Offered here is one of the rarest and most desirable all golf collectibles: a 1934 program to the inaugural Masters Tournament. It is generally accepted that there are only approximately two dozen surviving examples of this historic piece, the majority of which are in poor condition. This is the first we have ever offered and we cannot recall having seen more than three or four other examples at auction in the past fifteen years. It should be noted that official programs were only issued for the Masters Tournament during its first two years, which only adds to the stature of this iconic inaugural example. The forty-four page program (8.5 x 11 inches), displaying a light-green cover, features portrait photos of forty-two club members, including all of the officers: Bobby Jones (president), Alfred Severin Bourne (vice-president), Louis Alphonse Berckmans (treasurer), and Fielding Wallace (secretary). A full-page memorial is also dedicated to Dr. Alister Mackenzie, the course designer. Profusely illustrated with photos of the course, as well as an analysis of all eighteen holes. Both the front and back cover display a preprinted return mailing label of a former owner (the label on the back cover is partially detached. Moderate handling wear is evident throughout, including a small circular stain at the base of the front cover, light cover creases, and a few minor pencil notations on the interior pages. The two original binding staples are present and both the covers and interior pages remain firmly bound. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall and in superior condition compared to the few others we have seen. This is an outstanding example of this elusive program and one of the few sports collectibles that transcends the hobby. Opening Bid $2,500. Estimate $7,500+.
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