In 1985, Topps released a button collection set called Gross Bears (originally titled "Barf Bears"). Just as the Garbage Pail Kids parodied the Cabbage Patch Kids dolls, the Gross Bears spoofed the Care Bears. Some unpublised buttons resembled artwork from future GPK cards (for example: Not All There Bear resembled card 279, Have It Your Way Burger Bear looked like card 381, and an unpublished piece resembled card 189). The success of the Garbage Pail Kids eclipsed the Gross Bears and the buttons faded away from the public eye.

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