2021 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Chrome Lets Original Series 4 Shine


2021 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Chrome marks the fourth time the GPK gang has been given the chromium treatment. Adding continuity to the line, it repurposes 1986’s Original Series 4 and makes in shine in the process.

2021 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Checklist Overview

The base set is the core of the release. It consists of 100 total cards. The majority of that is the ‘A’ and ‘B’ versions of all 42 OS4 cards. However, that leaves a little extra space for new cards. According to Topps, these are new takes on existing GPK characters.

It’s Topps Chrome, so there’s a rainbow of parallels. Here’s what’s in hobby packs:

  • Refractors – (1:3 packs)
  • Green Refractors – /299
  • Green Wave Refractors – /299
  • Yellow Refractors – /275
  • Yellow Wave Refractors – /275
  • Purple Refractors – /250
  • Purple Wave Refractors – /250
  • Aqua Prism Refractors – /199
  • Prism Refractors – /199
  • X-Fractors – /150
  • Black Wave Refractors – /99
  • Orange Refractors – /75
  • Rose Gold Refractors – /25
  • Red Refractors – /5
  • Printing Plates – 1/1
  • Superfractors – 1/1
2021 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Chrome Superfractor

Black Wave, Orange and Red Refractors are all hobby-exclusives.

2021 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Chrome Black Wave Refractor Bony Tony

Characters get a third name with short print C Name Variations. These are 1:100 packs.

Artist Autographs (/50) are essentially another parallel level. Each has an on-card signature from either Tom Bunk or David Burke, the Original Series 4 artists.

2021 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Chrome at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 4
Packs per box: Hobby – 24
Boxes per case: Hobby – 12
Set size: 100 cards
Release date (subject to change): August 24, 2022

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Refractors – 8

The checklist will be up as soon as it’s available, likely shortly before the product’s release.


Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He's also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). Got a question, story idea or want to get in touch? You can reach him by email and through Twitter @tradercracks.

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  1. Sean Edwards 4 January, 2022 at 15:13

    I’m not sure if I truly understand what is up with garbage pail kids sketch cards I see a ton of the artist selling there sketch cards. I know we buy so many packs trying to get them then just to see the artist selling there own stuff and pricing us right out of them I know that we open more then our fair share of packs and found one artist signed card out of thousands it just doesn’t seam fair you see them advertise that these packs we are buying have them in them but we never find them except where ever the artist is selling them. So again I’m just curious if you could shed some light on this or maybe get me to someone who could. Cause we open enough that we have all our sets complete but we keep opening in hopes of finding something different but. We have to stop doing this now until we can figure out what’s going on. We are gpk and tops fans and always will be but we need to know where we should be spending our money. Thank

    Sean Edwards

    • Ryan Cracknell 4 January, 2022 at 20:36

      @Sean – All packs and blaster boxes have odds printed on them. Those odds vary, but sketch cards aren’t easy.

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