Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones Memorabilia Attract Collectors

Bobby Jones’ golf medals and Walter Hagen’s 1925 PGA Championship were among many legendary collectibles at Heritage’s Vintage Sports Signature Auction on November 11th this year.A stunning collection of rare and historic golf memorabilia, much of if hailing from the Philadelphia Private Golf Collection, garnered high bids along with other memorabilia, totaling $5.3 million.

The auction featured a quartet of early Bobby Jones amateur medals including his 1919 Southern Golf Association Open Runner-Up Silver Medal, one of the earliest pieces of Jones memorabilia ever made available to the public, and Walter Hagen’s 1925 PGA Championship Medal.

“This is the finest selection of treasures from golf Hall Of Famers ever offered to the public,” said Mike Gutierrez of Heritage. “It’s especially heavy with pieces connected to the great Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen, probably the best loved players of the early 20th Century.”

The four Bobby Jones Amateur Golf Medals in the auction, all of which originate from his estate, include the above-mentioned 1919 Southern Golf Association Open Runner-Up Silver Medal, which was won from a tournament the 17 year-old Jones finished second in by a single stroke to professional Jim Barnes, a PGA and U.S. Open Champion. The other three consist of Bobby Jones’s 1920 Western Golf Association Amateur Medal, reading “1920 Semi-Finalist Won by Robert T. Jones Jr.,” his 1921 Western Golf Association Open Silver Fourth Place Medal, reading “1921 Fourth Place Won by Robert T. Jones, Jr.” and his 1922 Southern Golf Association Team Amateur Medal, reading “Member of Winning Team, Amateur Championship Event, June 1922, Won by Robert T. Jones Jr.”

Bobby Jones’ four early winner’s medals for the event, each surpassed a price realized of $20,000, including a $33,460 price realized for Jones’ 1920 Western Golf Association Amateur Medal.

The auction’s top Walter Hagen lot, his 1925 PGA Championship Gold Medal, (one of the 11 majors he won in his storied career) sold for an astounding $62,738 and came with a story that is worthy of the great champion’s reputation.

Other Hagen treasures in the auction included his 1916 Shawnee Open Winner's Gold Medal, 1916 Metropolitan Open Championship Gold Medal, 1920 Metropolitan Championship Gold Medal and Hagen’s 1929 British Open Championship winning and Ryder Cup used golf bag, one of the most extraordinary Golden Age golfing artifacts to ever surface.

One of the auction’s most extraordinary and rarest collectibles was a circa 1790 massive Bunker Iron, which sold for $15,535. It’s very existence was a testament to the enduring quality of the club’s craftsmanship and the extraordinary history of the game of golf.

“Because clubs like this one were specially made by a blacksmith, they were quite expensive and few were made in the earliest days of golf,” said Gutierrez. “For this reason very few remain today, with approximately 70-75 in existence today dating prior to 1830, the majority of which are primarily owned by old Scottish or British golfing clubs, or else reside in golf museums, making this an incredible opportunity for a smart collector.”

Other notable items in the auction were a 1910s-20s Francis Ouimet Tournament Used Putter, Bobby Locke’s 1952 British Open Gold Championship Medal and an array of great material ranging from memorabilia belonging to Edward VIII, the Duke of Windsor, along with gold medals from Paul Runyon, Jess Sweetser, Bobby Jones’ personal photograph album from his estate, rare 19th century golf balls and extremely collectible golf porcelains and sterling silver awards.

1926 W512 #39 Walter Hagen Hand Cut PSA Authentic 585
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1928-1936 PSA & SGC GRADED GOLF CARDS!!! 7 TOTAL! WALTER HAGEN, BOBBY JONES!!!
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Bruce McGill Signed Walter Hagen 8x10 Photo PSA/DNA COA Legend of Bagger Vance
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1933 Sport Kings 8 Walter Hagen Golf PSA 1 (9634)
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1931 W A & A C CHURCHMAN - #33 WALTER HAGEN - SPORTING CELEBRITIES - PSA 8
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1927 WA&AC CHURCHMAN #14 WALTER HAGEN PSA 7 NM Famous Golfers Small
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1931 W A & A C CHURCHMAN - #16 WALTER HAGEN - PROMINENT GOLFERS SMALL - PSA 6
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1927 WA&AC Churchman Walter Hagen #14 Famous Golfers-Small PSA 6
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1932 Bulgaria Sport WALTER HAGEN #219 PSA 8.5 Sports Photos Amerika
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1927 Churchman Famous Golfers (small) - Walter Hagen #14 - PSA 7 Nm
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1930 MAJOR DRAPKIN & CO - #5 WALTER HAGEN - SPORTING CELEBRITIES - PSA 7
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1927 WA&AC CHURCHMAN #14 WALTER HAGEN PSA 7 NM Famous Golfers Small
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WALTER HAGEN 1932 BULGARIA SPORT PSA 4 +1931 CHURCHMAN PROMINENT GOLFERS PSA 5
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1933 Sport Kings 8 Walter Hagen Golf PSA 4 (1641)
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C82-66 Churchman, Men Moment, 1928, #26 Walter Hagen, Golf, PSA 7 NM
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1932 Bulgaria, WALTER HAGEN, Sport Photos-Amerika, PSA 8...GOLFER!
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Walter Hagen Hole In One Club Personally Autographed Golf Certificate PSA/DNA
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Walter Hagen Signed Autographed Cut - PSA/DNA Authenticated
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1933 Sport Kings, Walter Hagen, Golf, PSA-4, VG-EX. (5121)
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1932 Bulgaria Sport-Photo Walter Hagen Amerika PSA NM 7
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