RELEASE PERIOD : NOVEMBER 2013

During November 2013 Topps released Garbage Pail Kids online exclusive merchandise, including the first miniature U.S. cards that came 8 cards to a pack, 24 packs per box, at $49.99 SRP per box.  The set covers all three Brand-New Series sets released in 2012 and 2013 with four additional, exclusive characters for a total of eight cards with new artwork.  The novelty set was art directed by Colin Walton who took over as art director in 2011 and oversaw the Brand-New Series sets. Each foil pack contains eight cards, seven base card singles and a chance to come across a parallel card (black inserted 1:1; and gold inserted 1:20), a Printing Plate (inserted 1:48), an Artist Autograph card (inserted 1:48) or a Sketch card (inserted 1:253).









396 CARD SET
: 396 BASE CARDS
110 BNS1 + 146 BNS2 + 132 BNS3 + 4 New

(Not Including CHASE CARDS : Printing Plates, Parallels, Sketch Cards, Arist Autographs)

DISPLAY BOX

1 VARIATION (CODE = PKG001452) : TOPPS PROMOTIONAL IMAGE
MAIN BOX ARTWORK : JOHN POUND
OTHER ARTWORK : PINGITORE, SIMKO, DEJARNETTE, GROSS

NO UPC CODE





WRAPPER

1 VARIATION (CODE = PKG001451) : TOPPS PROMOTIONAL IMAGE
WRAPPER ARTWORK : JOHN POUND

NO UPC CODE

NON-SPORT UPDATE - NA






NEW ARTWORK ONLY




195a GAMEY JAMIE - 195b DEAD NED



196a EXTRACTED EARL - 196b ROTTEN RALPH



197a BEASTY BOB - 197b REPULSIVE RENEE



198a KEYED KEITH - 198b VANESSA VANDAL

NOTE : CARD IMAGE







1
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The first GPK Exclusive Online Set by Topps; but unlike their Wacky Packages releases, a completed collated set cannot be found within a single purchased box. Topps also released GPK Greeting Cards online during November of 2013.

2. Like many GPK Special Backs for the recent Topps' sets -- green with a nostalgic 'all-new' star-like pattern, the new characters for the BNS mini set have special backs that read "Mini Sticker Exclusive" found randomly. However, these are cards only, and not stickers. The cards number 195 - 198 and follow the numerical sequence of the BNS3 checklist that ends at 194; however, the exclusive card names are not found on the checklist.


3. The Mini cards measure 2 1/4 x 3 1/8 like many international card sizes, often referred to as miniature, mini, small, et cetera sizes. In some European countries (especially the UK) this card size is considered and called 'cigarette cards'; since, historically, trading cards were often found attached to cigarette packs back in the day.

4. Two online GPK Mini Cards Ads could be found on the Topps website promoting the BNS card set; the image below, and found above at the top of the page.



5. The Wrapper Image, created by John Pound in 1986, contains the OS2 character 65a Shrunken Ed and 65b Cheeky CHARLES -- the image cannot be found within the Mini
BNS set. The wrapper is very reminiscent of the OS5 set.

6. The set of Mini Cards are in fact Cards, Not Stickers -- no die-cuts, and for some strange reason, the 'peel here' arrow has been left intact and not removed. International releases of old, of the same size, were in fact stickers, with the 'peel here' arrow turned around, facing the outer edge of the card, non-die-cut with the entire card being a sticker.








ANNOTATED NAMES
Explanatory Notations and Definitions
of the New GPK Names

195a

GAMEY JAMIE - Rhyme; the name Jamie with the word game(+y).
A partial name parody taken from the title 'Game of Thrones'; a fantasy drama created for HBO which is an adaptation of George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novels.
def'n: Game - To manipulate (a situation), typically in a way that is unfair or unscrupulous.
195b



DEAD NED - Rhyme; the name Ned with the word dead.
A name parody taken from a character from the 'Game of Thrones' television series [caveat; being the 'hand' of the King, Ned Stark would not have sat on the 'Iron Throne', but is seen as such in HBO advertising campaigns].
def'n: Dead - No longer alive.

