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.
BARBARA DAND FARACI
Director, NBA-MeiGray Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program
Barbara Dand Faraci joined The MeiGray Group in June 2006 to head MeiGray's NBA Division. Dand spent 14 years at Madison Square Garden, 12 of which were with the New York Rangers during the time the team won the Stanley Cup. First hired as Executive Assistant to General Manager, Neil Smith, Dand's increased responsibilities with the Rangers as Director of Business Operations expanded to include the New York Knicks and WNBA New York Liberty. Prior to that, Dand began her career in the entertainment world working in public relations for seven years at Paramount Communications.
Faraci resides in Washington, N.J. with her husband Mark. She enjoys country music, running, working on her house and has a home-based stained glass business. New to the collector world, in between attending sporting events, she often wonders of what treasures she might own in her boxes of memories from the Rangers.
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.
Grose, 40, graduated from East Stroudsburg University with a degree in secondary education/social studies. In his spare time he enjoys working on the Eagles Nest which is his basement dedicated to Philadelphia sports teams, reading biographies of United States presidents, and spending time with his wife Tina, son Tristan, and daughter Madilyn. He is a member of Bethlehem Township Athletic Association and serves as a coach to his childrens various teams. The first song his daughter learned to sing was 'Fly Eagles Fly', the Eagles' Fight Song. Every season he picks the Eagles, Phillies and Flyers to finish first - and is genuinely shocked when they don't. Now that that he has FINALLY shared a Phillies championship with his children, he is just waiting for the next one hopefully it is not another 30 year wait.
Director of MeiGray Vintage
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 15 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.
Oxenhorn, born and raised in Philadelphia, graduated from Temple University. 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 reading, 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 Cluck-U chicken, and plays on both an ice and roller hockey team.