At the beginning of the new year, starting in January, the Topps company continued to release another annual installment of their exclusive online brand of Garbage Pail Kids cards and product as specialized and limited items, under the tutelage of the Fanatics group, the new owners. This marks their eighth consecutive year offering a slew of unique online material to the masses, in between their larger retail releases, that tends to cater to a much smaller niche of hardcore collectors. The online and digital releases are overseen by the Topps brand manager (of entertainment ecommerce), Francis Miceli. Per LinkedIn, "I run the best sport auction account on eBay TheToppsVault I also create products for Topps.com. Check out Topps.com for Garbage Pail Kids, Star Wars, Baseball and Wacky Packages Weekly offerings."

"GARBAGE PAIL KIDS: First released in 1985, Garbage Pail Kids has left a glorious mucousy, vomit-traced, and filthy substrate across the Hobby. Taking parody and good taste right to the line (and sometimes crossing it), Garbage Pail Kids has continued to be popular for four decades because it doesn't take itself - or anything else - too seriously. Throw in a history of amazing artists creating the best and grossest artwork of all time, and you have a recipe for continual success for one of Topps' most original brands. WHO IS GARBAGE PAIL KIDS FOR? Garbage Pail Kids' primary audience continues to be collectors who grew up with the original '85-'88 releases. Since Garbage Pail Kids' return in 2003, the brand has broadened its satiric targets in pop culture - reality TV stars, movies, and the WWE, among others - for a new generation of collectors."

"THE HISTORY: Created by renowned cartoonist Art Spiegleman, Garbage Pail Kids debuted in 1985. In many ways, Garbage Pail Kids was a follow-up to Topps Wacky Packages, a spoof on household and grocery store products. By the mid-1980s, Wacky Packages had peaked and been put on hiatus, so the market was ripe for an updated series of satiric culture cards. Enter Cabbage Patch Kids. Initially released in 1983, by 1985, these dolls were unbelievably popular - and ripe for parody. After a licensing deal fell through, Garbage Pail Kids aimed and hit so close to the mark that the makers of Cabbage Patch Kids sued Topps over copyright and trademark infringement sued Topps. The suit and publicized bans of the sticker cards by schools and parent groups made Garbage Pail Kids an overnight sensation. Between 1985 and 1988, Topps released 15 series. After the initial series run, Garbage Pail Kids would be retired for fifteen years. In 2003, the brand returned, and it has continued to run ever since. As Garbage Pail Kids has developed over the years, it has maintained its satiric edge, continuing to parody pop and celebrity culture."

"THE ARTISTS: Part of the enduring cultural success of Garbage Pail Kids rests on a cast of artists who've created these images over the last four decades, including John Pound, Tom Bunk, Jay Lynch, Jeff Zapata, James Warhola, Brent Engstrom, Joe Simko, Dave Gross, Smokin' Joe McWilliams, and Neil Camera, among others. In October 2022, Topps released GPK x MLB Series 1 in collaboration with the artist Keith Shore featuring Garbage Pail Kids-style rendition baseball cards of MLB players. GPK x MLB Series 2 was released in January 2023 in collaboration with Alex Pardee - the Alex Pardee collaboration is the largest single box release. WHY IT MATTERS: For almost forty years, Garbage Pail Kids has oozed a filthy throughline between the worlds of art, comics, graphic design, comedy, and popular culture. From the beginning of the brand, Garbage Pail Kids' uniquely twisted sensibility was honed by artists who developed their style in the world of comix, comics, and Mad Magazine. You can identify the influence of Garbage Pail Kids' blend of irreverence and parody in contemporary art, including Keith Shore, Alex Pardee, Ron English, Matt Gondek, and KAWS, among many others. Garbage Pail Kids is also one of the few IPs Topps has created its long history."

"WHAT AM I CHASING? So much of the appeal of Garbage Pail Kids for collectors comes from Set Collecting or collecting a single character, most notably Adam Bomb - Garbage Pail Kids appeals to the Completist. However, the big Hits here are Sketch Cards of characters. Sketch cards are one-of-one, hand-drawn cards signed by the artist. Now is the perfect time to get grossed out by Garbage Pail Kids. AT A GLANCE: Debut Year: 1985; Art Spiegleman creates Garbage Pail Kids. Licensors: Topps; This is an original Topps IP product. Value Level: Accessible; Garbage Pail Kids offers something for every price point: online and retail sets for the entry and mid-level collectors; Chrome and Sapphire sets for the premium collector." — Topps Online










ITEM
DATE
PRODUCT
PRICING
SET INFORMATION
PRINTED
01a
Jan 11
GPK x MLB Series 2
$24.99
ALEX Pardee — Included 1 Pack; 6 Cards
NA
01b
Jan 11
GPK x MLB Series 2
$194.99
ALEX Pardee — Included 8 Packs; 42 Cards
NA
02
Feb 03
Sapphire Edition Box
$120.00
32 OS5 Characters & Parallel Cards — U.S. + UK
NA











THE ARTIST RECOGNITION EDITION




01a+b. Topps released GPK x MLB (Major League Baseball) Series 2 pack boxes—this time in cahoots with artist ALEX Pardeeonline on January 11, 2023, that cost $24.99 per one-pack box, or $194.99 per eight-pack box... exactly three months after the Series 1 release in October 2022; which coincidentally, have not been shipped. An overall price increase over the last release, with two additional parallel types and three additional chase inserts added to the set.

