balls are perhaps the hottest golf memorabilia in the world right now.
To longtime collectors, this will not be a surprise, as golf balls were
once the crème de la crème of the golf world. Finally, after years of
being overlooked, golf balls seem poised for their rightful return to
prominence. And rightful it is. Most historians agree – it was the ball,
not the club, that most influenced the game of golf. Our last auction
saw 2 individual balls sell for over $30,000 each, as well as other golf
balls sell for $14,000 and $8,000, respectively. And there are reports
that a scarce “Paterson’s Composite” golf ball recently traded hands
privately for a whopping $200,000 – the highest price ever paid for a
in this auction is one of the finest groupings of rare golf balls ever
assembled for a single sale. Many of these balls were the centerpieces
of the most important golf ball book ever written, The Story of the Golf Ball (2003) by Kevin McGimpsey. McGimpsey’s book is the Bible for golf ball collectors, and rightfully so.
Circa 1888 Eclipse Patent "Composite" Golf Ball
Presented here is a
scarce circa 1888 Eclipse Patent "Composite" golf ball. Eclipse Patent golf balls were made of a composition of gutta percha, leather shavings, and iron fillings in order to supposedly create a softer and more durable golf ball. The ball
retains 100% of its original paint. This exact ball
is pictured on pages 26 and 185, and on plates XIII and XV in The Story of the Golf Ball (2003) by Kevin McGimpsey.