Wow, it’s amazing how much of an impact the great Sam Snead still has on golf fans around of the world. During an auction in Dallas, some of “Slammin Sammy’s” most valuable possessions were sold at whopping prices which is a rarity for golf items according to the Examiner. It was reported that his 1949 Masters trophy was the highest selling item getting sold for $143,000 while his 1969 Ryder Cup came in a close second selling for $131,000. The intriguing thing about the 1949 Masters trophy is that it was the PGA Tour all-time wins leader’s first Masters victory. Other things that were sold at the auction were Sammy’s 1946 British Open medal and his 1949 PGA Championship Wanamaker trophy both selling at $101,575 each. There were also over 3,000 signed personal checks of the golf legend as well that sold for $34,058 and finally, his sand wedge that was used to beat the great Ben Hogan that famous 1954 Masters playoff which was sold for $26,290.
So it shows that the dude with arguably the greatest looking swing in golf history can compete with other big value items at auctions. It’s hard to see any sports memorabilia let alone golf memorabilia go up against expensive art pieces and antiques of sorts. I love Sam Snead although sadly I never got to see him play as I am way too young but I know all of the amazing things he’s done and I know he truly was one of the greats of the game. It’s great to see his items go for such demand as to me it’s like a sense of respect because they know how great he was and they know how valuable his trophies are. Simply amazing and let’s hope that the fine folks that won the bids on these items takes great care of them to honor one of the greatest athletes who ever lived.
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