RIP Sean Quigley

On September 18th, 2019, A dear friend and fellow gamer passed away.   He was a local gamer in my home state of Illinois.  Sean was a frequent visitor of Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield, IL.  He was a true compeitive gamer that loved hanging out with his friends and being a part of the gaming community.   Many fellow gamers and friends have many good memories and stories about Sean. I will share some with you here in this article.  If you have a story you would like to add remembering Sean, please contact me and we can add it to this.   I will miss you Sean. 

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Fairfield Trading Card "In Memorium" - Norman Zierold

It was brought to my attention that sometime last year, Norman Zierold passed away at the age of 90.  This week I would like to remember him by displaying his Fairfield Trading Card that was created for him in 2015.  

“That Reminds Me” is ‘A Conversational Memoir’ by Hollywood biographer and award-winning author Norman Zierold.  Rather than a chronology of his life, the author engages the reader in a conversational manner, relating various episodes from his life.  Norman started life in the Amana Colonies of Iowa. 

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Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year to Everyone.  I hope you have enjoyed the Walter Day Website so far.  2019 will be a big year for the trading cards as there will be more unique ones designed by Walter himself.   Some of those include Business Card Historians, Video Game Museum Hall of Fame Cards and Lynn English High School - Class of 1967 Cards.  2019 will also be the year of the first edition of the Walter Day Trading Card Book.  A perfect keepsake of all of the trading cards and special comments from the card holders themselves.  

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RIP Joel West

Bezerk Champion, Star of Chasing Ghosts, and a dear friend of mine passed away today.   I will miss his kindness and love for the gaming industry.  He was a huge help in the Walter Day Trading card project as well as helping sell merchandise for charity and other great causes.  Here is my interview with him from May of 2016. 

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Joel West, who is displayed on card number 11, from the Circus Card Collection of 2011.  Joel is also featured on cards 1236, 1911, 2103, 2189 and 2197.   Joel grew up in the early 1980’s when the arcade boom began.  He was one of the original members of the famous TIME Life Magazine photo shoot in Ottumwa, IA outside the original Twin Galaxies arcade.   The game he is most known for is Berzerk, where he holds a number of world records on both the Fast and Slow versions.  In 2016, Joel is looking to break the marathon record on Frenzy (the sequel to Berzerk) with 100 hours of nonstop play on single quarter.   You can see Joel in the documentary “Chasing Ghost: Beyond the Arcade” as well as in person at Walter Day events across the country. 

Do you learn anything from playing video games?

Oh so much! I learned how to spend money while standing in one spot for hours before internet shopping was invented. I learned there is no place too far to go to attend a competition. I learned all video gamers have superior hand-eye coordination and driving skills. I learned there is a cacophony of peoples from many different walks of life who love video games. While their paths may never cross in other areas of life; when they cross in an arcade, they easily make friends for life.  The most important thing I learned is my life would not have been as rich if I had never dropped that first quarter and became a part of the gaming community.

 

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Contribute to the Trading Card Project

The Walter Day Collection of trading cards has given away as free gifts approximately 250,000 trading cards. With 1,700 different trading cards now in print, the card sets have beome popular amongst collectors around the world. Though we give away a lot of stuff, we still have to find ways to raise funds for further printing and further mailing. Please contribute to this project by purchasing your favorite card sets shown below.

The costs of postage listed with each set reflect the rates that apply to USA postage. For packages going to Canada, Mexico, or oveseas, the rates are somewhat higher. To calculate what postage would cost for you, contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will have our local post office weigh your package to determine the exact cost of your shipment. To place an order, send me an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and I will put your package together. Some of the card sets can be seen online and can be viewed by clicking on the links listed with certain sets below.

$8.50 Ladies of Gaming (39 different cards)  + $2.25 postage/handling

$7.25 Intellivision (21 different cards)  + $2.25 postage/handling
Gallery of Intellivision Trading Cards

$7.25 Classic Consoles (21 different cards)  + $2.25 postage/handling
Gallery of Classic Console Trading Cards

$8.00 Gaming Superstars Illustrated by Dan Tearle (36 different cards) + $2.25 postage/handling
Gallery of The Dan Tearle Collection

$12.50 Superstars of 2011 (80 different cards) + $2.25 postage/handling

$14.00 Pinball Expo Hall of Fame (over 50 cards) + $2.25 postage/handling
Gallery of the Pinball Expo Hall of Fame cards

$14.00 Superstars of 2016 (86 different cards) + $2.25 postage/handling

$8.00 Chicago Coin Vintage Pinball machines (35 different cards) + $2.25 postage/handling
Gallery of Chicago Coin Pinball Trading Cards

$19.50 - Set of three different autographed Billy Mitchell Cards and three different autographed Walter Day Cards + $2.25 postage/handling

other groupings can be offered, too, if interested.

However, if you buy many sets, they can all go in one 2-DAY priority package that costs only $6.65 to ship in the US.