Science Fiction Historical Trading Cards

For nearly 100 years, science fiction—affectionally called "speculative fiction" by master story-tellers like Robert Heinlein and Ray Bradbury—has inspired the world with a sense of wonder along with the expectation that the "improbable" will someday become reality. From the timeless works of the 19th Century (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [1869] and The War of the Worlds [1898]), to today's modern cinematic marvels of the silver screen (Avatar [2009] and Guardians of the Galaxy [2014]), science fiction has been a prominent feature of our global culture. It is an understatement to say that Sci-fi  has been the source of limitless entertainment for the entire world. In recognition of the cultural importance of the science fiction genre, the Science Fiction Historical Trading Card Set has been created to commemorate the history of the global science fiction industry, honoring the literature, the authors, the films, the culture, and the historic milestones.

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The Dan Tearle Collection

Dan Tearle is a world renown sports artist who has already won an international following for his hand-drawn illustrations of Joe Montana and other stars of the NFL. As a devoted video game enthusiast, he has volunteered his services again and again to the Walter Day Collection of Video Game & Pinball Trading Cards, creating memorable portraitures of individuals who have earned their place in the electronic gaming history books. To learn more about Dan's work, go to:  https://www.facebook.com/dantearlesportsart/

Dan's trading card resume has now grown extensively with 37 different cards already in production and numerous iof them honored with DAN TEARLE AWARDS. The list of awards and trading cards includes the following (click on listings to go to the awards or cards):

AWARDS: #775 Walter Day, #1422 Billy Mitchell, #1664 Larry DeMar, #1709 Roger Sharpe, #1844 Mick Simmonds, #1861 Frank Ballouz, #1869 Todd Rogers, #2022 Victor Herbert Lavay, #2050 Eddie Adlum, #2066 Carol & Ralph Lally#2147 Mike Wright, #2182 Cheh Low, #2209 Jon Stoodley#2336 Mike Begum. 

CARDS:  #775 Walter Day, #821 Nolan Bushnell, #829 Mark Hoff, #925 100-Million Robotron Score, #1153 Centipede Commemoration, #1306 Bill Teeple, #1326 Defender Commemoration, #1352 Pac-Man Commemoration,  #1422 Billy Mitchell, #1482 Star Wars Cockpit, #1490 Keith Robinson, #1493 Eric Tessler, #1625 Jonathan Joosten, #1664 Larry DeMar, #1674 Gary Stern, #1681 Eugene Jarvis, #1691 Steve Ritchie, #1696 Mike Pacak, #1702 Robert Berk, #1709 Roger Sharpe, #1714 Jim Schelberg, #1721 Martin Ayub, #1754 Allen Staal, #1766 Josh Jones, #1844 Mick Simmonds, #1861 Frank Ballouz#1869 Todd Rogers, #2022 Victor Herbert Lavay, #2050 Eddie Adlum, #2066 Carol & Ralph Lally, #2147 Mike Wright, #2182 Cheh Low, #2197 Joel West, #2209 Jon Stoodley, #2253 Rachel Lara, #2254 Derek Sorrells, #2264 Kleisath & Boyer, #2336 Mike Begum.

 

Founding Fathers to be Honored on Trading Cards in Forthcoming "Superstars of 2016"

The men who created the first computer programs that supported the birth of the video game industry are rarely honored. Here is a set of cards that brings to light the contributions made by many forgotten men and women. Featuring artwork by Sean (Taggsta) Tagg, of Melbourne, Australia—and sponored by the legendary Eric Tessler, this set will be launched as part of the Superstars of 2016 card set.

BECKETT GRADING SERVICES TO AUTHENTICATE TRADING CARDS AT ARCADE EXPO 2.0 IN JANUARY

We are proud to announce that there will be a CELEBRITY AUTOGRAPHING SESSION with Beckett Grading Services, Inc., at the Museum of Pinball, in Banning, California, on Saturday, January 16, 2015. This autographing session will be conducted during the ARCADE EXPO 2.0 gaming festival. The hours of the session will be 11AM - 5PM. Go here to learn more about the ARCADE EXPO 2.0.

Everybody who appears on either a Science Fiction Historical Trading Card or a Video Game & Pinball Trading Card is invited to come and sign their cards for the public—or for their own collection. This is a rare opportunity as Beckett does not recognize all card sets that are produced today, and we hope that everyone will come and participate in the fun process of being a "pop culture celebrity" for the day. 

