1931 W. A. & A. C. Churchman "Prominent Golfers" (Small) Complete PSA-Graded Set (50)

Sold For: $960

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 2091

Item Year: 1931

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Superb high-grade complete fifty-card set of 1931 W. A. & A. C. Churchman "Prominent Golfers" small-variety cards, highlighted by Hall of Famers Walter Hagen, Bobby Jones, Francis Ouimet, Gene Sarazen, and Harry Vardon. Each card features a caricature of a professional golfer with a detailed background, and the golfer's name along the bottom. Inscribed as "A Series of 50" on the reverse, this small-card variety of "Prominent Golfers" is scarce and complements its larger-format 12-card version of the same year. Each card has been graded and encapsulated by PSA, and the complete set currently ranks fifteenth on the PSA Set Registry with an overall 6.21 GPA. The PSA grades are as follows: NM-MT 8 (3 cards): #17, 28, and 32. NM+ 7.5 (1 card): #46 R. Wethered. NM 7 (10 cards): #15, 16 Hagen, 21, 25 Jones, 26, 35 Sarazen, 36, 38, 43, and 47. EX-MT+ 6.5 (11 cards): #6, 11, 13, 19, 20, 22, 31 Ouimet, 39, 40, 42 Vardon, and 44. EX-MT 6: (12 cards) #4, 10, 12, 14, 23, 29, 33, 37, 41, 45, 48, and 49. EX+ 5.5 (3 cards): #3, 7, and 27. EX 5 (4 cards): #2, 8, 18, and 24. VG-EX+ 4.5 (1 card): #5 Braid. VG-EX 4 (3 cards): #9, 30, and 50. VG 3 (2 cards): #1 and 34. Compared to vintage baseball cards, golf cards are beginning to be recognized as offering an outstanding value. This is an extraordinary high-grade complete set of one of the premier golf sets of the era. The SMR value for just forty-four of the cards (excluding the six cards graded less than EX and factoring in the fifteen half-grades at the lower whole-grade level) is $2,200. Total: 50 cards. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000++.


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