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  • Hole in one at Augusta

    Posted on April 12, 2013 by Selby

    Congratulations on Welshman Jamie Donaldson becoming the 24th player to “hole in one” at the Masters, he achieved this at the par 3, sixth hole following on from American Chris Di Marco in 2004, his prize for this achievement is an engraved crystal bowl unless he put a bet which is not worth as much as you might think.

    Sporting autographs associated with events like this are always sought after and a signed 6th pin flag by Donaldson would be fine.

    Surprisingly a hole in one attracts relatively close odd, at the 16th they can be as short as 6/4 (a 170 yard par 3)

    This years Masters is shaping up well hopefully there will be the usual abundance of Golf memorabilia

    Tony Selby

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  • Tiger Woods back in frame to win Masters

    Posted on April 9, 2013 by Selby

    Tiger Woods looks to have an excellent chance of winning the Masters starting at Augusta on Thursday, now No 1 and putting better than ever he may well win the seasons first Major after a five year drought. Tiger has not won at Augusta since 2005 when he pipped Chris DiMarco in a play-off which earned him his fourth Masters title.

    Golf Memorabilia associated with the Masters is always in demand of particluar interest to me are Pin flags,  Sports Autographs, Signed Presentations and  match scorecards,photos etc

    Will be interesting to see how Tianlang Guam plays especially off the tee, considering his short drive of only around 250 yards. On Monday Guan played a practice round with Tiger Woods  and tomorrow he plays a  round  with Tom Watson, he will be well worth watching for the future.

    The odds on Tiger Woods at 4/1 are with PP which seem pretty generous however  I am backing Justin Rose 18/1 ew to be wearing the green jacket on Sunday

    There has been a big interest in Tiger Woods sports memorabilia for years now and it would good to see some of the new younger names (Guam) performing well this week.

    Tony Selby

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  • Ryder cup selections

    Posted on August 27, 2012 by Selby

    Expect to see Nicolas Colsaerts handed a wildcard place when the final selections are made later today, hopefully joined by Ian Poulter, I think that Padraig Harrington should be at Medinah as he does tend to be the more consistent player?? See what the announcement is at noon. Following the great European win, 38th Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, Ladbrookes seem cautious with 5/6 USA 6/5 Europe or the draw at 10/1 think I will take the 6/5

    tony selby

    golf memorabilia


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  • Ben Hogan Golf Memorabilia

    Posted on January 9, 2012 by Selby

    Ben Hogan Golf Memorabilia – Hogan ranks with Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones and Gary Player as my top 5 Golfers of all time.

    Ben Hogan (1912-1997) winner of nine Major Championships achieved the enviable total of 68 professional top level wins along the way. He was arguably the greatest ball striker of all time.

    Born in Texas USA he took an early interest in Golf, at the age of eleven he was caddying at the Glen Garden Country Club alongside another memorable player Byron Nelson.

    His professional debut was in 1930 playing in the Texas Open, in 1938 he won the Hershey four ball but it was not until 1940, that he won his first professional tournament the North and South Open followed with wins in the Greensboro Open, Asheville Open and the Goodall Palm Beach Round Robin. This was to be the creditable start of memorable times in which he would go on to dominate the tour.

    Following a break during WW2, came his first Major success in the 1946 PGA Championship at the Portland Golf Club it was preceded by an impressive 30 PGA tournament wins.

    In 1948 he won 10 tournaments including the US open at the challenging George Thomas designed Riviera Country Club at Palisades California.

    Following a serious car crash in 1949 in which he and his wife were almost killed he went on to win the 1950 US Open at Merion, Ardmore PA. 1951 saw him claim both his first Masters and the US Open,  In 1953 he won his second Masters, the British Open and his fourth US open.

    In 1951 a busy golfing year, Ben Hogan took time to star in a biographical movie of his life “Follow the sun.”

    Ben Hogan Golf Memorabilia is very collectable and it is not at all prolific, it is therefore probably as well to make items associated with Hogan part of a general Golf Memorabilia portfolio. Collecting can be a great hobby especially if one is a golf enthusiast as you are able to combine following your modern day golfing heroes with building a golf memorabilia collection. Cost occurred in attending tournaments will be compensated for by the increasing value in your collection. Number one choice is the Open followed by Internationals, Amateur Championships and Senior events.

    Golf has always been a favourite category of Sports Memorabilia for me as I find that golfing heroes are usually both considerate and obliging when it comes to signings and autographing collectables, It is always important to consider condition when collecting as many items such as pin markers, flags and clothing must be expected to suffer from the wear and tear syndrome.

    Auctions are held where Golf Memorabilia along with other interesting Sports Collectables are sold. These auctions take place 3 or 4 times a year and I would recommend Knights, Christies and Bonham’s as good places to research as they have the added attraction of presale viewing which allows one to establish authenticity and condition.

