RELEASE PERIOD : DECEMBER 1988
     
The two print runs of 15th Series Garbage Pail Kids (a/k/a OS15 GPK; Original Series) are almost the same except for their wrappers. The first print run wrapper has the 25¢ logo and the second print run is without the 25¢ logo. However, on account of a printing error, several print runs of 15th Series are non-die cut (without a sticker die cut); die cut cards have only been found in the second print run. This is the fifth set to inlude the 'Flick It!' section on the backs of various cards completed by GPK 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 locations, increasing the demand for these cards by collectors years later. Since the last print run of any series sells the least -- unsold boxes are either black marked for closeout or sent back to the distributor, they tend to be the rarest print runs.











88 CARD SET : 80 CARDS + 8 VARIATIONS
VARIATIONS : 581a, 581b, 582a, 582b, 583a, 583b, 584a + 584b
177 TOTAL CARD SET : 88 CARDS + 89 ERRORS



BOX

1 VARIATION (CODE 1-490-40-02-8)
MAIN ARTWORK : TOM BUNK
BOX SIDES ARTWORK : JOHN POUND
DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER






WRAPPERS

WRAPPER #1 (CODE 0-490-21-03-8) 25¢ CHEAP
ORIGINAL ARTWORK : JOHN POUND
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK
DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER



WRAPPER #2 (CODE 0-490-21-04-8) NO 25¢ CHEAP
ORIGINAL ARTWORK : JOHN POUND
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK
DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER



RETAIL AD POSTER


10" x 14" POSTER (CODE 4-490-08-02-8)
ARTWORK : TOM BUNK
DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER



WHOLESALER SELL SHEET

8 x 11 SHEET (# 490-15)
ARTWORK : TOM BUNK



DEALER ORDER SHEET

8 x 11 BLUE SHEET (NO CODE; PRODUCT # 490) OCTOBER 1988
OS1 BOX ARTWORK : JOHN POUND



UNCUT SHEET
(CODE 4-490-05-0?-8)


CASE BOX

24/48 ct. (PRODUCT #490-15; UPC 0-41116-05490-7)









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1. The second GPK set with Different Packaging colors; a red box and a green wrapper. This is a Christmas color shematic since the set was released in December.

2. The second GPK set to have a Name in Big print, But the other Word is in Bold -- card 583b HARRY Glyph.

3. An Error for card 584b Crawlin' ROLLIN can be located with the black color missing from a majority of the 'Peel Here' arrow and the GPK banner due to the absence of the rich black ink during the card printing process; this has been identified for the non die-cut card version with the completed 'Puzzle Preview' variation card back. Please visit GPKStoreandMore.com; thanks Jeff!


4. The only series to have the Variation card Backs all right next to each other within the set (card #581, 582, 583 + 584).

5. The third set with a GPK Wrapper Character that is different from its box character. The remaining Garbage Pail Kids set, the unpublished 16th Series, will follow this new marketing design.

6
. Non-Die Cut Cards can be found in both print run box, whereas the die cut cards have only been located in the second print run release.


7. The second GPK set in which the 'T' for the Topps Company Logo can be found within the card artwork -- on the baseball players hat of cards 590a Little Leak LEN and 590b Snot-Ball SAUL.

8. The only series where the GPK Header is located In The Center of the card And contains two Nameplates which are located At The Top And Bottom of the card with two different colors for cards 602a Upside DONNA and 602b Two-Fer JUAN. The second set with an upside down name bar.


9. The tenth set to contain cards with The GPK Acronym found within the artwork. The GPK acronym found on the baseball cap of cards 603a MITCH Mitt and 603b Foul BILL and the GPK acronym found on the towel dispenser machine of cards 606a Foul-Towel RAOUL and 606b Muddy BUDDY.

10. The name John Pound had suggested on the pencil artwork for cards 605a Windy MINDY and 605b Birthday KATE but Topps did not use was BERTHA Day.

11. The Completed Puzzles for the 15th Series are alphabetically sequential with the 14th Series set which contained puzzles 'S' and 'T'. The puzzles have remained at 21 pieces and the set has two puzzles much like the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th Series sets for card characters 583a HARRY Glyph and 583b LYLE Tile for puzzle 'U' and 584a Slimy HYMIE and 584b Crawlin' ROLLIN for puzzle 'V'. This is the second set where the 'a' twin is one puzzle preview and the 'b' twin is the other puzzle preview.


12
. The GPK set has a Same Sounding Name as another series -- 8th Series cards 305A Grate SCOTT and 613b Great SCOTT.

13. A fitting Farewell for the Garbage Pail Kids, the final twin cards are a female version of the forever famous 8a ADAM Bomb and 8b Blasted BILLY character -- cards 620a ADA Bomb and 620b Blasted BETTY.


14
. The set has several of two cards with the Same First Name -- cards 583b HARRY Glyph and 597a HARRY Armpits; 585a Picky NICK and 596b Sick NICK; 591a FRANK Footer and 609b Dank FRANK; 597b Under Arnie and 619a V.C. Arnie; 602b Two-Fer JUAN and 614b Cutting JUAN.

15. The GPK set has the Light Blue Name Bar; but not the light pink name bar.








ANNOTATED NAMES

Explanatory Notations and Definitions
of the GPK Names



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1. Artist Tom Bunk often had several different Artwork Renditions for his color roughs; below are samples of a few of these original versions with subtle various color and clothing variations for cards 581a SHEL Game and 551b 3-Card MONTE with different colored clothing, 585a Picky NICK and 585b BEULAH Ghoul in an evening scene with tabasco sauce and 613a Bag PIPER and 613b Great SCOTT with a light wardrobe and gloves and a pipe piece not within the mouth or with the same facial expression.


