RELEASE PERIOD : MARCH 1988



The 12th Series Garbage Pail Kids set was due by the Topps art department on January 15th for a March 1988 release. The two print runs of the 12th Series (a/k/a OS12 GPK; Original Series) are exactly the same except for their wrapper variations.  The first print run wrapper has the '25¢ CHEAP' logo and the second print run wrapper is without the logo. This is the second set to inlude the 'Flick It!' section on the reverse card backs of various cards completed by artist Richard Mcguire. With the GPK franchise in its final run from 1987-1988 and the popularity waning, product is harder to locate, often raising the price per pack at certain retailers, increasing the demand for these cards by collectors years later.

ARTISTS : JOHN POUND, TOM BUNK, JAMES WARHOLA, JAMES BENNETT,
JAY LYNCH & RICHARD MCGUIRE
WRITERS : JAY LYNCH


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88 CARD SET : 82 CARDS + 6 VARIATIONS
CARD VARIATIONS : 469a, 469b, 472a, 472b, 481a, 481b











DISPLAY BOX — 1 VARIATION : CODE 1-490-40-07-07
MAIN ARTWORK : TOM BUNK — SIDE ARTWORK : JOHN POUND
BOX DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER


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WRAPPER #1 — 1 VARIATION : CODE 0-490-21-11-7 w/ '25¢ CHEAP'
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER

WRAPPER #2 — 1 VARIATION : CODE 0-490-21-12-7 w/ NO STAR
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER


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RETAIL AD POSTER
POSTER 10 x 14 : NONE LOCATED
WHOLESALER / DEALER SELL SHEET
SHEET 8 x 11 : NONE LOCATED


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UNCUT SHEET
SHEET CODE 4-490-05-06-7

CASE BOX 24/48 ct. : PRODUCT #490-12
CODE ? : UPC 0-41116-02490-0













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1. The third Garbage Pail Kids set in which the Topps Company Logo can be found within the artwork for cards 477a INGRID Inc. and 477b Smokestack ZACH.


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2. The completed Puzzles for the OS12 set are alphabetically sequential with the OS11 set which contained puzzles 'M' and 'N'. The puzzles are back to being 21 pieces and the set has two puzzles much like the OS2, OS3, OS5, OS9, OS10 and OS11 sets for card characters 495a Gloppy GLEN and 495b Slop Top TODD for puzzle 'O' and 478a Bizarre LAMAR and 478b Rearranged RAYMOND for puzzle 'P'.


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3. The third GPK set to have the PEEL HERE arrow pointing higher up compared to the previous 'PEEL HERE' arrows for OS1 through OS9. Beginning with the OS10 set through OS12, the remaining Garbage Pail Kids releases for OS14 through the unpublished OS16 sets will also have this new arrow position.


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4. The only Original Series Garbage Pail Kids set with a green Nameplate to go along with the snot gag for twin cards 486a Chiseler CHAD and 486b JULIUS Sneezer.


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5. The third Garbage Pail Kids set without the traditional light blue or light pink Nameplate.


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6. In 1999, A decade after GPK artist John Pound painted the characters for cards 471a Freestyle KYLE and 471b Rad ROD, he took the same concept idea and created an ad for the Black Magic company to advertise for their skateboard griptape product. The character has the original GPK-esque and CPK-like features with toenails on the board for this rendition.


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7. The Wrapper was produced in 1987 and the cards were manufactured in 1988; the product development such as advertising, boxes and wrappers are printed well in advance of the card sheets being printed.










ANNOTATED NAMES
Explanatory Notations and Definitions of the GPK Nomenclature



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1. Pictured below is one of artist John Pound's Color Rough samples for cards 493a Peanut Butter 'N KELLY and 493b Out-To-Lunch LANCE. Since very few unrevised thumbnail sketches by Pound are available to the public there are very few changes, if any, that can be found between the tight pencil, color rough and final artwork since they are photocopied and colored and painted over. This particular image was evidently, and possibly inadvertently, flipped for the final card.


