Lot # 9: Henry Picard's 1938 Masters Tournament Champion's Trophy

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Item was in Auction "Spring 2017 Auction",
which ran from 3/22/2017 5:00 PM to
4/8/2017 8:00 PM



Surely only the most advanced golf historians can correctly name the 4 Champion's trophies awarded at the Masters Tournament in its history:

(1) the current silver clubhouse trophy;

(2) the bas-relief wood and silver trophy;

(3) the silver humidor trophy; and

(4) the silver plaque trophy

Offered here is Henry Picard's 1938 Masters Tournament winner's trophy. This is the earliest Masters Tournament trophy to ever reach the auction block.

For the first 8 years of its existence, the Masters Tournament didn't offer a trophy to its winner at all. That changed in 1942 when Clifford Roberts ordered 8 sterling silver plaques - one to award to that year's 1942 Masters Tournament Champion, and 7 to award retroactively to the seven prior Masters Tournament winners (Horton Smith won twice, but was only given one trophy). And when Byron Nelson won the 1942 Masters Tournament, the frugal Clifford Roberts did not award Nelson that 8th trophy - to save money he simply had "1942" added to Nelson's plaque. This extremely cost-effective practice would continue for additional repeat winners. Augusta National would copy this idea of retroactively awarding "trophies" when 7 years later a green jacket was first awarded to the 1949 Masters Champion and 9 others for the past Champions.

This original Henry Picard Masters Tournament winner's trophy measures 7 1/2" x 9 1/2".

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