If you were a kid or teenager during the 1980s, you would have no doubt collected Garbage Pail Kids cards. These cards were considered controversial for their art, violence, and off-color humor. The series did exceedingly well for many years and led to video games and even a TV show.
While all these trading cards can be acquired online quickly nowadays, there are still some desirable Garbage Pail Kids cards that can sell for huge amounts. If you want to get into collecting these cards yourself, or just want to see some amazingly rare artwork in general, these are the most valuable Garbage Pail Kids cards right now.
10. Jay Decay, $900
If you are a horror fan, you might like this Garbage Pail kids’ card. A tip of the hat to scary movies that depicts a Garbage Pail Kid zombie rising from the grave. This valuable rare card is $900.
9. Semi Colin, $1,000
This card features the characters Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, Collin, and Boyd all in one. It is one of the first Garbage Pail Kids productions. The price for this card is around $1,000 and is called the Semicolon error card. From the looks of it is a very unique-looking card for kids.
8. Junky Jeff, $1,000+
Junky Jeff enters the upper pantheon of disturbing Garbage Pail Kids cards. It’s worth noting that the creators thought they were probably doing something clever here by implying that kids’ heads were filled with garbage in the 1980s from television and the advent of the video game era. This card costs $1,000 for its rare value.
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7. Schizo Fran, $1,000+
Schizo Fran, in the alternate version, shows conjoined twins who appear to be engaged in a fistfight. From the looks of the card seems like a scary horror movie poster you see at the theater. Quite disturbing by the looks of the card, it is rare, and the cost is $1,000.
6. Dirty Harry, $1,400
Dirty Harry is a half-boy and half-pig, surrounded by eaten food. It is a Garbage Pail Kid tradition of combining little kids with animals on their cards. Don’t be surprised if you see more half-kid, half-animal cards. This card costs $1,400
5. Jolted Joel, $1,500
The 1980s were truly great when it came to hard rock hair bands. Jolted Joel has lived on somewhat in modern times with a pair of retro shorts from Chalk Line. This card costs $1,500.
4. Evil Eddie, $2,200
Evil Eddie is no slouch, he’s a baby portrayed as a vampire who looks like he’s about to take a bite out of what appears to be a Barbie doll. How disturbing these cards may seem in the 1980s, they were all the rage and now command a hefty sum. This card is worth $2,200.
3. Adam Bomb, $4,000
Adam Bomb is the most Iconic Garbage Pail Kids card of all time. This is a true collector’s item for fans of Garbage Pail Kids. The card costs $4,000.
2. Corroded Carl, $6,000
From looking at these cards, Garbage Pail Kids have produced some pretty disgusting cards, but this one might take the cake. This nasty little toddler is covered in cysts, pimples, and open sores. He is in the process of popping one of them and pouring cream over the rest of his body. It’s gross and valuable, costing around $6,000.
1. Nasty Nick, $7,500
Topps’s first card created for the set was the most valuable of all the Garbage Pail Kids cards. Nasty Nick was the A version of the original 1985 series. The value of this card is around $7,500.
(Values are based on the cards being in pristine condition).