THE PROCESS: Not only will Beckett encapsulate your cards in a protective plastic container (called slabbing) and grade its condition (on a scale of 1-10), but Beckett will have your "celebrity" autograph certified, too. For Beckett to authenticate your autograph, you will have to show your ID and then sign your cards in front of the Beckett officials as they watch you sign. (See image above of cards already graded and authenticated by Beckett).

COSTS: Because our group will be submitting a large number of cards for encapsulation, grading, and authenticating, we will be given the low price of $9 per card that is submitted.

HOWEVER, SIGNING IS FREE OF CHARGE: You will not be charged for signing your cards. You are only charged if you want to submit one of your signed cards to Beckett for them to encapsulate and then have one of their experts spend time viewing the card under a microscope to determine the condition of the card (they judge the card in four different ways on a scale of 1 to 10: are the edges straight with no wear or blemishes; are the corners crisp, sharp, and not crumpled; is the surface bright and lustrious with no scratches, wear, stains, etc; and, finally, is the image perfectly centered on the card.)  As of the time of this writing, 750 cards from the Walter Day Collection have been submitted to Beckett and only two (2) cards have come back with a grade of "Pristine" 10.0. So, cards with a grade of BGS 9.5 are the golden mean among collectors.

YOU DONT NEED TO COME IN PERSON: If you would like to build a collection of Beckett graded cards but can't come in person, it will be possible to order Beckett graded cards signed by many of the attending celebrities. For more information on this possibility, send Walter Day an email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Chronological History of the Trading Card Awards Ceremonies

Since February, 2011, The Walter Day Collection of Trading Cards has honored on trading cards hundreds of individuals, companies, and organizations for their contributions to the worldwide video game, pinball, and science fiction industries. As an expression of appreciation and respect, the Walter Day Collection conducts Awards Ceremonies at national events to give further recognition to the people who appear on our trading cards. To see some of our Awards Recipients, please click on the links below.  


67. August 9013, 2017 • WorldCon 75 • Hugo Awards Weekend • Helsinki, Finland
#SF177 David D. Levine#SF170 Johanna Sinisalo#SF199 Tammy Coxen#SF93 Ellen Datlow, #SF62 Liza Trombi#SF97 Pat Cadigan

66. July 29, 2017 ¶* Video game Summit • Villa Park, IL
#2600 Paul Zimmerman

65. July 29-30, 2017 • Classic Game Fest • Austin, Texas
#SF177 GIMMICK Video Game Rock Band, #SF170 Norman Caruso, #SF199 Ernie Cline, #SF93 3-Bit Games, #SF62 Retro World Series, #SF97 Cheap Ass Games, #2709 John 'Gamester81' Lester, #2710 Billy Joe Cain, #2706 Lauren Featherstone, #2711 Pat Contri, #2705 Jason Lord

64. July 6, 2017 • NorthAmeriCon '17 • San Juan, Puerto, Rico
Awards Presented to Honor Science Fiction Cards: #SF106 Daina Chaviano#SF115 Tobias S. Buckell#SF132 Brother Guy Consolmagno#SF144 Javier Grillo-Marxuach, #SF161 George Perez#SF0178 Paula Smith

63. June 10, 2017 • Southern-Fried Game Room Expo • Atlanta, GA

62. May 20, 2017 • Nebulas Awards Weekend • Renaissance Waverly Hotel • Pittsburgh, PA
Awards Presented to Honor Science Fiction Cards: Steven H Silver, Kjell Lindgren, Jane Yolen

61. May 6, 2017 • Lynn English High School 1967/68 50th-Year-Reunion • Peabody, MA
Awards Presented to Honor 1967/68 LEHS Reunion Cards: 78 trading cards and awards were presented

60. March 17-19, 2017 • Arcade Expo 2017 • Museum of Pinball • Banning, CA

59 January ??, 2017 • Star Worlds Arcade 32nd Anniversary Ceremonies • DeKalb, IL

55. November 12, 2016 • Free Play Florida 2016 • Orlando, FL
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: Outhouse Games, BARTcade, Warren Hart, Free Play Florida, Andy McNamara.

54. Underground Retrocade, West Dundee, IL

53. August 28, 2016 Arcade & Video Game Expo, Chicago, IL

 

. August 5, 2016 • ICON 2016 • Ottumwa, Iowa
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: D.

53. July 18, 2016 • WorldCon Science Fiction Convention • Kansas City, MO
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: Michael Swanwick, Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis, James Gunn, Larry Niven, Chuck Gannon, and Joe Haldeman.

