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Golf Memorabilia

It’s believed that modern golf began in Scotland during the Middle Ages, growing throughout the U.K. and U.S. during the Industrial Revolution—propelled largely by wealth and tourism. As the sport developed, so did its equipment and competitions, ultimately giving the enthusiast a host of choices in collecting.

The earliest golf memorabilia dates back to the 1800s, with clubs and balls from the era being particularly popular. Golf clubs were once made of wood, with shafts made of hickory or ash and heads of apple, beech, or persimmon. By the late 1800s, iron heads and steel shafts were introduced, although not used widely at first. The first golf balls were made of leather and stuffed feathers, followed by balls made from hardened tree sap called gutta percha. Aside of equipment, trophies, medals, pin flags, and periodicals appeared in the sport’s early days.

Today, a handful of prestigious world competitions dominate golf, including the Open Championship, the U.S. Open, the Masters, and the PGA Championship. The opportunity to collect programs, tournament and equipment items, and merchandise from these events is outstanding.


Quick Facts

  • The 1888 book, “Pen and Pencil Sketches on the Game of Golf,” by George Aikman, has just several copies in circulation. One was sold for $10,800 on a rare golf book auction in 2010
  • The golf ball Rory McIlroy threw to the crowd during the 2014 British Open Championship sold to an anonymous buyer for $52,038.65
  • Chambers Bay golf course in Washington hosted the 2015 U.S. Open, much to the demise of some professional golfers and fans. Although the course produced winner Jordan Spieth, players of notable caliber found the greens disagreeable

Recommended Items at Auction

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Masters Tournament Golf 1963 Series Badge 9152 And Money Clip
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Masters Tournament Golf 1963 Series Badge 9152 And Money Clip
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $10,000
$62 Bids
1981 Donruss Jack Nicklaus Rookie Card
Dec 05, 5:00 PM EST
1981 Donruss Jack Nicklaus Rookie Card
by Saco River Auction
Est: $30- $40
$152 Bids
Sterling Tazza Golf Trophy
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Sterling Tazza Golf Trophy
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
2001 Ud Tiger Woods Rookie
Dec 05, 5:00 PM EST
2001 Ud Tiger Woods Rookie
by Saco River Auction
Est: $50- $100
$51 Bid
1974 IL Western Open Butler National Golf Plate 51
Dec 10, 8:00 AM CST
1974 IL Western Open Butler National Golf Plate 51
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $10- $10,000
$101 Bid
1981 Donruss Jack Nicklaus Rookie Card
Dec 05, 5:00 PM EST
1981 Donruss Jack Nicklaus Rookie Card
by Saco River Auction
Est: $30- $40
$51 Bid
2001 Upper Deck Tiger Woods RC #1
Nov 30, 7:00 PM EST
2001 Upper Deck Tiger Woods RC #1
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Golf Club, Golfing Bronze Trophy Sculpture
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
Golf Club, Golfing Bronze Trophy Sculpture
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $400- $800
$3400 Bids
U.S. Walker Cup Golf Team, Saint Andrews
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
U.S. Walker Cup Golf Team, Saint Andrews
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Golf Legends Bobby Locke, Gary Player Photo Print
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
Golf Legends Bobby Locke, Gary Player Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Two Sets of Golf Clubs
Nov 29, 12:00 PM EST
Two Sets of Golf Clubs
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
Bob Hope, Bing Crosby Playing Golf Photo Print
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
Bob Hope, Bing Crosby Playing Golf Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Tiger Woods Tribute Bronze Sculpture
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
Tiger Woods Tribute Bronze Sculpture
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $750- $1,200
$6000 Bids
Women's Golf Champion, Photo Print
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
Women's Golf Champion, Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $30- $60
$200 Bids
Jack Nicklaus Golfing Photo Print
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
Jack Nicklaus Golfing Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
A vintage canvas and leather golf bag
Nov 30, 10:00 AM GMT
A vintage canvas and leather golf bag
by Martel Maides
Est: £30- £40
£200 Bids
Late 19thc Golfing, Sepia Photo Print
Dec 31, 2:00 PM EST
Late 19thc Golfing, Sepia Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Women's Golfing Championship Photo Print
Dec 31, 2:00 PM EST
Women's Golfing Championship Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Vintage 1980's Group of Famous Golfers, Clubhouse Photo Prints
Dec 31, 2:00 PM EST
Vintage 1980's Group of Famous Golfers, Clubhouse Photo Prints
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
Ben Hogan Golfing Bronze Tribute Sculpture
Dec 31, 2:00 PM EST
Ben Hogan Golfing Bronze Tribute Sculpture
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $400- $800
$3400 Bids
Bobby Jones, Golfing, Sepia Photo Print
Dec 31, 2:00 PM EST
Bobby Jones, Golfing, Sepia Photo Print
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$200 Bids
Tiger Woods Golfing Bronze Signed Tribute Sculpture
Dec 31, 2:00 PM EST
Tiger Woods Golfing Bronze Signed Tribute Sculpture
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $500- $800
$4000 Bids
Golf clubs
Dec 10, 9:00 AM EST
Golf clubs
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$50 Bids

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