Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a Garbage Pail Kids Series 5 wax pack (Hour 10)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 10.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1986 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 5 wax pack
The cost now: 
The cost then: 25 cents

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …

Cards per pack: 5
Base set completion: 
5 of 88 (6 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Inserts: None

Autographs/Memorabilia: No chance

What’s Buzz-worthy: This collector opted to revisit the earlier years of the Garbage Pail Kids since they’ve been pretty fun of late with sets for pop culture and politics. And I opted to do that by ripping a pack of the first GPK set — and probably only one — that I ever completed for the long-running brand. Series 5, which arrived back in 1986, is a set of 44 images with two different names for each painting. These packs do present some challenges with one card having a wax stain and a second card potentially having gum damage (see gallery). That was the case here, though both weren’t catastrophically bad. A handful of cards have variations on the backs between puzzle backs and cartoon backs, but none of those were found here. If you want to try some old wax, these are fun to rip but collecting GPK in the earlier days is very simple with no inserts of any kind — so buying the set is probably the better way to go as long as the cards are clean.

Product Grade: B+
Pack Grade:
Fun Grade: C

What’s next? Be back in an hour …

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