Grey Flannel's History

Grey Flannel was founded in 1989 by hobby pioneer Richard Russek. With his experience and expertise, Grey Flannel Auctions quickly developed into the world's foremost authenticators and dealers of high profile sports memorabilia specializing in vintage game-used jerseys and high-end autographs. GFA entered the auction arena in the fall of 1999 and has held 44 catalog auctions to date satisfying collector needs by auctioning off one-of-a-kind pieces while realizing record prices and private sales in excess of $75 Million. Our long list of unparalleled references including the NBRPA, MLBPAA, NFL Alumni, The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum & Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards as well as countless Hall of Famers from every sport.

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 have a superb team of experienced specialists in all areas of collectibles including:

  • Game-Used/Game-Worn Jerseys & Equipment
  • Vintage Sports & Historical Autographs
  • Championship Jewelry, Trophies & Awards
  • Pre-1960's Sports Cards
  • Entertainment, Rock n' Roll & Hollywood Memorabilia  
  • Political, Americana & Historical Artifacts 

A Partial List Of Past Auction Highlights:


   - Maravich LSU | SOLD FOR: $108,000

   - '76 Dr. J All-Star | SOLD FOR: $188,320

   Jackie Robinson | SOLD FOR: $341,779

   '52 Mantle Gamer | SOLD FOR: $155,895

   Ruth "Called" Shot | SOLD FOR: $1,056,630

   Circa '85 Gretzky | SOLD FOR: $87,846

   Berra Perfect Game | SOLD FOR: $564,930

   Mikan Lakers | SOLD FOR: $110,400

   John Wooden Jacket | SOLD FOR: $183,500

   Ruth Home Run Bat | SOLD FOR: $155,628

   Finals MVP Award | SOLD FOR: $84,422

   Super Bowl Tickets | SOLD FOR: $89,100

   Heisman Trophy | SOLD FOR: $300,000

   SuperSonics Ring | SOLD FOR: $115,242

Richard Russek

President | Grey Flannel Auctions

Richard established Grey Flannel in 1989 from the ground up and is known as one of the true pioneers of this hobby (now a $1.5 Billion industry). His greatest asset may be understanding people even more than the product. Rich has had dealings with countless professional athletes (both active and retired), guiding them through the process of appraising and/or selling their memorabilia. Star of the Discovery Channel TV series "All-Star Dealers", there is no one more qualified to make an assessment in all areas of sports collectibles.

Michael Russek

Director Of Operations | Grey Flannel Auctions

Michael (Richard's Son) entered the Grey Flannel "family" after graduating from the University of Colorado over 10 years ago. The young gun brings youth, enthusiasm and passion into the established industry. Areas of expertise include marketing, team building and strategic planning. Michael has worked his way up through the ranks and is now considered the front of the house and the first line for all customer relations. He takes a more aggressive and passionate approach when trying to close a deal, teaching and empowering customers to make educated decisions.

If you have any questions or you are in need of additional information regarding the consignment process, please contact Michael directly at (631) 288-7800 x230 – or fill out our online consignment submission form.

Jake Alves

Inventory Manager | Grey Flannel Auctions

Jake comes from a baseball family with his father having worked in the baseball industry for over 30 years, his mother spending 15 years in the sport, and his brother currently working in the game. After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2014, Jake took his passion in sports to the baseball industry attending the Scout Development Program and interning for MLB teams for multiple seasons. Jake joined Grey Flannel in April 2017 as the inventory manager and immediately made an impact on the catalog production. Jake assists in all areas of production including writing, photography, research, as well as maintaining and managing all inventory in the warehouse.