20 Best Garbage Pail Kids (2022 UPDATED) Ultimate Guide (2022)

If you were a child in the 80s, your parents and teachers probably forbade you to trade Garbage Pail Kids cards with other children. One of the things that set this series and its characters apart was that the ideas for the characters weren’t exactly common or innocent -- the original trading cards introduced kids with comical deformities or abnormalities or captured them in some gruesome state.

So, who among them were the best Garbage Pail Kids in the unique series? Let’s find out!

Top 20 Garbage Pail Kids Of All Time

1. Adam Bomb/Blasted Billy

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Adam Bomb is undoubtedly in the top spot for the best Garbage Pail Kids, as his iconic character was most frequently used to market the series. Adam is a smiling boy sitting on his behind, with a remote control detonator in his hands. He’d just recently pressed the button, resulting in the nuclear bomb explosion of his brains.

Blasted Billy, his counterpart, looks the same as Adam Bomb, but with a different cardboard backing. For some reason, though, Blasted Billy is not nearly as popular as the Adam Bomb series.

2. Bad Breath Seth

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There are two interpretations we can get from Bad Breath Seth’s Pail Kids character. The more literal meaning would be to take care of your oral hygiene, as Seth looks like he has the most abhorrent tooth-brushing habits. We see Seth’s ghastly breath causing a bird to drop dead in the background and a plant to wilt. A child wearing a protective gas mask is climbing his form on the right-hand side. He is such a danger (even to himself!) that his nose is plugged!

A much less literal interpretation is that the Pail Kids card maybe signifying the ideas of toxic pollution in the world.

3. Brutal Brad

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People would have a different reception had the Brutal Brad card been created this year.

Brutal Brad is a caveman who’d just bludgeoned the wits out of a cavewoman until she lost all consciousness and dragged her along to who-knows-where. We understand how this theme can be triggering to people who have experienced a form of domestic violence.

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4. Cut-Up Carmen

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Cut-Up Carmen is a nightmare for kids who love playing with cut-up paper dolls. Carmen visibly hates being in her card cover and would like to escape -- but instead of working neatly along the dotted lines in the case of regular paper dolls, she is snipping off her leg in half instead.

And instead of pretty things like hearts, dresses, and shoes, Carmen’s design features a leg cast, a bandaid, a nuclear explosion, and something that looks an awful lot like vomit.

5. Dead Ted

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Dead Ted started the craze for amazing zombies before they were considered cool things! We loved this Kids card cover and thought it had one of the best artworks in the series. Dead Ted had just crawled his way out of his grave under the pale light of a full moon. Perhaps he’s on a search to eat brains.

On the other hand, parents were not a fan -- they thought he was why Pail Kids gave children nightmares.

6. Dough Boyd

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Dough Boyd is a nod to the popularity of the Pillsbury DoughBoy. This Pail Kids cover shows the poor boy being prodded by a human finger, which caused him to start working and expelling little brown muffins from his behind. The image in the cards made us not want to eat muffins anymore.

7. Electric Bill

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Electric Bill cards greatly disturbed people. Instead of the kid smiling wide-eyed in the image like other characters, you can see the pain in his features. A prisoner child wearing prisoner garb is strapped into an electric chair, getting his brains fried.

We know the popular series is not trying to be political, but perhaps the Pail Kids cards want people to look at the important theme of the death penalty in the years to come.

8. Evil Eddie

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Evil Eddie, along with Nasty Nick, was one of the first Pail Kids characters in circulation. The popular cards show a child vampire holding a life-size Barbie doll, with his fangs coated in blood. The doll has bloody punctures along the side of her neck, all the life sucked out of her.

9. Fake Jake

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At first glance, the Fake Jake cards look like he’s just an innocent kid attending school. His rose-colored cheeks and bright eyes indicate nothing but interest in learning! Don’t be fooled, though -- the little boy is merely a picture cutout, and there is something more sinister lurking behind him, pretending to be Jake. What puzzles us are this impostor’s intentions.

10. Hollow Wayne

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Hollow Wayne are amazing Halloween-themed Pail Kid cards. A pumpkin head has just been carved, and his brains are exposed, and eyeballs gouged. A blood-stained knife reflects a child’s extremely terrified face. He’s one of the best kids in the series!

