Trading Card Spotlight - Alan Radue

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Alan Radue, who is displayed on card number 383, from the Superstars of 2012.  He is also featured on card 2210 from the Superstars of 2015.   Alan is the current world record holder on the arcade games Sea Wolf & Sprint 2.  Alan, who is a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry, created a home arcade in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.  He called it Tranquility Base Arcade which was named after the Apollo 11 moon landing.  Opened in 2008, Alan has 25 vintage arcade games from the 'golden era' in his collection and in 2011 won the Home Game Room of the Year Award.   One area that stands out to other arcades are his personalized bar stools.  Alan designs customized Arcade bar Stools for his arcade as well as others.   He has graciously donated personalized bar stools for Richie Knucklez Kong Off tournaments. 

Which company makes the best arcade games and why? 

I have a soft spot for Atari.  They were the only company that 'entered my home' when I was a kid through a pong console, the 2600 game console, the Atari 400 and eventually the Atari 800.  Playing a 'Real Atari Arcade Game' at an arcade was always a thrill back then and is still a thrill for me today!  That said there are so many wonderful arcade game manufacturers from my youth!

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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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Trading Card Spotlight - Eddie Adlum

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Eddie Adlum, who currently is displayed on card number 2050, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection.  Eddie is the founder and publisher of RePlay Magazine.  He has been writing or publishing since 1964, where he worked for Cash Box Magazine.   He is also known for first coining the phrase “Video Game” back in the early days.  If there are any type of Coin-op or gaming stories form the past 50 years, most likely Eddie covered it and was actively involved. He is still active today though he admits to slowing down a bit.  But he’s not out yet.

Do you remember when you began RePlay Magazine and what do you remember about the experience?

I started RePlay on an afternoon in August of 1975 while at lunch at a place on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, Calif. I was with a fellow I’d worked with at Cash Box magazine named Beau Eurell. My intent was to make my money selling ads to the record companies who were interested in getting the jukebox operators (my new magazine’s audience) to put their new 45’s on the machines.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Joe LeVan

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Joe LeVan who currently is displayed on card number 2206, from the Superstars of 2015 Collection.  Joe is the founder of “Challenge Arcade”, located in Wyomissing, PA. It was in the Berkshire Mall from 2004 until it closed in 2010.  His arcade held up to 80 vintage arcade cabinets.  It was home of many Arcade world records such as Donkey Kong 3, Burger Time and Mr. Do.  Joe is a big believer in keeping retro coin-op gaming alive and well.  He is currently hoping to reopen the Challenge Arcade in the future and until then enjoys restoring and preserving coin-op arcade gaming.   Along with his wife Sue, Joe strives to keep the past time alive with the media so others can understand and see how important the arcade culture was and is today.

What are your opinions about today’s generation of video games?  How do you compare them to older, classic games?

As a child I remember reading video game magazines and thinking of how great the graphics were on the upcoming games.  I remember wishing how cool it would be to play ultra-realistic games.  Now that we are nearing that era of ultra-realism, it’s ironic that I really miss those days of gaming.  Many modern games don’t really seem to have much of a point of playing in my opinion.  The art of achieving a certain score or getting to a higher level seems to have been lost for the most part.

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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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