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LOT: 8     1935 Masters Program

 


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CURRENT BID:     $10,573.00

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Start: 11/25/2014 6:00:00 PM EST

End: 12/13/2014 8:00:00 PM EST

 

STARTING BID:     $500.00

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1935 Masters Program

    Offered here is a truly exemplary example of the rare 1935 Masters Program - from when the tournament was still called the Augusta National Invitation Tournament. Of the handful of 1935 Masters Programs that are known, this certainly ranks among the finest. As you can see from the photos below, despite being 78 years old, the colors on the front cover are bold and allow this piece to display magnificently. Overall, the binding on the program is tight, and the pages are in exceptional condition, save for a some light water damage on the inside cover and first two pages. The rest of the pages are in excellent condition and any shadows you see in the pictures are because while photographing the program it can't be laid flat as this would cause damage to the tight, sound binding. This is further evidence of the remarkable shape of the program. The back cover is also strong, with a very small water stain at the spine. Overall, we are very pleased with the condition of this program, which is arguably a higher grade than the two prior 1935 Masters Programs that we have previously offered for sale.   

    The Masters Tournament famously issued Programs for only the first two years of the tournament's existence, before resuming the practice in the early 1990s. These first two Programs have reached iconic status in golf circles - the most prominent examples from the small invitational that would one day become the greatest tournament in golf. The Program from the 1st Masters Tournament, the stunning green 1934 Augusta National Invitation Tournament Program, often gets most of the attention, and deservedly so. But to many collectors, there is nothing quite like the famous 1935 Masters Program. Astute collectors know that as many as two dozen or more 1934 Masters Programs are known to exist. While that is exceedingly rare by any standard, it actually pales in comparison to the rarity of the 1935 Masters Program. It is widely believed that as few as 6 surviving examples may exist. Even allowing for a handful that are quietly tucked away in collections or that have yet to be discovered, there are almost certainly less than a dozen authentic examples in the world. The primary reason for this is that far fewer Programs were produced for the 1935 Augusta National Invitation Tournament - likely due to the fact Augusta National over-ordered the 1934 Program. A fair number of 1934 Programs were left over after the inaugural tournament, prompting Augusta National to actually insert the final tournament scores into the leftover Programs and continue to distribute them throughout the year (these leftover Programs with the final score sheet represents approximately 1/4 to 1/3 of known surviving 1934 Masters Programs). The fact that this did not happen in 1935, and due to the extreme scarcity of the 1935 Program compared to its predecessor, we can be relatively certain that Augusta National ordered the 1935 Program in far fewer quantities.

    Gene Sarazen, of course, recorded the Shot Heard Round the World, a double eagle on the 15th hole on Sunday, and the rest is history. The next day everyone was talking about Bobby Jones' invitational tournament down in Augusta, Georgia. Since this was years before souvenirs were ever produced, the 1935 Program, along with the handful of known 1935 tickets, are the only pieces of memorabilia from the historic 1935 Masters that exist.

   

 
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