11. Hot Head Harvey

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Hot Head Harvey was a parody of the Transformers because of the popularity of the series during that time. Hot Head Harvey is a well-loved blue, white, and red robot with the face of a chubby-cheeked doll. Hot Head Harvey is one of our favorite kids!

12. Jay Decay

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Jay Decay is Dead Ted’s cards counterpart. He features the same artwork that Dead Ted does, and the same level of popularity, too! The only thing that differs between the cards sets: Jay Decay was #5b while Dead Ted belonged to #5a.

13. Jolted Joel

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Jolted Joel looks like he just wanted to have a good time on his card!

Jolted Joel had just experienced an “electrifying” concert, and his black guitar had zapped him as soon as he started playing. His amazing hair is all up in spikes… and we’re not sure if Jolted Joel can attribute it to just styling.

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14. Junky Jeff

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Junky Jeff is just smiling and chilling with trash in the background in his cards. A cat is enjoying a meal out of his trash-filled brain. When we ruminate over the card cover, though, we feel that it conveys an important message… the minds of children all over the world are so rotted because of the popularity of television programs [1]. But of course, that’s just our take.

15. Leaky Lou

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Poor Leaky Lou… we know he’s just trying to do the kind thing for the human body by drinking water, but his body is filled with holes, and all the liquid is just leaking out! Some are plugged in with cork, but he'll probably need more at this time to make sure the water stays inside.

16. Mean Gene

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We love Mean Gene -- he looks like a one-man army! He is wearing a pair of Terminator-esque sunglasses and wielding an amazing machine gun. And if that’s not enough, a roll of lit dynamite is also wrapped around his head, and a grenade strapped on his hip.

17. Midge Fridge

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At first glance, Midge Fridge doesn’t look as gruesome as the other popular kids’ characters throughout the years. Upon close inspection, though, the unique art in her sticker trading card sent chills up and down our spine. Midge is a fridge child, with her innards swimming inside jar containers inside the fridge compartments.

18. Nasty Nick

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Nasty Nick looks just like Evil Eddie and was also introduced in the first series. Plenty of collectors all over the world would pay top dollar in search of these sticker trading cards in mint condition.

19. Nerdy Norm

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We don’t know what things Nerdy Norm went through, but we sure can relate. Nerdy Norm is a child functioning on common addicting substances, including coffee, soda, and cigarettes.

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He’s also one of the unique Kids characters whose name puzzles us, as it doesn’t seem to correlate to the art theme or design. We can assume that the Nerdy Norm Kids card is kind of showing us a serious case of addiction.

20. Schizo Fran

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Mental health teachers and practitioners turned their noses up at Schizo Fran, who they feel is making a mockery out of schizophrenia, a real illness plaguing the lives of many people. Her character cover is introduced as a little blond girl with two heads who are fighting against each other.

Topps received backlash for this Kids character, and they changed the card name to Fran Fran, which made the original Schizo Fran character in the first series all the more rare and expensive.

FAQS

Which Garbage Pail Kid is the most valuable?

The most valuable Garbage Pail Kid is Nasty Nick, the first character the company released. Even more valuable is the first run, or Nasty Nick #1a, wherein the die-cut of the card picture is noticeably slightly off-center. But, how much are Garbage Pail Kids really worth?

Which Garbage Pail Kid is considered the most disturbing?

The Garbage Pail Kid that is considered the most disturbing is Brutal Brad or Slain Wayne, but, of course, all characters have their own disturbing appeal. People who have had experience with domestic abuse would find Brutal Brad triggering, and we could not look past the race, politics, and other implicating things surrounding Slain Wayne’s death.

In Summary

The Garbage Pail Kids were created by cartoonists Art Spiegelman and Mark Newgarden under the Topps Company and were a spoof to the immensely popular -- and wholesome -- Cabbage Patch Kids. The company initially wanted to design stickers for the Cabbage Patch Kids, but licensing was incredibly expensive. They decided to go a different market route and appeal, with hugely different characters.

While disturbing, Garbage Pail Kids characters are well-loved and dear to our hearts! We miss being out with other kids and trading Garbage Pail Kids cards during recess (despite our parents disapproving). This Kids series was also a great way to exercise ideas, interest, and creativity in children and made them think outside the common box.

Do you agree with our pick for the best Garbage Pail Kids? Who’s your favorite? Let us know!

