The terms rare, unique,
and one-of-a-kind get thrown around quite often in the collecting community;
oftentimes referring to items that aren't all that special to begin with.
Presented here is an item that truly lives up to its billing. This is
unquestionably the Holy Grail of golf autographs. Bobby Jones may be the father
of golf in the United States, but when it comes to all-time historical golf
figures, Old Tom Morris is the grandfather. Old Tom Morris held his post
as greenskeeper at St. Andrews until 1904. In the later part of his life,
after already becoming a celebrity of sorts in golfing communities, Old Tom
Morris was known to sign autographs for visitors to his St. Andrews shop,
located just to the right of the 18th green of the Old Course. Old Tom
would famously sign postcards for anyone whom purchased one in his shop.
For this reason, the majority of known Old Tom Morris signatures are on
postcards bearing his likeness. This is an exquisite postcard dating from
the later part of the 19th Century. The signature is clear and crisp and
it's unlikely a better one could be found. There are some pieces of golf
memorabilia that are simply collectibles; others are a piece of history.
The winner of this auction will undoubtedly own a piece of golf history, and the
man who started it all, Old Tom Morris.
Added to Description on March 28:
We have just learned that this exact signed Old Tom Morris postcard was sold in July 1990 at prestiguous Phillips Auction House in the U.K. This piece was Lot #446 in that Golfing Memorabilia Sale. We have also gotten a quick Opinion from PSA/DNA, the premier third part authenticator in the world. That's your assurance that you're buying an unquestionable authentic autograph. The winner can upgrade this opinion to a full PSA Letter Of Authenticity.
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