CHROME EDITION






    
RELEASE PERIOD : JULY 2014

The Chrome Series 2 GPK set was released in the summer of 2014 by Topps, Inc. and distributed in July of that year - six months after the 2014 Series 1 GPK set released in January of 2014 and eleven months after the last Chrome set, Series 1, that hit store shelves in August of 2013. The set mainly consists of a reprint of the 1985 Original Series 2 GPK (OS2) artwork by veteran GPK artist John Pound combined with chrome technology; no stickers or die-cuts in the set. The release also contains 'Returning' artwork pieces previously found in the Flashback sets by various artists; both veteran and next-generation GPK artists can be found within this new set. The overseeing art director is Colin Walton and the brand managers for GPK among other products are Jared Moran and Jordan Greenstein. For the first print run each pack (with a suggested retail price of $2.99) contains four cards on heavy card stock (with a great chrome finish), three base card singles and a chance to come across a base card parallel: Refractor card (inserted 1:3 packs), a Prism Refractor (inserted 1:24), a SuperFractor (inserted 1:4,666), a Black Refractor card (1:7; Hobby box exclusive), a Gold Refractor(1:3; Hobby box exclusive), a Printing Plate (inserted 1:1,160), a GPK Redemption card (inserted 1:10,000; for uncut sheets, refractors, etc.), a Chrome Concept Sketch card (inserted 1:3), and a Artist Autograph Base Parallel card (inserted 1:305; approx. 2,200 in total). There are also extremely rare "C" Name short-print cards (inserted 1:100; no parallels).










110 CARD SET : 84 BASE + 26 RETURNING CARDS
214 TOTAL SET : 84 BASE + 26 LOST + 82 SKETCH + 20 C-NAME
NOT INCLUDING: PRINTING PLATES, PARALLELS, REFRACTORS, ETC.



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RENDERED ARTWORK : TOM BUNK
SEVERAL VARIATIONS




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1. There are Two Puzzles within the set; much like the Australia and New Zealand OS2 international releases, the release contains both the 0S2 first print run puzzle 'Messy TESSIE' and the second and third print run puzzle 'Live MIKE'; together for the first time in the U.S.

2. The mock up Value Box for Series 1 Chrome stated "7 Packs + 1 Exclusive Bonus Pack" whereas the release box said "7 Packs + 1 Exclusive X-Fractor Pack"; well worth the purchase for the "4 Bonus X-Fractor Cards" pack. However, the mock up Value Box for Series 2 states "7 Packs + 1 Exclusive X-Fractor Pack" but the release box says "7 Packs Plus 1 Bonus Pack"; only sort-of worth the purchase for the "4 Bonus Cards" pack ... they are regular base cards -- go for the Value Packs.

3. Instead of Lost Cards as released in the OS1 Chrome set, the OS2 Chrome set has 'Returning' Cards found throughout, and reprinted from, the Flashback sets. Due to the OS2 theme, and the few OS2 characters released within the Flashback sets, MONA Loser and Phony LISA can be found a staggering number three times within the 13 card (26 card twin set) subset; on cards R7a/b, R10a/b and on cards R13a and R14b (mis-numbered). Technically, cards R10 predominantly showcases an OS1 character.


4. Although the OS2 Chrome Set is a replica of the OS2 1985 set release, it is not identical. The base set contains 84 cards rather than 86; the two variation cards do not appear in this set. There are several sets of checklist cards; four in total. The GPK headers are also banner-style rather than the curved-style. The set, as mentioned above, contains two puzzles rather than one, encompassing the two different puzzles from all previous OS2 print runs. The card back layout is completely different due to both puzzles, both puzzle preview backs, and publishing three previousy unreleased card backs and images (see GPK History section below).

5. The infamous OS2 Kid for card 49b showcases the third print run name FRAN FRAN; the first character name change in the history of GPK; the first and second print run name Schizo FRAN, unfortunately, cannot be found within this release; which occured within the Flashback release as well.

