RELEASE PERIOD : MAY 1986

     Prior to the 4th Series GPK (a/k/a OS4 GPK; Original Series) release Original Appalachian Artworks, Inc. (OAA) brought a suit against the Topps Chewing Gum Company on March 5th, 1986. The makers of the Cabbage Patch Kids sculptured dolls (that became a huge marketing success during the early 1980's) alleged that the Garbage Pail Kids resembled their dolls too closely; among other things, the GPK stickers constituted copyright infringement, trademark infringement, unfair competition and dilution; that Topps' GPK were marketed by Topps as an alternative to Diamond's CPK stickers and Topps' GPK stickers would seriously interfere with the marketability of CPK products.  There does exist talk that Topps was originally turned down to produce the CPK stickers and the GPK parody stickers were born out of slight retribution.

Careful of future legal issues Topps ended up changing four names in the later print runs of the 4th Series Garbage Pail Kids to avoid any further lawsuits
from other complaints; mainly cease and desist letters.  The first and second print runs had the original names: Woody ALAN (movie producer), REESE Pieces (candy product), CRYSTAL Gale (country singer) and SALVATORE Dolly (famous painter).  The third and fourth print runs were the later releases of the 4th Series and included the four name changes to: Oak KAY, Puzzled PAUL, Ig LOU and Battered BRAD. A fifth print run was actually released after the initial production of the 5th Series GPK to meet the supply and demand that the lawsuit brought onto the growing craze. The print run contains the 25¢ logo with the purple cloud and white surrounding, and interestingly, the original unchanged names.  This set was manufactured in Canada in which the wrapper states 'Gum made in Canada'.











84 CARD SET : 84 CARDS + 0 VARIATIONS

(NO CARD BACK VARIATIONS)
91 TOTAL CARD SET : 84 CARDS + 7 CARD CHANGES
(NOTE : 4 NAME CHANGES + 3 CHECKLIST CHANGES)


DISPLAY BOX

2 VARIATIONS (CODE 1-491-40-01-6; CODE 1-490-40-04-6 CANADA)
BOX ARTWORK : JOHN POUND
DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER






WAX WRAPPERS

WRAPPER #1 (CODE 0-491-21-01-6) 25¢ CHEAP
NOTE: T-SHIRT or SWEATSHIRT OFFER VARIATION : WOODY ALAN (etc.) : PURPLE CLOUD
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK
DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER



WRAPPER #2 (CODE 0-491-21-02-6) NO PRICE
NOTE: T-SHIRT or SWEATSHIRT OFFER VARIATION : WOODY ALAN (etc.) : PURPLE CLOUD
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK
DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER



WRAPPER #3 (CODE 0-491-21-01-6) 25¢ CHEAP
NOTE: T-SHIRT or SWEATSHIRT OFFER VARIATION : OAK KAY (etc.) : WHITE CLOUD
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK
DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER


WRAPPER #4 (CODE 0-491-21-02-6) NO PRICE
NOTE: T-SHIRT or SWEATSHIRT OFFER VARIATION : OAK KAY (etc.) : WHITE CLOUD
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK
DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER



WRAPPER #5 (CODE 0-490-21-06-6) 25¢ CHEAP : GUM MADE IN CANADA
NOTE: T-SHIRT or SWEATSHIRT OFFER VARIATION : WOODY ALAN (etc.) : PURPLE CLOUD
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK
DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER


RACK PACK

PLASTIC (CODE
0-935-67-01-6)
NOTE: A RARE DOUBLE-STACKED GPK HEADER ON THE BACKSIDE
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK
DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER


RACK PACK

CARDBOARD INSERT (CODE 1-935-93-01-6) CARDBOARD SLEEVE
NOTE: FOUND WITH OS2, OS3 and/or OS4 SINGLES (OAK KAY, etc.)
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK
DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER


JUMBO PACK

JUMBO PACK (CODE 1-515-93-01-6) CARDBOARD SLEEVE : SEALED ON SIDE
NOTE : WOODY ALAN (etc.) : 5TH SERIES SEALED IN BACK

RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK
DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAMER


RETAIL AD POSTER


10 x 14 POSTER (CODE 4-491-08-01-6)
ARTWORK : JOHN POUND
DESIGN : BRAD KAHLHAME



DEALER ORDER SHEET

8 x 11 GREEN SHEET (CODE 4-999-40-01-6; PRODUCT # 494) FEBRUARY 1986
NOTE : NO SPECIFIC 4TH SERIES SELL SHEET KNOWN
OS1 BOX ARTWORK : JOHN POUND



WHOLESALER SELL SHEET

8 x 11 BAZOOKA SHEET : SAME AS OS3 THRU OS9 WRAPPER OFFER
RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK



CASE BOX
24/48 ct.











