BECKETT GRADING SERVICES TO AUTHENTICATE TRADING CARDS AT ARCADE EXPO 2.0 IN JANUARY

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.

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.

Houston Arcade Expo - Awards Ceremony

The Houston Arcade Expo—scheduled for the weekend of November 13-14, 2015—will be hosting a Trading Card Awards Ceremony that features cards for Mike Begum, Keni & Josh Jones, Shawne Vinson, William Higinbotham, Mike Wright, plus cards that commemorate the event itself. The cards were sponsored by Eric Tessler, of La Habra, California. The cards for Begum and Wright include hand-drawn illustrations from the pen of Dan Tearle, of Lichfield, U.K. Mr. Tearle is a noted sports artist whose work is well-known around the world. For more information on the Houston Arcade Expo, go to: www.arcadecenter.com. To learn more about our tradition of Awards Ceremonies, go to A Chronological History of the Trading Card Awards Ceremonies

Chronological History of the Trading Card Awards Ceremonies

Since February, 2011, The Walter Day Collection of Trading Cards has issued trading cards that have honored hundreds of individuals, companies, and organizations for their contributions to the worldwide video game, pinball, and science fiction industries. As an expression of appreciation and respect, the Walter Day Collection conducts Awards Ceremonies at national events to give further recognition to the people who appear on our trading cards. To see some of our Awards Recipients, please click on the links below.  


TBA. 2018 • The United Kingdom Trading Card Awards Cerermonies • England
#0008 Kristian Farnan, #0034 Greg Mott, #0163 Gaz Deaves, #0192 Stuart Rankin, #0214 Ryan Hart, #0364 Phil Campbell, #0482 Sami Cetin, #0657 Paul Spriggs, #0671 Dan Tearle, #0806 Ian Hook, #1757 Tony Temple, #1782 Jon Stoodley, #2484 Paul Davies, #2693 Jeff Minter, #2694 Sir Clive Sinclair, #2695 Chris & Tim Stamper, #2699 Matthew Smith, #2721 Alexis Crowley, #2745 Jay Sherman, #2749 Russ Mellors, #2771 Paul Drury, #2815 Victor Marland, #2816 Shaun Holley.

69. November 18, 2017 • Free Play Florida • Orlando, FL
#2626 Remi Crespo, #2628 Marcy & Brandon Specht, #2630 Eric Stone, #2654 Brian Jones, #2763 Scott Adams, #2764 Marcel Gonzalez, #2765 Tim Stryker, #2766 Michael Duron, #2769 Brian F. Colin, #2770 Free Play Florida Event Card

68. November 11, 2017 • Ottumwa Old School Arcade Galaxies of Gaming Festival • Ottumwa, IA
#2740 Super Mario Bros., #2751 Maria Blasucci, #2759 Galaxies of Gaming Event Card, #2761 Old School Gamer Magazine, #2762 Lonnie McDonald, #2777 Leo Daniels, #2778 Ben Gold, #2784 Chris Steele, #2785 Michael Buck, #2787 Caleb Burtlow, #2788 Brandon Burtlow, #2792 Roger Jones, #2813 Arda Ocal, 

67. August 9-13, 2017 • WorldCon 75 • Hugo Awards Weekend • Helsinki, Finland
#SF177 David D. Levine#SF170 Johanna Sinisalo#SF199 Tammy Coxen#SF93 Ellen Datlow, #SF62 Liza Trombi#SF97 Pat Cadigan

66. July 29, 2017 • Video Game Summit • Villa Park, IL
#2600 Paul Zimmerman

65. July 29-30, 2017 • Classic Game Fest • Austin, Texas
#SF177 GIMMICK Video Game Rock Band, #SF170 Norman Caruso, #SF199 Ernie Cline, #SF93 3-Bit Games, #SF62 Retro World Series, #SF97 Cheap Ass Games, #2709 John 'Gamester81' Lester, #2710 Billy Joe Cain, #2706 Lauren Featherstone, #2711 Pat Contri, #2705 Jason Lord

64. July 6, 2017 • NorthAmeriCon '17 • San Juan, Puerto, Rico
Awards Presented to Honor Science Fiction Cards: #SF106 Daina Chaviano#SF115 Tobias S. Buckell#SF132 Brother Guy Consolmagno#SF144 Javier Grillo-Marxuach, #SF161 George Perez#SF0178 Paula Smith

63. June 10, 2017 • Southern-Fried Game Room Expo • Atlanta, GA

62. May 20, 2017 • Nebulas Awards Weekend • Renaissance Waverly Hotel • Pittsburgh, PA
Awards Presented to Honor Science Fiction Cards: Steven H Silver, Kjell Lindgren, Jane Yolen

61. May 6, 2017 • Lynn English High School 1967/68 50th-Year-Reunion • Peabody, MA
Awards Presented to Honor 1967/68 LEHS Reunion Cards: 78 trading cards and awards were presented

60. March 17-19, 2017 • Arcade Expo 2017 • Museum of Pinball • Banning, CA

59. January ??, 2017 • Star Worlds Arcade 32nd Anniversary Ceremonies • DeKalb, IL

55. November 12, 2016 • Free Play Florida 2016 • Orlando, FL
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: Outhouse Games, BARTcade, Warren Hart, Free Play Florida, Andy McNamara.

