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Join Walter Day and friends Friday, Jan. 15th - Sunday, Jan. 17th at the ARCADE EXPO 2.0 in

the Museum of Pinball in Banning, CA. for the dedication of the Official Walter Day Trading Card Museum 

Arcade Expo 2016 Schedule

Friday, January 15th (2pm-12midnight)

Saturday, January 16th (10am-2am)

Sunday, January 17th (10am-8pm)


  • FREEPLAY on ALL 800 machines
  • Tournaments
  • Kong Off 4.5 with Richie Knucklez
  • And SO MUCH more!



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.

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: To learn more about our tradition of Awards Ceremonies, go to A Chronological History of the Trading Card Awards Ceremonies

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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Arcade Expo 2015

What a crazy trip. We traveled from Ottawa to Syracuse to Newark to San Francisco to Los Angeles to Palm Springs to Banning. Only took 22 hours. Long trip, longer story. Part of the trip involved the world's fastest taxi between LA and Palm Springs, weaving in and out of traffic.

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Day One
We headed to Malibu and stopped in Pasadena for lunch. I received an email from Joel West saying that he, Mark Hoff, Billy Mitchell had just arrived in L.A. and were heading to Twin Galaxies. I was invited to drop in, but I knew there was a big event happening, and I did not want to intrude.

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