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1.
The first and only series with 5 distinct Print Runs.

2.
The second and last series to have a Name Change. Cards 125b Woody ALAN changed to 125b Oak KAY, 149a REESE Pieces renamed to 149a Puzzled PAUL (pictured below in Fun Fact #11), 158b CRYSTAL Gale changed to 158b Ig LOU and cards 164b SALVATORE Dolly renamed to 164b Battered BRAD (pictured below in Fun Fact #11).



3. The first series with 4 Different Designed Wrappers (not including advertisements).

4. The second of two series that have cards with a Pink GPK Header. Cards 140a Mouth PHIL and 140b Tooth LES (visit the 1st Series 'Fun Facts & TidBits' section to view the first pink GPK header phenomenon).


5. The series contains the Light Blue Nameplate ... no light pink nameplate within the set.

6. The second series to have a drastically Smaller GPK Header. Cards 143a MELBA Toast and 143b HY Rye and twin cards 145a DALE Snail and 145b Crushed SHELLY. The header doesn't reach the Peel Here arrow and barely reaches the card number.


7. The first series to have a cards with the GPK Acronym found within the artwork. The product parody G.P.Kola found on the bottle of cards 128a Sloshed JOSH and 128b Low CAL as well as on the basketball jersey of cards 154a Basket CASEY and 154b Dribblin' DEREK.

8. The Completed Puzzle for the 4th Series is sequential with the 3rd Series set which contained puzzles 'A' and 'B'. However, the green border puzzle 'C' now contains 21 pieces rather than 18 puzzle pieces as its predecessors and the character is larger in size. The set downsizes itself to one puzzle for this release and has two of the same puzzle within the set for card characters 132a Bony TONY and 132b Unzipped ZACK.


9. The set contains several slightly Reduced GPK Headers.  Cards 138a Alien IAN and 138b Outerspace CHASE (pictured below in the GPK History section), 147a Amazin' GRACE and 147b Muscular MOLLY as well as cards 164a TEDDY Bear, 164b SALVATORE Dolly and 164b Battered BRAD (pictured below in Fun Fact #11). The header just reaches both the Peel Here arrow and the card number.


10. The first series to have a card showcasing GPK Sticker Images within the artwork, for Cards 148a Turned-On TARA and 148b TIFFANY Lamp, but these stickers are not characters from previous releases or cannot be identified.

11. The first series to have nameplates in two different colors (due to name changes within the set) for cards 149a REESE Pieces and 149a Puzzled PAUL and cards 164b SALVATORE Dolly and 164b Battered BRAD. The names in white have been changed to names in black.



12. The artwork for cards 157a LARRY Lips and 157b Distortin' MORTON contain an aligator Emblem on the chest of the shirt, this is a parody of the LaCoste clothing line. The nameplate covers this emblem on the card, but can be seen in the final artwork (see the Artwork Gallery section above).









ANNOTATED NAMES

Explanatory Notations and Definitions
of the GPK Names



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1
. Mark Newgarden's sketchbook page sample shows several pencil and ink rough Sketch Ideas. For the 4th Series set the bottom piece became 140a Mouth PHIL and 140b Tooth LES (the bat moved to the other shoulder; the head off and being hit idea possibly became the 7th Series card 291a HOMER Runt and 291b Screwball LEW) and the top example piece became cards 154a Basket CASEY and 154b Dribblin' DEREK (with the same name and the head dribbled on the other side of body).


