With Tiger Away From the Game, Vintage Golf Memorabilia is Ready To Soar

A Bobby Jones signed photograph,

A Bobby Jones signed photograph.

For obvious reasons—read Tiger Woods—golf fans have probably not focused a whole lot on modern golf as of late, but thankfully for golfing gurus, that lack of interest has cleared a perfect “fairway” for the outstanding selection of vintage golf memorabilia that will headline Heritage Auction’s April Signature Auction.

With what is surely to be considered the most significant compilation of important golf memorabilia that has ever hit the hobby, the auction will feature more than 200 pieces from the “Mark Emerson Collection of Rare Golf Signatures.” Included in this unprecedented offering is an “Old” Tom Morris signed check, Bobby Jones signed photograph, 1924 Walter Hagen signed letter, John McDermott signed photograph, 1894 A. F. MacFie signed scorecard, 1888 John Ball signed handwritten letter, 1865 Andrew Strath signed handwritten receipt, Harold Hilton signed photograph, Jim Barnes signed photograph, and many others, including one-of-a-kind examples that do not exist in any collections!

If signatures aren’t your tin cup of tea, but you’re a collector who is still in search of golf history in the form of unique memorabilia, the auction will also feature a huge selection of tournament-used golf pieces from some of the most notable players to ever swing a club. Included are bags used by Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Greg Norman, Sam Snead, Payne Stewart and even Frank Sinatra and Ronald Reagan, not to mention a full set of clubs used by Nicklaus.

And in a truly one-of-a-kind offering, while carrying a pre-auction estimate of “$20,000 and up,” Heritage Auctions is presenting a stunning oversized photograph from the 1949 Masters, which was presented to Ben Hogan shortly after the car accident that nearly ended his life. This spectacular artifact was signed by all the players in golf’s most prestigious tournament, in addition to Masters officials, and includes a signature of Bobby Jones and an ultra-tough exemplar from the former chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, Clifford Roberts.

An "Old" Tom Morris signed check.

An "Old" Tom Morris signed check.

There’s no question that golf tournaments in 2010 won’t be the same without Woods in the mix, but that shouldn’t deter golf collectors from getting their fill from the game they love.

For more information about this auction, visit the Heritage Auctions Web site.


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