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.
Silvertown with Orange Paint from the Harry B. Wood Collection
This scarce Silvertown golf ball with Orange Paint was part of the famous Harry B. Wood collection. It bears the well-recognized small
bearing Wood's handwritten notation. These labels were created by Wood
in order to display his grand collection of memorabilia in the late
1800s and very early 1900s. Harry
B. Wood began his collection in 1868, just two years after the Royal
& Ancient announced their own intentions to assemble a museum. Few
golf antiques share the provenance and history of items from the Harry
This exact ball
is pictured on plate XX in The Story of the Golf Ball (2003) by Kevin McGimpsey. The ball itself is in Good condition, though the retention of orange paint on the ball is remarkable. The Harry B. Wood sticker is in Good overall condition, partly legible.