were only two different items found in the United Kingdom Garbage Pail
Kids Stickers packs. There were regular stickers and foil stickers.
Each pack contained 4 regular stickers and 1 foil sticker. Even
though all of the stickers were the same size (slightly smaller than the
regular trading cards), there were some that were numbered as album stickers
(1-181) and some that were numbered as poster stickers (G1-G11).
The numbering was also very different than the previous United Kingdom
Garbage Pail Kids/The Garbage Gang series because there were no "a"
or "b" stickers.
I did not see the purpose of the foil stickers
since there was nothing special about the characters nor was there anything
special about the areas in the sticker album they were meant to be stuck
The release consists of 192 stickers.
There were 160 regular stickers and 32 foil stickers. The foil stickers
were numbers 1, 5, 15, 16, 22, 32, 39, 42, 47, 49, 61, 66, 67, 75, 76,
84, 87, 93, 95, 106, 113, 117, 123, 128, 139, 150, 154, 162, 164, 169,
177, and 180.
I provided a couple of samples of what the
stickers of the series look like. The fronts and backs of the first
and last album stickers and poster stickers are shown above. Since
there were so many stickers to the set, I decided not to create image
overviews for the series. Higher quality images of these items will
not be provided on this website or by request.
None of stickers had die-cuts or "Peel
Here" arrows, and the sticker backs all had the same design with
the exception of the different sticker numbers. The foil stickers
seemed to come slightly arched while the regular stickers were completely
There were no checklists for the release.
The sticker album could somewhat be used as a checklist since you could
see which sticker numbers you still were missing by the empty spaces left
in the album.
The release used some of the foil card artwork
from the United States Garbage Pail
Kids All-New Series 1 and United
States Garbage Pail Kids All-New Series 2 for the stickers.
This allowed us to see what the new renditions of the original Garbage
Pail Kids characters looked like without being dulled and darkened by
a foil background. Still, the original artwork looked significantly
better than the new renditions.
It was very common to get many extras of
the same foil sticker numbers. Usually, you would still end up missing
around 5 to 25 stickers even after going through a full box of 50 packs.
This did not make much sense since the set consisted of 192 stickers,
and a full box yielded 250 stickers (200 regular stickers and 50 foil
stickers). I felt this was a very frustrating aspect of collecting
the set because it meant you would either have to buy more unopened packs,
order singles from the company, or trade with other collectors.
Buying more packs to complete the set meant you would end up with even
more extras that you most likely would not have any use for. You
were limited to ordering up to 20 singles from the company, and you could
only order singles from them one time. If you were to order singles,
it was common for them to arrive damaged (bent corners and edges) because
they were not packaged properly (they came in a regular envelope without
any protection). It was also not easy to find other collectors to
trade with since the release was limited. The release was somewhat
experimental, and it was only sold regionally in the United Kingdom.
But, anyone could order packs and albums from Topps
Europe Limited's website.
The regular stickers had glossy fronts and
matte backs. The foil on the foil stickers had a similar look to
silver, and the foil was smooth and reflective. The foil sticker
backs were matte just like the regular stickers.
The character names that were misspelled
in the United States Garbage Pail Kids All-New Series 1 and United States
Garbage Pail Kids All-New Series 2 were left that way for the United Kingdom
Garbage Pail Kids Stickers. For sticker 18, the name Brainy Janey
was used by mistake. In the original United Kingdom
Garbage Pail Kids 1st Series, the name was spelled as Brainy Janie
(with "ie" at the end of the name instead of "ey"),
which is how the character's name should have been spelled in the United
Kingdom Garbage Pail Kids Stickers. For sticker 87, the name Wacky
Jacky was used by mistake. In the original United Kingdom Garbage
Pail Kids 1st Series, the name was spelled as Wacky Jackie (with "ie"
at the end of the name instead of "y"), which is how the character's
name should have been spelled in the United Kingdom Garbage Pail Kids
The United Kingdom Garbage Pail Kids Stickers
sticker 37 Rachel Retch was the only character name unique to the set.
The artwork was originally used for the United States Garbage Pail Kids
All-New Series 2 bonus card B1 On Camera Cameron.
There were some design differences between
the stickers from United Kingdom Garbage Pail Kids Stickers and the cards
from United States Garbage Pail Kids Series 10 to 15 and All-New Series
1 and 2. The borders on all of the regular stickers are green.
The name ovals were changed to look like they were covered in slime, and
they are the same color green as the border. The font used for the
name ovals was changed to a different style, and all of the character
names were in black. The banner text color and inner border color
of the stickers match with the sticker placeholder border color of the
sticker album. Also, the full images (everything except the name
ovals and borders) can be zoomed in or shifted over slightly.