For Throwback Thursday I began thinking about things I collected as a child. Some boys collected baseball or football trading cards, coins, stamps, records or magazines. Me? I took pride in my collection of Garbage Pail Kids. I think they have to be the only thing I have ever collected. When I was seven or eight I rounded up several of them from the collections. After buying and trading Garbage Pail Kids cards for months and months I probably had about 400. I would keep most in a metal Star Wars lunch box and the rest in a plastic bag in my pocket. You know… just in case I needed to trade with a friend.
Garbage Pail Kids
The Topps Chewing Gum Company released over 600 different Garbage Pail Kids stickers in the 80’s between 1985 and 1988. These stickers were a spoof off the ever-popular Cabbage Patch Kids. Unlike the Cabbage Patch Kids though, GPK’s were famous for their crazy gags and gross humor. GPK stickers were published all over the world and also found themselves banned in many schools. Artist John Pound, who created idea sketches, pencil art, color roughs, and final paintings for hundreds of the cards and was the main GPK artist.
Garbage Pail Kids have been around for decades. They have released new sets of cards here and there over the past 20+ years. I would say that they were a staple during my childhood and sure did make growing up with them fun.