Frequently Asked Questions


What is Grey Flannel Auctions?
Grey Flannel Auctions Auctions, Inc. is the industry leader in sports memorabilia auctions and sports memorabilia appraisals. For over two decades, we have been helping sports collectors buy and sell their game-used/game-worn jerseys, as well as other collectibles. We pride ourselves in carrying the most desirable NBA, ABA, MLB and NFL memorabilia. We have auctioned off items such as Babe Ruth’s “Called Shot” New York Yankees Game-Used Jersey from the 1932 World Series, Pete Maravich's LSU Game-Used Jersey, Julius Erving’s 1976 ABA All-Star Game-Used & Slam Dunk Contest Worn Uniform, and Charles White’s 1979 Heisman Trophy Award. There is no doubt that we have earned our title as “The Standard of the Industry” when it comes to game-used jerseys. Grey Flannel Auctions has been selected as the official appraisers, authenticators, and licensees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, and the NFL Alumni. We are also marketing partners and supporters of the National Basketball Retired Players Association and The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation. If you are looking to sell sports memorabilia or get a free sports memorabilia appraisal look no further.
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How does GFA determine Authenticity?
To those of you who have never visited our showroom in Westhampton, New York, we warmly extend an invitation to visit us and inspect the incredible memorabilia presented in this catalog. Our commitment to authentication for over a decade has earned us the reputation as "The Standard of the Industry." We are the official appraisers and authenticators for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.

Except in very few instances can the provenance of game-used items and autographed items be definitely traced and attributed to an athlete or individual, even when a letter from a team is provided. The following paragraphs discuss the processes used by Grey Flannel Auctions to authenticate lots in our auction. As a result of those processes, based on the information available to Grey Flannel Auctions, we are very comfortable in stating that "in our opinion" the items in our auction are authentic. Therefore, every lot in this auction will be sold "As Is," no exceptions. Please see our Auction Rules for additional clarification on this matter.

All of our jersey authenticators are under the incredibly discerning eye of Nick Coppola, who has been collecting jerseys over 30 years and has carefully and separately looked at every game-used jersey in this auction. Our jersey authenticating team includes Richard Russek, who has been in the hobby for 20 years, Michael Russek and T.J. Favilla who worked at Yankee Stadium for 4 years. We will note in the lot descriptions if other letters come in addition to ours. As to the most controversial and vulnerable area of all, autographs, we have taken great measures to protect our clients. We have used the services of James Spence Authentication, Jimmy Spence and Larry Studebaker. In every lot featuring an item that is autographed, each expert looked at the item independently. With every autographed lot, if any one of our experts were uncomfortable with an item, we removed it from the auction. This was NOT a majority vote. Every autographed lot in this auction will come with a JSA letter. Lots containing multiple items have been reviewed by JSA; however, the possibility for secretarial and otherwise questionable signatures may be included. Each and every game-used bat was inspected and approved by John Taube and Vince Malta of PSA/DNA, author of Bats," as well as "Bats", as well as our own T.J. Favilla. It is understood that every game-used bat will come with a PSA/DNA LOA. In all other cases when there is no letter of authenticity, your invoice shall act as our letter of authenticity.

