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Behind The Card

Behind The Card covers the recent rise in the sports card industry as it becomes a place for investors and collectors to become millionaires overnight. The documentary showcases how a piece of cardboard can be turned into a $1M+ investment simply by adding an athlete’s face and signature. As we filmed the industry’s path from card creation to the end buyer, we’ve captured manipulation of the card market, theft of cards, online scams, new technological innovations and the unity of family and friends through its 100+ year history.

Featured celebrity interviews include producer/DJ Steve Aoki and controversial investor Vegas Dave. Featured athletes include Las Vegas Raiders Running Back, Josh Jacobs and 2020 7th round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Nick Gonzales. The top industry experts include the CEO of Panini America, Mark Warsop and the President of Beckett Media, Jeromy Murray. Also featured are industry influencers Geoff Wilson and Rob Gough, who broke the record for the most expensive sports card purchase when he spent $5.2M on a single baseball card.

  • Christopher Robert Fitzjarrald
    1st time Director
  • Christopher Robert Fitzjarrald
    1st time Writer
  • Jeremiah Rounds
  • Steve Aoki
    Key Cast
    "Famous DJ"
  • Dave Oancea
    Key Cast
    "Vegas Dave"
  • Josh Jacobs
    Key Cast
    "RB for Las Vegas Raiders"
  • Nick Gonzales
    Key Cast
    "Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Player"
  • Geoff Wilson
    Key Cast
    "Sports Card Investor"
  • Mark Warsop
    Key Cast
    "CEO of Panini America"
  • Rob Gough
    Key Cast
    "Bought $5M Sports Card"
  • Jeromy Murray
    Key Cast
    "President of Beckett Collectibles"
  • Paula Fitzjarrald
    Executive Producer
    1st time Executive Producer
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 36 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 24, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    300,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, RED
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Silk Road Film Awards-Cannes 2021
    WINNER of the October 2021 Edition Best Documentary
  • Best Documentary Award 2022/23
    United Kingdom
    Best Male Director
  • Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival Award 2022
    United States
    Semi-Finalist Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Archstone Entertainment
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Christopher Robert Fitzjarrald

Chris Fitzjarrald grew up in a small town in Indiana. After graduating from college during the 2008 recession, Chris decided to travel to learn other cultures around the country. Fast forward 7 years, and he ended up in Los Angeles to focus on growing businesses in the technology space. Chris moved to Las Vegas during quarantine in 2020 which allowed him to focus on his creative aspect of life which has given us Behind The Card documentary.

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Director Statement

The thrill of creating a documentary that has a feature film cinematography look and feel to it was a creative challenge but we were able to succeed with this in Behind The Card!