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Bobby Jones Signed Golf Ball

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $4,060.00

Extremely rare golf ball signed by the legendary Bobby Jones. Jones has inscribed the ball (manufacturer unknown) in black ink "With Best Wishes - Sincerely - Bob Jones." Bobby Jones signed golf balls represent one the great rarities of golf collecting. Very few examples are known, literally a handful, and this is the first and only example we have ever offered. A comparable signed item relating to baseball would be a single-signed Babe Ruth ball, though there is no comparison in terms of rarity, as Ruth signed literally thousands of baseballs during his lifetime. Golf balls, understandably, have always been far less popular for signing, especially long ago before the modern era of collecting. A golf ball may be one of the most difficult surfaces upon which to script one's name; however, Jones' penmanship looks quite natural upon the small sphere. There is a slight abrasion affecting a small portion of the second "B" in "Bob" and the "J" in "Jones," otherwise, the signature and inscription both grade "6." The entire ball has been mounted (half the ball is hidden within a recessed hole) on a wooden plaque (6 x 8 inches) that is lettered "Worlds Greatest Golfer" along the base. Jones, of course, was one of the greatest golfers ever to set foot upon the links and in 1930 he accomplished one of the most amazing feats in sports history by winning all four "majors" in one season (the U.S. Open, U.S. Amateur, British Open and British Amateur). While his accomplishments, which include thirteen "major" championships over the course of seven years (1923-30), speak for themselves, his legendary status is due equally to the unusual circumstances of his career. Jones played golf more for the love of the sport rather than the accolades or money. In fact, he often only played a few months out of the year. Even more shocking was his decision to retire at the age of 28, while he was still at the peak of his career. Following his retirement he produced instructional videos and helped found both Augusta National and the prestigious Masters Tournament. In 1948 he was diagnosed with syringomyelia, a rare degenerative disease of the central nervous system that confined him to a wheelchair for most of his later years. He died in 1971 at the age of 69. The ball is lightly soiled and displays minor crazing throughout. Very Good condition overall. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $2,000/$4,000. SOLD FOR $4,060.00

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