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2. The Final Artwork backside for cards 490a Kinky KRISTINE and 490b Knot The NORM states the image was to be used for the sides of the display box packaging.


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3. The first Color Rough pictured, a reworked GPK piece by artist Tom Bunk, was switched up for the final painting; the tongue and teeth were removed and the hair and clothes changed. Bunk often had several different artwork renditions for his color roughs; the second color rough is a sample of one of these various color and clothing variations for cards 500a Winkless WALLY and 500b Sight LES.


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4. Artist James Warhola was the third largest contributor to GPK during the Original Series releases. Warhola's Pencil Art for cards 486a Chiseler CHAD and 486b JULIUS Sneezer can be found littered with notes by either Art Spiegelman, Mark Newgarden or both found along with his own notations; James lived in NYC and was able to visit the Topps office or meet up with Art in the city to go over concepts, etc. Comments were jotted on the sidelines pointing out a 'Skylight' at the top of the picture and that the farthest sculputure was a 'H. Moore Type'; this may have been a dedication to Henry Moore (an English sculptor/artist) who passed away in August of 1986 who created sculptures of abstract human form. The other two statues are The Thinker (Le Penseur) by Auguste Rodin, a French sculptor, and David, a Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo. Additional notes mention a 'Younger Kid, full profile, chipping at sculpture' where a chisel and hammer were added to the artwork, to add 'More goo' to the main sculpture and that the 'Back statues will be the same green slime color as his present work".


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5. Artist James Bennett returns for three Final Artwork images for the OS12 GPK release; his style of painting and level of detail was not condusive for artwork reduced down to card-size per art director Mark Newgarden.


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6. The OS12 FLICK IT! section artwork on the reverse card backs that emulates a flipbook-type effect was completed by artist Richard McGuire. Artist Jay Lynch completed the Comic Backs for the one-panel gags working on the color roughs and final artwork assisted by Gary Whiney with lettering completed by Grass Green.


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7. Uncut Garbage Pail Kids Sheets were auctioned off of eBay through the Topps Vault in the Summer of 2006; pictured below is a front and back image for the OS12 GPK set.


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8. GPK Flowcharts were created for the later releases which showed the art director how the progress of the new set was going. It displayed what artist was working on which concept piece and the stage in which the painting had been completed. Oftentimes, concept pieces were denied and the department tried to work them into later sets. A list of additional concept pieces was found at the bottom of the flowchart in case pieces could not be used. The OS12 set contained the following ideas which either replaced denied concept pieces within the set, were saved for a later series or never saw the light of day: eyes in mouth (OS12), bug in head and hands, 1,000's of tongues (OS12).








