Trading Card Spotlight Mike Lukianoff

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Mike Lukianoff, who is displayed on card number 2591, from the Superstars of 2016. Mike is the winner for 3 years (2011,2013,2014) at ScrewAttack’s Ironman of Gaming tournament.  In 2015, at the Southern Fried Gaming Expo, Mike won the "Beat Billy Mitchell" tournament in Pac-Man Battle Royale. Also, in 2015 and 2016 Mike won the Donkey Kong 2 and Ms. Pac-Man Turbo blindfolded tournaments at ReplaxFX, yes, he entered and won both arcade games where players were blindfolded.  Originally from Michigan, Mike grew up playing Atari and the NES.   His love for gaming grows as he is now trying his hands-on Pinball.   He has a twitch channel which can be seen at www.twitch.tv/mcsirtuna.

When did you first meet Walter day and where was it at?

I first met Walter in person at Magfest when he was there for the Nibbler World Record attempt.  I'd been going to Magfest since 2005, so having him there was an opportunity I couldn't miss.  I found a time when he was free and approached him to have a small chat.  It was awesome and he was everything I'd have imagined.  Like many, I knew him from the multiple documentaries he has been in.  Due to my appreciation for games of all kinds, I really have a deep appreciation for what he has done for gaming as a whole.  It was an honor for me to get to chat with him for even a brief time.

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Trading Card Spotlight Empr3ss Nile

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Sashaun “Empr3ss Nile” Bailey, who is displayed on card number 2417, from the Superstars of 2016.   Originally competing at Cyberbox tournaments as a competitor for Empire Arcadia in 2015, Empr3ss always knew she was a gaming competitor.  When Cyberbox closed, she looked for a new way to contribute to eSports as a competitor. Nile was one of the top eSports competitors for Just Dance in the country.  She has won the National competition at Cyberbox for Just Dance in Jamaica.   She also is a part of the Tetris Team trying to win a title for the Empire.   Other games Enpr3ss like to compete in are League of Legends and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft.

Who is your favorite video game character and what makes that character special?

It would have to be a tie between PAC-MAN and Lara Croft. I like PAC-MAN because he's simple and you can power him up easy with the energizer. I like when the ghost think they're about to kill you and you get the power up and they start running. I use to laugh all the time as a kid when I saw that, I still do sometimes. I like Lara Croft because she's a bad-ass and to some degree she's independent. She doesn't work for anybody. She has guns can kill bears, wolves, people. She's a super version of Indiana Jones.

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"Autographed" Science Fiction Cards to be Accepted by Beckett


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Beckett Grading Services to Accept "Autographed" Science Fiction Cards at Nebula and WorldCon Weekends

Holy Smoke! Step aside Mickey Mantle! Instead of baseball superstars getting all the attention, it's autographs of science fiction authors that are about to get "celebrity treatment!"

Starting with this May's Nebula Awards Weekend (Pittsburgh, May 18-21, 2017), autographed trading cards that feature science fiction authors will be given the same stellar treatment that has traditionally been afforded to collectible cards that feature sports stars, music icons, or idols of the film & television industries. Beckett Grading Services--the worldwide authority on authenticating and grading rare and valuable sports collectibles, like the 1952 TOPPS Mickey Mantle rookie card and the 1909 T206 Honus Wagner tobacco card--now accepts the Walter Day Collection of Science Fiction Historical Trading Cards for grading as investment-grade collectables. 

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FAQs: The Official Walter Day Trading Card Museum

The Official Walter Day Trading Card Museum is the brainchild of John Weeks--the brilliant businessman who bought the unused industrial airport complex in Banning, California and turned it into the fabulous Museum of Pinball. With his personal collection of 800+ vintage coin-operated arcade machines on display, Weeks has created not only one of the world's most unique museums, but he also holds an annual Arcade Expo at the Museum that draws arcade aficionados from all around the world.

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Welcome to The Official Walter Day Trading Card Museum

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Class of 2017 to be unveiled at the Official Walter Day Trading Card Museum, March 17-19, 2017, during the Arcade Expo in Banning, California

BANNING, CALIFORNIA -- On Saturday, March 18, 2017, The Official Walter Day Trading Card Museum will present in ceremony its annual slate of "Trading Card Awards" and unveil The Class of 2017 -- the latest cards that will be added to the Museum displays. 

And, it will all happen during ARCADE EXPO 3.0

Arcade Expo 3.0 is one of the world's largest retro gaming festivals celebrating the amazing legacy of the coin-op era of electronic arcade machines. Founded by John Weeks, the event features John's personal collection of more than 800 arcade games and is considered by many to be "The World's fair" of electronic arcade gaming. To learn more, go here:  http://www.arcadeexpo.com

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