The most disgusting trading cards ever made: exclusive Boing Boing preview!


42 Responses to “The most disgusting trading cards ever made: exclusive Boing Boing preview!”

  1. inkfumes says:

    I collected these as a kid… stuck them on my binders and the side of my dresser or my walkman. My friends and I even tried drawing our own GPK’s. Good times.

  2. bardfinn says:

    Ah, memories.

  3. joeposts says:

    Parents didn’t like them, teachers tried to ban them. They were almost as bad as snap bracelets. 

    • exitr says:

      Topps also got sued for copyright infringement by Xavier Roberts, the creator of the Cabbage Patch Kids. They won, though, cause parody is protected speech.

  4. azzamckazza says:

    I did not know this book existed but I am glad I do now. ORDERED

  5. tomblair says:

    I think they are appt for Boing Boing

  6. awjt says:

    Dude, I have all of these in a shoebox.  Complete collection.  What’s it worth?

  7. Mister44 says:

    I loved these.

  8. Gordon Klock says:

    I tried to collect these,then came the re-issue of “Mars Attacks”,& “Dinosaurs Attack”-(a wonderfully violent,weirdly Lovecraftian,tale wherein they open an ill-advised door to the distant past with apocalyptic results!).
    I miss this kinda stuff……..
    there was also a parent-despised series by Basil Wolverton in the 60′s……..

    • hypnosifl says:

      Thanks for alerting me to the existence of “Dinosaurs Attack”, I enjoyed seeing a selection of the cards along with descriptions of the plot on this page…looking at the last few, I see what you mean by “Lovecraftian”! And with a little more searching, I came across this page which shows the complete set!

    • devophill says:

      Fun fact: The Dinosaurs Attack cards were  illustrated by Hal Robins, aka Dr. Howland Owl, aka Dr. Hal of the Church of the SubGenius. He’s also the voice of Dr. Kleiner from Half Life 1 & 2.

      edit: He was one of the artists. Herb Trimpe was a penciller, and Paul Mavrides also painted some of the cards. There were I think four other guys, but I don’t know who they are.

  9. mercedes42 says:

    How timely! I just finally brought my old box of Garbage Pail Kid cards to the local Comic Book Store Guy for an appraisal. Apparently the first edition cards are worth 3-5 dollars each, second edition $1.50 each, subsequent editions from the ’80s $.25 each. I’ve got enough here to pay for my honeymoon this summer! Well, I hope. I’ll be listing them on eBay next week!

    • OoerictoO says:

      i have a couple of first series completes.  mostly in excellent or very good condition.  no original packaging though.  i was too much fun for that ;-P
      expect my competition on ebay…

  10. blueelm says:

    Oh how I loved these as a kid. I think I had most of them actually.

  11. Ejival Enrique says:

    Those cards had an import ban in México, for threatening and making a mockery out of childhood.

  12. Daemonworks says:

    Most disgusting trading cards ever made?
    I see your garbage pail kids and raise you the serial killer trading cards.

  13. Oh my god, I had these! The stickers I think. I’d completely forgotten about them and this article awoke a memory that might have never surfaced. Weird sensation.

    Wish I still had them, they’re awesome.

  14. mercedes42 says:

    Wow, a movie, huh? I guess I should stash mine for a little longer. So glad my mom made me put them in albums instead of throwing them away like the other moms.

  15. Alejandro_the_Great says:

    I was in 6th grade when these came out so I was the perfect demographic. These things covered every binder and notebook I used in school. Never thought I’d get nostalgic over them, but this post did it.

  16. happosai says:

    Trivia: Importing Garbage Pail kids to mexico is still banned:

    * Stamps or printed transfers in colors or in black and white, displayed for their sale in envelopes or packages, even when they include chewing gum, candies or any other type of articles, containing drawings, figures or illustrations that represent childhood in a degrading or ridiculous way, on attitudes of incitement to violence, to self-destruction or in any other form of antisocial behavior, known like Garbage Pail Kids, for example, printed by any company or commercial denomination.

  17. hypersomniac says:

    Loved these as a kid. Now that I look back on it, they added much needed levity and low-brow genius to my baseball/football/basketball cards obsession. 

  18. David Wyatt says:

    I must admit I was slightly addicted to these.  I sold them just after the boom when they went for ridiculous amounts. Bought a car!  I was thinking what a loss I probably took if I had kept them until today but researching the subject I found I did the right thing.

  19. Egbert Wits says:

    I remember as a kid collecting these, I loved it, there were even some limited edition Dutch one’s, where the names where translated into Dutch. I guess my mom threw them all away, on the back they had images like pieces of a puzzle, if you collected enough, you’d have a poster of one of the cards, great stuff :)

  20. AceTracer says:

    Works of art, I say. 

  21. noah django says:

    so many memories.  banging out the drums of Run DMC on a desk, a trapper keeper full of Garbage Pail Kids, Swatch watches, WWF, floppy discs full of programs we wrote in BASIC.  I had a bunch of these cards.  The artist’s production schedule was _insane_!

  22. Ernesto says:

    Me and my brothers must’ve rented that movie a billion times. We were curling on the floor laughing as soon as the ‘state home of the ugly’-sign came on.

    The gum that came with the packages was godaweful though.

  23. Wow.  Possible stop-animation GPK movie apparently with PES directing?  Boing Boing posted the Fresh Guacamole short a couple weeks ago:

  24. Joe F says:

    Another thing that would never be allowed in today’s society. What a shame.  Kids back then were so much tougher and not as naive as today.
    When need to start a revolution!

  25. Christopher says:

    Being exposed to Garbage Pail Kids was one of the best things about being in Boy Scouts. I even remember some of the ones pictured above…along with so many others.

  26. About ten years ago, they “opened” the Topps vault and started selling the original artwork to these stickers. I had been an avid collector of them throughout the mid- to late-80s. I started with Series 3 when I was in about the first grade. I purchased some of the original pieces for what I thought were a steal. Let’s hope they are one day considered valuable art.

  27. License Farm says:

    I had the entire 2nd series & most of the 1st & 3rd. Unsure what became of them; I have a vague memory of them getting ruined somehow, but the details elude me. Finding out they have a decent resale value is going to irk me for a while.

  28. hostile_17 says:

    I have to chime in and say I too loved these as a kid. Collected loads of them. Sold an old packet that I found recently on eBay (fetched a few quid, but that’s all).

  29. There certainly seems to be a lot of love out there for GPK. For more on this great book check out the my review from back in Feb >

  30. benher says:

    I thought “Gulf War I” trading cards were in much poorer taste myself.

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