BERKELEY, Calif. – On May 12, PBA Galleries conducted a successful sale titled Golf – Books, Clubs & Memorabilia, containing more than 300 lots of golfing history in literature and artifacts of the game.
Unique volumes included an 1807 book on St. Andrews; a scarce 1898 account of the fourth U.S. Amateur Championship; John Smart’s A Round of the Links; a large lot with 32 volumes of Spalding’s Official Golf Guide; as well as many other signed and unsigned classics. Also offered were golf collectibles ranging from sterling trophies to signed 1997 Masters flags to a seldom-seen matching-numbered full set of Spalding Bobby Jones hickory-shafted irons.
Several lots were sold way above their estimate. One that aroused the interest of bidders was Lessons in Golf by Alex Smith. It included secrets of the game and fundamentals as conveyed by the two-time U.S. Open champion and was housed in a custom slipcase. Although it was estimated at $200-$300, it sold for $1,062.
Other items that triumphed were scarce early 20th-century golf course guides. An example was The Golfers’ Guide and Official Handbook for Scotland 1901-1902 by John McMurtrie. It is an extremely rare volume documenting the complete 1901-1902 Scottish golf landscape and it serves as an important information source for anyone researching the early history of the game. This lot went for $2,125. Golf Greens of England, Ireland and Wales 1906 by E.J. Woodward also attracted some high bids. The seldom-seen copy of Woodward’s iconic golf course and hotel guide sold for $1,625.
Top lots were not all part of the book section. The sale also featured a 1932 Bobby Jones Spalding hickory-shafted nine-club matched iron set. Jones’s engraved signature clubs also sported Spalding Kro-Flite cleek marks. This lot went to a lucky bidder for $5,625.
The bidders were also passionate about a selection of signed 1997 Masters flags. In particular, the flag signed by four-time Masters champion Arnold Palmer sold for $2,500. Another one, signed by six-time green jacket winner Jack Nicklaus, went for $1,875.
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