6. The Sketch chase card Subset isn't technically a complete 'Pencil Art' set; cards 46a Rappin' RON and 46b RAY Gun are the 'Color Rough' renditions rather than the pencil drawing by John Pound. The original pencil artwork had the character holding two guns in his hands, the concept was later altered, and the hand weapons were later removed from the art process. This is the only 'Pencil Art' card that has 'Color Rough' printed on it. (see Pencil Art Images link above).


7. The rare cards for the Chrome OS2 set, the 20 infamous "C-Name" Cards, which first appeared in the BNS2 GPK set were produced as "short prints" (often found in Topps' sports card releases and some entertainment products). These inserts are, in general, are unannounced, have no pack odds, do not have a published quantity, and meant as a surprise for collectors to find; this release the odds are 1:100 packs (announced on the wrapper for this release with odds). Unlike the BNS2 and BNS3 GPK sets where the 'b'-name were the new names (where the 'c'-name cards were the old 'b'-name cards), and like the OS1 Chrome set, the 'c'-name cards for OS2 Chrome have the new names; the names are different than the ones picked for the aforementioned releases if duplicated.

8. Although the BEER Product label was removed and censored from cards 7a Disgustin' JUSTIN and 7b Vile KYLE for the Flashback 3 set, the BEER can is faithfully restored and remastered for this release on cards 47a and 47b, the backside of cards R1a and R1b (technically this card predominately displays an OS1 central character) and for Sketch cards 47a and 47b.


9. Due to the Sketch and Returning character cards bumped up against the regular release, there are several Same Names repeated, up to three times for this release.

10. Card 57a TOMMY Gun has the Print Reversed; the name 'Tommy' is in small print and the word 'gun' is in large print.

11. Another sports card first for GPK, Chrome Technology; the second GPK release containing no stickers on cards (and therefor, no die-cuts).








ANNOTATED NAMES

Explanatory Notations and Definitions
of the GPK Names



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1.
The GPK Chrome Series 2 Online Banners as seen up-to and through the new GPK set release; The Topps Online banner from their official website (Topps Entertainment; GPK) and the GPK Facebook page banner from the official Topps Facebook page:



2
.
Although the OS2 Chrome set contains the Returning Cards , re-imagined GPK from BNS2 and BNS3 card sets; the previously Unpublished OS2 cards can be located within the OS1 Chrome card subset called Lost Cards; also found within various Flashback GPK sets. The OS2 section also has information on these images.

3. There are three previously Unreleased OS2 Card Backs seen for the first time within the OS2 Chrome set, located on the card backs of cards 77a and 77b (License to Drive Your Parents Crazy), cards 78a and 78b (License to Pick Nose in Public) and cards 79a and 79b (Practical Joke Permit). More information can be located within the OS2 History Section; the backs were created by artist Tom Bunk and can finally be found on card back. The test cards were printed by Topps and sold through the Topps Vault via eBay years ago; but due to the poorly scanned images, not all of the written word can/could be made out so the cards are fused with old and new material:




4. During the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) in July of 2014 the Topps booth handed out a 2014 Series 2 Promo Card to collectors, GPK fans and potentially to newbies. This is the first promo card released in some time. The backside advertises the release information for October 2014 and has a nice Comic Con-related image and name for the frontside of the card P1 Comic CONNER:


5. During the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) in July of 2014, Topps also had Comic-Con Series 1 "A" Edition Jumbo Cards available (limited to 500 sets?) with card names CC1a Comic CONNER (Comic-Con), CC2a Gamey JAMIE (Game of Thrones), CC3a CALVIN America (Captain America), CC4a Pacific JIM (Pacific Rim), CC5a Alien IAN (Mars Attacks) and CC6a He-MANNY (He-man). The following week Topps released the "B" Edition Jumbo Comic-Con Series 1 Cards as an online exclusive through their Topps online shop (limited to 500 sets) with card names CC1b Cosplay Cody (Cosplayers), CC2b Dead Ned (Game of Thrones), CC3b STEVE Rotters (Steve Rogers), CC4b TODD Zilla (Godzilla), CC5b Outerspace CHASE (Mars Attacks) and CC6b Eternal ADAM (The Eternal Adam - a short novelette by Jules Verne recounting the progressive fall of a group of survivors into barbarism following an apocalypse).