54. Underground Retrocade, West Dundee, IL

53. August 28, 2016 Arcade & Video Game Expo, Chicago, IL

 

. August 5, 2016 • ICON 2016 • Ottumwa, Iowa
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: D.

53. July 18, 2016 • WorldCon Science Fiction Convention • Kansas City, MO
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: Michael Swanwick, Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis, James Gunn, Larry Niven, Chuck Gannon, and Joe Haldeman.

50. January 16, 2016 • Arcade Expo 2.0 • Banning, CA
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: David Ralston, Ed Logg, Rob Patton, Alex Jebailey, Imoto Harney, Steve Hertz, Don Daglow, Andy McNamara.

49. November 20-22, 2015 • Free Play Florida • Orlando, FL
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #SF52 Samuel R. Delany, #SF67 Michael Moorcock,, #SF68 Jack Vance#2030 Sean "Taggsta" Tagg#2057 Whoa Nellie!-Dennis Nordman, #2057 Whoa Nellie!-Greg Freres#2075 Joe Helfenberger, #2089 Andrew Heighway#2098 Michael Mize, #2200 World's Largest Arcade Game, #2135 Todd Rogers - Taggsta, #2264 Boyer & Kleisath -Tearle Collection, #2264 Boyer & Kleisath -Freeplay Version#2291 Shawn Robinson, #2310 Jordan DeMarco, #2316 Neil Hernandez#2329 Valter Treib#2378 Greydon Clark.

48. November 13-14, 2015 • Houston Arcade Expo • Houston, TX
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #937 Johnny Segura#1320 Brett Weiss, #1393 Brett Weiss, #2144 Jay Welch#2147 Mike Wright#2150 Jay Welch#2154 Keni & Josh Jones, #2328 Johnny Segura#2336 Mike Begum, #2376 L. Steve Williams, Jr., #2379 Stephen Silver#2381 L. Steve Williams, Jr. #2421 Andrew Seklir, #2422 Tim Kinzy, Jim Schelberg, #2154 Keni & Josh Jones, Jay Welch, Nathan Gomez, Lyssa Gomez.

47. Larry Larson Memorial • Fairfield, IA
Award Presented To Honor Card 2176

46. October 2-4, 2015 • Twin Galaxies Entertainment Festival • Banning, CA

Awards Presented to Honor Cards: 2184 (The Handler), 2208 (Greg Elizondo), 2219 (Patrick Wyrick), 2220 (Michael Clark), 2226 (Eric Tessler), 2290 (Noah Solis), 2330 (Jerry Momoda), 2412 (Shawne Vinson),  

45. August 15, 2015 • ICON 2015 • Fairfield, Iowa
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

44. August 1, 2015 • RePlayFX Arcade & Gaming Festival • Pittsburgh, PA
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

43. June 27, 2015 • John Salter's Full-Blast Arcade Awards • North Ridgeville, OH
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

42. June 20, 2015 • Southern-Fried Gameroom Show • Atlanta, GA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

41. June 5, 2015 • Nebula Awards Ceremonies • Chicago, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Science Fiction Cards: Larry Niven, Nancvy Kress, SFWA)

40. May 30, 2015 • Galloping Ghost Awards • Brookfield, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

39. May 29, 2015 • Mike's Carnevil Retro Arcade Awards • North English, IA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #2026 Oliver Campbell.

38. May 22, 2015 • Level257 • Schaumburg, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

37. May 2, 2015 • 62nd Philly Non-Sports Card Show • Allentown, PA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

36. February 21, 2015 • The Florida Arcade & Pinball Expo (APE), Fort Lauderdale, FL. 
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #2212, 2213, 2215, 2217)

35. January 31, 2015 • Star Worlds Arcade - 30th Anniversary • DeKalb, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #???)

34. January 17, 2015 • Arcade Expo 2015, Banning, CA.
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #43, 85, 154, 229, 233, #775 Walter Day#1422 Billy Mitchell, #1664 Larry DeMar, #1709 Roger Sharpe#2022 Victor Herbert Lavay#2050 Eddie Adlum#2182 Cheh Low.

33. November 22, 2014 • Free Play Florida • Orlando, FL
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: 

32. November 8, 2014 • Houston Arcade Expo • Houston, TX
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: 

31. October 25, 2014 • "The King of Arcades" Movie Permiere • The Place Arcade • Cincinnati, OH
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: 106 (J. D. Lowe), 175 (Mike Iarossi), 1386 (Gary Mayer & Gary Carnuche), 1429 (Faithie & Richie Knucklez), 1588 (John Geiger),

30. October 24, 2014 • "The King of Arcades" Movie Permiere • Columbus, OH
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: 106 (J. D. Lowe), 175 (Mike Iarossi), 1386 (Gary Mayer & Gary Carnuche), 1429 (Faithie & Richie Knucklez), 1588 (John Geiger), 

