About Blackwell Auctions
Edwin started in the auction business in January of 1997, when he started using a little-known service called AuctionWeb to buy and sell antiques, jewelry, art and collectibles online. (The company later changed its name to eBay.) Soon he started selling online full-time, his own items as well as pieces consigned to him. In 2015 Edwin founded Blackwell Auctions with John McNeal, a long-time friend and mentor in the business, who passed away in February 2021 (read about him here). Edwin has visited thousands of homes in the Tampa Bay Area and beyond as a trusted buyer and appraiser.
Thad owned and operated PKGs, a packing/shipping store, for nearly 20 years, becoming the shipper of choice for several local auction galleries and retail shops for mailing high-value items safely. He also has rich experience in researching antiques, jewelry, collectibles and firearms. Thad writes the bulk of the auction catalog, maintains Blackwell’s ATF compliance for firearms sales, evaluates walk-in consignments, answers emailed auction inquiries, and much more.
Shannon manages behind-the-scenes operations and ensures that all aspects of the auction experience run smoothly. She coordinates auction-day staff and serves as head cheerleader for Team Blackwell. When not at the gallery, Shannon loves serving in her community, reading, traveling and walking many miles with the family dog.
Director of Digital Media
Trey (Edwin III) photographs and produces images of each item in the Blackwell catalog, as well as content for all digital/print ads, videos for Facebook and YouTube, and media for in-house events. He also manages the livestream for each auction and fixes technical issues as they arise.
John has been Blackwell’s auctioneer since the company’s very first auction. A veteran of the business, he has called thousands of auction events, including on-air auctions for AAN, the cable TV auction. He is also involved with acquisitions — both consignments and purchases — as well as auction setup.
Client Care Specialist
Nancy is our friendly voice on the phone and greets our gallery visitors, providing excellent service to both bidders and consignors. She assists bidders with absentee and phone bids, invoices and payments, and maintains consignor inventory and statements. Nancy is also a competitive body builder!
Consultant Appraiser, USPAP certified
Principal of Drake Appraisals (Florida), Joe has been in the business of valuing art, collectibles and memorabilia of all kinds for over 10 years, with much of that experience gained as a dealer. He is an avid collector of fine art prints of all kinds and is well-versed in identifying specific printing methods, as well as the artists who use them. (Blackwell Auctions highly values Joe’s expertise in art and other areas, and recommends Drake Appraisals without reservations.)
About the name
Blackwell Bailey moved from West Virginia to Indiana after the Civil War.
His grandson was Edwin Blackwell Bailey, a physician.
And his grandson is Edwin Blackwell Bailey II, who figured “Blackwell Auctions” had a nice ring to it.
Directions From I-275: Take the 118th Ave/Bryan Dairy exit and then turn south at US 19, staying on the frontage road to 110th Ave. From either direction, northbound or southbound, exit off US Hwy 19 to 110th Ave and turn west (northbound, the sign will say Bryan Dairy). We are located on the north end of the Peltz Shoes corporate headquarters on 110th Ave.