In July, 2020, Garbage Pail Kids collectors were introduced to CHALLENGE COINS! From the mind of "The Goldbergs" creator Adam F. Goldberg, and Entertainment Impresario Louis “Uncle Louie” Gregory, these coins burst onto the scene and instantly became the hottest item to get!


Anyone who has ever seen 'The Goldbergs' is well-aware of Adam's love of Garbage Pail Kids, as they are prominently-featured on his show. So in celebration of GPK's 35th Anniversary Adam decided to work with Louis Gregory to create a unique collectible.
From Adam Goldberg:

"Aside from being an obsessive GPK fan, I’m also a long time challenge coin collector. I am thrilled that Topps was open to the idea of merging my two favorite hobbies!"

A challenge coin may be a small coin or medallion, bearing an organization's insignia or emblem and carried by the organization's members. Traditionally, they might be given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale.

All of the officially licensed Garbage Pail Kids coins were manufactured by Leo Challenge Coins, and sold through the GPKNation website. Throughout 2020 GPKNation released a number of different coins, pins, patches, and more. Continue reading below for more information, and pictures of each major release


ORIGINAL 2" COIN SET

The first release from GPK Nation was a series of three coins featuring the artwork of Brian Reedy. Originally released in the gold plated white cloisonne version, the coins would later become available in a total of six different variations for each coin. See below for pictures and information breaking down the entire release from start to finish.

COIN #1


  • RELEASE DATE: July 21, 2020
  • COINS PRODUCED: 100
  • PRICE: $59.99
  • INFORMATION: The original version features striking artwork with gold metal plating and white cloisonné. It's a 2 inch coin with artwork embedded beneath a lustrous coat of clear epoxy. All 100 coins sold out in a matter of minutes after the release
  • Coin #1 featured the following Garbage Pail Kids characters:
    - From left to right: 95a Grim Jim/95b Beth Death | 5a Dead Ted/5b Jay Decay | 116a Eerie Eric/116b Berserk Kirk
  • This coin was released in a variety of different versions throughout 2020 as detailed below:
Gold Plated
100 made
$99.99
Silver Plated
100 made
$44.99
Nickel Plated
100 made
$44.99
Artist Proof
100 made
$44.99


COIN #2



  • RELEASE DATE: July 24, 2020
  • COINS PRODUCED: 100
  • PRICE: $59.99
  • INFORMATION: The original version features striking artwork with gold metal plating and white cloisonné. It's a 2 inch coin with artwork embedded beneath a lustrous coat of clear epoxy. All 100 coins sold out in a matter of minutes after the release
  • Coin #2 featured the following Garbage Pail Kids characters:
    - From left to right: 1a Nasty Nick/1b Evil Eddie | 16a Weird Wendy/16b Haggy Maggie | 112a Frank N. Stein/112b Undead Jed
  • This coin was released in a variety of different versions throughout 2020 as detailed below:
Gold Plated
100 made
$99.99
Silver Plated
100 made
$44.99
Nickel Plated
100 made
$44.99
Artist Proof
100 made
$44.99


COIN #3



  • RELEASE DATE: July 31, 2020
  • COINS PRODUCED: 100
  • PRICE: $59.99
  • INFORMATION: The original version features striking artwork with gold metal plating and white cloisonné. It's a 2 inch coin with artwork embedded beneath a lustrous coat of clear epoxy. All 100 coins sold out in a matter of minutes after the release
  • Coin #3 featured the following Garbage Pail Kids characters:
    - From left to right: From left to right: 29a Bony Joanie/29b Thin Lynn | 54a Fryin' Ryan/54b Charred Chad | 64a Hot Scott/64b Luke Warm
  • This coin was released in a variety of different versions throughout 2020 as detailed below:
Gold Plated
100 made
$99.99
Silver Plated
100 made
$44.99
Nickel Plated
100 made
$44.99
Artist Proof
100 made
$44.99


COLOR PROOFS

Yellow Proof
(front)
Blue Proof
(back)


  • RELEASE DATE: October 9 - 23, 2020
  • COINS PRODUCED: 5 (of each color...of each coin)
  • PRICE: $49.99
  • INFORMATION: When trying to nail down the look of the original coins, GPK Nation tried a number of different colors. These 'Color Proofs' were later made available to collectors. There were six different colors of each coin, and five of each color. The color variations are seen above and below:
Orange Proof
Purple Proof
Green Proof
Red Proof



PLAYING CARD SET

As a follow-up to the successful 2" coin releases GPK Nation decided to try something entirely new. A weekly-release of pins featuring five classic GPK characters proved to be a teaser for an all new "playing card" themed coin set. The pins were available in both black and 'misty gold', resulting in a master set of 10 pins.

