PLYMOUTH – IDeal Sports Cards and Memorabilia, which opened up its second location in town last September, is gearing up for two large community events – a sports card show in Plainville June 15 and a Comic Book, Toy and Collectibles Show June 30 in Bristol.
Alix Langlais, who co-owns IDeal Sports Cards and Memorabilia with Nick Mizzi, started their business in Canton five years ago and came to Plymouth last year after an “inventory explosion” created a demand for new space. The former flea market at 153 Main St. was renovated and repurposed to give them just that – offering 200 more square feet than their other location.
“We’ve been steadily growing since we opened; we have a steady and loyal customer base,” said Langlais, who said that IDeal Sports Cards and Memorabilia also organizers annual community events.
The sports card show will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the Plainville VFW on 7 Northwest Drive, Plainville. It will feature 40 dealer tables, free coffee and donuts. Admission is 99 cents or free to kids younger than 12.
The Comic Book, Toy and Collectibles Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, June 30, at DoubleTree by Hilton at 42 Century Drive, Bristol. Admission is $2 or free for kids younger than 12.
Langlais has been in the comics industry for 35 years, since he was 15 years old.
“I’ve always been passionate about sports and now that I have a wife and four kids it has become a full time job,” he said.
Mizzi met Langlais in 2001 and came on-board with the Canton location’s opening.
At the Canton location, people can expect to find a vast assortment of sports cards, Funko Pops, Magic the Gathering cards and posters with authenticated autographs from movie stars, sports figures, including Hall of Famers and current stars, and other non-sports celebrities.
“We won’t sell autographed posters unless we can prove they are authenticated,” said Langlais. “I help people find what they are looking for - I have contacts in Maine, Florida and California that I’ve made over 35 years. If we know that a customer is looking for something and it comes in, we contact them first and give them a first shot at it. Our customers say that it is hard to find a sports card store like ours around. We have a bit of everything from low-end to high-end and a lot of vintage stuff.”
For more information on IDeal Comics and Cards, visit facebook.com/IDealCards2 or call 860-973-3037.
For more information about the Sports Card Show or the Comic Book, Toy and Collectibles Show, call 860-302-4093, email email@example.com or visit facebook.com/CliffsConsCt.
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