2
. Pictured below is one of artist John Pound's Color Rough and Pencil Rough samples for cards 592a Extra DEXTER and 592b Flabby ABBY and 600a Vendo-MATT and 600b DOUG Slug. Since very few un-revised artwork pieces by Pound are available 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 (www.poundart.com).


3
. The 15th Series 'FLICK IT!' section artwork on the back of the cards which emulates a flipbook-type effect was completed By Richard McGuire, which pokes fun at horoscopes and astrology. Artist Jay Lynch completed the final roughs and final artwork for the card backs while Javi Soler (a Spanish cartoonist) penciled and inked, did the lettering and helped with the final artwork.


4. A few additional pieces by artist Tom Bunk showing Artwork Renditions for his color roughs with subtle various color and clothing variations for cards 591a FRANK Footer and 591b Dog Bites BOYD with the frankfurter looking more like a dog and the complete face not being bitten; and for cards 611a Acid WAYNE and 611b Polluted PAUL
with different colored hair, background and the fish head above water.


5. Garbage Pail Kids Flowcharts were created for the sets after the 4th Series which showed Mark Newgarden, the GPK editor how the work 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. Often, 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 15th Series contained the following ideas which either replaced denied concept pieces within the set, were saved for a later series, or never saw the day of light : barbwire (unpublished 1st series - used in Poster set), girl jumping barbwire (ANS4), kid with tongue toothpaste dispenser (ANS3), angel girl (ANS4)
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THE ARTIST RECOGNITION EDITION




VARIATION & PRINT RUN INFORMATION LOCATED ON PRINTABLE CHECKLIST PAGE

#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
BACK
WRITER
BACK
581a
SHEL Game (v)
Tom Bunk
(checklist)
(checklist)
581a
SHEL Game (v)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
581b
3-Card MONTE (v)
Tom Bunk
(checklist)
(checklist)
581b
3-Card MONTE (v)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
582a
Take-Out DINAH (v)
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
582a
Take-Out DINAH (v)
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
582b
Chow MAME (v)
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
582b
Chow MAME (v)
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
583a
LYLE Tile (v
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
583a
LYLE Tile (v)
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle preview)
583b
HARRY Glyph (v)
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle preview)
583b
HARRY Glyph (v)
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle preview)
584a
Slimy HYMIE (v)
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
584a
Slimy HYMIE (v)
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle preview)
584b
Crawlin' ROLLIN (v)
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
584b
Crawlin' ROLLIN (v; error or no error)
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle preview)
585a
Picky NICK
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
585b
BEULAH Ghoul
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
586a
PETER Cheater
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
586b
DEAN List
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
587a
CORNELIA Flake
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
587b
MALA Nutrition
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
588a
Yo! GERT
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
588b
Ice Cream CONNIE
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
589a
Ecch BENEDICT
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
589b
Brain LES
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
590a
Little Leak LEN : SNOT-BALL PITCHER
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
590b
Snot-Ball SAUL : SNOT-BALL PITCHER
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
591a
FRANK Footer
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
591b
Dog Bites BOYD
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
592a
Extra DEXTER
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
592b
Flabby ABBY
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
593a
Footloose FRED
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
593b
Lucky LEW
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
594a
Tied DI : RUBBER KID TIED IN KNOTS (knotty pine panelling)
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
594b
Knotty LOTTIE : RUBBER KID TIED IN KNOTS
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
595a
MAL Practice
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
595b
Intensive CARRIE
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
596a
Sani KLAUS
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
596b
Sick NICK
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
597a
HARRY Armpits
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
597b
Under ARNIE
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
598a
Vise GUY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
598b
HUGH Fix-It
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
599a
BERN-Out : BURNT-OUT BULB
John Pound : (Rev.)
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
599b
Dim-Bulb BOB : BURNT-OUT BULB
John Pound : (Rev.)
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
600a
Vendo-MATT
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
600b
DOUG Slug
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
601a
Losin' WADE
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
601b
HY Cholesterol
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
602a
Upside DONNA
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
602b
Two-Fer JUAN
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
603a
MITCH Mitt
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
603b
Foul BILL
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
604a
SANDI Box
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
604b
CAT Litter
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
605a
Windy MINDY : FART BLOW OUT CANDLES
John Pound : (Rev.)
John Pound
(puzzle)
605b
Birthday KATE : FART BLOW OUT CANDLES
John Pound : (Rev.)
John Pound
(puzzle)
606a
Foul-Towel RAOUL
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
606b
Muddy BUDDY
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
607a
KIT Video
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
607b
HAM Actor
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
608a
Fairy MARY
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
608b
Stinker BELLE
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
609a
Dewy DEWEY
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
609b
Dank FRANK
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
610a
BEAU Constricted
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
610b
Coiled CARL
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
611a
Acid WAYNE
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
611b
Polluted PAUL
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
612a
Shoe LACEY
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
612b
Weird WALKER
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
613a
Bag PIPER
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
613b
Great SCOTT
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
614a
Fillin' DYLAN
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
614b
Cutting JUAN
John Pound
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
615a
PRESTON Change-O
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
615b
Sleight Of HANS
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
616a
ALEC Gator
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
616b
Croco-DALE
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
617a
CLAUDE Flesh
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
617b
Slasher ASHER
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
618a
Paper DOLLY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
618b
CATIE Cut-Up
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
619a
V.C. ARNIE
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
619b
Cassette CASEY
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch : Richard McGuire
Jay Lynch
620a
ADA Bomb
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
620b
Blasted BETTY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
BACK
WRITER
BACK

176 Total Cards = 160 Cards (80 Non-Die Cut and 80 Die Cut) + 16 Variations (8 Non-Die Cut and 8 Die Cut) + 1 Error