FIRST LOOK: Garbage Pail Kids Brand New Series 2

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The gross, nasty and strange are back for another edition, and we couldn’t be happier.

Garbage Pail Kids Brand New Series 2 is coming out in March with more explosions, mockery and silly nicknames.

Topps released a new series of GPK this year, taking on many incidents from pop culture such as The Jersey Shore and the police officer who blasted college students with tear gas.

“The Brand New Series platform has broadened fan appeal and rejuvenated Garbage Pail Kids by shifting away from over-the-top shock value, and moving towards endearing characters and varied humor,” Topps wrote in a release.

In 2013, the company will put out two new series.

This decision was easily made based on the success of the 2012 series.

According to Topps, GPK Brand New Series 1 was the highest selling set in eight years, and the Facebook community grew 21 percent in three months from the launch in August.

So Topps is putting more in the second series to keep collectors excited.

Brand New Series 2 will feature 146 characters (compared to 110 in the previous release). There will be 110 new characters with 55 new images, and A and B variations. There will also be 36 returning characters with new art.

Inserts include Glow in the Dark, Foldees (perforated cards that can be folded multiple ways to create nine jokes with one card), and 3D Cards. In addition, printing plates, parallels, sketch cards and hobby-exclusive bonus cards are included.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here.


  1. Posted November 20, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    I really didn’t think I would like the Garbage Pail Kid series until I opened up a pack for myself of series 1. I wasn’t not disappointed as they are oddly intriguing and think I’m going to go back for some series 2!

  2. Joseph Shadel
    Posted November 22, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    I said i was done collecting the series after Flashback seires 3 but I couldnt resisit and grabed a pack of the new 2012,s series 1. And I started all back again…cant it until series 2!
    Old School GPK Collector…..

  3. Brian S.
    Posted November 29, 2012 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    Awesome! I have been collecting since 1988 and have all series,
    Vintage and new. Will be buying this series too!

  4. Plat
    Posted December 2, 2012 at 7:28 am | Permalink

    Cool! Whoa is that some new Glow-in-the-dark cards I see? Can’t wait for this set. :)

  5. Capathmo
    Posted February 23, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Wonder if these cards will go old school and have series 2 start with #56a+b or if they will start from 1 again…

  6. 101GPK86
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Permalink

    I’m hoping they will not start over on the numbers… I think its best to continue the numbers. Series 2 should startwith #56a+b.

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