Robert Edward Auctions will add a third auction to its calendar beginning in 2019. The move is just one of several changes announced in advance of the National Sports Collectors Convention, each of which involves an expansion of services.
Once home to a single, yearly auction held each spring, New Jersey-based REA added a fall auction five years ago and will now offer a trio of sales beginning next year with the usual array of rare baseball and other sports memorabilia. The additional auction comes at in large part through requests made by customers, according to REA President Brian Dwyer.
“Adding more auctions has been requested more times than we can count, so we’re thrilled that there’s such strong demand for our service and we look forward to continuing to do great things here.”
The company is adding a west coast footprint as well with the hiring of hobby veteran Calvin Arnold as Consignment Director. Arnold has been involved in the industry for over 30 years including a long stint at SCP Auctions and most recently, Heritage Auctions. Based in Las Vegas, Arnold will travel throughout the country accepting consignments and meeting with collectors. He will also give REA a presence at three shows for the first time ever: the Long Beach Expo in Long Beach, CA and the TriStar Collectors Shows in Houston and San Francisco.
“We are very excited to add Calvin to our team, and we look forward to having someone with his knowledge and his passion contributing to the success of Robert Edward Auctions,” Dwyer stated.
REA is also adding a new buying opportunity for customers. Collectors will be able to browse more than 35,000 of the company’s completed listings dating back to 2004 and submit offers to the winning bidders for consideration outside of the auction venue. REA will contact the original buyers with qualifying offers and facilitate transactions for a nominal fee where both parties agree to a price. There is no cost to submit offers.
“Some of the hobby’s finest material has passed through REA, and it doesn’t always get presented for auction again, so we’re pleased to be able to connect buyers and sellers in this way,” said Dwyer.
REA will be exhibiting at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland starting this Wednesday through Sunday. Hundreds of items from the upcoming fall auction will be on display and they’ll also be accepting consignments for that auction, which is slated to open October 9.