Trading Card Spotlight Sami Cetin

Happy New Year !   Welcome to 2018.

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Sami Cetin (UK) who currently is displayed on card number 482, from the Superstars of 2013 Collection.  Sami is one of the World Record Holders at Super Mario Kart SNES.  In 2012 he won the World Title that was held in France.  He also manages the Super Mario Kart Time Trial World Rankings since 1998 at www.mariokartplayers.com/smk/  . A collector of Nintendo games, he has over 200 boxed games among various Nintendo consoles in his collection.  Some of his Guinness World Records include Super Mario Kart Mario Circuit 1 PAL version – 57.90 seconds & NTSC Version - 55.97 seconds.   Sami has been training his niece for many years to be a Super Mario Kart Champion herself and is also among the fastest players of the World.

 When did you first meet Walter day and where was it at?

I first got to know Walter in late 1999 / early 2000 when him and the Twin galaxies team found our Super Mario Kart community and the partner site for Mario Kart 64 and wished to link up from there to help provide additional content for any upcoming books / projects. Then I had the opportunity to meet Walter Day in person in August 2005 at Fairfield Halls, Croydon, South London, UK (near where I live). It was a retro gaming event where several of the Twin Galaxies crew were there, including Billy Mitchell, Doris Self. I also had a very nice chat with Perry Rodgers who was due to have a Galaxian Showdown then with a British Gamer, Gary Whelan. However, Gary was apparently unwell at the time and couldn't attend the event. I have been in touch with Walter since then and really hope to meet him again.

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Trading Card Spotlight Don Atreides

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Don Atreides, who is displayed on card number 2439, from the   Superstars of 2016 Collection.   Don is one of the top Tetris Players anywhere.   After maxing out NES Tetris at the age of 16, Don took some time off and came back 20 years later to smash as many records as he could.  With over 20 Tetris records to his name, Don has shifted to venues of games such as RPG titles. Time is limited for Don these days, but he is gearing up for setting more records in the next few years. 

What games today do you play and what are your favorite genres of games?

I decided to go back to school and get my doctorate, so my time right now is really limited. Mostly I limit myself to games where I can play and listen to lectures at the same time. "Diablo 3" is a good one for that. When I do have extra time I'm playing "Shadow of War" and "Civilization VI.

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Fairfield Trading Card Spotlight - IN MEMORY OF - Jerry Yellin

Today we remember Jerome "Jerry" Yellin (February 15, 1924 – December 21, 2017)  who is featured on Fairfield Trading Card number 18,  he was a United States Army Air Forces fighter pilot, who flew the final combat mission of World War II in a North American P-51 Mustang against a military airfield near Tokyo on August 14, 1945 (August 15, 1945 local time in Tokyo).   Attached is his card and his words of who he was and what he did in his long carreer.   He will be missed.  

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Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight - James Gunn

Our next Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight Features James Gunn who is displayed on card number 44, from the Science Fiction Collection.   Jim, who is a science fiction writer with many awards to his name.   Awards that include the Pilgrim award in 1976, SFWA Grand Master Award in 2007, along with being inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2015.  Jim also received an award for the book “ALTERNATE WORLDS: THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF SCIENCE FICTION”, from the 1976 WorldCon before WorldCons began awarding Hugos to non-fiction. An updated edition of ALTERNATE WORLDS is scheduled for publication next spring. His teaching has produced several generations of writers and teachers.  Jim is retired as a Professor of English at the University of Kansas, where he earned two degrees in 1947 and 1951.  Jim’s autobiography, “STAR-BEGOTTEN”, was published a couple of months ago.  The third volume of his TRANSCENDENTAL trilogy, TRANSFORMATION, was published in June.

What does it take to be a professional writer today?

What it has always taken—a love of language, stories that demand to be told, determination to get it right and then get it published, and a burning desire to keep improving.  I used to tell students that the first thing a writer has to learn is who he or she is and then how to put that knowledge, that unique perception of the world into stories that only the author can write.  If the writer can do that he or she will be published.  If their unique vision of the world happens to appeal to enough readers, they may even be successful.

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Trading Card Spotlight Ryan Burger

Our next Trading Card Spotlight Features Ryan Burger of Old School Gamer Magazine who is displayed on card number 2761, from the Superstars Collection of 2017.   Ryan is the founder and creator of Old School Magazine, which is an online and publication magazine. The Magazine first issue was released on October 16th, 2017 and the new issue has just gone digital and will be followed up by the hard copy in a few weeks.   Ryan’s moto for the magazine/website is “Dedicated to you, the old school/retro gamer from the arcades to your home!”  Ryan has hopes that everyone young and old can enjoy the blogs and articles written by the writers and Ryan himself.   This trading card was honored and featured at the International Video Game Hall of Fame in Ottumwa, Iowa this past November. 
To see the 2nd edition of the magazine,  click here

Do you remember your first video game / arcade you played and what do you remember about it?

 I remember buying the first video game system perfectly.  We bought a Sears Intellivision at the local Sears store in Cincinnati Ohio.  I can picture the shelf it was sitting on and the display around it.  As to the first arcade, it would be a Chuck E Cheese / ShowBiz Pizza, not sure which one it was first, but it was on my 11th birthday in 1983 and we had just moved to West Des Moines from Cincinnati and knew no one so within a week of moving here it was my family at the pizza place having a blast.  Back when Chuck E Cheese used to have tons of games.

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