50. January 16, 2016 • Arcade Expo 2.0 • Banning, CA
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: David Ralston, Ed Logg, Rob Patton, Alex Jebailey, Imoto Harney, Steve Hertz, Don Daglow, Andy McNamara.

49. November 20-22, 2015 • Free Play Florida • Orlando, FL
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #SF52 Samuel R. Delany, #SF67 Michael Moorcock,, #SF68 Jack Vance#2030 Sean "Taggsta" Tagg#2057 Whoa Nellie!-Dennis Nordman, #2057 Whoa Nellie!-Greg Freres#2075 Joe Helfenberger, #2089 Andrew Heighway#2098 Michael Mize, #2200 World's Largest Arcade Game, #2135 Todd Rogers - Taggsta, #2264 Boyer & Kleisath -Tearle Collection, #2264 Boyer & Kleisath -Freeplay Version#2291 Shawn Robinson, #2310 Jordan DeMarco, #2316 Neil Hernandez#2329 Valter Treib#2378 Greydon Clark.

48. November 13-14, 2015 • Houston Arcade Expo • Houston, TX
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #937 Johnny Segura#1320 Brett Weiss, #1393 Brett Weiss, #2144 Jay Welch#2147 Mike Wright#2150 Jay Welch#2154 Keni & Josh Jones, #2328 Johnny Segura#2336 Mike Begum, #2376 L. Steve Williams, Jr., #2379 Stephen Silver#2381 L. Steve Williams, Jr. #2421 Andrew Seklir, #2422 Tim Kinzy, Jim Schelberg, #2154 Keni & Josh Jones, Jay Welch, Nathan Gomez, Lyssa Gomez.

47. Larry Larson Memorial • Fairfield, IA
Award Presented To Honor Card 2176

46. October 2-4, 2015 • Twin Galaxies Entertainment Festival • Banning, CA

Awards Presented to Honor Cards: 2184 (The Handler), 2208 (Greg Elizondo), 2219 (Patrick Wyrick), 2220 (Michael Clark), 2226 (Eric Tessler), 2290 (Noah Solis), 2330 (Jerry Momoda), 2412 (Shawne Vinson),  

45. August 15, 2015 • ICON 2015 • Fairfield, Iowa
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

44. August 1, 2015 • RePlayFX Arcade & Gaming Festival • Pittsburgh, PA
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

43. June 27, 2015 • John Salter's Full-Blast Arcade Awards • North Ridgeville, OH
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

42. June 20, 2015 • Southern-Fried Gameroom Show • Atlanta, GA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

41. June 5, 2015 • Nebula Awards Ceremonies • Chicago, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Science Fiction Cards: Larry Niven, Nancvy Kress, SFWA)

40. May 30, 2015 • Galloping Ghost Awards • Brookfield, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

39. May 29, 2015 • Mike's Carnevil Retro Arcade Awards • North English, IA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #2026 Oliver Campbell.

38. May 22, 2015 • Level257 • Schaumburg, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

37. May 2, 2015 • 62nd Philly Non-Sports Card Show • Allentown, PA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

36. February 21, 2015 • The Florida Arcade & Pinball Expo (APE), Fort Lauderdale, FL. 
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #2212, 2213, 2215, 2217)

35. January 31, 2015 • Star Worlds Arcade - 30th Anniversary • DeKalb, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

34. January 17, 2015 • Arcade Expo 2015, Banning, CA.
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #43, 85, 154, 229, 233, #775 Walter Day#1422 Billy Mitchell, #1664 Larry DeMar, #1709 Roger Sharpe#2022 Victor Herbert Lavay#2050 Eddie Adlum#2182 Cheh Low.

33. November 22, 2014 • Free Play Florida • Orlando, FL
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: 

32. November 8, 2014 • Houston Arcade Expo • Houston, TX
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: 

31. October 25, 2014 • "The King of Arcades" Movie Permiere • The Place Arcade • Cincinnati, OH
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: 106 (J. D. Lowe), 175 (Mike Iarossi), 1386 (Gary Mayer & Gary Carnuche), 1429 (Faithie & Richie Knucklez), 1588 (John Geiger),

30. October 24, 2014 • "The King of Arcades" Movie Permiere • Columbus, OH
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: 106 (J. D. Lowe), 175 (Mike Iarossi), 1386 (Gary Mayer & Gary Carnuche), 1429 (Faithie & Richie Knucklez), 1588 (John Geiger), 

