Grey Flannel's History
Grey Flannel was founded in 1989 in New York by Richard Russek and Andy Imperato. Grey Flannel, with their experience and expertise, has developed into the world's foremost authenticators and dealers of game-used jerseys. In 1994 GFC became the Official Appraisers and Authenticators for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame. In 1998 GFC was hired by Sotheby's to authenticate the uniform collection of Barry Halper. Mr. Halper's collection rivaled that of the Baseball Hall of Fame in scope and was offered in auction during the early part of the summer of 1999.
GF entered the auction arena in the early fall of 1999. Grey Flannel Auctions to date has held 26 auctions in their 10 year history, satisfying collector needs and auctioning one-of-a-kind pieces of memorabilia with highlights like "The Called Shot" 1932 Babe Ruth Game-Used Jersey, Yankee Stadium Organ played by Eddie Layton, Jim Brown Cleveland Browns Game-Used Jersey, Pete Maravich LSU Game-Used Jersey, and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame entire collection of enshrinee plaques.
Grey Flannel Auctions has also achieved remarkable prices for the memories of Mrs. Elston Howard, Barry Halper, Mrs. Pete Maravich and many retired Major Leaguers. Grey Flannel Auctions runs twice a year during the early summer and late fall, with an expanding array of Americana memorabilia. Headlined items sold at auction include a $10,000 bill, vintage Coca-Cola Vending Machines, Slot Machines. A gorgeous full-color catalog is available during auction time to registered bidders.
The following are quotes from some of the industry leaders and collectors:
Michael Brooslin, Curator of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: "On behalf of the Basketball Hall of Fame, please accept my sincere thanks for the highly professional job you did with the inventory and appraisal of the museum's uniform collection. All of us here were quite impressed with the wide knowledge both of you brought to the job."
Barry Halper (deceased), Baseball Collector Extraordinaire: "I have known Grey Flannel for many, many years. Nobody has studied their craft any harder than GF. They are the finest authenticator of uniforms in the hobby today. Their knowledge and integrity are indisputable."
Dale A. Petroskey, President of the National Baseball Hall of Fame: "The Hall Of Fame would like to thank you for bringing Babe Ruth's legendary "Called Shot" Yankees jersey to Cooperstown for our committee. Your presentation and forensic analysis was professional, thorough, impressive and enlightening.befitting of this wonderful piece of baseball history."
Jared Weiss, Chief Operating Officer of Yankees-Steiner Collectibles: "We anticipate the auction to be the most exciting and successful of its kind. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for Yankees fans and memorabilia aficionados to gain ownership of historic Yankees and Stadium artifacts that they have until now only dreamed of owning."