It caused a bit of a stir in the hobby when it was released nearly 14 years ago. "Card Sharks" by former USA Today writer Pete Williams, attempted to chronicle the rise of Upper Deck from hobby newcomer in the late 1980s to a serious rival to Topps–a process that took just a year thanks to Ken Griffey Jr. and its mission to take baseball cards a little upscale.
It seems quaint now, but Upper Deck’s early innovations worked–even if some of the premiums that sold for big money in the early days had a habit of sneaking out the back door.
It wasn’t a movie so there won’t be a "Card Sharks II" according to Williams, who has moved on to other things. But he did take time to do some Q&A with Mario of Wax Heaven.