Sunday, December 30, 2012

Collecting GPK - OS 10 Box Break


As I've mentioned before I'm going back to the days of my youth and am putting together all the previous Garbage Pail Kids sets. I plan to do this buy purchasing a full box of most series and then buying or trading for singles after. Legend has it that for the majority of OS sets a full box should garner you a set. Is that true? Let's find out!

First some of my personal ground rules I'm setting for myself:
1) I'm looking for nice pack fresh cards. Which is why I'm busting boxes. I know its more expensive this way. But its way more fun!
2) I'm looking to complete all sets with variations and errors.
3) I will accept off centered cards, unless really bad, 90/10 or worse I will discard.
4) No gum stained cards for my personal sets. Right off the bat that eliminates 48 cards from each box.
5) I will accept cards with wax, I'll be using the panty hose method to remove the majority of the wax. If I can't get the wax off, I won't use the card.

Series 10 Box Break

What I busted/was expecting: 
I busted a second printing Series 10 complete box, 1-490-40-05-7, which contained packs with the following code 0-490-21-08-7. This was a third printing box. 48 packs should equal 240 cards. I'm thinking I had an outside chance at completing a full set with errors and variations. 

Results: 
Regular Set - 76/78
Variations - 7/8
Errors - 4/6
Doubles - 105
Damaged Cards - 48
Total Cards - 240

Review:
After my last horrible Series 9 box, this was much more by the numbers. I had the usual 48 damaged cards due to stuck gum, those hit the trash can. I did have some centering issues with a few cards in the packs but was able to overcome that with better centered cards within the box. I didn't quite get a complete set. I came away 5 cards short; 2 base, 1 variation, and 2 error cards. Overall solid break as we move into working on the last 5 sets.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Collecting GPK - OS 9 Box Break


As I've mentioned before I'm going back to the days of my youth and am putting together all the previous Garbage Pail Kids sets. I plan to do this buy purchasing a full box of most series and then buying or trading for singles after. Legend has it that for the majority of OS sets a full box should garner you a set. Is that true? Let's find out!

First some of my personal ground rules I'm setting for myself:
1) I'm looking for nice pack fresh cards. Which is why I'm busting boxes. I know its more expensive this way. But its way more fun!
2) I'm looking to complete all sets with variations and errors.
3) I will accept off centered cards, unless really bad, 90/10 or worse I will discard.
4) No gum stained cards for my personal sets. Right off the bat that eliminates 48 cards from each box.
5) I will accept cards with wax, I'll be using the panty hose method to remove the majority of the wax. If I can't get the wax off, I won't use the card.

Series 9 Box Break

What I busted/was expecting: 
I busted a second printing Series 9 complete box, 1-490-40-02-7, which contained packs with the following code 0-490-21-04-7. Yes this is a Canadian box that might possibility contain the Simi Colon error. 48 packs should equal 240 cards. I was hoping for a complete set, and wondering just how many Simi Colon errors I would pull.

Results: 
Regular Set - 55/88
Errors - 0/1
Doubles - 31
Damaged Cards - 154
Total Cards - 240

Review:
Yuck! What a horrible busting experience. I got a good price on this box in hopes I would pull a handful of Simi Colon errors. Well that didn't happen. No errors to be found here, lots of Simi Colon cards, but they all had their numbers. But really that wasn't the disappointing part. These cards were just horrible. I had the expected 48 damaged cards due to gum stains. Really the gum was stuck to the cards in the pack. In addition there were 106 badly centered cards! When I mean badly centered I'm talking 95/5 or worse. Because of this I was only able to put together about 2/3 of the set. If this was the quality Topps was putting out on a regular basis in the 80's I would have stopped buying. On to Series 10, it can't be as bad as this box, I hope.

Collecting GPK - OS 8 Box Break


As I've mentioned before I'm going back to the days of my youth and am putting together all the previous Garbage Pail Kids sets. I plan to do this buy purchasing a full box of most series and then buying or trading for singles after. Legend has it that for the majority of OS sets a full box should garner you a set. Is that true? Let's find out!

First some of my personal ground rules I'm setting for myself:
1) I'm looking for nice pack fresh cards. Which is why I'm busting boxes. I know its more expensive this way. But its way more fun!
2) I'm looking to complete all sets with variations and errors.
3) I will accept off centered cards, unless really bad, 90/10 or worse I will discard.
4) No gum stained cards for my personal sets. Right off the bat that eliminates 48 cards from each box.
5) I will accept cards with wax, I'll be using the panty hose method to remove the majority of the wax. If I can't get the wax off, I won't use the card.

