Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Steve Wiebe, who is displayed on card number 7
, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection. Steve is also featured on cards 469
and 2239. As one of the stars of the popular documentary “King of Kong”, Steve is one of the greatest Donkey Kong players in the world. At one time he held the world record on the arcade game during the classic battles with Billy Mitchell. Since then many have taken the spot and currently Steve is 11th
with a verified score of 1,064,500. Steve has appeared on multiple shows on the G4 TV channel and has also been seen in movies such as “Four Christmases” and “Horrible Bosses”. Since 2006 Steve has made appearances to try and beat the Donkey Kong score at such events as the Northwest Pinball & Arcade Show, Denver Comic-Con and 1Up Arcade/Bar in Colorado. Steve has also entered multiple Kong Off tournaments each year held by Ritchie Knucklez. Steve was inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, Iowa in 2010. He also has the 4th
highest score on Donkey Kong Jr. with 1,190,400. Do you remember your first video game / arcade you played and what do you remember about it?
I remember playing Space Invaders at a local burger joint called Charlie’s. Most of the games were found in pizza parlors and 7-11 food chains in the beginning. The owner of Charlie’s would give a free milkshake to anyone that scored over a certain number of points on Space Invaders. I never excelled at Space Invaders back in the day, so I’d give a quarter to one of my friends that was really good and hope he could win me a shake.
Our next Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight features Robert J. Sawyer, who is displayed on card number 51 from the Science Fiction Collection. Rob has won the Hugo, Nebula, John W. Campbell Memorial Awards, and Aurora Awards for best novel of the year, and, according to the Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards, has won more awards as an SF/F novelist than anyone else in history. The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name. In 2014, he was one of the initial nine inductees into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, and in 2016 he was made a member of the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Canadian government. His 23rd novel, Quantum Night, is just out from Ace.
Who is your favorite celebrity and what makes that person special?
Chase Masterson, who played Leeta the Dabo Girl on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She’s parlayed her celebrity into being an international leader in the fight against bullying online and off, and she’s done amazing work with young people transitioning out of gang life in Los Angeles. She’s my hero.