Nostalgia and modern day collectibles collide on March 18 and 19 at the Boston Marriott Quincy as the Northeast Sports Card Expo, one of the regions largest card shows, prepares for its first ever two day exhibit.
The Expo, which will feature over 80 tables and 175 vendor tables spread out over 22,000 square feet, has been one of the most anticipated sports card and collectible extravaganzas in New England since the success of its inaugural show last October.
“We had approximately 1,500 collectors who turned out for the one-day show (in October)” Steve Pepdjonovic, co-owner of The Expo said. “We had pioneering former Red Sox pitcher Jim Lonborg, former Boston Celtics forward Cedric Maxwell, former Boston Celtics guard Dana Barros, and former New England Patriots fullback Patrick Pass all as in-person autograph guests. Attendees included Boston Red Sox pitcher and South Shore area native Rich Hill as well.”
This year, Pepdjonovic says, the show is going to be even more spectacular.
“Due to the overwhelming popularity of the first show, we have expanded the attractions to two days instead of one,” he explains. “This will allow more collectors to attend and provide more time for attendees going through each section.”
Among the attractions available to attendees on the 18th and 19th will be the opportunity to mingle and collect autographs from the likes of former Boston Red Sox pitcher and World Series champion Jeff Reardon, former New England Patriots players Scott Zolak & Jermaine Wiggins, former Boston Bruins player & 3x Stanley Cup champion Bobby Carpenter, WWE Hall of Famer and former WWF Intercontinental Champion Tito Santana, Impact Wrestling Knockout and former Women of Wrestling superstar Alisha Edwards and many more.
“We’re still adding to this star studded lineup,” Pepdjonovic points out with a smile.
Also appearing live and in-person will be Doug “The Thug” Smith, the real life inspiration behind the movie GOON, and heavyweight boxer Peter “The Hurricane” McNeeley.
Card collecting, which experienced a resurgence during the pandemic, is one of the oldest and most treasured hobbies passed down from fathers to sons and generation to generation. It’s nice to see this tradition on full display at family friendly shows such as the Northeast Sports Cards Expo, Pepdjonovic says.
And while sports cards and are the main draw at The Expo, other collectibles such as Pokemon cards, action figures, and cinematic memorabilia will also be actively displayed and visible.
“There is definitely something here for everybody in the family,” Pepdjonovic said.
The two day event will be hosted by Boston based radio and podcast personalities Mike “Sarge” Riley and Jason Rossi and there will be a variety of prizes and raffles awarded throughout the show.
Admission to the Northeast Sports Card Show will be $10 per day and children under the age of twelve are allowed in free.
Photography by Shawn Harding & Shawn Kreckie