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.

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.  


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

 

 

 

 

16th Tournament Funspot

I am a gamer and a photographer. I always bring my camera to tournaments. Here is a cover I did of me and Miss Weirs Beach. She was a lovely girl, handed out the trophies, played some games. In other words, it was a real treat to meet her.

Although I played my heart out at the tournament, I came in 47th place. The other folk there are just so much better than me. But we all have strengths and weaknesses. I might not be able to rescue the humans as they free fall to the surface in Stargate, but I sure can capture people's emotions, doing what they do best.

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Houston Arcade Expo - Awards Ceremony

The Houston Arcade Expo—scheduled for the weekend of November 13-14, 2015—will be hosting a Trading Card Awards Ceremony that features cards for Mike Begum, Keni & Josh Jones, Shawne Vinson, William Higinbotham, Mike Wright, plus cards that commemorate the event itself. The cards were sponsored by Eric Tessler, of La Habra, California. The cards for Begum and Wright include hand-drawn illustrations from the pen of Dan Tearle, of Lichfield, U.K. Mr. Tearle is a noted sports artist whose work is well-known around the world. For more information on the Houston Arcade Expo, go to: www.arcadecenter.com. To learn more about our tradition of Awards Ceremonies, go to A Chronological History of the Trading Card Awards Ceremonies

Allen Staal

When you are in a tournament, it is important to stay comfortable and wear loose fitting clothes. That is what I thought until I met Allen Staal. When he plays in the Kong Off, he is one sharp dressed man.

You have to marvel at Allen's dedication to classic arcade gaming when you realize he travels from Australia to compete. It just goes to show that there is something more to arcades than simply playing games. It is the camaraderie, the sense of belonging, the nostalgia for a simpler time when we all had more hair.

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