Four years after the parody attempt of the Trash Can Trolls, in 1996, Topps tried once again to re-live the popular format of the Garbage Pail Kids with an original, non-parody spin-off called the Bathroom Buddies.  A 44 card test set followed by a 66 (the original 44 + 22 new images) card set with twins were produced and mainly distributed outside of the U.S. to Canada and Australia, but also released regionally within the New York area (similar to the 1st Series GPK test run).  Several artists, including John Pound, Tom Bunk, Jay Lynch, XnO (aka Chet Darmstaedter) and Den Beauvais were responsible for these gross bathroom humor cards art directed by Ingar Westburg.  The trading cards come packaged with either 4 or 5 per plastic or foil pack, depending on the print run. The final artwork for a 2nd Series set was fully completed by the same aforementioned commissioned artists by Topps but it was never released; several of these image can be found below with the Card History section. Per Jay Lynch, who submitted most of the gag roughs for both sets, the card backs for the 2nd Series were never written, the project was cancelled by Topps before the backs were worked on.










FIRST PRINT RUN - 44 CARD TEST SET

DISPLAY BOX

NO VARIATION (1-672-40-01-6)
ARTWORK : TOM BUNK



WRAPPER

NO VARIATION (1-672-54-01-6) PLASTIC
ARTWORK : TOM BUNK




SECOND PRINT RUN - 66 CARD SET


DISPLAY BOX

NO VARIATION (1-672-40-02-6)
ARTWORK : TOM BUNK


WRAPPER

NO VARIATION (0-672-89-01-6) FOIL
ARTWORK : TOM BUNK








1.
The 44 Card Set is slightly Different From the 66 Card Set. The puzzle pieces in both sets are the same and face the same direction when the card is flipped to the backside, but the card backs with the Walls of Wizdom faces left to right in the 44 card test set, and the card backs faces right to left in the 66 card set when flipped to the backside. "Wiz" is slang to pee or urinate.


2. Card numbers, unlike most sets, can be found on the front and back of each card.

3. The set has One Puzzle; found in both releases.


4. The Images On the Box of both print runs Are Different.  The image on the 2nd print run box has slightly decreased where you can see all of the artwork; the image is cropped at the bottom of the 1st print run box, cutting off the lower bathroom characters found on the Walls of Wizdom backsides.

5. Besides 'Greenday', artist Tom Bunk inserted several Names into his bathrom artwork by writing on the walls for cards #3. The name Ira can be seen in red at the bottom of the wall, it's possibly a shout-out to Ira Friedman at Topps. The name Anna can be seen on the right hand side which is Bunk's daughter; and the artist name himself can be identified in two different locations, Tom written in large lettes off to the right, and 'bunch of Bunk' found in the lower left hand corner. Bunk's son's name, Ben, can be seen on card #24 that Tom also did the artwork for.


6. The Checklists in both sets Are quite Different; the test set checklist is horizantal with the toilet bowl character and the card stating 'Series 1'; and the regular release having the typical Topps checklist that is vertical with no images.


7. The Wrappers for both print runs Are Different (pictured above in Product Overiew).  The first test set wrapper does not have the Topps logo on it and the plastic packs contain 5 stickers.  The second release wrapper has the Topps logo, Bathroom Buddies is written in metallic because of the foil wrapper and the packs contain only 4 stickers now.

8. The series has Two Cards With the Same First Name, cards 14B Desperate DAN and 31B DAN Lather.










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Decipherings, Explanatory Notations and Definitions of the Bathroom Buddies Names



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1.
Topps artist Tom Bunk completed thirteen images for the 1st Series Bathroom Buddies set and fourteen paintings for the unpublished 2nd Series Bathroom Buddies set. In 2003, Tom provided images for all fourteen original artwork paintings he had completed for the Topps Company; the same year that Topps would release the All-New Series 1 GPK set. In
2016, Topps released three of these previously unpublished images as A+B cards within Value boxes, exclusive to Target, as a subset within their Apple Pie (In Your Face!) set; the toilet paper roll nameplate has been replaced by a B&W Garbage Pail Kids nameplate and the 'TM' (trademark) is missing from the header.

(CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW PAGE TO VIEW 2ND SERIES ARTWORK)


2. Topps artist John Pound completed fourteen images for the 1st Series Bathroom Buddies set and three paintings for the unpublished 2nd Series Bathroom Buddies set. In 2005, John Pound provided images for all three original artwork paintings that he finished for the Topps Company. The second piece contains Pound's Woo-woo eyeball character (not Eyewiz). 'JP Was Here' can be seen under the paper towel dispenser in the third piece pictured below, JP's tagged initials.


3. Artist and writer Jay Lynch completed the concept artwork for the set and wrote the 'Walls of Wizdom' (= words of wisdom) card backs. Several images were slightly changed by the artists for the final artwork; below is the artwork for card images #1 and #17 and two concepts that did not reach fruition for the 1st Series, although the gelatin mold concept did make it to the 2nd Series. Per Jay Lynch, "Topps had me compose a letter to the Boston Board of Education, suggesting that they use the series as a teaching tool in classrooms; this was done to get the [cards] banned in Boston as a publicity stunt for that release."



4. The third main contributor to the Bathroom Buddies sets, XnO (aka Chet Darmstaedter), completed five paintings for the 1st Series set and it is still yet unknown as to how many and exactly what he might have finished for the unpublished 2nd Series set. XnO is most notable for his Dinosaurs Attack! artwork that was released in 1988 by the Topps company where he completed a majority of the work for the set. Darmstaedter is known for his 'lowbrow art' or pop surrealism.

5. The fourth and potentially last artist to contribute to the Bathroom Buddies set(s) is Den Beauvais who completed one painting for the 1st Series set and it is unknown whether any paintings were completed for the unpublished 2nd Series set. Two pieces of artwork were located on his website for sale under a 'Misc.' artwork tab that included the 'Bathroom Buddies' name for the image to cards 6A Constipa-TED and 6B Dead FRED. Beauvais is known for his monster artwork; but it is unknown if the two additional artwork images below are directly tied to the Bathroom Buddies sets as either 1st Series rejected pieces, 2nd Series unpublished pieces or not associated with the Bathroom Buddies property, but they would both fit in nicely with the bathroom humor. Thanks to collector Esteban de Jesús Valencia Castillo for bringing this artist to my attention.

NOTE: THE ARTIST'S SIGNATURE, 'DEN.' CAN BE FOUND ON HIS ARTWORK AND MORE SUPRISINGLY, ON THE ACTUAL PUBLISHED CARD

NOTE: THE 'AB'+ BLOOD TYPE (UNIVERSAL RECIPIENT) ON THE TUB HANDLE AND THE 'DEN.' SIGNATURE ON THE PAINTING WITHIN THE PAINTING

6. Bathroom Buddies Toilet Bowl Candy & Gum Dispensers were released in Canada with gum filled toilet bowls and a tank holding a sticker with bathroom humor on it, no images from the set were used on the stickers, only on the display box. Bathroom Buddies toilet bowl candy dispensers were also released in the United Kingdom, but the stickers within the tank portion of the toilet bowl had images from the Bathroom Buddies set. The total number of stickers within the set is unkown since the stickers are unnumbered. Pictures provided by Robert Griffin.

NOTE: STICKER IMAGES FOR CARDS #16 AND #19








V
= Variation
1 = First Print Run (44 Card Set)
2 = Second Print Run (66 Card Set)