PINS

Pin 1
Pin 1 (gold)
Pin 2
Pin 2 (gold)
Pin 3
Pin 3 (gold)
Pin 4
Pin 4 (gold)
Pin 5
Pin 5 (gold)

  • RELEASE DATES: The first wave of (black back) pins were released weekly throughout the month of August 2020, and the second 'Misty Gold' variation was released on September 29th, 2020
  • PINS PRODUCED: 50 (50 of each pin were produced)
  • PRICE: Pins 1-4 were $19.99ea, Pin 5 was $24.99ea
  • INFORMATION: Each pin measured between 1" and 2" and came on a white backer-card featuring the (curved) Garbage Pail Kids banner. The last pin in the release - Adam Bomb - came in a black velvet drawstring bag.
    The pins feature 2 pin posts. An interesting innovation that prevents pins from spinning upside down and being lost. The back of each pin is laser engraved with the Official Topps Trademark and Copyright for 2020

PLAYING CARD COINS


  • RELEASE DATE: September 2020
  • COINS PRODUCED: 100 (100 of each coin were produced)
  • PRICE: Coins 1-4 sold for $74.99, and Adam Bomb sold for $99.99
  • INFORMATION: These very large 3.5 inch challenge coin medallions are plated in breathtaking black nickel. They are so thick (over a quarter of an inch thick) that they can stand up on their own! The coins were individually numbered and shipped in a black velvet drawstring bag with the Topps logo on it.
  • In November GPK Nation surprised collectors with a couple NEW variations of the coin slabs: gold plated and silver plated. These limited edition releases sold for $119.99ea, and there were only 10 of each character.
Gold Plated
10 made (of each coin)
$119.99
Silver Plated
10 made (of each coin)
$119.99


ARTIST COLLAB COLLECTION

In late 2020 GPK Nation got back to the basics (and what made them popular in the first place) and began work on a new set of coins. This 'Artist Collaboration' project not only featured new original artwork from some of the most popular GPK artists working at the time, but also brought back the popular gold and white cloisonné coins that started it all. In addition to the coins, each release was paired with a new pin. Continue reading for pictures and detailed information about the entire project

ARTIST #1 - David Gross

David Gross Coin 1a and 1b
200 made (of each coin)
$49.99
David Gross Coin 2a and 2b
200 made (of each coin)
$49.99

David Gross Pin 1
200 made
$24.99
David Gross Pin 2
200 made
$24.99

  • RELEASE DATES: November, 2020
  • COINS PRODUCED: 200ea (there were 4 unique coins, and 200 of each were produced)
  • PINS PRODUCED: 200ea (there were 2 unique pins, and 200 of each were produced)
  • PRICE: Coins were $49.99ea, Pins were $24.99ea
  • INFORMATION: David Gross was the first artist to be featured in the Artist Collab Series. There were a total of FOUR COINS and TWO PINS released for collectors to purchase. For his pins and coins David created new artwork for 16a Weird Wendy/16b Haggy Maggie and 116a Eerie Eric/116b Berserk Kirk


ARTIST #2 - Neil Camera

Neil Camera Coin 1a and 1b
200 made (of each coin)
$49.99
Neil Camera Coin 2a and 2b
200 made (of each coin)
$49.99

David Gross Pin 1
200 made
$24.99
David Gross Pin 2
200 made
$24.99

  • RELEASE DATES: November, 2020
  • COINS PRODUCED: 200ea (there were 4 unique coins, and 200 of each were produced)
  • PINS PRODUCED: 200ea (there were 2 unique pins, and 200 of each were produced)
  • PRICE: Coins were $49.99ea, Pins were $24.99ea
  • INFORMATION: Neil Camera was the second artist to be featured in the Artist Collab Series. There were a total of FOUR COINS and TWO PINS released for collectors to purchase. For his pins and coins Neil created new artwork for 5a Dead Ted/5b Jay Decay and 54a Fryin' Ryan/54b Charred Chad



MISC ITEMS

In addition to the coins and pins described above, GPK Nation also released a variety of other officially-licensed GPK-themed merchandise. Below is a list of many of those items

Medallions MEDALLIONS
GPK Complete Emblem Ornament set with 3M Adhesive back 9 colors Topps Officially Licensed
Complete set sold for $149.99
Medallions KEYCHAIN
GPK Topps Officially Licensed Garbage Pail Kids Ornament Keychain
Keychain sold for $24.99
Medallions PATCHES
GPK Adam Bomb Topps Officially Licensed Patch - 4 PATCH SET - PINK/ BLUE/ RED/ YELLOW
Complete set sold for $79.99
Medallions COASTER
GPK Topps Officially Licensed Garbage pail Kids Coaster Adam Bomb 35th Anniversary - 4.5"
Coaster sold for $13.99
Medallions COASTER
Exclusive Topps Officially Licensed "Glowster" GPK Garbage Pail Kids Coaster Adam Bomb 35th Anniversary - 4.5"
Glow in the dark coaster sold for $13.99
Medallions WINE STOPPER
GPK Topps Officially Licensed Garbage Pails Kids 35th Anniversary Wine Stopper
Wine bottle stopper sold for $24.99
Medallions ID CARD HOLDER
GPK Topps Officially Licensed Metal ID Reel retractable ID Card Holder Garbage Pail Kids 35th Anniversary Edition
ID Card holder sold for $19.99