Offered here is Sam Snead's actual winner's trophy from the 1954 Masters Tournament. The duel between Sam Snead and Ben Hogan at 1954 Masters Tournament was an all-time classic, with an extra 18 playoff holes needed to separate the two Champions. Bobby Jones himself stated that the Monday playoff was "the greatest round of golf I've ever seen."
Though everyone is familiar with today’s iconic “clubhouse” trophy awarded to Masters Champions – that trophy actually didn’t start being awarded until 1993. Immediately before that was a bas-relief wood and silver trophy. But it takes a true historian to recall the prior trophy awarded to Masters Champions – a sterling silver cigar humidor intricately engraved with the signatures of the event’s participants.
To our knowledge, this is the 2nd original Masters Tournament Champion's humidor trophy to be offered for public sale (See Winter 2013 Auction, Billy Casper's Masters Humidor Trophy sold for $88,809), and a third that traded hands for a rather lofty sum in a private transaction.
Sam Snead's silver clubhouse trophy for the 1954 Masters Tournament, which was retroactively awarded to him in the 1990s, sold at auction in 2013 for $191,200. The presented trophy, however, is Snead's original from the 1954 Masters and has even greater collecting appeal.
The trophy is engraved in the front:
“PRESENTED TO SAM SNEAD, WINNER, MASTERS TOURNAMENT 1954.”
That engraving is flanked by the facsimile signatures of Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. The other 3 sides of the trophy are engraved with the facsimile signatures of Snead’s competitors in the 1954 Masters Tournament, including Ben Hogan. The sterling silver trophy measures 9 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 1 3/4.
Letter of Provenance from Sam Snead's son Jack Snead/Sam Snead Golf, Inc.