#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
BACK
MAIN WRITER
BACK
PRINT
RUN
1A
Clean DEAN (right faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
1A
Clean DEAN (left faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
1B
Washed-Up WAYNE
Tom Bunk
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
2A
MICHAEL Mummy (right faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
2A
MICHAEL Mummy (left faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
2B
Bandaged BRANDON
John Pound
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
3A
Urine AL (right faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
3A
Urine AL (left faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
3B
BURT Squirt
Tom Bunk
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
4A
Virtual VIRGIL (right faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
4A
Virtual VIRGIL (left faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
4B
Cyberspacin' JASON
John Pound
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
5A
Lappin' LEON (right faced back)
XnO (Chet Darmstaedter)
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
5A
Lappin' LEON (left faced back)
XnO (Chet Darmstaedter)
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
5B
HUGH Animal
XnO (Chet Darmstaedter)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
6A
Constipa-TED (right faced back)
Den Beauvais
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
6A
Constipa-TED (left faced back)
Den Beauvais
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
6B
Dead FRED
Den Beauvais
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
7A
Pukin' PAM (right faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
7A
Pukin' PAM (left faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
7B
Barfin' BARB
John Pound
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
8A
VINCE Vermin (right faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
8A
VINCE Vermin (left faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
8B
Infest ED
Tom Bunk
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
9A
Astro NAT (right faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
9A
Astro NAT (left faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
9B
Blast-Off BRIAN
John Pound
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
10A
CARL Catbox (right faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
10A
CARL Catbox (left faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
10B
SANDY Litter
Tom Bunk
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
11A
Tootin' TINA (right faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
11A
Tootin' TINA (left faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
11B
Blowin' BETTY
John Pound
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
12A
Gamin' RAYMOND (right faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
12A
Gamin' RAYMOND (left faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
12B
Game BOYD
Tom Bunk
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
13A
Stinky STAN (right faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
13A
Stinky STAN (left faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
13B
Toxic TOM
John Pound
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
14A
Paper LES (right faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
14A
Paper LES (left faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
14B
Desperate DAN
John Pound
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
15A
FORREST Dump (right faced back)
XnO (Chet Darmstaedter)
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
15A
FORREST Dump (left faced back)
XnO (Chet Darmstaedter)
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
15B
Whittlin' WILL
XnO (Chet Darmstaedter)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
16A
JANE Drain (right faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
16A
JANE Drain (left faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
16B
Bath BECKY
John Pound
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
17A
JACK Snack (right faced back)
XnO (Chet Darmstaedter)
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
17A
JACK Snack (left faced back)
XnO (Chet Darmstaedter)
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
17B
Unsani-TERRY
XnO (Chet Darmstaedter)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
18A
Levitatin' LUKE (right faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
18A
Levitatin' LUKE (left faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
18B
Fartin' MARTIN
Tom Bunk
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
19A
Undersea LEE (right faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
19A
Undersea LEE (left faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
19B
Scuba SAM
John Pound
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
20A
LARRY Laptop (right faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
20A
LARRY Laptop (left faced back)
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
20B
Internet BRET
John Pound
John Pound
Jay Lynch
1, 2
21A
Mud DONNA (right faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
21A
Mud DONNA (left faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
21B
Septic SUE (checklist)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
21B
Septic SUE (walls of wizdom)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
22A
Metallic ALEC (right faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
22A
Metallic ALEC (left faced back)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
22B
HARVEY Metal (checklist)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 1
22B
HARVEY Metal (walls of wizdom)
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
V, 2
23A
Fright DWIGHT
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
23B
MARK Attacked
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
24A
A Public JOHN
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
24B
Stuck STU
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
25A
ROSS Floss
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
25B
MAX Wax
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
26A
Sunken DUNCAN
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
26B
Trapped TREVOR
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
27A
RICH Kid
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
27B
BILL Wiper
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
28A
Hot RODNEY
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
28B
Racin' MASON
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
29A
Short MORT
XnO (Chet Darmstaedter)
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
29B
Small PAUL
XnO (Chet Darmstaedter)
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
30A
Caught COURTNEY
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
30B
Grabbed GRACE
John Pound
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
31A
Aero-SAUL
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
31B
DAN Lather
Tom Bunk
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
32A
ORVILLE Outhouse
XnO (Chet Darmstaedter)
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
32B
Gothic GREG
XnO (Chet Darmstaedter)
Jay Lynch
Jay Lynch
2
33A
In Between GENE
Tom Bunk
(checklist)
Jay Lynch
2
33B
Mixed-Up MANDY
Tom Bunk
(checklist)
Jay Lynch
2
#
NAME
ARTIST
FRONT
ARTIST
BACK
WRITER
BACK
PRINT
RUN

90 Total Cards = 66 Cards + 24 Variations