Also, check out our listings here if you haven’t! We’ve got cool Garbage Pail Kids merch for the pop culture fan in you.

Reference:

  1. https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/tv-affects-child.html

FAQs

Which Garbage Pail Kid cards are worth the most 2021? ›

Which Garbage Pail Kid is the most valuable? The most valuable Garbage Pail Kid is Nasty Nick, the first character the company released. Even more valuable is the first run, or Nasty Nick #1a, wherein the die-cut of the card picture is noticeably slightly off-center.

How many Garbage Pail Kid cards are there? ›

There are a total of 88 different Garbage Pail Kids cards out there.

What is the difference between matte and glossy Garbage Pail Kids? ›

If your card # is 42-83 you have OS 2 cards. These also came in Matte or Glossy backs. Matte backs are rarer and will fetch more money. Glossy OS 2 cards will get .

What's the most expensive garbage pail card? ›

25 Most Valuable Garbage Pail Kids Cards: Price List
No.Garbage Pail Kids CardsPrice
1Garbage Pail Kids 1987 9th Series$1,695.00
2Garbage Pail Kids 1987 10th Series$499.95
31987 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Trading Card$359.99
41987 Garbage Pail Kids OS7 Adam Boom$245.00
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What was the name of the character on the 1st Garbage Pail Kids pack? ›

Adam Bomb (Series 1 #8a) became an icon of the Garbage Pail Kids trading card franchise; the image was used on the first five series' packs.

Are wacky packages worth anything? ›

Even common wackys are not worthless, the average value of a near mint 1973-1975 wacky is about $3-$4, with none worth less than at least a dollar (if in near mint condition), so you can still probably make a few bucks regardless, if that is your goal.

What Pokemon cards are worth? ›

On average, Pokémon cards are worth $1.20. Most “Rare” Pokémon cards are valued under $10 and cards that are classified as “uncommon” or below are often worth less than $1. Older and promotional Pokémon cards have a much higher value on average, with some cards being worth over $300,000.

Do they still make Garbage Pail Kids? ›

THE END. The changes to the style following the lawsuit were not received well, and sales began to decline. Kids were outgrowing the fad and Topps made the decision to put an end to the Garbage Pail Kids line of stickers.

What does GPK stand for? ›

Ground Plane Kit (radio antenna support device)

How many 1985 Garbage Pail Kid cards are there? ›

The complete set of Garbage Pail Kids OS1 consists of 88 stickers: 44 A cards and 44 B cards. Matching A and B cards have the same images but different numbering. While most collectors focus on the front, there are variation backs for cards #5, #8 and #29.

What is the first garbage pail kid card? ›

The 1st Series Garbage Pail Kids set of 44 x 2 was released in 1985 with the new Topps emblem and a price tag of 25cents. The main purpose was to get the GPK logo on an image for trademark filing.

What do the numbers on Garbage Pail Kids cards mean? ›

The original United States Garbage Pail Kids from the 1980s were numbered 1 to 620. There were "a" cards and "b" cards, so for a numerical set of series 1 to 15 there would be 1240 cards. To put the cards in order, you would arrange them numerically and then alphabetically (like 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4a, etc.).

Who drew the Garbage Pail Kids? ›

The Guy Behind Garbage Pail Kids Has Been Cartooning With Code for 20 Years. John Pound lives in Eureka, California. He's either 62 or 63—he can't remember at the moment—and he's been a cartoonist his whole life.

Where can I watch The Garbage Pail Kids Movie? ›

30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story, a documentary movie is available to stream now. Watch it on Prime Video, Vudu Movie & TV Store, VUDU or Apple TV on your Roku device.

Did Garbage Pail Kids come with gum? ›

ORIGINAL SERIES GUM

Regardless, this gum was included in every pack of Original Series Garbage Pail Kids.

How many cards are in Garbage Pail Kids Series 2? ›

The set will be 81 total cards, done by 20 different artists. The artists lineup includes street and graffiti artists as well as longtime GPK artist Joe Simko.

What are the rarest Wacky Packs? ›

A 1973 Topps Series 1 wax box with 48 unopened packs, considered the Holy Grail for collectors, sold at Heritage Auctions in December for a whopping $49,200.