2. This Tom Bunk Unpublished GPK was painted in 1986 and was intended for the 4th Series set, although the concept seems to have been reworked by artist John Pound for 3rd Series cards 98a CHARLOTTE Web and 98b DIDI T and this piece held back. The original GPK artwork was published in late 2011 for the GPK Flashback 3 set as LOST GPK cards 68a Arach NED and 68b Web JEB; A scan of Bunk's original photograhic slide from the 80's was used with the character having a bald head; the painting was touched-up later at Topps in the '80s, in-house, where they added the yellow hair for the final product; which remains published.


3. Per John Pound's website; the characters for cards 138a Alien IAN and 138b Outerspace CHASE had a major Color Variation for the skyline. A color rough was also created picturing the character within a purple, velvet night sky instead of the blood, red sky version that was chosen. Topps employer Gary Gerani created the concept drawing for the Mars Attacks GPK parody and Mark Newgarden added the sneakers.


4. In 1975, Topps released the Wanted Stickers set ... In 1986, Topps released the 4th series Garbage Pail Kids and rendered this old artwork for the card backs, 10 years later.  Artist Tom Bunk had started working on the front artwork for the cards for the 3rd series with John Pound. Tom Bunk also reworked the art for the back and Mark Newgarden rendered the writing. Out of the 42 Wanted Stickers card set, 15 of these concepts were used in the 4th GPK series and 18 were used in the 3rd GPK series (see the 3rd Series section for more information).  The 4th GPK Rendered Titles are: 129a/b Mailman (rendered from Postman); 130a/b Librarian; 132a/b BABY SITTER; 135a/b Chain Smoker; 140a/b School Nurse; 145a/b Bus Driver; 148a/b Lunch Room Cook (changed from Cafeteria Cook); 150a/b Big Brother; 153a/b WiseGuy; 158a/b Pet Cat; 159a/b Fat Slob (changed from Fatso); 160a/b Mechanic; 161a/b Lazy Bones; 165a/b Pet Dog and 166a/b Plumber.   The 4th GPK Titles New To The Series and not used in any Wanted Stickers or Wanted Posters series are 128a/b NERD and 142a/b Substitute Teacher. Wanted Stickers titles Not Used in any GPK series: Disc Jockey; Baby; Maid; Telephone Operator; Taxi Cab Driver; Door-to-Door Salesman; Butcher; T.V. Repairman and Policeman.



5.
In 1980, Topps released the Wanted Posters set with sharper artwork and rendered writing from the 1975 release Wanted Stickers ... In 1986, Topps released the 4th series Garbage Pail Kids and rendered the work for the card backs, 5 years later.  Artist Tom Bunk had started working on the front artwork for the cards for the 3rd series with John Pound. Tom Bunk also reworked the art for the card backs and Mark Newgarden rendered the writing. Out of the 24 Wanted Posters set, three of these concepts were used in the 4th Series and 18 were used in the 3rd Series (see the 3rd Series section for more information).  The 4th GPK Rendered Titles are: 130a/b Librarian; 132a/b BABY SITTER (poster #24 pictured below) and 150a/b Big Brother.   Wanted Posters titles Not Used in any GPK series: School Flirt; Butcher and T.V. Repairman.



(WANTED! outlined in yellow, 'For Neglect of Duty' changed to red, etc., for the poster)

6. Tom Bunk's Snowman Kid for 4th Series cards 158a Meltin' ELTON, 158b CRYSTAL Gale and name change 158b Ig LOU had a significant Nose Job for the final image. The NPD department at Topps requested that the carrot nose be shortened for the printed card so it looked more like a CPKid; it is unknown whether the artwork was changed by the artist or within the art department, but two final versions are available (at least in digital format). The card image can be located above within the Fun Facts & Tidbits section (#2) and the final artwork within the Artwork Gallery section (link above). Below, is pictured Tom Bunk's color rough for the card artwork, along with the original final artwork image with the extended carrot nose. It is interesting to point out that the 1986 card version has not made a reappearance since the resurgence of the GPK franchise. The long-nosed image was sent by Topps to LTL and Walls 360 in 2010 for character posters and re-positional, self-adhesive prints, as well as to Abrams in 2012 for the GPK art book (covering sets 1 through 5); notice the original, curved GPK logo was able to be used for this project pictured below. The same image also made an apperance in the 2013 holiday Greeting Cards set sold online by Topps as one of the card fronts, and a 'card' image on the backside, pictured below, using the newer GPK banner; notice the character has been brought forward in the image (and the font in a greatly reduced size).



