Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – The Golf Heritage Society (GolfHeritage.org) is pleased to present its trade show, the largest of its kind for golf collectibles, at the 2023 GHS National Convention, to be held Oct. 11-14 in Lexington, Kentucky. The ever-popular trade show, with over 100 tables of golf memorabilia for viewing, sale or trade, will take place Saturday, Oct.14. While the convention is for GHS members only, the trade show is free and open to the public.
“The trade show will offer items of interest to golfers of every age and income level,” said Dr. Bern Bernacki, president of the Society. “Golf collecting is a ‘hot’ market these days, and finding a treasure is an exciting challenge.
“For those who love golf history, attending the trade show is like being a kid in a candy store. Most golfers are collectors, even if they don’t consider themselves as such.
“It usually begins with scorecards, pencils and/or ball markers from courses they’ve played. If you have more than two, you have a collection.”
Even the most modest collections create a greater connection for golfers to the game. Golf collectibles come in all price ranges, from tens of dollars to thousands of dollars for truly rare items. So there’s ample opportunity for new collectors to have fun within a budget.
Collectibles categories include art, autographs, books, balls, clubs, club histories, ceramics, glass, silver, medals, magazines, postcards, programs, statuary, tees, tournament memorabilia and trophies.
The vibrancy of the golf memorabilia collecting market is reflected in the following selective 2023 auction results.
Information courtesy of Pure Golf Auctions:
1935 Par Golf 5cent Pinball machine: $7,500
1566 Book of Collection of Acts of Parliament, Earliest mention of golf in print: $4,500
1934 Walker Cup Program signed by Francis Ouimet and team: $3,500
Information courtesy of The Golf Auction:
Tiger Woods’s Pro Debut 1996 GMO Hole-in-One Sunday Official PGA Used Scorecard: $125,165.50
1930’s Augusta National Golf Club Original Photo of Bobby Jones & Wendell P. Miller Surveying Construction Grounds: $42,605.34
Payne Stewart’s 1993 Masters Tournament Hole No. 15 Crystal Steuben Eagle Glass: $6,943.95
Arnold Palmer Signed 1958 Saturday Masters Saturday Ticket #3028: $6,962.07
Jack Nicklaus’s 1960’s Match Used MacGregor Tommy Armour SS1 Irons – given to his caddie Angelo (Letter): $67,192.46
In addition to the trade show, the 2023 GHS National Convention will include golf, presentations and seminars, receptions and an awards banquet.
About the Golf Heritage Society
Founded in 1970, the GHS is a global nonprofit organization that honors and preserves golf’s history. GHS membership benefits include invitations to local and regional events as well as the annual national convention; the celebrated quarterly magazine, The Golf; the GHS member directory; over 50 years of GHS archives; invitations to live Zoom presentations by notable individuals in golf; the Gazette, with features about golf history; the Newswire, with monthly updates about GHS activities; and – best of all – unrivaled camaraderie with others who value the history and traditions of the game.
For information or to join the GHS, visit GolfHeritage.org.
Golf Heritage Society to Present Collectibles Trade Show at National Convention
Sally J. Sportsman