During the recent Ottumwa Trading Card Ceremonies, Billy Mitchell was among an elite group of video game luminaries who were honored on trading cards for their historic participation in the 1982 LIFE Magazine photoshoot. Returning to Ottumwa for the 35th-year reunion of the photo, they were honored with trading cards that were presented by Walter Day along with the AWARD CERTIFICATE shown herein. They were presented on Saturday, November 11, 2017, during the Ottumwa Old School Arcade Galaxies of Gaming Festival, at the Quincy Place Mall, in Ottumwa, Iowa. To see the other trading cards unveiled during this ceremony -- or to see the long chronological history of the TRADING CARDS AWARDS TRADITION, go to this link: Chronological History of the Trading Card Awards Ceremonies
The version of the Billy Mitchell Trading Card used on this award was created by Caerwyn Akumi-Jones, of Great Britain, as a gift to the Ottumwa Trading Card Awards Ceremonies.
In 1999, Billy Mitchell was proclaimed the “Video Game Player of the Century” at the Tokyo Game Show. He was one of only 16 video game superstars who were selected to appear in a photoshoot with LIFE Magazine, on November 7, 1982, in Ottumwa, Iowa. Famous as the first person to achieve a “perfect” score on Pac-Man, Billy Mitchell was featured in many noted video game documentaries, including The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters and Chasing Ghosts: Beyond the Arcade. Billy Mitchell was honored for his important contributions to the history of gaming on August 7, 2010, when he was inducted into the International Video Game Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2010.