1997 Street Fighter III Tournament Trophy & Framed T-Shirt

As far as video game historical artifacts go, this one has to be one of the most stately I’ve ever seen – a true trophy statue of Ryu, case in solid bronze. The story behind it is interesting – it’s one of two ever made (a third on a larger scale was made for a different purpose) and served three years in a row as a trophy for Street Fighter III “press tournaments” which took place at E3. The winner was awarded the trophy and was allowed it for one year, until the next competition and a new champion earned it for themselves. This particular trophy (and framed Street Fighter III t-shirt) was obtained from a Capcom employee.

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Other Auctions:

Hollywood Video Game Crazy outdoor sign – An absolutely massive outdoor sign from departed game retailer GameCrazy (coupled to Hollywood Video)


Punch-Out!! Special Famicom JP – This fancy gold-cart edition of Punch-Out, called Punch-Out Special, was also given away as a prize – this time, to winners of the Nintendo Famicom Golf US competition. Surprisingly, this version of Punch-Out actually has a unique ROM and was released before Mike Tyson’s Punch Out; in this version, the game simply ends after defeating Super Macho Man

World of Warcraft Tankard O’ Terror – Taverncraft Brewfest Replia Stein – A stately stoneware stein fashioned by Taverncraft after a tankard in WoW. Holds a whole half-gallon, weighs a whole four pounds!

9 Persons 9 Hours 9 Doors (999) Preorder Watch
– This watch was an exclusive preorder bonus for the DS title 999. Not to be confused with the similar watch from 999’s 3DS sequel, Virtue’s Last Reward, which was made available for purchase in limited quantities

Takara Tomy ARTS Gashapon Playstation History Collection Figure Set of 6 – An absolutely adorable set of miniature Playstations by Takara Tomy. Include to-scale miniature game discs and cases, featuring games such as Parappa the Rappa and Intelligent Qube


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  1. Wow. That is a straight copy and paste from the employee that posted that info on this site a long time ago. I am the other owner of that Ryu statue and would’ve bought the other one if I had the spare change.

    • Sorry, information on these statues is SCARCE, so I didn’t have a lot to work from! Regardless, funny how we have a former owner and a current owner in the same comment thread.

    • Wait. If you won that tournament, then didn’t you get to keep the large one for a year or so.

      The one in the auction and on my desk is the smaller prototype ones. I really like that Alex picture.

      Wonder what they did with the larger Ryu trophy.

  2. I didn’t get to keep anything. I have a picture of me holding the trophy when I won it. I think it was on one of the desks at the magazine but I was freelancing from Chicago at the time. By the time I got there full time 6 months later it was not there. Eric Mylonas of Gamefan won the one in 1998 or 1999 beating me in Power Stone. I don’t recall them doing anything maybe after year 4 or so.

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