A new documentary about the baseball card industry of the late 1980s and early 90s arrived Tuesday but the film promises much more than a wistful look back at an explosive time in the hobby. Jack of All Trades is described as a “unique personal tale with emotional family ties, outlining the details behind the boom, and bust of the once lucrative baseball card collecting industry.”
One of the movie’s two directors, Stu Stone is a former child actor who grew up collecting with his father, Jack, the owner of a chain of sports card shops called Sluggers in the Toronto area in the 1980s and early 90s. Jack Stone abruptly left the business– and his family– when Stu was still a young boy.
The film traces Stu Stone’s effort to reconnect with his beloved cards, while discovering they were actually worth less now than they were more than 25 years ago. Along the way, he visits with his father’s old business partner, friends and family. Eventually, co-director and friend Harv Glazer and Stone’s sister Kari help locate Jack Stone.
The film runs about an hour and 25 minutes and includes interview clips with current trading card executives, dealers, fellow collectors…and Jose Canseco. The film has a dark side and probably isn’t one you’ll want to watch with young kids because of strong language.
It released in Canada last year and Stone spoke with TheYYScene.com about the movie then. It’s just now becoming widely available in the U.S.
You can watch a trailer for the film below.