6. The images used for the OS2 Chrome Sketch card subset were taken directly from John Pound's Pencil Artwork, created after the initial concepts were approved. These drawings are often called tight pencils and used by Pound to create the color roughs and then the final art that follows. The square box measured out is basically the available space for the card character and GPK image, to fit below the GPK header from above and above the name bar from below.


7
. Two GPK Veterans are back for the Chrome set, artists John Pound and Tom Bunk. Pound, who completed the artwork fronts for the OS2 set, and Bunk, who completed the artwork backs for the OS2 set. Both contribute Artist Autograph cards for the release.






THE ARTIST RECOGNITION EDITION


PRINT RUN INFORMATION LOCATED ON PRINTABLE CHECKLIST PAGE

#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
BACK
WRITER
BACK
42a
PATTY Putty
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
42b
Muggin' MEGAN
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
43a
Smelly KELLY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
43b
DOUG Plug
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
44a
SY Clops
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
44b
One-Eyed JACK
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
44c*
Giant GILES
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
45a
Leaky LINDSAY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
45b
Messy TESSIE
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
45c*
Booger BETTY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
46a
Rappin' RON
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
46b
RAY Gun
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
47a
Disgustin' JUSTIN
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
47b
Vile KYLE
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
48a
Tongue Tied TIM
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
48b
MARTY Mouthful
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
48c*
Tonguey TEDDY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
49a
Double HEATHER
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
49b
FRAN FRAN (aka Schizo FRAN)
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
50a
Mad DONNA
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
50b
Nutty NICOLE
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
50c*
Geek SHONA
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
51a
RUSSELL Muscle
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
51b
BRETT Sweat
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
51c*
Brawny JOHNNY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
52a
Dirty HARRY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
52b
ROB Slob
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
52c*
PEG Sty
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
53a
Jolted JOEL
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
53b
Live MIKE
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
54a
Fryin' RYAN
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
54b
Charred CHAD
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
55a
Hairy GARY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
55b
Brutal BRAD
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
55c*
Cave MANNY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
56a
Hairy CARRIE
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
56b
Brutal BRIDGET
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
56c*
Cave MINNY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
57a
TOMMY Gun
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
57b
Dead FRED
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
57c*
Scar FABE
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
58a
Cracked JACK
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
58b
Soft Boiled SAM
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
58c*
Eggy ERROL
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
59a
Clogged DUANE
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
59b
Bye Bye BOBBY
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
59c*
Flushed FRANK
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle piece)
60a
Prickly RICK
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle preview)
60b
Cactus CAROL
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle preview)
60c*
Thorny THEO
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle preview)
61a
Jolly ROGER
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle preview)
61b
Pegleg PETER
John Pound
John Pound
(puzzle preview)
62a
Greaser GREG
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
62b
CHRIS Hiss
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
63a
Spacey STACY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
63b
JANET Planet
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
63c*
Alien ALICE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
64a
Hot SCOTT
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
64b
LUKE Warm
