Baseball card maker Topps says it has caught competitor Upper Deck stealing.
The Topps Co. filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan. It says baseball cards published this year by The Upper Deck Co. Inc. and some cards about to be published should be thrown out.
Manhattan-based Topps says its Carlsbad, Calif., rival's 2009 cards copy the 1975 Topps cards in their layout and design.
Topps says some cards Upper Deck is about to sell imitate the 1971 and 1977 Topps cards.
An Upper Deck spokesman did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.