196a

EXTRACTED EARL - Earl; E name to go with the word extract(+ed).
def'n: Extract - To remove or take out, especially by effort or force. Tooth extraction.
196b


ROTTEN RALPH - Ralph; R name to go with the word rotten.
def'n: Rotten - Suffering from decay. A rotten tooth.
def'n: Rot - To decay or cause to decay by the action of bacteria and fungi; decompose.
197a

BEASTY BOB - Bob; B name to go with the word beast(+y).
def'n: Beast - A large or dangerous animal. A monster.
197b

REPULSIVE RENEE - Renee; R name to go with the word repulsive.
def'n: Repulsive - To arouse an intense feeling of distaste or disgust. Revolting, disgusting, repugnant, etc.
198a


KEYED KEITH - Keith; K name to go with the word key(+ed).
def'n: Key - A shaped metal object with precise incisions cut in order to fit the wards of locks in order to open/close.
def'n: Keyed - slang; When a vehicle becomes defaced by someone scraping off the paint with their key(s).
198b

VANESSA VANDAL - Vanessa; V name to go with the word vandal.
def'n: Vandal - A person that deliberately destroys or damages public or someone's private property.









ARTIST BRENT ENGSTROM









1. GPK artist Mark Pingitore created two images for the Mini BNS set, one character can be found on the box packaging. The color rough images for characters of cards 195a Gamey JAMIE and 195b Dead NED and 196a Extracted EARL and 196b Rotten RALPH can be seen below.


2. The image for cards 197a Repulsive RALPH and 197b Beasty BOB is very reminiscent of Topps' Ugly Stickers franchise -- and is a direct adaptation of Norm Saunders' Ugly Sticker #44 from 1965; based off of concepts by Basil Wolverton -- creatively re-imagined by David Gross for the BNS Mini set. The image can also be seen within Topps' October 2013 Artists On Demand line, found online via the Topps shop, by artist Dustin Graham -- an Ugly Stickers custom 1/1 artist color sketch card he created. Also created as a special Ugly Santas Topps card by Joe Simko.



3. The set is an anthology of the Brand-New Series Brand showcasing all images from the BNS1 (110 cards), BNS2 (146 cards) and BNS3 (132 cards) sets for a total of 396 cards found in the base set. Due to the large base card size, there are five checklists for the set.








THE ARTIST RECOGNITION EDITION


#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
CONCEPT
ARTIST / WRITER
BACK - MAIN ARTIST
1a -55b
BNS1 - Checklist
various (see BNS1 page)
various (see BNS1 page)
various (see BNS1 page)
56a - 128a
BNS2 - Checklist A
various (see BNS2 page)
various (see BNS2 page)
various (see BNS2 page)
56b - 128b
BNS2 - Checklist B
various (see BNS2 page)
various (see BNS2 page)
various (see BNS2 page)
129a - 194a
BNS3 - Checklist A
various (see BNS3 page)
various (see BNS3 page)
various (see BNS3 page)
129b - 194b
BNS3 - Checklist B
various (see BNS3 page)
various (see BNS3 page)
various (see BNS3 page)
195a
Gamey JAMIE
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore
none
195b
Dead NED
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore
none
196a
Extracted EARL
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore
none
196b
Rotten RALPH
Mark Pingitore
Mark Pingitore
none
197a
Beasty BOB
David Gross
D. Gross / N.Saunders / B. Wolverton
none
197b
Repulsive RENEE
David Gross
D. Gross / N.Saunders / B. Wolverton
none
198a
Keyed KEITH
Joe Simko
David Gross
none
198b
VANESSA Vandal
Joe Simko
David Gross
none
#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
CONCEPT
ARTIST / WRITER
BACK - MAIN ARTIST

396 Total Cards = 396 Base Cards
(Not Including CHASE CARDS : Printing Plates, Parallels, Sketch Cards, Arist Autographs)