go with 4. Hobby packs have 9 or 10 base cards per pack this time around. When you account for inserts and parallels, I think we can use 9.5 base cards per Hobby pack. Retail packs have 9 cards per pack, except for packs containing gold dust, autos, sketches, and plates, but again that number is so small I’m going to go with 9 per pack.

Base Cards – (35,000 Collector packs X 4 cards per pack) + (52,000 Hobby packs X 9.5 cards per pack) + (550,000 Retail packs X 9 cards per pack) = 5,584,000 Total Base Cards produced / 220 cards per set = 25,382 Total of each base card.

These are going to be around for a while!!!

This is Part 2 of a two part series on the production of 2016 GPK Prime Slime Trashy TV. If you missed Part 1 you can go here to catch up.

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