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The original version of the closing logo from 1978. The original copyright holder is Suzanne Productions and Roman numerals are used for the copyright date.
The copyright holder was later changed to MG Productions (MG for Mark Goodson) and stayed the same until the NBC version went off the air on October 23, 1981, although some episodes started using numbers for the copyright date at that point.
The 1979 version with Roman numerals for the copyright date.
The 1980 version with numbers for the copyright date.
The 1980 version with Roman numerals for the copyright date.
The credits and closing logo were done in gold on some other episodes. Here's a version with numbers for the copyright date in 1981.
The 1981 version with Roman numerals for the copyright date, from the NBC series finale.
The copyright holder is now The Card Sharks Company. From January 6, 1986 until early 1987, the closing logo originally had no color. An early variant is seen on episodes taped before 1986, complete with a copyright date of 1985. This version also appeared for the entirety of the nighttime syndicated version's run.
Beginning later in 1987 and continuing until the CBS version left the air on March 31, 1989, the logo is colorized. The cards spelling out the word CARD are red, while the cards spelling out the word SHARKS are blue.
The 1988 version of the later closing logo.
The 1989 version from a month before the CBS version went off the air.
The 1989 version from the series finale, over a shot of Bob Eubanks.
Here are the front game podiums. Remember, the arrow points up if the other player says "higher" (as seen here), and points down if they say "lower".
Card Sharks Hi and Low questions Based on Jim Perry The NBC version With Bicycle Cards version.
Above each contestant's row of cards was a moving bracket bearing the contestant's name which would mark one of the cards as the "base card". Each contestant's base card was the first card in the row of five. The winner of the question could choose to either play and keeping his/her base card, or have it replaced with another card from the top of the deck. The contestant then guessed whether the next (face-down) card in the row was "higher" or "lower"; if correct, he or she could continue to guess the next card after that and so on (if both cards were the same, the guess counted as incorrect). On an incorrect guess, the contestant loses his/her progress and returns to the base card with the other revealed cards being discarded and replaced by new face-down cards before the next question in the round. In this event, the opponent received a free chance to play his/her own row of cards but could not change the base card. Contestants could also choose to "freeze", thus making the last revealed card the new base card and preventing the opponent from receiving a free chance. Seen here are the placeholders for the prize cards, but they weren't used until the Rafferty version that lasted from 1986-1987.
The winner of the main game played the Money Cards bonus game for a chance to win additional money. The Money Cards board consisted of seven cards on three rows; three cards were dealt on the bottom two rows, and one card was dealt on the top row. On the NBC version, the winner's first base card to begin the bonus game was dealt from the deck after the seven cards were placed. In the pilot, Jim took the top card himself, while in the series, the dealer gave it to Jim.
Money Cards the scoreboard
busts originally registered as $0 on the scoreboard.
had Money Cards the scoreboard displaying the word BUST.
Card Sharks the only contestant to max out in the Money Cards Win $28,800 Jim Perry version.
$32,000 win in the downloadable game, combining elements of the Perry and Eubanks eras, and using the red cards for the champion. The link to the download is here.
Here's what you don't want: a BUST, and this one occurred before the Big Bet. Not only that, a BUST occurred on the second card at the bottom level. This picture uses the blue cards for the challenger-turned-champion.
A $32,000 win with the blue cards for the challenger-turned-champion.