7. Although packs were not sold in boxes until 1987, in 1986 Uranus Strikes Cards could be found as complete sets. A parody card set created by Bob Ting poked fun at the Topps Mars Attacks trading cards. The last card in the set, card #36 Invasion Synopsis! whose checklist name is Starry IDA (= starry eyed) portrays an alien kid who has crawled out of a garbage pail, holding a Cabbage Patch Kid-looking doll, and blasting its brains out with a laser gun. In the same year Topps released the 4th Series set that includes a parody of their own Mars Attacks set for cards 138a Alien IAN and 138b Outerspace CHASE.


8. Notebooks were used For the earlier GPK series as miniaturized flowcharts. The art director's notebook showed how the work of the set was going -- sketches of concept art, which 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 concept pieces was kept in case pieces could not be used. The 4th series 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: strapped on car like deer (4th), Moby Dick, wristwatch (16th), toasted marshmellow on stick, Cleopatra, gargoyle, grim reaper (3rd), GPK collector with wrappers (6th with stickers), female body builder (4th), Mars Attacks alien (4th), superhero charging brickwall, Lochness monster, bigfoot, Samurai, grave-robber, Jack T. Ripper, blob?, trumpet player blowing out brains (4th; farting), GPK artist, femme vampire (unpublished), walkman/breakdance, dog catcher, animal experimentation, Scrooge, femme warrior, Rocky/Rambo (4th), cockroach/scorpion.






