What: 2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Battle of the Bands trading cards
Arrives: Oct. 18
Box basics: One hit per Hobby Collector box (eight boxes per case)
What’s buzz-worthy: This batch of Garbage Pail Kids will rock when it arrives packing parody takes on stars of the music world as well as remakes of iconic album covers.
Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images.
The music world lost another of its memorable stars on Sunday as George Michael died at age 53.
He sold more than 100 million albums during his career as a solo artist and as half of the band Wham!, which arrived with the first of its three Platinum albums in 1983. His debut solo album, Faith, has sold more than 25 million copies since 1987.
But when it comes to cardboard? Well, collectors really only have two places to look.
It sounded like a fun, cheap rip of some oldschool wax — a late-night buy just because it was a good deal — but it turned into another lesson about old cardboard.
This time, the product was a long-forgotten (and maybe unknown to some) release from Pro Set back in 1991 — the company’s UK edition of SuperStars MusiCards.
To those of you who were around for Pro Set, you probably fondly remember the football card chases created by the Dallas, Texas-based company in 1989 and 1990 and the overproduction that was happening but we never saw because everybody (and their mother) was buying. By 1991, many of its products — and there were many in the non-football realm — arrived with a thud. Not because they were bad but because they were trying new things and new things didn’t always work. (And because the presses kept on rolling.) By 1993, the company was back down to football and by 1994 the company was gone completely.
And if you weren’t around then? Well, you missed out on some of the best simple cardboard of all times … and one example of that is this 1991 SuperStars MusiCards UK Editon.