Lot 327. 38 Golf Autographs, 33 by HoFers – Casper, Trevino, Chapman, Hagge, Rankin, Etc. Twelve of these signatures are by men and 11 by women in the World Golf Hall of Fame. In addition, some important non-HoFers signed. The autographs are nm-m 8 and better on 3” x 5” unlined index cards. The men HoF golfers are Billy Casper (died 2015), Bob Charles (signature on a card with space for career information), Roberto De Vicenzo (government postcard postmarked 1951), Raymond Floyd, Tom Kite, Gene Littler (personalized, yellow card), Johnny Miller, Kel Nagle (d. 2015), Juan “Chi Chi” Rodriguez, Peter Thomson, Lee Trevino and Lanny Wadkins. The woman HoF members are Amy Alcott, Donna Caponi, JoAnne Carner, Marlene Hagge, Juli Inkster, Nancy Lopez (yellow card), Carol Mann (information card), Judy L. Rankin, Betsy Rawls (3 x 5 paper), Louise Suggs (3 x 5 paper) and Kathy Whitworth. There are five additional autographs – George Archer (d. 2005), Dick Chapman (with personalization that could be matted out), Jim Ferrier (d. 1986), Sandy Somerville (d. 1991) and Tom Weiskopf. Casper won 51 PGA Tour events (seventh all time), including three majors, and was ranked as the 15th greatest golfer of all time by “Golf Digest” in 2000. Charles was the first left-hander to win a major tournament, the British Open in 1963. De Vicenzo won the British Open in 1967. Thomson captured the British Open five times, four in the 1950s. Trevino is among a group of only four golfers to win the U.S. Open, the British Open and the PGA Championship twice. Alcott triumphed in 20 LPGA tournaments, including five majors. Carner’s accomplishments include 43 LPGA victories and three different USGA championships. Hagge was a successful pro and one of 13 women who established the LPGA in 1950. Inkster has won seven major LPGA tournaments. Rawls capture 55 LPGA events, including eight majors. Like Hagge, Suggs was a founding member of the LPGA. Chapman (d. 1978) was a leading amateur golfer. In fact, “Time” magazine called him the “Ben Hogan of amateur golf.” He played on three winning Walker Cup teams and is one of only two golfers to win the U.S., British and Canadian Amateur Championships. Somerville was a star among Canadian golfers. In 1932, the Canadian Press named him the country’s Athlete of the Year, and in 1950, he was selected as the top golfer of the first half of the 20th century. An impressive group of quality golf autographs. Kevin Keating authenticated the autographs.
Winning Bid $100
Lot 328. Byron Nelson Autographed 1973 Lincoln-Mercury Sports Poster. A member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, Nelson won five major tournaments – the Masters in 1937 and 1942, the U.S. Open in 1939 and the PGA Championship in 1940 and 1945. Generally, he is regarded as one of the top 20 golfers of all time. Nelson’s autograph is gem mint 10 on the 20” x 29 ½” poster, which presents multiple images of him and has various creases evident close-up. Nelson died in 2006. Kevin Keating authenticated the autograph.
Winning Bid $40