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.
Ayres International Mesh Gutty from the Harry B. Wood Collection
FH Ayres International mesh gutty golf ball 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. Many of Wood’s original labels have, quite
reasonably, aged poorly over the past 100+ years. But not this example,
which is in very good condition and still very legible. 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 ball has a small piece missing on the back, though is otherwise in remarkable condition. Extremely impressive and bold "FH AYRES INTERNATIONAL" round stamp. The Harry B. Wood label is in Exellent condition and very legible.