Within their set introduction of the '2022 Topps GPK x MLB Series 2 by Alex Pardee - 1 Pack [or] 8 Pack Box' release, the Topps Shop stated: "Includes 1 [or] 8 packs. 6 cards per pack (5 Base + 1 Foil Parallel, Chase Insert or Artist Autograph).
Hobby-favorite Alex Pardee reimagines the biggest MLB stars as part of the hilarious Garbage Pail Kids universe! Collect all 15 players, along with a slew of collectible parallels, can’t-miss inserts, and even autographs from Alex himself! Free Shipping (choose Economy), Ships in 30-35 Business Days", within the 'Description' section, "Garbage Pail Kids and Major League Baseball are back! Now, esteemed artist Alex Pardee reimagines some of the biggest MLB stars, in his trademark style, as part of the hilarious Garbage Pail Kids universe. Look out for all 15 players, in addition to a slew of collectible parallels, can’t-miss inserts, and even autographs from Alex himself! Available only while supplies last, exclusively on Topps.com. BOX CONFIGURATION: • (1 [or] 8) sealed packs • (6) trading cards per pack (5 Base + 1 Foil Parallel, Chase Insert or Artist Autograph)", and within the 'Specs' section, "SKU: ARTGPK-16C2S-22GPK-AP1[OR]8BX, Product Information : 1 [or] 8 Sealed Pack(s). 6 trading cards (5 base + 1 foil parallel, chase insert or artist autograph) per pack. Product Type: Online Exclusive Box, Property: Major League Baseball, Year 2023: Artist Name Alex Pardee".



Topps dropped the above ad to social media on Friday, January 6, 2023, stating: "The Garbage Pail Kids are taking over MLB once again! New set featuring art by Alex Pardee will be dropping on Wednesday only on Topps.com." and a video on Monday, January 9, 2023, stating: "'Garbage Pail Kids were probably the first thing that I even avidly collected…Having the opportunity to be part of that legacy in a small way is insane…' Artist Alex Pardee shares his deep connection to his upcoming #GPK x #MLB set!" NOTE: Collectors may recall artist ALEX Pardee's digital artwork contribution to the 2021 Beyond the Streets (BTS) release for card #1 in the online boxed set via NTWRK. NOTE:
The eight-pack box sold out in eight days; the one-pack box sold out in nine days. The 2nd series had a much higher production and no artist proofs.

#01 — GPK X MLB | ARTGPK-16C2S-22GPK-AP1BX + ARTGPK-16C2S-22GPK-AP8BX
1a/b/cRONALD ACUÑA JR
ALEX Pardee
MLB
2a/b/cMIKE TROUT
ALEX Pardee
MLB
3a/b/cWANDER FRANCO
ALEX Pardee
MLB
4a/b/cAARON JUDGE
ALEX Pardee
MLB
5a/b/cMOOKIE BETTS
ALEX Pardee
MLB
6a/b/cVLADIMIR GUERRERO JR
ALEX Pardee
MLB
7a/b/cJUAN SOTO
ALEX Pardee
MLB
8a/b/cONEIL CRUZ
ALEX Pardee
MLB
9a/b/cMAX SCHERZER
ALEX Pardee
MLB
10a/b/cBO BICHETTE
ALEX Pardee
MLB
11a/b/cBOBBY WITT JR
ALEX Pardee
MLB
12a/b/cJULIO RODRIGUEZ
ALEX Pardee
MLB
13a/b/cLUIS ROBERT
ALEX Pardee
MLB
14a/b/cANTHONY RIZZO
ALEX Pardee
MLB
15a/b/cSPENCER STRIDER
ALEX Pardee
MLB
P1SILVER FOIL BORDER — NO #
ALEX Pardee
MLB
P2RAINBOW FOIL BORDER — #/250
ALEX Pardee
MLB
P3RAINBOW FOIL BORDER — #/250
ALEX Pardee
MLB
P4 + APINK FOIL BORDER — #/99
ALEX Pardee
MLB
P5 + AGREEN FOIL BORDER — #/75
ALEX Pardee
MLB
P6 + AORANGE FOIL BORDER — #/50
ALEX Pardee
MLB
P7 + ABLUE FOIL BORDER — #/25
ALEX Pardee
MLB
P8 + APURPLE FOIL BORDER — #/10
ALEX Pardee
MLB
P9 + ARED FOIL BORDER — #/5
ALEX Pardee
MLB
P10 + AGOLD LAVA FOIL BORDER — #/1
ALEX Pardee
MLB
AAARTIST PORTRAIT ON CARD AUTO — A & B NAMES — 1:120 PACKS
ALEX Pardee
MLB
APKEITH SHORE ARTIST PORTRAIT — A & B NAMES — 1:5 PACKS
ALEX Pardee
MLB
CNC NAMES — 15 SUBJECTS — 1:10 PACKS
ALEX Pardee
MLB
NNNO NAME — 15 SUBJECTS — 1:16 PACKS
ALEX Pardee
MLB
WAWRAPPER ART — 15 SUBJECTS — 1:40 PACKS
ALEX Pardee
MLB
BGRARE "BASEBALL GUY" PENCIL DRAWING — 1 SUBJECT — 1:100 PACKS
ALEX Pardee
MLB
#NOMENCLATURE
ARTIST / CONCEPT
PARODY SUBJECT







