Friday, March 31, 2017

2013 Chrome Series 1: #L2a/b Baby Abie & Missing Linc, #L3a/b Prickly Pete & Thorny Barb

Original Series 3 (OS3) had two pair of additional cards that were pulled from the set prior to production.  Baby Abie and Missing Linc were originally intended for OS3, and was even modified slightly (as shown below) to be included in OS5, but was never released until the Flashback and Chrome Series.  Prickly Pete and Thorny Barb were also intended to be included in OS3, but never made it into that set.

Monday, March 27, 2017

2013 Chrome Series 1: #L1a/b Pickled Pete & Formaldehyde Fred

Thought your 1985 Original Series 2 set was complete?  Well, maybe it is, or maybe it isn't.  Between 2010-2011, GPK came out with three 160-card Flashback Series sets featuring a few formerly unreleased cards intended for OS2-OS16.  Those 28 cards were re-released together as a single subset to the '2013 GPK Chrome: 1985 Original Series 1' set called the Lost Cards.  The first pair of Lost Card from the 2013 CS1 represent cards that were original intended to be part of OS2 back in October 1985: #L1a Pickled Pete and #L1b Formaldehyde Fred.

2015 Series 1: Brown Border Puzzle

Looking through the 9 different puzzles from the 2015 Series 1 set, I came across one that didn't seem to have it's own card in the base set.  The other 8 puzzles represent a pair from the 132-card set, but I couldn't find a card to represent the brown border puzzle.  It's the classic mystery of "Who's on First?".

Here are the 9 puzzles of the 2015 Series 1 set as advertised on the back of cards #37b-45b.

Update:  I found the card.  It's Fat Matt from the All-Star insert set #8 of 10.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

2017 Adam-Geddon Alien Invasion #4a/b: Squashed Josh & Squoze Rose

Within the first subset of Adam-Geddon, a couple of Original Series characters make their comeback.  Squashed Josh and Squoze Rose, using their OS8 aliases are captured during the Alien Invasion....

Squashed Josh & Squoze Rose first appeared as #321A/B in Original Series 8 (OS8), released in April 1987.  OS8 was the only Original Series release to use capital letters in the card numbers.  

Tee-Vee Stevie (Geeky Gary) first appeared as #10a in OS1, and Fowl Raoul (Mack Quack), first appeared as 106a in OS3.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

2017 Adam-Geddon Apocalypse #10a/b: Dry Guy & Famish Mitch

Here's the last of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from the Adam-Geddon set.  Representing Famine is Dry Guy & Famish Mitch.  It's a throwback to the Original Series 4 characters Baked Jake & Dry Guy.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

2017 Adam-Geddon Apocalypse #11a/b: Mad Mike & War and Warren

Representing one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse is Mad Mike and War and Warren in this 24-card subset of 2017 GPK Series 1 (Adam-Geddon).

You might remember this guy from 1985 GPK Original Series 1 as Mad Mike & Savage Stuart.  Since I don't yet have the actual '85 cards, here's a couple of nice 2013 Chrome reprints.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

2013 Brand-New Series 2: Puzzles

Here are all 9 of the puzzles in Brand-New Series 2.

#56a/b: Mel Tin & Marsh Marlow

#70a/b: Blown-up Bruce & Smashing Stan

#115a/b: Duster Dorothy & Taylor Twister

#110a/b: Doug Plug & Trey Spray

#71a/b: Frida Spirit & Tie Dyna

#64a/b: Sleep Les & Insomiac Zack

#98a/b: Firey Francis & Reptilian Killian

#128a/b: Adam Bomb & Protestin' Preston

#110a/b: Abduct Jed & Take Ken

2013 All-New Series 2: Mail Delivery Standards

Among the packages in my mailbox yesterday, was a completed set of GPK BNS2.  The 146-card set came in a yellow bubble-wrap envelope.  When I opened it, there were two stacks of probably half the set (@73 cards) sealed in a large team set type of sleeve floating loosely in the bubblewrap.  I found a few of the corners dinged, most likely through shipping, and cringed.  Having recently picked back up the GPK hobby after a long hiatus, I've purchased many sets and lots trying to catch up on missed releases since leaving the hobby after 1987.

What I've noticed through these purchases is that many GPK sellers/traders seem to have substandard packaging and shipping standards.  I've been getting a lot of singles sent loosely in envelopes and sets sent loosely in bubble wrap.  One set arrived in ziplock bags.  Having bought and sold baseball cards on Ebay for a number of years, I've become accustomed to carefully wrapped packages and envelopes for my cards.  I usually consider leaving neutral, or even negative feedback for such carelessness, but this problem appears to be an epidemic within the GPK community.

"Anyhow", I like these BNS sets that came out in 2012-2013 through 3 different series.  For some reason, Topps decided that they didn't want to continue with the All-New Series concept that last through 7 releases between 2003-2007.  After 3 Flashback Series releases between 2010-2011, Topps started another theme they called the Brand-New Series.  Like the Original Series releases between 1985-1988, Topps began using a continuous numbering method from each series to the next.  BNS2 picks up numbering where BNS1 left off with #56a/b, and ends with #128a/b, where BNS3 picks up.  The All-New Series renumbered each of the 7 releases beginning with card #1a/b.  I don't know that one method is better than the other, but the concept is significant enough to point out.

What I like about the Brand-New Series is that it re-introduces characters from the Original Series and shows what they look like now.  Other series have done this as well, but BNS had their own style of doing it.  I've shown 5 pages from my BNS2 set below depicting 45 of the 146 cards from this set.  BNS2 was the largest GPK release to date (unless you count the 3 Flashback sets of 160 cards), and the set size of BNS2 would not be matched again until 2015 Series 2: 30th Anniversary, consisting of 220 cards.  Also, the BNS sets are much more affordable than the ANS sets.

Friday, March 17, 2017

2012 Brand-New Series 1: Puzzles

Brand-New Series 1 (BNS1) had 8 puzzles consisting of 72 total cards from the 110-card set.  I have shown the 8 completed puzzles in order below.

#29a/b: Brice Lice & Infested Ian

#22a/b: Screaming Stuart & Terrified Terence

#5a/b: Steve Rotters & Calvin America

#44a/b: Trashy Trixie & Dustbin Daphne

#24a/b: Tricky Tracy & Hallow Wendy

#14a/b: Laundro Matt & Clean Gene

#33a/b: Ray Spray & Brutal Barry

#23a/b: Super Manny & Airsick Vick

2013 Brand-New Series 3: Puzzles

Remember when Garbage Pail Kids had only 1 or 2 puzzles in each series?  In Brand-New Series 3 (BNS3), there are 10 different puzzles consisting of 9 cards each.  A total of 90 of the 132 cards in this set are dedicated to puzzles.  To be fair, the puzzles in the Original Series used to consist of 21 pieces instead of 9, like GPK started doing sometime after the millenium.  I actually like the 9-piece puzzles better because they fit conveniently into the 9-pocket pages as shown below.  I have displayed the puzzles in order, and provided the names of the cards they represent as identified in this set.

#190a/b: Roy Bot & Mechanic Al

#152a/b: New Year's Eve & Dropped Deb

#161a/b: Lovestruck Chuck & Lovesick Nick

#186a/b: Eerie Eric & Heartthrob Harry

#193a/b: Max Stacks & Heady Hal

#154a/b: Betty Bug & Infested Isabel

#180a/b: Graffiti Petey & Fine Art

#194a/b: Garden Norm & Lawn Sean

#129a/b: Dodge Bill & Jim Class

#174a/b: Cranky Frankie & Terrible Terence