Consignment Road Trip | Houston, Louisiana, Denver, New York City, Florida

The consignment deadline for our Spring catalog will be here before you know it.  If you would like to meet with us to discuss a free appraisal of your memorabilia, consigning to an upcoming Grey Flannel auction or selling your item(s) or collection outright, please contact us at (631) 288 -7800 x230 to make an appointment.

The Grey Flannel team is on the road again in search of high quality consignments! We will be in:

  • Houston, TX   February 14th through the 17th
  • Louisiana   February 18th and 19th
  • Denver, CO    February 20th  through the 25th
  • New York City   February 26th  through the 30th

Generous cash advances are readily available towards your Premier consignments and collections. If you have ever considered consigning to a Grey Flannel auction, NOW is the time as the prices realized that we have consistently shown our consignors have been nothing short of incredible.

We are specifically interested in your: Game-Used/Game-Worn Jerseys & Equipment, Autographs, Championship Jewelry, Trophies & Awards, Pre-1950’s Sports Cards, Entertainment, Rock n’ Roll, Political, Americana & Historical Memorabilia.

To make arrangements for your memorabilia to be seen please email us at info@greyflannelauctions.com 

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Auction Has Been Picked Up By Several Major News Outlets

Press coverage of Grey Flannel Auctions’ 7th Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Catalog and its 1976 Gold Medal have gotten the attention of some of the biggest and most prestigious media outlets in the world.

Ex-NBA All-Star Walter Davis to auction Olympic gold medal | Going once, going twice … Here’s your chance to join Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and even Christian Laettner as an Olympic men’s basketball gold medalist. Walter Davis, a six-time NBA All-Star and the Phoenix Suns’ all-time leading scorer, is auctioning off the medal he won as part of the 1976 U.S. gold medal team. It’s part of Grey Flannel Auctions’ Seventh Annual Basketball Hall of Fame induction Auction, which will take place live from Springfield, Mass… (By Ben Golliver | NBA Blogger)

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Don Larsen’s Perfect Game Jersey Sells for $756k w. Grey Flannel Photomatching

“When it was over, I was so happy, I felt like crying. I wanted to win this one for Casey. After what I did in Brooklyn, he could have forgotten about me and who would blame him? But he gave me another chance and I’m grateful.” -Don Larsen Oct 8, 1956 On October 8, 1956 Don Larsen arrived at Yankee Stadium only to find a ball sitting in his shoe at his locker. It was Game number 5 of the 1956 World Series and the Yankees and Dodgers were all tied up at 2 games apiece. In those days a ball in your shoe meant that you were the starting pitcher for that game, which meant that Don Larsen was starting Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. With an unusual no-windup form of pitching, Don got 27 consecutive outs, pitching a Perfect Game. The only Dodger to even come close to getting a hit that day was Gil Hodges with a line drive in the 5th inning to left center field that Mickey Mantle caught with a spectacular running catch. It was the first time and till this day the only time a pitcher has pitched a Perfect Game in the World Series. This New York Yankees Home uniform was worn by Don Larsen on that very day. The flannel jersey is properly tagged a size 48 in the collar with the Spalding tag and Larsen 18 56 stitched in the lower right front tail of the jersey. The number 18 was his uniform number and the 56 signified the year of the jersey. The pants are properly tagged Spalding and stitched Larsen 56 38 in the inner waist area. The 56 signifies the year and the 38 the Pants size. The flannel uniform comes straight from Don Larsen himself as he held on to it since that Perfect day. Don did have the uniform on loan at the San Diego Hall of Champions until this past spring when he decided to sell the uniform to raise money for his grandchildren?s college tuition.

The uniform will come with a Letter of Authenticity from Don Larsen as well as the extensive photomatching image analysis performed by Michael Russek of Grey Flannel Auctions.

