It has been almost 3 years since I have written my first Trading Card Spotlight. I have tried to feature a trading card once a week since I started. With 125 trading card spotlights completed, it was only fitting to feature the man himself, Walter Day as the 3 year anniversary of the Trading Card Spotlight. Walter was kind enough to answer some questions for the article, some which were provided by the gamers themselves.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Walter Day who is displayed on card number 95, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection. Walter is also featured on cards 108, 523, 539, 591, 775, 1000, 1021, 1859, 2133, 2149, 2261, 2292, 2321, 2390 and 2462. Walter’s visions include starting up the famous known brand of Twin Galaxies back in 1982. He opened his arcade in Ottumwa, Iowa to current and future Hall of Famers when they were just kids. He had his arcade and town declared the Video Game Capital of the world. His gamers were featured in the Time Life Magazine issue taken in Iowa that gamers come to know as the birth place of the classic gamers. Over the years, Walter has traveled all over to referee, issue awards and just give his insight to the gaming communities across the country. His vision of Video Game trading cards and the idea of featuring and documenting gaming history came to realization in 2011 when his first batch of cards were printed and distributed. Almost 8 years later there has been over 1800 cards printed and counting. Walter can be seen at many events and conferences spreading his vision and trading cards, posters, and awards. He is also focusing on his music career and writing of science fiction novels in his spare time.
What is your vision of the future of the Walter Day Trading Cards?
I see the card set as an invaluable resource for future historians to study the video game culture of the 20th & 21st Centuries. The card set tries to identify people and historic events that were important but which might be overlooked by the history books. There are so many stories to tell that I can see the card set encompassing more than 5,000 cards. This applies to the Fairfield and Science Fiction sets, too.
This week we look back at an interview I did with Eric Tessler. Eric is a key supporter of the trading card history. He has dontated his time and money on countless occasions to keep the Walter Day Trading Cards growing. He also is a great gamer himslef. We look back to January 23rd, 2016, I hope you enjoy.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Eric Tessler who currently is displayed on card number 519, from the Superstars of 2013 Collection. He is also featured on cards 533, 1493, 2061, 2080, 2226 and 2282. Eric is the primary supporter of the Walter Day Trading Card project as well as the ICON events held each year in Fairfield, Iowa. Eric has also supported such documentaries as the “Video Craze” and “The King of Arcades”. Eric is part of a small group of gamers who has reached the Donkey Kong Kill Screen. He is an avid Arcade collector and restores old arcade games and offers gameplay to people in the area who want to experience the old classics. Eric’s most recent contribution is the upcoming documentary “No Princess in the Castle”.
Growing up were you team Sega or Nintendo and why?
Team Nintendo, for sure. Most of my friends and family were Nintendo fans, and that was the first real console game system that my parents had bought us. From what I remember from where I grew up, most people preferred Nintendo over Sega.