President and Chief Operating Officer
On April 21, 1997, The MeiGray Group wooed award-winning sportswriter Barry Meisel from the New York Daily News by signing the Brooklyn, New York native to an exclusive multi-year contract.
MeiGray marks the second sports memorabilia company to be headed by Meisel. His successful 18-year sports journalism career began while he was directing Garden Sportscard Company, which Meisel founded in August 1977, the prehistoric days of the sports memorabilia industry, while a junior at the State University of Binghamton, N.Y.
Sports card and memorabilia collecting was still an innocent, unknown hobby when Garden helped popularize the retail sale of cards and accessories to collectors. From 1977-81, Garden sold nearly 10,000,000 sports cards and more than 100,000 plastic card holders, sheets, albums and boxes to thousands of collectors across North America.
Garden's rapid growth under Meisel's direction - sales rose more than 500% over four years - mirrored Meisel's blossoming journalism career. After his graduation from SUNY-Binghamton in May 1979, he was hired by the Binghamton Sun-Bulletin to cover the American Hockey League's Binghamton Whalers.
By 1981, Garden had become phenomenally successful - so successful that it needed Meisel and his partner to run it full-time. Rather than give up his sports journalism career at the age of 23, Meisel sold his 50 percent stake in Garden. He spent five years at the Sun-Bulletin, and then was hired in June 1984 to cover the New York Rangers, New York Mets and New Jersey Devils for the Morristown, N.J., Daily Record.
After only 15 months at the Daily Record, Meisel was hired in October 1985 by the New York Daily News. In his 12 years at one of the nation's largest dailies he covered the New York Islanders, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils and New York Giants. He spent 1993 and 1994 as the News' investigative sports reporter.
He has also worked as a columnist for The Hockey News (1982-90) and The New York Giants Newsweekly (1990-96). He was a contributing writer for Sport from 1990-1994. He has written two books. In 1988 he co-authored 'Boss: The Mike Bossy Story' and in 1995 he wrote 'Losing the Edge: The Rise and Fall of the Stanley Cup Champion New York Rangers.'
Meisel, who speaks at schools and in front of charitable organizations, has collected sports memorabilia since 1985. His interests include championship mementos of the '69 Mets, '69 Jets and '94 Rangers. He also has an extensive collection of first-edition press guides, and a growing collection of game-worn jerseys representing the professional teams he covered during his sportswriting career.
Meisel lives in Warren, N.J., with his wife, Katy, and their two children, David, 19, and Jess, 17. Dave, a freshman at Hamilton College, is an aspiring journalist who played second base for Gill St. Bernards High School. Jess, a junior at Gill St. Bernards who loves studying French and calls Paris her favorite city, plays defense for the GSB Knights' girls soccer team.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Bob Gray founded The MeiGray Group on February 6, 1997 after an impromptu conversation seven days earlier with future partner Barry Meisel. MeiGray marks the fourth business owned by the 58-year-old Harrison, New Jersey native who graduated from Cornell University in 1972 with a degree in business management.
Gray's golden touch with business ventures extends to his private life as well. He became a New Jersey Devils season ticket-holder in 1995. Not coincidentally, that was the year the Devils won their first Stanley Cup. Gray started collecting sports memorabilia when his two sons began collecting baseball cards in 1987. He also has a growing collection of game-worn hockey jerseys.
Gray lives in Beach Haven, N.J. with his wife, Patty. The Grays have two sons, Christopher, 29, and Matthew, 27. Chris graduated in 2003 from Roger Williams University located in Bristol, Rhode Island with a degree in Architecture. Matt graduated in 2004 from Boston University with a degree in Journalism.
Director, MeiGray Auctions
Tyler Campbell joined the MeiGray Group in August of 2013 as our Auction Director. Prior to joining MeiGray Tyler was the store manager at Total Hockey Inc. Tylers interest in sports memorabilia begun when he started collecting hockey cards at the young age of 8 years old. Growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs, Tyler dedicated his life to playing travel and high school hockey. One of his favorite hockey memories was when he and his Jr. Flyers teammates advanced to the National Championship in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Tyler graduated from Western New England University in 2007 with a degree in Sports Management. He was a four year member of the WNE Ice Hockey team and served one year as an alumni member on the Board of Trustees. In his spare time he enjoys attending Flyers games, rock concerts, traveling and watching hockey. He continues to play ice hockey and grow his game-used Flyers equipment collection. In the years to come Tyler hopes to check off visiting every NHL arena from his bucket list.
Director of Administration
Rob Grose joined The MeiGray Group in May 2002 and directs our National Hockey League game-worn jersey program. Grose's interest in sports memorabilia dates to the mid 1970s, when he began collecting baseball cards. The self-professed 'Die-hard Philly fan' now concentrates on memorabilia from the various Philadelphia sports franchises. His collection includes items spanning nearly a century, from the present dating back to 1910.
In his spare time he enjoys following Manchester United, photography and spending time with his wife Tina, son Tristan, and daughter Madilyn.
Assistant Director, MeiGray Authenticated
Jim Montague rejoined the MeiGray Group in September 2013 as the Assistant Director of MeiGray Authenticated. Jim was previously with the MeiGray Group on part-time basis from 2007-09. From 1999-2006, he ran The Neutral Zone, a company which specialized in game worn hockey jerseys
Montague has always been a collector, as a kid it was sports cards, comics, and beer bottle caps. Always in search of the unique collectible, in 1997 Jim purchased his first game-worn hockey jersey and he was hooked. His collection focuses on the Boston Bruins, his favorite team. Jim spends his spare time with his wife Tara and daughter Mary. He enjoys cooking, attending sporting events, concerts and believes all movies are better on the big screen. He also cant understand why Tyler collects pro stock instead of jerseys.
Director of Sales
Joe Manley officially joined the MeiGray staff in July 2013, but Joe has been helping out at special events since 2005.
Joe has been collecting game-worn jerseys since 1999. His focus is Philadelphia Flyers, Philadelphia Phantoms, and Hershey Bears. Joe's holy grail would be a Tim Tookey Hershey Bears. While not collecting Joe enjoys gardening with his girlfriend Krista at their home in Bethlehem, PA.
Director of MeiGray Vintage & MeiGray Authenticated
Stu Oxenhorn joined The MeiGray Group in April 2005, to head MeiGray's Vintage program. Prior to MeiGray he was part owner and COO of Currency Grading and Authentication, the leading Currency Authentication company. As a collector of game-worn hockey jerseys over the last 20 years, he has raised the bar when it comes to researching Vintage jerseys, and sharing that research with the collecting community. In that time he has put together one of the finest collections of game-worn Philadelphia Flyers jerseys.
He went to his first Flyers game in 1972 and has been a die hard fan ever since. Hockey has been his hobby for years, collecting and learning about hockey in Philadelphia. When he is not immersed in hockey his other hobbies include following Chelsea FC, biking, photography and coaching his daughter's soccer team in Readington Twp., NJ.
Warehouse Manager & Photographer
Andrew Wojciechowski joined the MeiGray Group in early 2007 as our jersey photographer. He has since taken on many more tasks at MeiGray, including Shipper and Warehouse Manager.
Drew, 25, a graduate of Raritan Valley Community College, is an avid New Jersey Devils fan. His favorite player is Scott Clemmensen, whom he insists will make his way into the Hockey Hall of Fame as one of the greatest goalies of all time. Drew resides in Bound Brook, N.J., and in his spare time, enjoys playing on his hockey team.