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Shigeru Miyamoto may be famous for anyone who knows himself Mario From them SonicBut it’s easy to forget that this wasn’t always the case – and even today, there are people who may not be aware of the legacy of the great.So when non-gamer Tony LeCroix had the opportunity to meet a legendary game designer in the late 80’s, it probably wasn’t. On a large scale I was surprised that he didn’t know who he was.

“I was in the music industry and worked in a country band in 1989,” says Le Croix. “We were playing at a Japanese festival. The promoter owned a country bar called Good Time Charlie’s. His name was Charlie Nagatani. After the concert he gave us his bar. He introduced me to his friend when he arrived. He could only speak broken English, but it was enough for communication. “Guess who this” friend “is. There is no award, but Le Croix and Miyamoto defeated it thanks to their common love for music.

“We stood in the bar and talked about music,” says Le Croix. “He was very interested in the strings I worked on, such as guitars and mandolins. I talked about music while sharing beer together. At the end of the night of departure, he gave me my signature. Asked; jokingly, I told him that if he gave me him, I would give him mine. When I pulled out my business card and signed it, he did the same. There’s a little character on it. I wasn’t a gamer and I didn’t know who he drew. After a while, I saw someone playing the game and recognized the character. It was Mario! “

This amazing coincidence led LeCroix to own something. Large scale It has a lot of commercial value and sentimental value. However, it was only recently that he actually caught up with Miyamoto’s achievements.

The only record Tony met Miyamoto in 1989 is this photo he took before posting the card.
The only record Tony met Miyamoto in 1989 is this photo he took before posting the card. (Image: Tony LeCroix)

“I kept this card for 32 years,” he continues. “I retired earlier this year and spent some time researching the internet’Shigeru Miyamoto’to realize what he had accomplished in his lifetime and how important he was to the gaming world.” Sadly. It is at this stage that the story turns into the worst.

“I started looking for an appraiser because I wanted to know the value of this card,” Le Croix adds. “I came across an ad for an auction house that specializes in games and contacted them. I don’t want to disclose their name at this time, and I’m sure I’ll send them a card for the next auction. They say this is a “notable” item. I sent them a card, and now they call me and say the card is missing. “

Of course, the item isn’t always included in the post, but LeCroix is ​​confident that there are some fraudulent plays here. “I really believe my card was stolen from me and will probably come back in the future,” he tells us. “I honestly doubt I can get my card back, but I want to let the gaming community know the true story of the history of this card and how it was born and taken away. The original owner. “

Miyamoto may have signed many other cards from this time on, but the illustrations and signatures make them fairly unique and easy to identify. If the card is for sale, small It is possible to reunite with Miyamoto and its legitimate owner who shared a common passion for music at a Japanese bar 32 years ago.