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I believe all three companies were still using wax packs in 1989.
Buice was in Southern California one evening in November 1987 looking for a Chinese restaurant in the area, after wandering around the neighborhood without much luck, he went into a baseball card store called "The Upper Deck" to ask the owner about the restaurant. The owner recognized Buice and offered a 12% ownership stake in the baseball card company he was trying to start, if Buice would get him in touch with the MLBPA. The company he started was called Upper Deck. Buice entered into a four-year contract with the company. After the strike in 1994, Upper Deck gave Buice six more years of ownership. Thus, between 1988 and 1998, Buice earned $15 million because he couldn't find a Chinese restaurant.
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