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
64c*
Demon DAMON
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
65a
Shrunken ED
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
65b
Cheeky CHARLES
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
65c*
Face LES
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
66a
MATT Ratt
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
66b
RACHEL Rodent
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
66c*
Trapped TRAVIS
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
67a
Phony LISA
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
67b
MONA Loser
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
68a
OLIVER Twisted
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
68b
Dizzy DAVE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
69a
JENNY Jelly
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
69b
SARA Slime
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
69c*
Melted MELLODY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
70a
Bad Breath SETH
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
70b
Foul PHIL
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
70c*
HAL Itosis
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
71a
Odd TODD
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
71b
Bent BEN
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
71c*
LON Chimey
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
72a
Mad MAX
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
72b
Brainy BRIAN
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
73a
Gorgeous GEORGE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
73b
Dollar BILL
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
73c*
Gener AL
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
74a
MARK Bark
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
74b
Kennel KENNY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
75a
Off-The-Wall PAUL
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
75b
ZACH Plaque
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
76a
BONNIE Bunny
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
76b
Pourin' LAUREN
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
77a
Ghastly ASHLEY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
77b
Acne AMY
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
78a
Wrinkled RITA
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
78b
Ancient ANNIE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
79a
Sewer SUE
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
79b
MICHELLE Muck
John Pound
Tom Bunk
Mark Newgarden
80a
Tattoo LOU
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
80b
ART Gallery
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
81a
Split KIT
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
81b
Mixed-Up MITCH
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
82a
Slain WAYNE
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
82b
Ventilated VINNIE
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
83a
Ugh LEE
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
83b
Sumo SID
John Pound
(checklist)
(checklist)
#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
BACK
ORIGINAL SERIES
AND CARD NUMBER
R1a Disgustin' JUSTIN
Brent Engstrom
John Pound
WATN? 73a - FB1
R1b Vile KYLE
Brent Engstrom
John Pound
WATN? 73b - FB1
R2a Split KIT
Joe Simko
John Pound
WATN? 77a - FB1
R2b Mixed-Up MITCH
Joe Simko
John Pound
WATN? 77b - FB1
R3a Ghastly ASHLEY
Mark Pingitore
John Pound
WATN? 72a - FB2
R3b Acne AMY
Mark Pingitore
John Pound
WATN? 72b - FB2
R4a Jolly ROGER
Mark Pingitore
John Pound
WATN? 73a - FB2
R4b Pegleg PETER
Mark Pingitore
John Pound
WATN? 73b - FB2
R5a Greaser GREG
Joe Simko
John Pound
WATN? 74a - FB2
R5b CHRIS Hiss
Joe Simko
John Pound
WATN? 74b - FB2
R6a Jolted JOEL
Mark Pingitore
John Pound
WATN? 72a - FB3
R6b Live MIKE
Mark Pingitore
John Pound
WATN? 72b - FB3
R7a Phony LISA
Jason Edmiston
John Pound
WATN? 73a - FB3
R7b MONA Loser
Jason Edmiston
John Pound
WATN? 73b - FB3
R8a Smelly KELLY (** aka TREY Spray)
Joe Simko
John Pound
110b ** & 110c - BNS2
R8b DOUG Plug
Joe Simko
John Pound
110a - BNS2
R9a OLIVER Twisted
John Cebollero
John Pound
107a - BNS2
R9b Dizzy DAVE (** aka BRETT Towel)
John Cebollero
John Pound
107b ** & 107c - BNS2
R10a Phony LISA
JungHwa Im
John Pound
180a - BNS3
R10b MONA Loser
JungHwa Im
John Pound
180b & 180c - BNS3
R11a Mad MAX
Joe Simko
John Pound
182a - BNS3
R11b Brainy BRIAN (** aka Brain-Dead JED)
Joe Simko
John Pound
182b ** & 182c - BNS3
R12a Fryin' RYAN
Joe Simko
John Pound
190a - BNS3
R12b Charred CHAD
Joe Simko
John Pound
190b & 190c - BNS3
R13a Phony LISA
James Warhola
John Pound
ADAM Bombing 5 of 10 - BNS3
R14b MONA Loser
James Warhola
John Pound
ADAM Bombing 5 of 10 - BNS3
#
CARD NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
BACK
ORIGINAL SERIES
AND CARD NUMBER

214 Cards = 84 OS2 Cards + 26 Returning Cards + 84 Sketch Cards + 20 C-Name Cards (* Rare)
NOT Including Chase Cards


 



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