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LOT: 3     Doug Ford's 1957 Masters Champion's Green Jacket w/ Ford Letter




FINAL BID:     $65,704.80

(Reserve met)

Start: 8/23/2010 12:00:00 PM EST

End: 9/12/2010 11:11:53 AM EST


STARTING BID:     $1,000.00

BID COUNT: 0 (Bid History)

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Actual Masters Champion's Green Jacket from Doug Ford

        All golfer's know the story - Masters Champions are only allowed to keep the Green Jackets for one year, and must return to Augusta National with their Green Jacket the following year when they defend their Masters title. Other than that, the Green Jackets are not to leave the premises. There are no exceptions. That oft-told story is true. Well, sorta.

        Augusta National Golf Club was not always so protective over the Green Jackets. At least not until 1962, when Gary Player famously balked at the new rule requiring the return of his Green Jacket that he received for winning the 1961 Masters Tournament. Since that time, virtually every other Masters Champion has honored Augusta's strict Green Jacket policy (The Standard Observer reported in 2002 that Seve Ballesteros also refused to return his Green Jacket to Augusta National).

        But the part of the story that is rarely told is what happened to the Green Jackets that were awarded from 1949 (when the first Green Jacket was presented to Sam Snead) to 1960 (the year before the new Green Jacket rules were put in place by Augusta National).

        Presented here is one of those Green Jackets. This is the actual Green Jacket awarded to Doug Ford for winning the 1957 Masters Tournament, and it comes with a letter from Doug Ford himself. As Mr. Ford explains in the letter that accompanies this great piece, he was given a stock Green Jacket to wear during the awards ceremony immediately following his 1957 Masters Tournament victory. He was then measured, and this Green Jacket was waiting for him when he came to Augusta National for the 1958 Masters Tournament. Doug Ford brought this Green Jacket home with him after the 1958 Masters Tournament, where it resided before deciding to part with it in 2005. As so succinctly put by Doug Ford in his letter, "[t]his jacket and what it represents has been one of the highlights of my career."

        It goes without saying that this is one of the most significant pieces of Masters Tournament history ever offered for sale. Accompanying this lot is a handwritten letter from Masters Champion Doug Ford (which is also signed/witnessed by his son). It also comes with a detailed letter of authenticity from Green Jacket Auctions.

**UPDATE - 9/8/10** We have added a photograph of the letter of authenticity, which has been signed by 1957 Masters Tournament Champion Doug Ford himself. This Masters Champion Green Jacket was purchased by Green Jacket Auctions President Ryan Carey directly from Doug Ford (through a mutual acquaintance) in 2005 and has remained in his possession ever since. The letter also refers to photos of Doug Ford wearing this Green Jacket, which were taken at the time of purchase. These photos are also included with this Green Jacket, but are of rather poor quality, so they have not been pictured here**

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STARTING BID: $1,000.00
CURRENT BID: $54,754.00

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