Our many years of experience have led us to choose all of the above experts. We believe they are the very best that exist. There is very little science to authenticating in this hobby, mostly opinion. If you disagree, we warmly invite you to make arrangements to have your authenticator come inspect any and all items you are interested in before the auction.
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How do I bid?
In order to bid in this auction, you will need to have a bidder I.D. You may obtain a bidder I.D. by calling (631) 288-7800 ext. 223 during our regular business hours and registering. You will be asked to give two hobby references at the time of your registration. If you cannot supply these references, Grey Flannel Auctions may ask you questions regarding your credit. You will need to register only once, and this will give you a permanent bidder I.D. for Grey Flannel Auctions. Please call to register before 5:00 p.m. (EST) Wednesday, November 30th, 2011. After this time, we will register no more bidders, for this current sale. Placing a bid constitutes acceptance of Grey Flannel Auctions' rules and Grey Flannel Auctions has the final say in interpreting all rules.
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Why do I need to register?
By registering with Grey Flannel, you are ensuring that you understand and agree to abide by the rules of Grey Flannel auctions. It enables Grey Flannel to send out an invoice to your correct address after the auction. It will also ensure you of receiving our catalogues before each auction.
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What is your privacy policy?
Your privacy is very important to us. Grey Flannel is fully committed to protecting your right to privacy. The release of any members' personal information for reasons other than those specifically connected with Grey Flannel is prohibited. We do not allow your e-mail address or any other personal information to be displayed anywhere on our website. Grey Flannel does not sell, rent or otherwise release registered user information to third parties and this information is not used for marketing purposes.
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I forgot my bidder number and/or password?
You can call our office at 631-288-7800, ext. 223 during regular business hours or go to Forgot Password or email us at info@greyflannelauctions.com.
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How do I update my information?
If you need to update your bidder information, you may either call us during regularl business hours at 631-288-7800, ext 223 or email us at info@greyflannelauctions.com.com.
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What is the Minimum Bid Increase?
10% minimum increase, in whole dollar amounts. There will be no exception to this rule prior to the auction going live at 1:00 PM EST on August 12th, 2011. Once the auction goes live, all bids accepted live in the room as well as all bids accepted online and via the telephone will be in whole dollar amounts and in some cases in increments higher or lower than 10%. This will be at the live auctioneer’s discretion.
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What is the 9:00 PM Rule?
The auction will close for initial bidders at 9:00 p.m. EST day of auction. If you have not placed a bid on an open lot prior to 9:00 p.m. EST day if auction, you will be ineligible to bid on said lot after 9:00 p.m. EST. However, any unopened lot can be bid on after 9:00 p.m. If you are the only bidder on a lot after 9:00 p.m. EST, you will instantly become the winning bidder. Grey Flannel Auctions reserves the right to extend this rule for any reason. For ongoing lots after 9:00 p.m. EST, the 10 minute rule will be applied, meaning the auction will not end until the phone stops ringing for 10 minutes. Please note that this rule does not apply for our "Live" auctions which end in-the-room with an auctioneer. Once the auction goes live, all bids accepted live in the room as well as all bids accepted online and via the telephone will determine when the lots/auction closes.
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Is there a Buyer's Premium?
All winning bids will have a 20% buyer's premium added to the final hammer price. All bidders must pay buyer's premiums; no exceptions.
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Do I get charged Sales Tax?
All State of New York and Massachusetts residents must pay sales tax. Since each county is different, the appropriate tax will be included in your final invoice. New York/Massachusetts dealers: if you have a resale number, please make sure that we have it on file or you will pay sales tax.
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What are Ceiling Bids?
A "ceiling bid" or "up to bid" is simply the highest dollar amount that you would empower Grey Flannel Auctions to bid on your behalf for a particular lot. Grey Flannel Auctions strongly encourages you as the bidder to place up to bids. This is the easiest and most efficient way to ensure that you get the best possible chance to win your desired auction lot. Up to bids are kept in the strictest confidence. Bidders may place up to bids on any item, meaning the designated item will be bid on that person's behalf, automatically raising it to the next increment when needed. If the same up to bid is placed on a lot by two or more bidders, the bidder who placed the up to bid first will have first priority to that bid amount and be the current high bidder.
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Why can't I bid on Premier Lots?
Grey Flannel Auctions Premier Lots are identified in the catalog by wording "PREMIER LOT". Register in advance with our credit department before bidding on these items. Our credit department must be satisfied with the bidder's ability to pay. Once approval to bid is granted, you may bid on any Premier Lot up to the amount of your approved line of credit.
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What do I do After the Auction Closes?
Invoices will be mailed to all winning bidders in the days following the conclusion of the auction. Payment is expected upon receipt of the invoice date. Please do not call to see if you won a particular lot. Auction results will be posted on our web site (www.greyflannelauctions.com) at the conclusion of the auction.
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What forms of Payments are accepted?
Cashier’s check, money order, or bank transfers are the preferred methods of payment. These payment methods will allow us to process and ship your items as quickly as possible. Payment by personal or company check will be held for a minimum of 10 business days from the date it is deposited to clear—there will be zero exceptions, please do not ask. Although funds may have cleared your bank, good funds are not guaranteed by our bank for ten business days from the date of deposit. No special payment arrangements are available without previous approval by our credit department. Grey Flannel Auctions DOES NOT accept credit cards as a method of payment.
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What will My Shipping Costs be?
The buyer is responsible for all shipping, packaging, freight, crating and insurance costs. Most lots will be shipped via FedEx and the USPS. This cost will be reflected on your auction invoice. If you need expedited shipping, please call when you receive your invoice before making payment so we can make the appropriate shipping adjustments. All international orders will be processed in the full invoice amount, no exceptions. The buyer is responsible for all duty and customs charges. Grey Flannel Auctions does not ship the larger auction lots from our location. The safe arrival of your item(s) is very important to us so we use a professional packing company to prepare your item to ship. Therefore, on certain lots, there will be a shipping charge that includes a packing fee as well as the FedEx charge. The packing fee is set by our outside vendor, so you pay us what we pay them. For example, if you buy a lot of large framed pieces, the packing fee will be approximately $125 plus the FedEx charge of approximately $50. Grey Flannel Auctions is not in business to make a profit on shipping; we would just like to recoup our costs in shipping and packaging your items as best as possible. Any item may be picked up in person at our office after funds are cleared. However, out of state residents will be required to pay New York State sales tax. Please call ahead to make arrangements. There will be no pick-ups at the auction venue, no exceptions.
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Do you have a Return Policy?
ALL LOTS ARE SOLD AS IS. ALL SALES ARE FINAL. NO RETURNS. (Also see Disclaimer of Warranties). Each and every lot in this auction has been viewed by a minimum of two hobby experts. Some of our auction items are already framed. Without removing the frame, it is impossible to know the condition of the areas not seen. Therefore, Grey Flannel Auctions does not assume responsibility for the condition of areas hidden by the framing or matting on these specific item(s). For this reason, our catalog descriptions on these auction items are written extremely carefully, paying acute attention to detail. All framed items are shipped “AS IS” and Grey Flannel Auctions is not responsible for damage to the frame.
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