02. Although scheduled for a January 27, 2023, online release, Topps pushed the drop out one week, to February 03, 2023, for their 2022 GPK Sapphire Edition #3 box, which included 32 trading cards, 8 packs per box & 4 cards per pack, and featured artwork from the OS5 set, costing $120.00, ten per customer. The limited supplies sold out in less than an hour for the UK online drop (a smaller number available), and ? for the U.S. online drop. The box mock-up image and online checklist both state "2022" considering the set was originally planned to be released last year. Unlike the previous two releases, boxes were not offered to Topps 582 Montgomery club members via their 'early access' membership perk prior to the main release.


NOTE: Obviously a much larger production since boxes were not SOLD OUT right away, and there was an E-comm banner ad for online sales; Ecommerce = commercial transactions conducted electronically on the internet.

The description stated, "2022 Garbage Pail Kids Chrome Sapphire Edition brings the always beautiful Sapphire treatments to the always classic Original Series 5 set! Look out for a ton of exclusive Sapphire colored parallels bringing a level of glamor to some of the nastiest, stinkiest, and downright ugliest gags in GPK history!
32 cards per box - Look for Color Parallels!" The release included a plethora of parallel border colors including blue, pink, green, orange, gold, purple, red and 'padparadscha'. The price per box shot up from $50.00 (OS1 + OS2) to $130.00 (OS3 + OS4) in just two years, and down to $120 (OS5), possibly due to a much higher production. 100 cards per base and parallel sets. Additional information, [U.S.] "Ships in 10-15 business days. Customer/Household Limit: 10" + [UK] "Please allow 14-16 business days for UK delivery (+14 for international orders, order from outside the UK may be subject to import tax)." New color for 2022 replacements, UNKNOWN.

#02— GPK OS5 CHROME SAPPHIRE EDITION| SKU: FGC004988 + FGC004988-UK-DB
OS5167a/b—206a/b
JOHN Pound & TOM Bunk
80 Cards
OS5207a/b/b—216a/b — NEW ART
Engstrom, Simko, Gross, McWilliams, Camera
20 Cards
P1BLACK SAPPHIRE — NEW
JOHN Pound & TOM Bunk + NEW ART
#'d to 125
P2YELLOW / GOLD SAPPHIRE — PREV. # TO 15
JOHN Pound & TOM Bunk + NEW ART
#'d to 99
P3PINK / FUCHSIA SAPPHIRE
JOHN Pound & TOM Bunk + NEW ART
#'d to 75
P4GREEN SAPPHIRE
JOHN Pound & TOM Bunk + NEW ART
#'d to 50
P5ORANGE SAPPHIRE
JOHN Pound & TOM Bunk + NEW ART
#'d to 25
P6BLUE / AQUA SAPPHIRE — PREV. # TO 99
JOHN Pound & TOM Bunk + NEW ART
#'d to 15
P7PURPLE SAPPHIRE
JOHN Pound & TOM Bunk + NEW ART
#'d to 10
P8RED SAPPHIRE
JOHN Pound & TOM Bunk + NEW ART
#'d to 5
P9PADPARADSCHA SAPPHIRE
JOHN Pound & TOM Bunk + NEW ART
1-of-1
P10*? SAPPHIRE; REFRACTOR STAMP
JOHN Pound & TOM Bunk + NEW ART
NOT #'d
#NOMENCLATURE / PACKAGING + CARD
CARD ARTIST
INFORMATION
*NOT FOUND IN PACKS; REDEMPTION CARD FOR MISSING PARALLEL HITS