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A print celebrating the Saints' first Super Bowl championship.

Collective Bargaining
Sports and More Making Big Move in Collectibles
March 15, 2011

Self-promotion isn't high on Mike Rainey's to-do list. The owner of Sports and More in Charlotte, North Carolina, he would rather draw attention to the athletes and companies he works with. That list includes legends such as Pete Rose, Joe Montana, Dwight Clark and Hank Aaron, plus one of his newest partners, Greg Gamble Productions.

"We have access to some of the greatest names in sports," says Rainey. "Sports and More has been providing sports memorabilia and conducting silent auctions for people across the country since 1990."

Rainey founded his company after his college baseball career ended. "I started my business in a mall," he says. "From there, it grew by word of mouth."

A Mark Ingram photo from Alabama's 2009 championship season.

One way Rainey kept his finger on the pulse of the memorabilia marketplace was attending the Sports Licensing and Tailgate Show as a buyer. This past January, he decided to get the perspective from the other side of the aisle, as an exhibitor. Among the items featured at his booth were limited edition pieces from Greg Gamble Productions, including a wide selection of NFL and collegiate prints and photos.

"Our goal was to promote Greg's collection beyond where he is in Alabama," says Rainey. "We wanted him to get nationwide recognition."

So far it seems that Rainey has been able to do that and more. "Sports and More has the unique ability to provide a wide variety of authentic and high quality sports and entertainment memorabilia, as well as jewelry and travel packages," he says. "Over the years, our silent auctions have been a consistent hit at events. We even represent the munchkins from the Wizard of Oz. Obviously there's something for everybody."

 

 

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