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.
Park Mesh Gutty Golf Ball from the Harry B. Wood Collection
Park Mesh gutty golf ball was part of the famous Harry B. Wood collection. It bears the well-recognized small
bearing Wood's handwritten notation. Quite spectacularly, Wood created a drawing of the rectangular PARK logo on his label. 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 rare PARK mesh gutty golf ball is in very good condition, and retains 95% of its original paint. Harry B. Wood's original label is in Good condition and contains an extraordinary drawing of the Park stamp.