Players such as Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays could be spotted in stacks of cards spanning rows of tables in the Student Center Multipurpose Room for the “Sports Card & Collectible Show.”
The show was originally scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 18, but was canceled and re-scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13, due to Hofstra hosting the presidential debate.
The sports paraphernalia fair featured an array of dealers displaying an assortment of classic and contemporary sports cards, autographs, collectible sports items and sports memorabilia, among other miscellaneous items.
One vendor, Dan Fishman, said the highlight of the show was, “customers coming in and looking and buying.” Adding more details about the sports souvenir display, he said, “We have the show here to have customers come in and buy old and new cards. There are a lot of collectors who come in to look for cards to complete their sets.”
Fishman is a veteran sports card and collectible retailer, and he has been coming to the card show for 15 years. Throughout the years, he claims that the audience of the sports souvenir fair has been about the same, but that “older people, who are now in their 60s to 70s are looking to sell their collections.” He continued by saying, “It gives dealers opportunities to buy and sell.”
Vendors at the show were not the only attendees who had personal favorite moments of the event. Hofstra students who attended the sports paraphernalia show had highlights of the exhibition as well. Jordan Stanford, a freshman theater major, said the high-point of the show was, “all of the different cards I’ve never gotten a chance to see, such as the older editions of classic baseball trading cards.”
No matter their age, attendees of the “Sports Card & Collectible Show” shared a passion for sports and sports souvenirs. The show offered sports enthusiasts a chance to admire both classic and modern sports memorabilia.