Series 8 Box Break

What I busted/was expecting: 
I busted a first printing Series 8 complete box, 1-490-40-01-7, which contained packs with the following code 0-490-21-01-7. 48 packs should equal 240 cards. Since there were no printing changes in Series 8 I was hoping to get a full set out of this box.

Results: 
Regular Set - 83/84
Variations - 4/4
Doubles - 152
Damaged Cards - 1
Total Cards - 240

Review:
This was the last really nice box I bought that was well kept over the years. As with a couple of previous releases, I didn't really have any damaged cards. The gum was not stuck to the cards and just a little bit of powder needed to be wiped off. This was about as straight forward of a box break as you get. There were no hidden error cards or printing changes to look for. I was slightly disappointed I didn't get a full set. I was actually one card short. I've got to say after busting a lot of BNS 1 breaking into this old stuff almost seems a bot boring. These days Topps has me conditioned to look for chase cards. Which was not the case in the 1980's. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Topps Announces Garbage Pail Kids Brand New Series 2

Last week just before Thanksgiving both Beckett and Cardboard Connection posted previews for Topps Garbage Pail Kids Brand New Series 2. The set will appear in stores in March 2013.

Topps is making quite a bit of changes this time around to the checklist. The First big change to collectors will be a much larger set than BNS 1. There will once again be 55 new characters with both a/b names. In addition for BNS 2 there will be an additional 18 redone cards. They are going to go back and do new artwork for old cards. These will also appear in a/b names. This will bring the regular set to 146 base cards. Topps will be raising the number of cards per pack to 10 from the 8 that were in BNS 1. Expect to see a corresponding price increase in both retail and hobby packs.

The changes don't stop there however. The Insert sets are also getting an update. The familiar 3d locomotion cards will return in BNS 2 inserted at a rate of 1:12. This time around two new insert sets, Glow in the Dark (1:6) and Foldees (1:4) will be found in both Hobby and Retail packs.

The ever popular parallel sets also will see change. For Hobby boxes gone in the Green border cards. Silver, Black and Gold will return. However the odds on this are quite different. Blacks will be found in 1:2 packs this year. The Black border cards looked fantastic and proved to be quite popular. Collectors will have a much easier time putting a Black Border set together in BNS 2. Meanwhile, Silver Borders take over for Blacks being inserted 1:12 in Hobby Boxes. Golds retain their print run of 85 cards each. Bonus cards will once again appear in Hobby boxes at 1 per box.

In the big hit category Printing Plates will return to Hobby boxes. Sketches are also back, but fall at a much easier rate. Expect to received 2 sketch cards per Hobby case. Topps has not announced any additional details around a contest similar to BNS 1, but expect some more surprises prior to release. Topps Garbage Pail Kids Brand New Series 2 is set to release in stores on 3/13/13.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Collecting GPK - OS 7 Box Break


As I've mentioned before I'm going back to the days of my youth and am putting together all the previous Garbage Pail Kids sets. I plan to do this buy purchasing a full box of most series and then buying or trading for singles after. Legend has it that for the majority of OS sets a full box should garner you a set. Is that true? Let's find out!

First some of my personal ground rules I'm setting for myself:
1) I'm looking for nice pack fresh cards. Which is why I'm busting boxes. I know its more expensive this way. But its way more fun!
2) I'm looking to complete all sets with variations and errors.
3) I will accept off centered cards, unless really bad, 90/10 or worse I will discard.
4) No gum stained cards for my personal sets. Right off the bat that eliminates 48 cards from each box.
5) I will accept cards with wax, I'll be using the panty hose method to remove the majority of the wax. If I can't get the wax off, I won't use the card.

Series 7 Box Break

What I busted/was expecting: 
I busted a first printing Series 7 complete box, 0-490-40-07-6, which contained packs with the following code 0-490-21-11-6. 48 packs should equal 240 cards. I was hoping this box would contain a complete Series 7 set, but figure only one set of the changes.

Results: 
Regular Set - 84/84
Variations - 4/4
Changes - 0/3
Doubles - 152
Damaged Cards - 0
Total Cards - 240

Review:
Nice break in this Series 7 box. Another nice clean box that someone at some point put cellophane around. As with a couple of previous boxes the gum was loose in the packs and did not leave stains, just a powder that could be easily wiped off. Since this was a first printing I didn't pull any of the name changes as I expected. Going to have to pick those up down the line. Cards were in good shape, nicely centered, and very crisp. Another box down, off to Series 8!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mr. President...

Yesterday on Topps Facebook page they posted some new artwork that has a striking resemblance to someone who had a big week this week....BNS 2 preview?