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Grey Flannel Auctions, Basketball Hall of Fame renew long-time partnership

Grey Flannel Auctions is proud to announce the renewal of its exclusive partnership agreement with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The agreement extends the mutually beneficial arrangement that has existed between the two entities since the early 1990s.  Under the terms of the partnership, Grey Flannel will continue to conduct its Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction at the Hall each September. As part of the induction weekend’s activities, Grey Flannel will also keep up its tradition of hosting the annual Reunion Dinner for returning Hall of Famers, new inductees and their families. Additionally, Grey Flannel will maintain its long-held role as the Basketball Hall of Fame’s official appraisers and authenticators.

“We highly value the friendship and close working association that has developed between our company and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame over the past two decades,” said Grey Flannel Auctions’ president Richard E. Russek. “We are honored that the Hall chose to renew the arrangement that has worked so well for so many years.”  “With prices for authentic, game-worn professional basketball memorabilia skyrocketing, we foresee new world records in our annual Hall of Fame auctions,” Russek said. “Basketball has become a powerful international attraction, and its superstars and legends of the past are viewed as sports royalty everywhere on earth.

When we can achieve prices like $156,000 for Dave Cowens’ Celtics MVP Award and $132,000 for one of Dr J’s All- Star uniforms, that tells you what basketball means to its fans.”  Grey Flannel’s 2013 Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction will be one of the key events featured within a slate of activities scheduled for Sept. 6-9 at the Hall. For additional information or to discuss consigning to the auction, contact Grey Flannel by calling 631-388-7800 or e-mailing info@greyflannelauctions.com.

Previous BHOF Induction Auction Catalog Highlights:

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  • 1972-73 Dave Cowens Boston Celtics MVP Award. Sold for $156,000
  • 1974 Julius ‘Dr J” Erving ABA Eastern Conference All-Stars game-used uniform. Sold for $132,000
  • 1976 Walter Davis USA Basketball Olympic Gold Medal. Sold for $108,000
  • Early 1960s Jerry West Los Angeles Lakers game-used, autographed home jersey. Sold for $96,000
  • 1968-1969 Bill Russell Boston Celtics worn home warm-up jacket. Sold for $84,000 by Grey Flannel Auctions.
  • 1972 Wilt Chamberlain Western Conference All-Star Game-used home uniform.

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Earliest Known Babe Ruth Pinstripes | Sold For: $183k

Lot #1: 4/13/1921 Babe Ruth NY Yankees Opening Day Game-Used Flannel Pants (Multiple Photomatches)(5-for-5 Performance)

These are without question the earliest Babe Ruth game-used pinstripe uniform article ever offered, therefore making them quite iconic as the man himself. Inside the rear waistband of these enormous pants is the “A.G. Spalding Bros” manufacturer’s tag. Directly below is the player’s name, “Ruth” embroidered in red chain stitch script-style lettering in single-ply indicating early 1920’s (In the mid-1920’s, the embroidery was done in a much thicker manner). The pants measure to a size “42” waist and are 38 inches in length. They were worn in The Babe’s “skinnier” days as Ruth is often visualized as robust, to say the least. The rear pockets are fully intact. The front left belt loop is detached at the top. The front right belt loop was also detached and repaired at an angle. There is one belt loop covering the top button which makes the pants an undeniable photomatch as pinstripes are like fingerprints. There is heavy sweat staining inside the rear waistband and two large team period repairs as well as one smaller team repair visible on the rear of each leg. There is also evidence of dirt staining on both legs. Eight and a half inches of additional matching pinstripe flannel material has been added to the length of each leg by the Yankees, custom-made for Ruth. The extra length was needed so The Babe could roll them up and tuck them into his navy blue stirrup socks. This is evidenced by a photo of Ruth wearing these very pants tucked into his stirrups posing with Frank “Home Run” Baker on April 13, 1921, Opening Day at the Polo Grounds. The Bambino went 5-for-5 with two RBI that afternoon in an 11-1 rout of the Philadelphia Athletics. Multiple photos from this era show Ruth wearing these pants, clearly indicating that they were a staple of his early years as a New York Yankee. The provenance of these pants is impeccable; they originally came from Claire Ruth in 1974. The pants show outstanding game-use and other than the aforementioned, appear to have no further alterations of any kind. A true piece of American and baseball history that you can reach out and touch; directly linked to the greatest player of all time—George Herman “Babe” Ruth.

