In Video Games, you always have the “good guy” versus the “bad guy”. That’s what these games are built around, to give the story a strong backbone which the gamer can engage in. Examples: Mario vs Bowser, Sonic vs Dr.Robotnik, Link vs Ganondorf, all had great stories……but then…
you had Billy vs Steve. A documentary film came out in 2007 that was based on the riveraly between Billy Mitchell and Steve Wiebe, both who were the top Donkey Kong Arcade players(until recently). I won’t say much other than that if you decide to watch it, but VGA gives this movie literally 10/10! It was something brought fourth in the Video Game world that was “different“, which we can all appreciate.
Well today I want to feature two very nice items in regards to the movie; King of Kong.
There are two Allen & Ginter cards that are guaranteed to be autographed by Billy and Steve. These were manufactured under TOPPS and released in 2008-2009. If you never heard of Allen & Ginter before, this is what Wiki says:
“Allen and Ginter was the Richmond, Virginia, tobacco manufacturing firm formed by John Allen and Lewis Ginter in 1875 that created and marketed the first cigarette cards for collecting and trading. Some of the cards in the series include Charles Comiskey, Cap Anson, Jack Glasscock, and Buffalo Bill.” – Wiki
So they are an old card company, but they don’t just produce baseball cards, they produce many other type of cards such as swimming athletes and like video games stars(so far only Billy & Steve emerged).
When I first watched the movie, King of Kong, like any excited gamer I went on eBay to see what was offered for auction in relation to the movie. I found nothing, and haven’t seen much except some Billy Mitchell hot sauce. So these are pretty cool collectibles not just because of the movie, but gaming history in general since Billy Mitchell was the first to get a PERFECT score in Pac-Man. Click below to check out the auctions:
Billy Mitchell Allen & Ginter TOPPS Autograph 2008 – There is a best-offer option!
Steve Wiebe Allen & Ginter TOPPS Autograph 2009 – Awesome price!
2009 Allen Ginter Steve Wiebe Short Print Four Pack – Once this auction is gone I highly doubt you’ll find all four short prints on ebay again. He has a best-offer…
King of Kong – A Fistful of Quarters DVD Ultimate Donkey Kong Edition – For those who never seen the movie you can purchase it here at an awesome price.
If you never heard of Billy Mitchell/Steve Wiebe, or if you’ve never seen the movie King of Kong, watch the trailer below: