Tone Perfect: MeiGray Partners with Tone Stakes to Create Game-Used Shoe Division
Two recognized names in the sports collectibles field have teamed to form a division servicing the game-used NBA shoe market, which is among the fastest growing segments of the collectibles market.
The MeiGray Group has created a Game-Used Shoes division in partnership with Tone Stakes and Game Used Tone. The partnership makes available fully-authenticated game-used NBA shoes from select players at NBAGameUsedShoes.com.
The two industry leaders – Barry Meisel, president and chief operating officer of MeiGray, and Stakes, whose past includes working with athletes for Upper Deck and Panini, while also representing athletes as part of an agency – jobs he credits to building relationships and providing a glimpse of the business.
“I don’t think there is any better experience than that,” Stakes told Beckett.com. “Those relationships are important.”
Meisel said partnering with Stakes and Game Used Tone seemed a logical move. “Authenticated shoes have become far more than just shoes,” Meisel said. “There’s great interest in shoes, but collectors – and the players themselves – want to make sure the product is real. MeiGray provides that.”
Under his own Game Used Tone name, Stakes had nine regular shoe contributors, and forged a buyer’s market worldwide.
“The work Tone has done over the past few years in developing the game-used shoes market has been phenomenal,” Meisel said. “He has connected elite NBA players with the growing number of collectors all over the world who desire properly authenticated game-used shoes directly off the NBA floors. When we decided to implement a game-used shoes division, we looked for a person with a MeiGray level of skill and integrity. Tone is the guy.”