THE ARTIST RECOGNITION EDITION


VARIATION & PRINT RUN INFORMATION LOCATED ON PRINTABLE CHECKLIST PAGE



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#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
BACK
WRITER
BACK
460a
Ball 'N SHANE
JAMES Warhola
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
460b
Hard ROCKY
JAMES Warhola
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
461a
MARA Thon
JOHN Pound
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
461b
Racy LACEY
JOHN Pound
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
462a
Half PRICE
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
462b
Checked-Out CHET
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
463a
Phooey To HUGH
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
463b
Razzin' ROSS
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
464a
Tongue Tied TEDDY
TOM Bunk
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
464b
Dressed To KILLIAN
TOM Bunk
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
465a
Upsy DAISYS
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
465b
Barfy BARBIES
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
466a
Seasick CECIL
JAMES Bennett
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
466b
Dinner At EYTAN
JAMES Bennett
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
467a
Tongue In CHICO
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
467b
NICK Lick
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
468a
Mummified CLYDE
JOHN Pound
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
468b
TWLYA Paper
JOHN Pound
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
469a
Upset TOMMY (v)
TOM Bunk
NA : CHECKLIST
NA : CHECKLIST
469a
Upset TOMMY (v)
TOM Bunk
NA : CHECKLIST
NA : CHECKLIST
469b
Tub O' LARS (v)
TOM Bunk
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
469b
Tub O' LARS (v)
TOM Bunk
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
470a
Quick SANDY
TOM Bunk
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
470b
ABRAHAM Sinkin'
TOM Bunk
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
471a
Freestyle KYLE
JOHN Pound
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
471b
Rad ROD
JOHN Pound
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
472a
WALTER Fall (v)
JOHN Pound
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
472a
WALTER Fall (v)
JOHN Pound
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
472b
RONNY Nose (v)
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
472b
RONNY Nose (v)
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
473a
Heavy MERYL
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
473b
One-Night STAN
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
474a
Sole Food SOL
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
474b
Gooey STUEY
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
475a
Road-Kill WILL
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
475b
Stop SY
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
476a
Barf Band BEN
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
476b
Off Key LEE
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
477a
INGRID Inc.
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
477b
Smokestack ZACH
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
478a
Bizarre LAMAR
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
478b
Rearranged RAYMOND
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
479a
Gulpin' GABE
TOM Bunk
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
479b
Over Eatin' ETHAN
TOM Bunk
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
480a
ROBBY Rubbish : TRASHCAN IN PLAYPEN
JOHN Pound : REV.
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
480b
Garbage Pail KITTY : TRASHCAN IN PLAYPEN
JOHN Pound :REV.
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
481a
Car-Stick KARLA (v)
JOHN Pound
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
481a
Car-Stick KARLA (v)
JOHN Pound
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
481b
Cruisin' SUSAN (v)
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
481b
Cruisin' SUSAN (v)
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
482a
Lickin' LEO
JOHN Pound
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
482b
Lappin' LENNY
JOHN Pound
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
483a
Seedy SYDNEY
JAMES Warhola
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
483b
Fertile MYRTLE
JAMES Warhola
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
484a
TIM Can
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
484b
RUSTY Bolts
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
485a
12 O'Clock HY
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
485b
Midnight DWIGHT
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
486a
Chiseler CHAD
JAMES Warhola
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
JAY Lynch
486b
JULIUS Sneezer
JAMES Warhola
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
JAY Lynch
487a
Dead Letter DEBBIE
JAMES Bennett
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
487b
Maimed MAMIE
JAMES Bennett
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
488a
TELLY Scope
TOM Bunk
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
488b
Peek-A-Boo BEAU
TOM Bunk
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
489a
Irate IRA : KID BURSTS EVERY WAY
JOHN Pound : REV.
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
489b
Angry ANNIE : KID BURSTS EVERY WAY
JOHN Pound : REV.
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
490a
Kinky KRISTINE
JOHN Pound
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
490b
Knot The NORM
JOHN Pound
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
491a
Sunken TREVOR
TOM Bunk
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
491b
Anchored HANK
TOM Bunk
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
492a
CORY On The Cob
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
492b
Hot Buttered CORINNE
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
493a
Peanut Butter 'N KELLY
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
493b
Out-To-Lunch LANCE
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
494a
MITCH Match
TOM Bunk
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
494b
Hot DOT
TOM Bunk
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
495a
Gloppy GLEN
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
495b
Slop Top TODD
JAMES Warhola
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
496a
ALLISON Waterland
JAMES Bennett
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
496b
JON Pond
JAMES Bennett
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
497a
Lame LEM
JAMES Warhola
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
497b
EDWARD Hopper
JAMES Warhola
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
498a
Rolls ROYCE
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
498b
Piston PETE
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
499a
Abandoned AMANDA
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
499b
Please Give Me A HOMER
JOHN Pound
JAY Lynch : RICHARD McGuire
JAY Lynch
500a
Winkless WALLY
TOM Bunk
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
500b
Sight LES
TOM Bunk
JAMES Warhola
NA : PUZZLE
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NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
BACK
WRITER
BACK




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