    I would be very careful when making online purchases from popular websites as it seems many of the items offered turn out to be not as described or should I say the description can be very confusing i.e. is it a copy or an original.

    I have recently written an article “Rare autographs real or fake” and I would encourage readers to peruse this as it may well prevent purchasing an unwanted item.

    Golf memorabilia which I have personally collated would include the following Post war players Ben Hogan, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros, Greg Norman, Eamonn Darcey, Nick Faldo, Lee Trevino, Byron Nelson, Langer and Westwood  the list goes on, it is about personal choice and opportunity.

    Collectables which personally interest me would include: Signed glove, club, ball, flag presentations, hand signed autographs, pin markers, match worn attire and associated major tournament paraphernalia.

    Good luck with your collecting.

    Do let me know how you get on!!



    A Few Stats

    Major Championships 9

    Masters 1951, 1953

    US Open 1948, 1950, 1951 and 1953

    British Open 1953

    PGA Championship 1946, 1948

    Ryder cup 1947, 1951, non-playing Captain in 1949, 1967

    He played his last official tournament in 1971

    Ben Hogan was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974


    Tony Selby

    Golf Memorabilia

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  • Golf memorabilia

    Posted on August 11, 2011 by Selby

    Don't write off Tiger Woods just yet, recent performances by  Mcilroy who won the US open and Darren Clarke  British open, ok impressive but I consider Darrens performance on a links course at Royal St George was a one off, although well deserved and I seriously don't see Rory in the same bracket as the tiger, just yet???

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  • Golf memorabilia post and pre-war

    Posted on July 25, 2011 by Selby

    Hand signed golf memorabilia post and pre- war

    Collecting hand signed golf memorabilia can be a great hobby or small business for the golf enthusiast as you are able to combine following your golfing heroes with building a golf memorabilia collection.

    Due to the nature of golf I have always found players to be most considerate and obliging when it comes to signing autographs and meeting enthusiasts, the cost of attending events and tournaments can well be compensated for by the increasing value of your collection.

    The Open is the obvious choice followed by internationals, amateur championships and senior events.

    Early records show golf as first being played in Scotland where it was banned by James 11 who regarded it as an unwelcome distraction to archery. Early Scottish golf courses were primarily links courses, soil covered sand dunes close to the beach and often crossed by a railway line hence the term golf links, particularly applied to seaside courses.

    Categories and specialised areas

    As with collecting any sports memorabilia it is always prudent to specialise in a nominated category, categories are defined as pre-war and post war, golf collectables from the late 1940s although desirable will not usually merit the value of earlier examples.

    Once would be collectors have established which era they will concentrate on they need to consider where to specialise, examples would include books, balls, clubs, rare autographs, hand signed pin flags, photos, prints, course maps and tournament programmes.

    It is always important to consider the condition of sports memorabilia, although one must be realistic and bear in mind age and usage, by the very nature of collecting clubs  balls and apparel wear is acceptable.

    Golf memorabilia which I have personally collated would include the following popular modern players Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Lee Trevino , Rory, Darren the list goes on, it is all about personal choice and opportunity.

    Pre-war players would include Henry Cotton, Alf Perry, Bobby Jones, Jim Barnes, Harry Varden,Tom Morris Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan to name but a few that I have been particularly interested in.


     Golf memorabilia sales and auctions

    Sports memorabilia auctions are always a favourite of mine as they usually include lots of cricket, rugby and football collectables which are also of interest to me.

    A good start would be Knights sporting auctions or Bonham’s auctions Chester.

    It is important to do your research make sure you order an auction brochure prior to the event and compare items for sale against prices previously realised.

    Attend the sale for viewing check the provenance and condition of the items you have researched and list them, remember not to get carried away when bidding as the bid price can be way above the guide price quoted in the brochure. Write down a maximum you will bid up to and stick to it, not forgetting you will also be paying up to 25% in commission and incidental fees.

    Check out the terms and conditions

    Online bidding

    When bidding online the costs are higher and in my opinion you really need to attend the viewing and sale.

    If you have to bid on eBay it is important to research the vendor and always ask for formal authentication, UACC or AFTAL.

    I cannot emphasis enough the buyer beware syndrome which appertains to popular internet sites

    I have recently written an article which you can find on my website called Rare autographs real of fake, I strongly advise you to read this.

    Good luck with your collecting and let me know how you get on.

    Tony Selby





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  • Open Golf at Sandwich

    Posted on July 16, 2011 by Selby

    Still watching DC

    My money was on Sergio 28/1 paddy power paid on first 7 places not an easy one

    Good luck a well deserved day and he practised through the winter at portrush it paid off.  good move.

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