Trading Card Spotlight - Ken "DJKen" Heath

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features DJKen Heath, who is displayed on card number 2653, from the Superstars of 2017.    DJKen is a talented entertainer and technician who dedicated his time and knowledge for the initial building of the Museum of Pinball and production of all its events since its inception in Banning, California.  He also uses his time to make sure all the technology and machines are running smoothly during the events.  Music has brought DJKen to meeting many gaming talents through the years.  He is honored to be a part of the Walter Day trading card family. 

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

I own four games, two pins and two vids. “Drop A Card” (Gottlieb), “Fan-Tas-Tic” (Williams), “Maximum Force/Area 51” (Atari), and “Police Trainer” (P&P Marketing).

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Trading Card Spotlight - Brian Allen

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Brian Allen, who currently is displayed on card number 329, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection. Brian is also featured on cards 2130 and 2466. Brian is considered one of the best Donkey Kong and Donkey Kong Junior players in the world.  He has accomplished the well-known ‘Kill Screen’ many times in Donkey Kong. He has his name in the record books for Donkey Kong Jr and Donkey Kong 3. Brian has had a personal tournament named after him called the ‘Allen-Off”.  This battle between Allen Staal of Australia and Brian Allen of the U.S.  Look for Brian at some of the Kong Off tournament, as he will surely be up there in the rankings.

If you could own one arcade game besides Donkey Kong, what would it be and why?

I do own 18 arcade and pinball machines in my game room arcade in my house. There is always machines I am wanted but the lack of space and money limits me from buying anymore. I used to own a Space Fire Bird arcade machine. I would love to find another one of those and take the world record on that.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Armando Gonzalez

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Armando Gonzalez who currently is displayed on card number 2536, from the Superstars of 2016 Collection.  He is also featured on trading card number 3187.  Armando is considered the best Galaga player on the planet.  He holds both major world records on Galaga arcade. Armando achieved the score of 9,525,700, Tournament settings. Gonzalez also scored 17,684,050 points based on Marathon settings.   As part of a team of Galaga experts, he has helped create a Galaga Forum which is the center of all Galaga records and information.   You can visit the forum here.  Besides Galaga, some of Armando’s favorite games are Ikari Warriors, Twin cobra and Rastan. 

When did you first play Galaga and what do you remember about it?

I remember first seeing Galaga in the place right here, I still live next to it, it’s like a restaurant, called ‘El Pollo’, which is The Chicken.   They had Galaga there.  I didn’t like it, I’ll be honest with you.  It didn't have the fast fire chip in there otherwise I would have loved it, but it was a slow fire Galaga.  That’s all I remember, I was not good at it, I was not interested in it.  I played other games they had there and that place, there was only like 3 video games at the time.  What thing I do remember about Galaga at that time is we could easily get some credits by folding a paper clip in a U shape and getting multiple credits. I remember doing that, but other than that I really didn’t care about Galaga at that time.

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Trading Card Spotlight - Greg Bond

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Greg Bond, who currently is displayed on card number 190, from the Superstars of 2012 Collection. You can see Greg in the documentary, The King of Kong. Greg was around for most of the movie footage when the Donkey Kong competitions were being held. He is a world champion and record holder at the classic arcades game Mappy and Make Trax.   Also, an avid pinball player, Greg has a love for classic arcades and has been a big part of the gaming culture throughout the years.  

If you could own one arcade game or pinball game, what would it be and why?

I'd like to own a Zookeeper and Millipede or pinball Guardians of the Galaxy. Those games are fast paced and seem to keep your reflexes good!

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Trading Card Spotlight - Wolff Morrow

Our next Trading Card Spotlight features Wolff Morrow who currently is displayed on card number 978, from the Superstars of 2014 Collection.  Wolff is a legendary console world champion.   He has posted high scores and won tournaments on many retro consoles such as the NES, SNES, N64, PS1, and PS2.  In 1995, he won store champion for the Super NES format at the BlockBuster World Video Game Championship II.  Some of his high scores include speed records on Doom 64, SSX, and SSX Tricky.   He has been featured on the old G4TV channel for his record on Tomb Raider 2.  His favorite game of all time is The Legend of Zelda for the NES.   Outside of gaming, Wolff is an expert blitz chess player and former USA champion at correspondence chess.   Currently Wolff is in electrical engineering, involving modding consoles for stuff like clean RGB output, better audio, recaps, repairs, and special installations that add in HDMI upscaling internally.

Who is your favorite video game character and what makes that character special?

Firebrand from the Gargoyle’s Quest and Demon’s Crest games. It’s a rare thing when you play a game where your non-human character has no moral compass to worry about, not to mention looks wicked-awesome. I even got him tattooed on my shoulder, and of course all my avatars online are of Firebrand. I even managed to slip in my net-nick initials of “FBX” on a snowboard for the PS2 version of SSX 3, so Firebrand has influenced a completely unrelated gaming genre.

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