THE ARTIST RECOGNITION EDITION




VARIATION & PRINT RUN INFORMATION LOCATED ON PRINTABLE CHECKLIST PAGE

#
NAME
+ CONCEPT TITLE
ARTIST
FRONT + ORDER CREATED (JP)
ARTIST
BACK
WRITER
BACK
125a
HOLLY Wood (c)
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
125a
HOLLY Wood (c)
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
125b
Woody ALAN (c)
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
125b
Oak KAY (c)
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
126a
Armpit BRITT
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
126b
Shaggy AGGIE
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
127a
Travelin' TRAVIS
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
127b
Flat TYLER
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
128a
Sloshed JOSH : G.P.KOLA - KID IN BOTTLE
John Pound : 4-11
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
128b
Low CAL : G.P.KOLA - KID IN BOTTLE
John Pound : 4-11
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
129a
Second Hand ROSE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
129b
Trashed TRACY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
130a
NICKY HICKEY : BOY WHIPING OFF KISSES
John Pound : 4-13 (R)
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
130b
HANK E. Panky : BOY WHIPING OFF KISSES
John Pound : 4-13 (R)
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
131a
Stuffed STEPHEN : SCARECROW
John Pound : 4-10
John Pound
(puzzle)
131b
RUTHERFORD B. Hay : SCARECROW
John Pound : 4-10
John Pound
(puzzle)
132a
Bony TONY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
132b
Unzipped ZACK
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
133a
Furry MURRAY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
133b
Foxy FRANCES
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
134a
Hip KIP
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
134b
WALT Witless
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
135a
ROCK E. Horror : ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW GPK
John Pound : 4-19
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
135b
MARTY Gras : ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW GPK
John Pound : 4-19
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
136a
Swollen SUE ELLEN : BIG CHEEKS
John Pound : 4-20
John Pound
(puzzle)
136b
Bloated BLAIR : BIG CHEEKS
John Pound : 4-20
John Pound
(puzzle)
137a
MAX Axe : AXE MAN
John Pound : 4-17
John Pound
(puzzle)
137b
Deadly DUDLEY : AXE MAN
John Pound : 4-17
John Pound
(puzzle)
138a
Alien IAN (c) : MARS ATTACKS GPK
John Pound : 4-15
(checklist)
(checklist)
138a
Alien IAN (c) : MARS ATTACKS GPK
John Pound : 4-15
(checklist)
(checklist)
138b
Outerspace CHASE (c) : MARS ATTACKS GPK
John Pound : 4-15
(checklist)
(checklist)
138b
Outerspace CHASE (c) : MARS ATTACKS GPK
John Pound : 4-15
(checklist)
(checklist)
139a
Double IRIS
David Burke
John Pound
(puzzle)
139b
4-Eyed IDA
David Burke
John Pound
(puzzle)
140a
Mouth PHIL : MOUTHFUL OF BASEBALLS
John Pound : 4-16
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
140b
Tooth LES : MOUTHFUL OF BASEBALLS
John Pound : 4-16
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
141a
ASHLEY Can
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
141b
GRETA Garbage
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
142a
BRUCE Moose
David Burke
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
142b
Hunted HUNTER
David Burke
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
143a
MELBA Toast
David Burke
John Pound
(puzzle)
143b
HY Rye
David Burke
John Pound
(puzzle)
144a
Horny HAL
David Burke
John Pound
(puzzle)
144b
RUDY Toot
David Burke
John Pound
(puzzle)
145a
DALE Snail
David Burke
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
145b
Crushed SHELLY
David Burke
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
146a
Baked JAKE
David Burke
John Pound
(puzzle)
146b
Dry GUY
David Burke
John Pound
(puzzle)
147a
Amazin' GRACE
David Burke
John Pound
(puzzle)
147b
Muscular MOLLY
David Burke
John Pound
(puzzle)
148a
Turned-On TARA
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
148b
TIFFANY Lamp
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
149a
REESE Pieces (c) : JIGSAW PUZZLE GPK
John Pound : 4-06
John Pound
(puzzle)
149a
Puzzled PAUL (c) : JIGSAW PUZZLE GPK
John Pound : 4-06
John Pound
(puzzle)
149b
Incomplete PETE : JIGSAW PUZZLE GPK
John Pound : 4-06
John Pound
(puzzle)
150a
Hairy HARRIET
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
150b
Bushy BERNICE
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
151a
Losin' FAITH
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
151b
Dyin' DINAH
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
152a
Whisperin' WOODY
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
152b
VAN Triloquist
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
153a
JACK O. Lantern
David Burke
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
153b
DUNCAN Pumpkin
David Burke
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
154a
Basket CASEY
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
154b
Dribblin' DEREK
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
155a
Spikey MIKEY
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
155b
Nailed NEIL
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
156a
Warrin' WARREN
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
156b
BRETT Vet
Tom Bunk
John Pound
(puzzle)
157a
LARRY Lips : UBONGI WHITEBOY GPK
John Pound : 4-18
John Pound
(puzzle)
157b
Distortin' MORTAN : UBONGI WHITEBOY GPK
John Pound : 4-18
John Pound
(puzzle)
158a
Meltin' ELTON
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
158b
CRYSTAL Gale (c)
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
158b
Ig LOU (c)
Tom Bunk
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
159a
Catty CATHY
David Burke
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
159b
KITTY Litter
David Burke
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
160a
Decapitated HEDY : HEAD IN LAB JAR
John Pound : 4-05 (R)
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
160b
Formalde HEIDI : HEAD IN LAB JAR
John Pound : 4-05 (R)
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
161a
Shorned SEAN : SHAVING GPK
John Pound : 4-04
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
161b
Hy GENE : SHAVING GPK
John Pound : 4-04
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
162a
Yicchy MICKEY : EATS GARBAGE
John Pound : 4-08 (R)
John Pound
(puzzle)
162b
Barfin' BART : EATS GARBAGE
John Pound : 4-08 (R)
John Pound
(puzzle)
163a
TRISH Squish
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
163b
RUBY Cube
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle)
164a
TEDDY Bear : BATTERED TEDDY-BEAR GPK
John Pound : 4-21
John Pound
(puzzle)
164b
SALVATORE Dolly (c) : BATTERED TEDDY-BEAR GPK
John Pound : 4-21
John Pound
(puzzle)
164b
Battered BRAD (c) : BATTERED TEDDY-BEAR GPK
John Pound : 4-21
John Pound
(puzzle)
165a
DANA Druff
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
165b
Flakey FAY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
166a
Gored GORDON : BULLFIGHTER
John Pound : 4-25
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
166b
No Way JOS : BULLFIGHTER
John Pound : 4-25
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden : Art Spiegelman
#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
BACK
WRITER
BACK

91 Total Cards = 84 Cards + 4 Name and 3 Checklist Changes (Not Including Asterisks *, **)