2021 Topps Garbage Pail Kids: GPK Goes on Vacation Is a Trip


2021 Topps Garbage Pail Kids: GPK Goes on Vacation is taking collectors on a trip. Travelling and all it entails is the theme for the year’s second flagship-style GPK release.

Keeping pace with similar sets over the last few years, there’s two different configurations at the hobby level, hobby display and hobby collector. One takes a fairly basic approach to the product while collector boxes come with several added chase elements and exclusives.

2021 Topps Garbage Pail Kids: GPK Goes on Vacation Checklist Overview

The base set is a 200-card affair with 100 different pieces of art, each getting the typical A and B Name variations. The running theme of the gags is travelling.

2021 Topps Garbage Pail Kids: GPK Goes on Vacation Sun Bernie

Parallels come in several levels, some of which are exclusive to specific pack types:

  • Booger Green – 1 per retail and hobby display pack
  • Bruised Black – 1 per hobby collector box
  • Blood Red – /75 (hobby collector only)
  • Route 66 Asphalt – /66
  • Fool’s Gold – /50
  • Printing Plates – 1/1

Artist Autograph parallels are also available. These have on-card signatures.

Famous Landmarks by Tom Bunk features new art from the Garbage Pail Kids legend. Each showcases a GPK-ed famous landmark. Exclusive to display boxes, these are 1:3 packs.

Mashing up two Topps brands, Pack Your Bag Wacky Packages take popular travel products and poke fun at them with Garbage Pail Kids through a Wacky Packs lens. These are one per hobby collector box.

Among the premium inserts on the checklist are hobby collector-exclusive State Quarter Relics (/99). All 50 special edition state quarters are used in this set, which embeds the coin inside the card.

Regular sketch cards are only in hobby and retail display packs. Hobby collector packs are home to Shaped and Triptych Sketch Cards.

GPK Luggage Tags are meant to deck out collectors’ suitcases and make them standout at airport carousels around the world. These are toppers in hobby collector boxes.

2021 Topps Garbage Pail Kids: GPK Goes on Vacation trading cards at a glance:

Cards per pack: Hobby – 8, Hobby Collector – 9
Packs per box: Hobby – 24, Hobby Collector – 24
Boxes per case: Hobby – 8, Hobby Collector – 8
Set size: 200 cards
Release date (subject to change): September, 2022

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Famous Landmarks by Tom Bunk – 8
  • Booger Green Parallels – 24

What to expect in a hobby collector box:

  • Pack Your Bags Wacky Packages – 1
  • Bruised Black Parallels – 1
  • Hits/Premium Inserts – 1
  • Luggage Tags – 1

The 2021 Topps Garbage Pail Kids: GPK Goes on Vacation checklist will be added as soon as it’s available, likely shortly before its 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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