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Seventh Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction

We will be holding our seventh annual live auction at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. on Friday, September 7th, 2012. The auction is part of the weekend of ceremonies honoring the new class of Hall of Fame Inductee’s which include Reggie Miller, Don Nelson, Jamaal Wilkes, Phil Knight and several others. Featured are 120 lots of the finest collection of Premier basketball treasures ever assembled at auction. Each lot sold in this sale will be accompanied by a letter from the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Leading the pack are ten game-used jerseys from the 1991 NBA All-Star Game, each being accompanied by a letter of authenticity hand-signed by NBA Commissioner David Stern. Players game-used jerseys included are Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, each already surpassing their respective reserves of $25,000. The jerseys were purchased at half time of the 1991 NBA All-Star Game with the proceeds going to help our troops overseas; impeccable provenance to say the least.

Another incredible lot is the game-used jersey of Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famer, Jerry West. The jersey was worn by “Mr. Clutch” during the early 1960’s and features a rare script-style “Los Angeles” front. With a reserve of $10,000, this gem is sure to attract a lot of attention.

An extremely rare treasure is up next: Walter Davis’ 1976 Men’s Basketball Olympic Gold Medal. The United States defeated Yugoslavia to take home the Gold during our bicentennial. The provenance is absolute, being accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Walter Davis himself. The reserve is $10,000 on this featured lot.

There will be no shortage of bidders for the 1967-68 Connie Hawkins Inaugural ABA Season Rookie Pittsburgh Pipers Game-Used Home Jersey. This may be the crown jewel for American Basketball Association (ABA) collectors as this shirt is photomatched to Hawkins’ Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year and World Championship Season of 1967-68 with the Pipers and is sourced from the team’s trainer. Carrying a reserve of $10,000, it’s a true piece of basketball history nearly half a century old.

The personal collection of Minneapolis Lakers Great and NBA Hall of Famer Vern Mikkelsen is offered featuring several iconic pieces; his 1951 NBA Western Conference All-Star Game-Used Jersey from the Inaugural All-Star Game and his Early 1950’s Minneapolis Lakers Worn Road Shooting Shirt with “10,000 Lakes” on back, an extremely rare style. Each has a $5,000 reserve bid. The collection comes to Grey Flannel from Mikkelsen himself and in turn, each lot featured will be accompanied by his letter of authenticity.

Championship jewelry is well represented with Robert Parish’s Boston Celtics Championship Ring from 1983-84. The ring was presented to the Hall of Fame Center upon the team defeating the Los Angeles Lakers and giving the Celtics franchise its fifteenth Championship. The reserve on this one of a kind item is $10,000, being accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Robert Parish.

While we are speaking of Boston Celtics legends, Sam Jones 1964-65 Celtics Championship Trophy is featured in this blockbuster auction. Originating from the man himself and accompanied by his letter of authenticity, this incredible trophy was presented to the Hall of Famer by the team and carries a reserve of $5,000. 

Among the remaining lots are a photomatched 1974-75 Bill Walton Rookie Portland Trailblazers Game-Used & Autographed Home Uniform, a Circa 1968 Dave Cowens Florida State University Worn Shooting Shirt accompanied by a Cowens Letter of authenticity, a photomatched Circa 1966 Rick Barry Rookie Era San Francisco Warriors Game-Used Home Jersey  accompanied by a Rick Barry letter of authenticity and a 1977-78 David Thompson Denver Nuggets Game-Used & Autographed Road Jersey Attributed to his 73 Point Performance on April 9, 1978. 

