Trading Card Spotlight Aaron Laberge

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Aaron Laberge, who is displayed on card number 2642 from the Superstars of 2017 Collection.   Aaron’s trading card will be presented and featured the weekend of March 18th, 2017 in Banning, CA.   Living in Canada, Aaron has been a gamer since the Atari 2600 days.  He plays on all platforms as well as PC and arcades.  Aaron holds a few records on the Twin Galaxies scoreboard such as Death Race on the Arcade and Crossy Road on the Android tablet.   

What is your favorite singe player game and favorite multiplayer game?

My favorite game in either genre is pretty much impossible to pick. The single player game I play most often is probably Heroes of Might & Magic 3 or Mount & Blade: Warband, both of which have an absurd amount of depth and replay ability, despite being quite a few years old now. For multiplayer, it’s equally impossible, I love the Quake series and always have, same with Unreal Tournament and Battlefield, but newer games like Overwatch are also fantastic and that doesn’t even account for MMOs like Diablo etc. It’s honestly impossible to choose for me, I love tons of multiplayer games and it largely depends on what everyone decides we want to play for the time given.

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Trading Card Spotlight Scott Sheridan

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Scott Sheridan, who is displayed on card number 2259 from the Superstars of 2015 Collection.   Scott is also featured on card number 2605.  Scott’s love for pinball started in college.   He gradually ended up collecting pinball games and repairing them, then selling them which eventually became his career.   Scott has been buying and selling games for over 40 years.  “Dr. Scott’s” Pinball store (, started in 1995, is the place to go for pinball sales and repair.   Scott’s love for pinball has spanned over many generations and he has seen the industry rise, fall and rise again.   Scott’s pinball store is located in Maumee, Ohio.  

Do you learn anything from playing pinball?

Patience and a sense of humor. Why is it that the first drop target you hit was the last target you needed on your previous ball? I believe it's my Higher Power having fun with me. Since I'm more of a tech than a player, the question can be applied to under the playfield or behind the backglass. Trying to troubleshoot a problem, sometimes it can be easy, hard or quite troublesome. The satisfaction I experience when I finally figured it out is wonderful! The really tough ones, I believe, is my Higher Power trying to teach me how to become a better tech. Then, when I discover the bug, whatever it might be, just laughing at me, I smile with gratitude as I fix it, knowing that I didn't fix it by myself.

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Trading Card Spotlight Jesse Porter

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Jesse Porter, who is displayed on card number 2644, from the Superstars of 2017.  Jesse is a huge classic console fan.  Jesse holds over 300 Twin Galaxies world records, which one of them, Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi for the Sega Genesis Collection on the PS2 is Jesse’s biggest accomplishment.  Jesse’s collection of video games is over 1,300 and growing.   Jesse’s Walter Day Trading card will be presented in March in Banning, CA where Walter will personally present Jesse with the card and an award. 

Which company makes the best games and why?

I don’t see any company as making the “best” games. For every game, there is a person somewhere in the world that likes that game. I have learned that certain games can be loved personally no matter how many other people hate it. Every company has their place and every game has its place. But if I had to pick a favorite company, I would have to say Blue Sky and LJN. I like LJN because they have extremely hard games to beat and they are usually based on cool movies. Themes in a game and what the game is based on is a dominating factor in my group of friends. I like Blue Sky for their vibrant colors, incredible graphics, and amazing sound tracks.

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Trading Card Spotlight Kyle Goewert

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Kyle Goewert, who is displayed on card number 26 from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.   Kyle is also featured on cards 327A and 554.  Kyle is one of only a few that have competed in the Kong Off, an annual Donkey Kong arcade championship.   Kyle has achieved the kill screen as well as scoring over one million points on Donkey Kong with 1,012,800.   Kyle has the complete NES game collection of every game created in North America.  Living in Kansas City, MO, Kyle also fulfilled his dream by creating a website that sells classic video games and other vintage items.  You can visit his site at

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

I first met Walter Day at the 2010 Big Bang event in Ottumwa, Iowa.  I was in communication with him prior to the event because I was interested in bringing some of my original NES collection for the museum room at the event (which I brought).  I met Walter there along with Steve Wiebe& Billy Mitchell prior to achieving my first Donkey Kong kill screen.  I didn't realize that would later briefly achieve 4th place on the Donkey Kong arcade high score board on Twin Galaxies.

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Trading Card Spotlight Mitch Meerman

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Mitch Meerman, who is displayed on card number 1587 from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.   An avid arcade player at Star Worlds Arcade in DeKalb, IL, Mitch is a true contender at the arcade games such as Avalanche and Nibbler.  He also competed on the portable stage with the Nintendo DS and Gameboy Color.  Another favorite game Mitch has been played in the past is Pokémon.   Mitch is a big collector of the Walter Day collection trading cards and can be seen at events getting autographs for his collection.   In 2011, Mitchell held a fundraiser for the International Video Game Hall of Fame by streaming some of his portable games online.  

Are you still involved with gaming today, and what role do you play? 

I'm currently focused on Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo 64. In addition to being the #3 ranked player in Wisconsin, I also essentially run the scene there and communicate with all of the other community leaders throughout North America. I also am a tournament organizer for a number of events, most notably for the Smash'N'Splash tournament series.  I also intend to return to arcade gaming at some point, as well as become a speedrunner. In any case, I don't intend on quitting video gaming any time soon.

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