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Take Pride In Your Golf Memorabilia

 

Golf-related collections tend to be a source of pride for many. Arnold Palmer collects most of the clubs he has ever been given or used. Housed in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, the collection is rumored to house over twelve thousand clubs. Doug Sanders, who is known for his colorful outfits, has probably played golf with more Presidents and Heads of State than anyone and displays the signed memorabilia to back up his claims. His vast collection also includes that of Hall of Fame athletes, celebrities, astronauts, and movie stars. The largest collection of golf balls numbers in excess of 36,000, and the largest collection of golf-related pencils is more than 20,000. Whether the desired collectible is historical or current, golf fans are passionate about anything golf. Collectors keep their score cards, ball markers, pencils, and bag tags as mementos of a round played, their logos proudly displayed during the following round.

Collector Cards

Golf collector cards have been in existence since the 1901 Ogden's Guinea Gold Cigarette cards. Churchman and Wills were the first cards made until 1981, when Donruss issued a PGA tour set, which has always been in high demand. Many a collector has tried and failed to complete a signed set. Logoed items were originally created to be an advertising vehicle, but now they are a status symbol. The logo from the Augusta National Golf Club is displayed on nearly every golf course in every country in the world. This logo can be found on items used daily, including golf shirts, jackets, bag tags, hats, towels, putter covers, ties, key rings, balls, and even Christmas ornaments.

Golf Art

Photos and art are a huge part of a golf collector’s life. Black and white images of heroes of yesteryear, as well as of today's heroes, sit on shelves or are professionally matted and framed and hanging on walls to remind the collector of his favorite players or specific instances in a player’s career. For example, a photo of the Ben Hogan two iron at Merion Golf Club during the fourth round of the 1950 U.S Open is still one of the best-selling golf images to date. Images are available of "Old" Tom Morris, Francis Quimet, Harry Vardon, Robert T Jones Jr, Walter Hagen, Horton Smith, Tommy Armour, Gene Sarazen, and more. The era of Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Cary Middlecoff, Tony Lema, Mike Souchek, and the others is well documented in black and white images. The "color" era is heralded by Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, and Ken Venturi.

When the PGA Tour was televised, players such as Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Curtis Strange, Johnny Miller, Tom Watson, Hale Irwin, Fuzzy Zoeller, Ben Crenshaw, and Raymond Floyd became household names. Today, vivid color images are available for all the modern golf stars, including Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, the late Payne Stewart, Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Jordan Spieth, Keegan Bradley, and many more. The art of golf can range from an 1847 painting by Scottish artist Charles Lee entitled "The Golfers" to the modern-day art of scenic artists Graeme Baxter, LeRoy Neiman, Linda Hartough, Richard Chorley, Marci Rule, and others, who all paint the golf holes we wish to play. Whether it be a print, a limited edition signed, or the original image, golf art adorns the walls of golf fans and collectors alike.

Women in Golf

The women involved in both Professional and Amateur golf cannot be forgotten either. The early women golfers were hampered by long flowing skirts and long-sleeved blouses. Beatrix Hoyt won the US Women's Amateur three years in a row. The USGA needed a new trophy, and the original, given permanently to Hoyt for her feat, showed up years later in auction with no one the wiser as to what it was. A happy collector found out years later what he had purchased. All collectors dream of those finds. Genevieve Hecker, Margaret Curtis (who along with her sister Harriot donated the "Curtis Cup" to further International Women's' Amateur Golf), and Alexa Stirling all pioneered the game both here and abroad. They were followed by Glenna Collett, Virginia Van Wie, Patty Berg, and Betty Jameson.

Many of these great amateurs helped form the LPGA in 1950, when thirteen of women got together to reform women's professional golf. The early stars of this fledgling tour were the likes of Louise Suggs, Babe Zaharias, Beverly Hanson, JoAnne Gunderson, Jackie Pung, Betsy Rawls, and Mickey Wright. The later stars helped make the tour what it is today, including Donna Caponi Young, Susie Berning, Hollis Stacy, Amy Alcott, and the first "Pin Up Girl" Jan Stephenson, and made way for Laura Davies, Betsy King, Meg Mallon, Nancy Lopez, and Patty Sheehan. In the mid 90's, the LPGA tour became an International Tour with Annika Sorenstam, Si Ri Pak, Karrie Webb , and others, leading the charge of an ever growing influx of the best from overseas. The modern LPGA has a blend of fine young golfers from all over the globe. The Americans manage to hold their own. Led by fine players such as Stacy Lewis, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Lexi Thomson, and Jessica Korda, these players fight each event against the International contingent led by Lydia Ko, Inbee Park, Suzann Petersen, and other fine players from China, Scotland, Korea, Spain, France, and Japan.

Golf Books

Golf books are a huge segment of the golf memorabilia world. Historically significant editions such as The Goff, a 1743 golf book written by Thomas Mathison, now commands as much as $75,000.00 for its earliest editions. Other desirable collectible books include Robert Clark’s 1875 edition of Golf: A Royal & Ancient Game, Horace Hutchinson's 1897 edition of British Golf Links, Charles B Macdonald's 1928 edition of Scotland's Gift: Golf, Dr Alistair Mackenzie's 1920 edition of Golf Architecture, William Van T. Sutphin's 1898 edition of The Golfer's Alphabet, and many others. A dust jacket and author’s signature increases the value of such books greatly. The prolific British writers, such as Bernard Darwin and Robert H. K. Browning, made a living writing club histories while they authored their major works. Here in the USA, Grantland Rice and Herbert Warren Wind carried the golf literary torch. Players wrote volumes of work also. Harry Vardon, J. H. Taylor, Willie Park, Tommy Armour, Jerome Travers, Glenna Collett Vare, Joyce Wethered, Robert T. Jones Jr., Walter Hagen, Ben Hogan, and Byron Nelson led the way for the modern players to put their thoughts on paper. Some areas of increasing popularity seem to be club histories and early volumes on lawn and turf care, especially where it applies to golf courses.

Signed Items

Signed golf memorabilia commands the majority of the market for golf collectibles. Many signed items are officially licensed as such. The players in great demand try to maximize their income by signing with a memorabilia company to create and manage their signed items. They put out artificial limited editions to create demand. Players routinely face the lineup between the range and the course where all ages clamor for attention, attempting to get their items signed by their heroes or heroines. Golf gloves, shoes, badges, tickets, and flags are all pushed forward in hopes of the elusive signatures. Some players are full of excuses as to why they will not sign, and others will follow the lead of Arnold Palmer and sign for hours. A few years ago, it was estimated by his staff that Arnold Palmer had signed over 40,000 items a year, just on his flights to and from events!

Once you have the item signed, you have to decide what to do with it. Many of our clientele send in items for Signature Royale to frame. With over 50 years of combined experience in the authentic memorabilia business, Signature Royale is well qualified to help you build your collection or frame what you have so your treasured items are removed from the drawer or closet and proudly hung on the wall. Do not hesitate to contact us by email (Roger@SignatureRoyale.com) or phone (877) 202-7465 Ext 1 so we may discuss your collecting or framing needs.


 

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