Justin Rose won the Olympic gold medal for golf on Sunday. It was the first time the sport was part of the Games since 1904.
When golf disappeared from the Olympics, so too did the awards associated with it. Back in 1904, when the Games were held in St. Louis, trophies were handed out to winners rather than the gold, silver and bronze medals we know today.
Recently, one of those trophies surfaced and is now at Green Jacket Auctions. With the discovery of this trophy, there are now only six golf trophies from the 1904 Olympics known to exist, and 3 of those reside in museums.
There are two 1904 Olympic Gold trophies in the auction, including a smaller size model.
1904 Olympic Golf consisted of several different events: Individual Match Play; 36 Hole Team Play; Special Handicap Cup; Putting Championship; and Long Drive.
The larger trophy could be worth as much as $50,000 but as of now has no bids at the $5,000 minimum. The smaller trophy carries a $500 open. Bidding continues through August 20.
Heritage Auctions says it could break the record for a two-day auction total later this month.
It’s selling several high-grade vintage rookie cards including a 1916 Babe Ruth rookie graded PSA 7 that is already at $660,000 with the buyer’s premium and a 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan PSA 10 that is sitting at over $400,000. Those are just two of multiple “best known examples” up for bid.
Auction Director Chris Ivy says any time more record-setting dollars are attained, “the calls from top collectors increase. We have literally dozens of six-figure lots on offer as a result.”
Bidding for one of only two PSA 8 1909 E90-1 Joe Jackson rookie cards has passed $340,000 at SCP Auctions. A PSA 9 T206 Cobb ‘bat off shoulder’ has soared past $226,000. Bidding continues through next Saturday.
Ichiro added to his legacy at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum by donating artifacts from his 3,000th hit – a triple on Sunday, Aug. 7 in the Miami Marlins’ game against the Colorado Rockies in Denver. As we showed you last week, Ichiro donated several game-worn artifacts used during his 3,000-hit at-bat. Included were his road jersey and pants, spikes, batting gloves, wrist bands, elbow guard and even his socks.
They’ll l be on display in the Museum’s Whole New Ballgame exhibit beginning Tuesday, Aug. 16.