Trading Card Spotlight - David Perry

Our first Trading Card Spotlight features card number 200, from the Superstars of 2011 Collection.  His name is David Perry.  David is a Northern Irish video game developer who brought to us dozens of video games such as Earthworm Jim, Wild 9 and Enter the Matrix.  David also founded Shiny Entertainment, which created games for companies like Warner Bros and Orion Pictures.  David Currently works for Sony PlayStation working on next generation technologies.

Currently, what arcade games and/or pinball machines do you own?

I own Lunar Lander (one of the first arcade games I played), Computer Space (the first arcade game and I have the rare multiplayer version), Star Wars (cockpit, a special version with Empire Strikes back included), for pinball I have Funhouse, Getaway, Roadshow, Terminator 2 and Star Wars.

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Science Fiction Historical Trading Cards

For nearly 100 years, science fiction—affectionally called "speculative fiction" by master story-tellers like Robert Heinlein and Ray Bradbury—has inspired the world with a sense of wonder along with the expectation that the "improbable" will someday become reality. From the timeless works of the 19th Century (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea [1869] and The War of the Worlds [1898]), to today's modern cinematic marvels of the silver screen (Avatar [2009] and Guardians of the Galaxy [2014]), science fiction has been a prominent feature of our global culture. It is an understatement to say that Sci-fi  has been the source of limitless entertainment for the entire world. In recognition of the cultural importance of the science fiction genre, the Science Fiction Historical Trading Card Set has been created to commemorate the history of the global science fiction industry, honoring the literature, the authors, the films, the culture, and the historic milestones.

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We are proud to announce that there will be a CELEBRITY AUTOGRAPHING SESSION with Beckett Grading Services, Inc., at the Museum of Pinball, in Banning, California, on Saturday, January 16, 2015. This autographing session will be conducted during the ARCADE EXPO 2.0 gaming festival. The hours of the session will be 11AM - 5PM. Go here to learn more about the ARCADE EXPO 2.0.

Everybody who appears on either a Science Fiction Historical Trading Card or a Video Game & Pinball Trading Card is invited to come and sign their cards for the public—or for their own collection. This is a rare opportunity as Beckett does not recognize all card sets that are produced today, and we hope that everyone will come and participate in the fun process of being a "pop culture celebrity" for the day. 

THE PROCESS: Not only will Beckett encapsulate your cards in a protective plastic container (called slabbing) and grade its condition (on a scale of 1-10), but Beckett will have your "celebrity" autograph certified, too. For Beckett to authenticate your autograph, you will have to show your ID and then sign your cards in front of the Beckett officials as they watch you sign. (See image above of cards already graded and authenticated by Beckett).

COSTS: Because our group will be submitting a large number of cards for encapsulation, grading, and authenticating, we will be given the low price of $9 per card that is submitted.

HOWEVER, SIGNING IS FREE OF CHARGE: You will not be charged for signing your cards. You are only charged if you want to submit one of your signed cards to Beckett for them to encapsulate and then have one of their experts spend time viewing the card under a microscope to determine the condition of the card (they judge the card in four different ways on a scale of 1 to 10: are the edges straight with no wear or blemishes; are the corners crisp, sharp, and not crumpled; is the surface bright and lustrious with no scratches, wear, stains, etc; and, finally, is the image perfectly centered on the card.)  As of the time of this writing, 750 cards from the Walter Day Collection have been submitted to Beckett and only two (2) cards have come back with a grade of "Pristine" 10.0. So, cards with a grade of BGS 9.5 are the golden mean among collectors.

YOU DONT NEED TO COME IN PERSON: If you would like to build a collection of Beckett graded cards but can't come in person, it will be possible to order Beckett graded cards signed by many of the attending celebrities. For more information on this possibility, send Walter Day an email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Dan Tearle Collection

Dan Tearle is a world renown sports artist who has already won an international following for his hand-drawn illustrations of Joe Montana and other stars of the NFL. As a devoted video game enthusiast, he has volunteered his services again and again to the Walter Day Collection of Video Game & Pinball Trading Cards, creating memorable portraitures of individuals who have earned their place in the electronic gaming history books. To learn more about Dan's work, go to:

Dan's trading card resume has now grown extensively with 37 different cards already in production and numerous iof them honored with DAN TEARLE AWARDS. The list of awards and trading cards includes the following (click on listings to go to the awards or cards):

AWARDS: #775 Walter Day, #1422 Billy Mitchell, #1664 Larry DeMar, #1709 Roger Sharpe, #1844 Mick Simmonds, #1861 Frank Ballouz, #1869 Todd Rogers, #2022 Victor Herbert Lavay, #2050 Eddie Adlum, #2066 Carol & Ralph Lally#2147 Mike Wright, #2182 Cheh Low, #2209 Jon Stoodley#2336 Mike Begum. 

CARDS:  #775 Walter Day, #821 Nolan Bushnell, #829 Mark Hoff, #925 100-Million Robotron Score, #1153 Centipede Commemoration, #1306 Bill Teeple, #1326 Defender Commemoration, #1352 Pac-Man Commemoration,  #1422 Billy Mitchell, #1482 Star Wars Cockpit, #1490 Keith Robinson, #1493 Eric Tessler, #1625 Jonathan Joosten, #1664 Larry DeMar, #1674 Gary Stern, #1681 Eugene Jarvis, #1691 Steve Ritchie, #1696 Mike Pacak, #1702 Robert Berk, #1709 Roger Sharpe, #1714 Jim Schelberg, #1721 Martin Ayub, #1754 Allen Staal, #1766 Josh Jones, #1844 Mick Simmonds, #1861 Frank Ballouz#1869 Todd Rogers, #2022 Victor Herbert Lavay, #2050 Eddie Adlum, #2066 Carol & Ralph Lally, #2147 Mike Wright, #2182 Cheh Low, #2197 Joel West, #2209 Jon Stoodley, #2253 Rachel Lara, #2254 Derek Sorrells, #2264 Kleisath & Boyer, #2336 Mike Begum.


Founding Fathers to be Honored on Trading Cards in Forthcoming "Superstars of 2016"

The men who created the first computer programs that supported the birth of the video game industry are rarely honored. Here is a set of cards that brings to light the contributions made by many forgotten men and women. Featuring artwork by Sean (Taggsta) Tagg, of Melbourne, Australia—and sponored by the legendary Eric Tessler, this set will be launched as part of the Superstars of 2016 card set.