Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Leo Daniels who is displayed on card numbers 24 and 24A from the Superstars of 2011 Collection. Leo is also featured on card number 2777. Leo is one of the first video game players to receive national recognition in 1981. His claim to fame was his brilliant playing of Asteroids and Robotron. He was one of the original gamers to play at Twin Galaxies arcade back in the early 80’s. Leo was one of a handful of gamers to be featured in the famous Life Magazine photo shoot in Ottumwa, Iowa in 1982. Leo was also featured in the gaming Documentary “Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade.”
What are your opinions about today’s generation of arcade games? How do you compare them to older, classic games?
Today’s generation of arcade games have both come a long way and also have dwindled down. You don't see as many true arcade games even in the biggest of arcades, most of the games now are ticket redemption games. The large arcades have the huge multi player arcade games with amazing graphics and VR play. There's nothing like the coin-op arcade classics of the 80's really.
Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Todd Tuckey who currently is displayed on card number 1712, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection. Todd is the owner of TNT Amusements, Inc. located in Southampton, PA. Todd started TNT in 1979, and then began home sales from his driveway in 1984, and now 41 years later has become the largest used game showroom in the world. Selling over 25,000 pinball and arcade machines, Todd is the go-to guy for anything game related. If you need parts or a full working cabinet, TNT can accommodate. Todd also has over 1,000 YouTube videos on TNT’s YouTube Channel, where he uses his famous sense of humor to pursue his business/hobby in the industry. You can always see Todd and his items at the many gaming conventions he attends.
When did your business open and how was the initial response?
I bought my first machines to put on location in 1979, although I was buying and working on games back to 1975 with my Uncle’s campground for his game room. The home sales business was literally born in 1984 in my driveway in early August when my partner and I needed capital. We had many games sitting idle in my garage, and I rolled some of them to the end of my driveway with a large FOR SALE sign on them! And THAT pretty much started our home sales, selling 400 machines from my driveway for the next four months!