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The Topps Company, Inc., founded in 1938, is the preeminent creator and brand marketer of sports cards, entertainment products, and distinctive confectionery. Art Spiegelman is an American comics writer, artist, and editor best known for his Pulitzer Prize–winning graphic novel memoir, Maus.

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Product Details

  • Series: Topps
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141970270X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419702709
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm not really sure where the reviewer was coming from who said "Overall, there just doesn't appear to have been that much work put into the book as there should have been. There's no feeling that it was done as a labor of love, so much as just an excuse to grab more cash from fans..."

After receiving this book I feel the complete and absolute opposite. The attention to details and the little knowing touches are what makes this book really stand out in my opinion.

The book was actually much smaller than I had imagined, which I think is a great thing. It fits neatly in your hands and feels just right - not like one of these huge staggering books that makes your arms ache whilst flipping through.

The first thing that make me smile was the dust cover for the book. It's made out of a similar waxy paper that the cards came in back in the 80s. Very nice touch and a clever piece of design. If you take off the dust cover there's a beautifull minimalist photograph of the iconic gum stick on the front and a snapped picture of it on the back. Once again, really creative, clever and appropriate design.

Once in the superb design doesn't let up. The title page is a peeled sticker, the contents page is designed like the iconic yellow check-lists on the back of the cards etc.. etc.. real big-up to the graphic designers who worked on this. They clearly know what it's all about.

The Art Spielgman introduction is Brilliant and goes into how all of this got started with some exclusive inspirational artwork. Nice afterword too - some great info.

As for the book itself from here on in it's a no-nonsense page by page GPK run-down of the first 5 series. The print quality is high and each card has it's own page with the alternative names featured just below.
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This is a book I've wished for for years. I loved Garbage Pail Kids when I was young, and I've often thought that it would be nice to have them collected in a book--especially the hard-to-find first series. This book includes the first five series, with one card per page. The images are a little larger than the original stickers. As familiar as the Garbage Pail Kids are to me, I found myself noticing a few details that I hadn't noticed before while looking through this book.

The book's design is great, the written parts provide some interesting history, and the printing and paper quality seem high. I hope they follow this up with a second volume.
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this book is a thing of beauty. A gorgeous little art book. However, there is so much it is lacking. When I collected GPK as a child in the 80s, I loved the backs as much as the fronts. I'd love to read all of those backing card again. This book only features the card fronts, none of the backs. Also, there are a total of 7 pages of reading material in this. There is so much more to say about GPK. I know many things myself that were not included in the short notes. The 7 pages that are there are nicely written and entertaining, but again, only 7 pages. The reproductions of the cards are beautiful. The book design is great. If you just want to look at all of the beautiful paintings from the front of the first 5 series of these cards, this book is for you. If you want anything more, you will be disappointed.
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I've been waiting for a book like this to come out for quite a while. As a big fan of GPK, I was glad to see a hardcover book released with beautiful color scans of the original cards. My only gripe is that I'd like to have seen the backs of the cards as well, and a more detailed history of the card's success over the years. I would have liked to have read more about the feature film and the cartoon series as well. Still, it's GPK so it's a must own.
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The book's cover is wax-like as in the waxy packaging the cards once came in. Under the jacket, is a hardcover with a piece of gum on the cover. I've read some of the negative reviews... the editorial in this book is limited, but it's primarily meant to view the cards. You'll get a pretty good sized sticker card on each page with the secondary name mentioned at the bottom. Keep in mind I also own the oversized cards, and the book's detail is definitely enough... the book is not that big... and I'm assuming people wanted a huge coffee book, which this is not.

Great stuff! I'll buy the next book, so let's hope they make a second volume for the remaining series.

Oh yeah! And... the book includes unreleased stickers in the back in plastic. Awesome!
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This excellent little book covers the original Garbage Pail Kids, Series 1-5 (1985-1986). Each page depicts a separate card; the card backs are not depicted. There is a nice forward written by Art Spiegelman who created the franchise.

I highly recommend this for anyone who was a kid in the mid-80s and may feel nostalgic for that time, or a collector who may want to use it as a reference guide. I bought a few of these to give as gifts, and one (1) for myself. It’s very cleverly put together and a GREAT value at $14.
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As a childhood GPK fan, this is a solid and extremely enjoyable release! The artwork is crystal clear and the colors really pop. The only thing missing is the artwork from each card's back, and it's a real shame it's not been included. Perhaps Topps can release a GPK Card Trader app (like their incredible STAR WARS release) in which the fronts and backs of each card can be viewed. Here's to hoping this book is a hit for them and future volumes can be released.
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