Bobby Jones Rare Autograph

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  • September 30, 2012
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You might read more about rare and desirable baseball, football, basketball and hockey cards here than anything else, but Just Collect loves memorabilia too.  We especially like autographed items featuring iconic athletes from days gone by. No 20 th century player’s autograph is more desirable than that of Bobby Jones.  This week, we’re offering one of those rare Jones signatures on a color photo cut from a magazine and fully authenticated by PSA/DNA. A 1930s era Jones signed golf ball sold for over $55,000 last year so our Buy it Now price of $3,000 looks pretty good! Jones died in 1971 at age 69 and golf collectors scramble to find quality examples of his signature.  In ill health for many years following the end of his brief but legendary playing career, Jones wasn't nearly as accessible as guys like Jack Nicklaus or Arnold Palmer.  In fact, later in his life, holding a pen was impossible.  Determined to still be able to honor autograph requests and sign documents, he improvised, sticking a pen through a tennis ball, gripping it and creating his signature that way.   It’s a remarkable story but typical of Jones’ attitude toward life. It is his contributions to the game, namely his unyielding sportsmanship and the creation of Augusta National Golf Club and subsequent development of the Masters  in the 1930s, that are revered by fans today.  Jones won 13 major championships and remains one of 20 th century sport’s most enduring figures. The photo shows Jones riding in a golf cart, dressed in a green jacket, along the course during a tournament.  It measures 4 ¼ x 6” in size and has fold lines and some creases, but Jones’ ink signature is strong.  We’re excited about the opportunity to offer golf fans and collectors the chance to add such a terrific and rare piece to their collection.

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