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.
1899 Whitman & Barnes WB Diamond Golf Ball
Presented here is a
rare circa 1899 Whitman & Barnes Diamond pattern golf
ball. In the quest to develop the best (and best selling!) golf ball, golf ball makers in the late 1800s and early 1900s began experimenting with different patterns. The W&B diamond pattern is one of the earliest and most desirable. This scarce rubber core gutty ball is in high grade condition. This is the finest example that we've ever encountered.