Absentee bidding is currently underway at www.greyflannelauctions.com. Bidding will culminate live at the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, September 7th with each lot closing in succession beginning at 1pm EST. For additional information or to receive an auction catalog, please call 631-288-7800, ext. 223 or e-mail info@GreyFlannelAuctions.com.

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Ten (10x) Game-Used Jersey From The 1991 NBA All-Star Game

Blog_1991All-Star1Lots 1–9 presented in our September 7th, Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction were originally obtained at the NBA charity auction following the 1991All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina. The sale raised more than $78,000 for “Operation Family Shield,” an organization in North Carolina that provided financial assistance for the families of reservists called for active duty and also helped the families from the six military bases in the state with members serving in the Gulf. Each of these jerseys will be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from the NBA, hand-signed by Commissioner David Stern.

  1. LOT #1: 1991 Alvin Robertson & Ricky Pierce NBA Eastern Conference All-Star Game-Used Jerseys (2)
  2. LOT #2: 1991 David Robinson NBA All-Star Game-Used Western Conference Jersey
  3. LOT #3: 1991 Joe Dumars NBA All-Star Game-Used Eastern Conference Jersey
  4. LOT #4: 1991 John Stockton NBA All-Star Game-Used Western Conference Jersey
  5. LOT #5: 1991 Karl Malone NBA All-Star Game-Used Western Conference Jersey
  6. LOT #6: 1991 Kevin McHale NBA All-Star Game-Used Eastern Conference Jersey
  7. LOT #7: 1991 Robert Parish NBA All-Star Game-Used Eastern Conference Jersey
  8. LOT #8: 1991 Earvin “Magic” Johnson NBA All-Star Game-Used Western Conference Jersey
  9. LOT #9: 1991 Michael Jordan NBA All-Star Game-Used Eastern Conference Jersey

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1976 Walter Davis USA Basketball Olympic Gold Medal | Sold For: $108k

Blog_DavisMedal The United States had revenge on its mind after the debacle at Munich in the 1972 Summer Games. The ‘76 US basketball team was coached by Dean Smith of the University of North Carolina, and he chose a team heavily laden with players from his own school – Phil Ford, Mitch Kupchak, Tommy LaGarde and Walter Davis, the standout player at UNC. The top two European teams remained the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, who had finished 1-2 at the 1970 World Championship (the USA was 5th), and the 1969 and 1971 European Championships.  The United States almost lost an early round game to Puerto Rico, led by Marquette University star, Butch Lee, but eventually prevailed, 95-94. A rematch of the ‘72 USA-USSR game never occurred after Yugoslavia defeated the Soviet Union in the semi-finals and advanced to the gold medal game against the United States. In the final, the United States scored the first eight points, and was never challenged by Yugoslavia, winning 95-74. This 1976 Olympic gold medal weighs 5.45 oz. with a 60 mm. diameter and a thickness of .50 cm. The gold-plated medal contains at least six grams of pure gold. It was presented to Walter Davis as a member of the 1976 USA Men’s Basketball team after they defeated Yugoslavia in the gold medal game on July 25, 1976. The face of the medal features a design by Florentine artist Giuseppe Cassioli. Created for the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, the design was used on all Summer Olympic medals until 2004. It reads, “XXIe Olympiade Montréal 1976”. The verso shows the 1976 Olympic logo and the victor’s laurel wreath (symbol of the ancient Games), rendered in the bold, uncluttered style of the Montreal Games. The bottom edge of the medal is engraved “Basketball”. The medal is in NRMT-MT condition and is accompanied by a LOA from Walter Davis.

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May 30, 2012 Summer Games Catalog

Sandy Koufax, the Dodgers’ left-handed ace and youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, may have left the mound in 1966, but his career accomplishments are far from forgotten. In Grey Flannel’s May 30 Summer Games Auction, a game-used home jersey from Koufax’s 1965 Cy Young and Championship season attracted intense bidding as it sped past its $25,000 reserve to score a $166,818 price realized, making it the top lot of the blockbuster sale.