What came inside the wacky packages? ›

Distributed by Topps, they came in packages just like baseball cards (along with the cardboardlike gum). Inside was a set of stickers, each with a spoof of a popular product.

What year did Wacky Packs come out? ›

Wacky Packages are a series of humorous trading cards featuring parodies of consumer products. The cards were produced by Topps beginning in 1967, first in die-cut, then in sticker format. There were 16 series produced between 1973 and 1977, with some reprints and several new series released up to the present day.

How much is a Charizard worth? ›

Old Charizard Pokemon cards can be worth anywhere between $25 to $100,000 depending on its condition, current market demand, and which set it came from. As shown in our guide, some Charizard cards can be worth a lot more.

What's the rarest Pokémon? ›

Prerelease Raichu may be the rarest Pokémon card of all time - if it's real, that is. Perhaps the most controversial Pokémon card of all time, Prerelease Raichu may also be the rarest Pokémon card ever made - in fact, it's so rare that finding out exact details is tricky.

Is Ancient Mew a real card? ›

For the Pokémon species, see Mew. The Ancient Mew Card. Ancient Mew is a Psychic-type Basic Pokémon card. It was released as a promotional card in the year 2000 and it could only be obtained by attending the Pokémon Movie that was released the same year.

What are 1986 Garbage Pail Kids cards worth? ›

Prices for 1986 Garbage Pail Kids GPK Cards
CardUngradedGrade 9
Oak KAY #125b$8.99$62.99
Woody ALAN #125b$3.00$29.99
Travellin' Travis #127a$2.22$49.99
Bony TONY #132a$1.99$59.99
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Are wacky packages worth anything? ›

Even common wackys are not worthless, the average value of a near mint 1973-1975 wacky is about $3-$4, with none worth less than at least a dollar (if in near mint condition), so you can still probably make a few bucks regardless, if that is your goal.

Are Garbage Pail Kids still made? ›

THE END. The changes to the style following the lawsuit were not received well, and sales began to decline. Kids were outgrowing the fad and Topps made the decision to put an end to the Garbage Pail Kids line of stickers. Original Series 15, released in December of 1988, was the last of the Original Series releases.

Who drew the Garbage Pail Kids? ›

The Guy Behind Garbage Pail Kids Has Been Cartooning With Code for 20 Years. John Pound lives in Eureka, California. He's either 62 or 63—he can't remember at the moment—and he's been a cartoonist his whole life.

Where can I watch Garbage Pail Kids? ›

Streaming on Roku. 30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids Story, a documentary movie is available to stream now. Watch it on Prime Video, Vudu Movie & TV Store, VUDU or Apple TV on your Roku device.

What are the rarest Wacky Packs? ›

A 1973 Topps Series 1 wax box with 48 unopened packs, considered the Holy Grail for collectors, sold at Heritage Auctions in December for a whopping $49,200.

What came inside the wacky packages? ›

Distributed by Topps, they came in packages just like baseball cards (along with the cardboardlike gum). Inside was a set of stickers, each with a spoof of a popular product.

What year did Wacky Packs come out? ›

Wacky Packages are a series of humorous trading cards featuring parodies of consumer products. The cards were produced by Topps beginning in 1967, first in die-cut, then in sticker format. There were 16 series produced between 1973 and 1977, with some reprints and several new series released up to the present day.

What does GPK stand for? ›

Ground Plane Kit (radio antenna support device)

How many 1985 Garbage Pail Kid cards are there? ›

The complete set of Garbage Pail Kids OS1 consists of 88 stickers: 44 A cards and 44 B cards. Matching A and B cards have the same images but different numbering. While most collectors focus on the front, there are variation backs for cards #5, #8 and #29.

What is the first garbage pail kid card? ›

The 1st Series Garbage Pail Kids set of 44 x 2 was released in 1985 with the new Topps emblem and a price tag of 25cents. The main purpose was to get the GPK logo on an image for trademark filing.

When did Garbage Pail Kids end? ›

Fifteen different series of Garbage Pail Kids were produced between 1985 and 1988.

Who drew Adam Bomb? ›

Painted by John Pound, based on a sketch by Mark Newgarden. Copyright The Topps Company, Inc. We took one sketch: a kid literally going nuclear, with a mushroom cloud coming out of his head. It eventually became Adam Bomb (No.

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