29. October 18, 2014 • Pinball Expo 2014 • Wheeling, IL
Awards Presented to Honor Cards:

28. October 4, 2014 • Star Worlds Arcade • DeKalb, IL
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #1587, 1727, 2015, 2023)

27. November 17, 2013 • Kong Off III, Denver, CO
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #11, 17, 43, 45, 49, 51A, 69, 74, 94, 116, 131, 157, 181, 235, 253, 265, 267, 350, 370, 376, 383, 389, 392, 404, 406, 407, 429, 433, 458, 466, 471, 472, 473, 485, 489, 499, 501, 503, 507, 519, 526, 528, 534, 553, 554, 556, 566, 571, 574, 579, 582, 583, 584, 589, 596, 598, 605, 614, 621, 622, 710)

26. October 19, 2013 • Pinball Expo 2013 • Wheeling, IL
Awards Presented to Honor Cards:

25. August 10, 2013 • ICON Gallery, Fairfield, IA
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #174, 252, 354, 410, 428)

24. July 28, 2013 • Enrico Zanetti Commemoration • Legnano, Italy
Awards Presented for cards 430, 430A

23. January 19, 2013 • Texas State Trading Card Premiere, Austin, TX
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #80, 109, 217, 401, 444, 449, 451, 480 and more)

22. November 17, 2012 • Kong Off II, Denver, CO
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #????)

21. October 20, 2012 • Pinball Expo 2012, Wheeling, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #??)

20. October 13, 2012 • Grassroots Gaming Expo • Ottumwa, IA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #53, 57, 69, 114, 146, 152, 162, 193, 195, 213, 223, 230, 255, 262, 271, 285, 333)

19. September 22, 2012 • Pacific Pinball Exposition Awards Ceremonies • San Rafael, CA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #269)

18. August 25, 2012 • Steve Kordek Day, Star Worlds Arcade • DeKalb, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #??)

17. August 11, 2012 • Classic Gaming Expo 2012 • Las Vegas, NV
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #33, 81, 96, 174, 180, 198, 201, 216, 239, 293)

16. July 29, 2012 • California Extreme 2012 • Santa Clara, CA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #39, 49, 212, 215, 217, 243, 253, 268, 294, 312)

15. July 28, 2012 • Gamewarp II • Orlando, FL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #1, 60, 100, 263)

14. July 21, 2012 • 1984 Arcade Awards Ceremonies • Springfield, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #23, 51, 67, 69, 79, 118, 146, 150, 152, 223, 279)

13. July 14, 2012 • Video Game Summit • Lombard, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #1, 14, 23, 48, 79, 150, 178, 199, 245, 247)

12. June 23, 2012 • Cleveland Classic Console & Arcade Gaming Show, Fairview Park, OH
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #43, 85, 154, 229, 233)

11. June 16, 2012 • Camp Robotron - Star Worlds Arcade • DeKalb, IL
(Award Presented to Honor Card: #218)

10. June 10, 2012 • NW Pinball & Arcade Show • Seattle, WA.
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #7, 16, 22, 33, 52, 58, 67, 74, 94, 144, 157, 164, 170, 177, 183, 197, 202, 236, 244, 249)

9. June 6, 2012 • E3-Electronic Entertainment Expo • Los Angeles, CA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #7, 16, 22, 33, 52, 58, 67, 74, 94, 144, 157, 164, 170, 177, 183, 197, 202, 236, 244, 249)

8. April 21-22, 2012 • 56th Philly Non-Sports Card Show • Allentown, PA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #01, 05, 11, 19, 29, 42, 43, 44, 46, 67, 98, 99, 113, 119, 129, 143, 149, 158, 166, 168, 181, 186, 199, 209, 217, 220, 228, 231, 235, 238, 248)

7. March 24, 2011 • Midwest Gaming Classic • Brookfield, WI
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: 28 new cards)

6. March 18, 2012 • Smithsonian Institute • Washington, DC
Award Presented to Honor Card: #165

5. November 12, 2011 • Twin Galaxies Video Game Festival • Bridge View Ctr. • Ottumwa, IA
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #46, 99, 252, 354, 410, 428

4. September 28, 2011 • King of Kong Arcade • Orlando Intl Airport
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #03, 50, 60, 100, 88

3. September 24, 2011 • Star Worlds Arcade Movie Premiere • DeKalb, IL
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #12, 23

2. July 30, 2011 • Richie Knucklez Arcade • Flemington, NJ
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #11, 17, 54, 78

1. February 2, 2011 • King of Kong Arcade • Orlando Intl Airport
Unveiling #1, 108