Joel de Andrade tried twice to open a sports card shop in Taunton, Massachusetts. He failed both times. The third time an arsonist torched his store. He started over again. Now, he’s promoting a big show in his hometown, hoping to turn more fans into collectors.
Joel de Andrade spent a dozen years as a pro wrestler. He’s still in the ring, but now it’s the sports card and memorabilia ring.
The 38 year-old Taunton, Massachusetts man wanted to work in the hobby so bad, he’s on his fourth try. Things are going well enough he’s promoting what he thinks is going to be the biggest show the area has ever seen, with autograph guests and tableholders coming from all over New England next weekend for the "Super Show".
"I’m excited. I’m like a little kid with it," he says.