SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The New England Card show drew lots of sports fans and collectors to Springfield’s Mass Mutual Center this afternoon.

Hundreds of sports cards collectors filled up the MassMutual center’s convention center Saturday bonding over their shared passion.

“The New England Card Show has been at the MassMutual center for a year now, we actually had our first show early last January and we started off with about 100 tables here and now we’re up to 250-plus tables,” Kayleigh Peasz , Social Media Manager, New England Car Show told 22News.

On display sports cards, Pokemon cards, and other sports memorabilia.

“The shows are where you get all the deals for all the best players that you’ve been looking for, all those collectors that you’ve been trying to collect for a long time,” Orlando Santos, Papa’s House of Cards said.

Those coming to snag new cards or just connect with fellow collectors, tell 22news there’s a real community feel at the card show.

“It’s really enjoyable, I get to make friends from it,” said Benjamin Guild, Newburyport.

“It’s just awesome to see that the hobby moves through generations and is something that can be shared,” said Peasz.

Aside from all the cards and memorabilia, attendees had the chance to spin a wheel and get a guaranteed card prize. Another kind of jackpot the chance to see familiar faces. Legendary former UConn coach Jim Calhoun and Celtics star Robert Parish took shifts signing autographs
with Coach Calhoun telling 22News what it’s like to have his own face on sports cards.

“You know the funny thing is, they’re pictures and cards I’ve never seen before. and that’s kind of cool when someone has it, and that’s me?” Coach Jim Calhoun, Basketball Hall of Famer said.