29. October 18, 2014 • Pinball Expo 2014 • Wheeling, IL
Awards Presented to Honor Cards:

28. October 4, 2014 • Star Worlds Arcade • DeKalb, IL
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #1587, 1727, 2015, 2023)

27. November 17, 2013 • Kong Off III, Denver, CO
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #11, 17, 43, 45, 49, 51A, 69, 74, 94, 116, 131, 157, 181, 235, 253, 265, 267, 350, 370, 376, 383, 389, 392, 404, 406, 407, 429, 433, 458, 466, 471, 472, 473, 485, 489, 499, 501, 503, 507, 519, 526, 528, 534, 553, 554, 556, 566, 571, 574, 579, 582, 583, 584, 589, 596, 598, 605, 614, 621, 622, 710)

26. October 19, 2013 • Pinball Expo 2013 • Wheeling, IL
Awards Presented to Honor Cards:

25. August 10, 2013 • ICON Gallery, Fairfield, IA
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #174, 252, 354, 410, 428)

24. July 28, 2013 • Enrico Zanetti Commemoration • Legnano, Italy
Awards Presented for cards 430, 430A

23. January 19, 2013 • Texas State Trading Card Premiere, Austin, TX
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #80, 109, 217, 401, 444, 449, 451, 480 and more)

22. November 17, 2012 • Kong Off II, Denver, CO
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #????)

21. October 20, 2012 • Pinball Expo 2012, Wheeling, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #??)

20. October 13, 2012 • Grassroots Gaming Expo • Ottumwa, IA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #53, 57, 69, 114, 146, 152, 162, 193, 195, 213, 223, 230, 255, 262, 271, 285, 333)

19. September 22, 2012 • Pacific Pinball Exposition Awards Ceremonies • San Rafael, CA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #269)

18. August 25, 2012 • Steve Kordek Day, Star Worlds Arcade • DeKalb, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #??)

17. August 11, 2012 • Classic Gaming Expo 2012 • Las Vegas, NV
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #33, 81, 96, 174, 180, 198, 201, 216, 239, 293)

16. July 29, 2012 • California Extreme 2012 • Santa Clara, CA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #39, 49, 212, 215, 217, 243, 253, 268, 294, 312)

15. July 28, 2012 • Gamewarp II • Orlando, FL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #1, 60, 100, 263)

14. July 21, 2012 • 1984 Arcade Awards Ceremonies • Springfield, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #23, 51, 67, 69, 79, 118, 146, 150, 152, 223, 279)

13. July 14, 2012 • Video Game Summit • Lombard, IL
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #1, 14, 23, 48, 79, 150, 178, 199, 245, 247)

12. June 23, 2012 • Cleveland Classic Console & Arcade Gaming Show, Fairview Park, OH
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #43, 85, 154, 229, 233)

11. June 16, 2012 • Camp Robotron - Star Worlds Arcade • DeKalb, IL
(Award Presented to Honor Card: #218)

10. June 10, 2012 • NW Pinball & Arcade Show • Seattle, WA.
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #7, 16, 22, 33, 52, 58, 67, 74, 94, 144, 157, 164, 170, 177, 183, 197, 202, 236, 244, 249)

9. June 6, 2012 • E3-Electronic Entertainment Expo • Los Angeles, CA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #7, 16, 22, 33, 52, 58, 67, 74, 94, 144, 157, 164, 170, 177, 183, 197, 202, 236, 244, 249)

8. April 21-22, 2012 • 56th Philly Non-Sports Card Show • Allentown, PA
(Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #01, 05, 11, 19, 29, 42, 43, 44, 46, 67, 98, 99, 113, 119, 129, 143, 149, 158, 166, 168, 181, 186, 199, 209, 217, 220, 228, 231, 235, 238, 248)

7. March 24, 2011 • Midwest Gaming Classic • Brookfield, WI
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: 28 new cards)

6. March 18, 2012 • Smithsonian Institute • Washington, DC
Award Presented to Honor Card: #165

5. November 12, 2011 • Twin Galaxies Video Game Festival • Bridge View Ctr. • Ottumwa, IA
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #46, 99, 252, 354, 410, 428

4. September 28, 2011 • King of Kong Arcade • Orlando Intl Airport
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #03, 50, 60, 100, 88

3. September 24, 2011 • Star Worlds Arcade Movie Premiere • DeKalb, IL
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #12, 23

2. July 30, 2011 • Richie Knucklez Arcade • Flemington, NJ
Awards Presented to Honor Cards: #11, 17, 54, 78

1. February 2, 2011 • King of Kong Arcade • Orlando Intl Airport
Unveiling #1, 108

 

 

 

 

16th Tournament Funspot

I am a gamer and a photographer. I always bring my camera to tournaments. Here is a cover I did of me and Miss Weirs Beach. She was a lovely girl, handed out the trophies, played some games. In other words, it was a real treat to meet her.

Although I played my heart out at the tournament, I came in 47th place. The other folk there are just so much better than me. But we all have strengths and weaknesses. I might not be able to rescue the humans as they free fall to the surface in Stargate, but I sure can capture people's emotions, doing what they do best.

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