“Koufax is one of those enduring stars whose appeal crosses generations of baseball fans,” said Grey Flannel Auctions’ president, Richard E. Russek. “He nailed just about every important honor available to a player, including two World Series MVP Awards, two Hickok Belts, Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year Award and the 1965 Cy Young Award. That, together with his Hall of Fame status, made him a living legend by the age of 30. The jersey in our sale – which was a ‘10’ in every way – vividly brought back memories of Koufax and the three-hit shutout he pitched to clinch the 1965 Series.”

A second baseball lot that garnered substantial attention was an incredible 1930 New York Yankees team-signed ball that included the vibrant signatures of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Entered with a minimum bid of $5,000, it drew a flurry of bidders who chased it all the way to a $71,557 price realized. Russek remarked that it was “the nicest 1930 Yankees team baseball [Grey Flannel] ever handled.” Originally sourced from the Yankees’ then-owner Jacob Ruppert, the ball was accompanied by a letter of provenance from a descendant of Ruppert’s companion, Miss Minnie Wyant.

An early 1930s game-used road uniform that belonged to the Washington Senators’ Hall of Famer Joe Cronin was another of the sale’s baseball highlights. The gorgeous flannel uniform handily surpassed its $5,000 reserve to settle at $40,388.

There was no shortage of bidders for Orel Hershiser’s 1988 Sport Magazine World Series MVP trophy. In 1988, Hershiser enjoyed one of the best single seasons in pitching history, winning the Cy Young Award, throwing a still-record 59 consecutive scoreless innings and winning both the NLCS and World Series MVP Awards for his World Champion Dodgers. This tremendous award, coming with a LOA from the man himself, brought a price realized of $28,298.

Kobe Bryant’s LA Lakers rookie-debut uniform set a record for the highest-selling Kobe “gamer” at auction with a selling price of $115,242. “This was a popular item,” said Russek. “The uniform was from the earliest days of Bryant’s professional career, when he was quickly making a name for himself in the NBA.”

The only publicly known Jerry West NBA All-Star game-used jersey earned nearly nine times its minimum bid, achieving a remarkable $88,826. Hall of Famer Jerry West was voted one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. The jersey was originally sourced from the West family and is unique because it has “West” on both the front and back.

The top-selling jewelry lot was Robert Parish’s 1981 Boston Celtics Championship ring. Parish made professional basketball’s history books alongside Kevin McHale and Larry Bird. Together, they formed one of the greatest front lines in NBA history. The Championship ring, offered with a LOA from Parish himself, earned $45,578.

While competition was heating up in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the 1989-1990 Wayne Gretzky LA Kings game-used home jersey offered was on fire. Just as “The Great One” did so many times himself, the jersey wowed onlookers, selling for an unbelievable $65,048. “Any hockey fan would consider this jersey a prize, if for no other reason, because Gretzky’s number ‘99’ is the only number ever to be retired by the NHL,” Russek said.

Among the football lots, a 1969 Larry Csonka AFL Miami Dolphins game-used and autographed home jersey took top-lot honors. “Csonka was in a class of his own,” said Russek. “He was the AFL’s number one pick in the 1968 Common Draft and was the first running back drafted in the first round. For the next five seasons, he led the Dolphins in rushing. We knew his jersey would do very well.” Opening with a $5,000 minimum bid, it garnered $27,584.

Several select lots of historic autographed ephemera were available to bidders. The immortal Hall of Famer and 12-time Gold Glove recipient Roberto Clemente’s signed final career contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, dated February 7, 1972, concluded its bidding run at $23,387.

Grey Flannel’s next major auction of sports memorabilia will be held on September 7, 2012, live at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. For additional information, please call 631-288-7800, ext. 223; or e-mail info@GreyFlannelAuctions.com.

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