Billy Casper’s 1970 Masters Tournament Winner’s Trophy
We are pleased to offer one of the finest pieces of memorabilia ever to grace our auction block – Billy Casper’s actual winner’s trophy from the 1970 Masters Tournament.
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 trophy that was awarded from the early ‘70s until 1992. 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 one of only two original Masters Tournament trophies ever to be offered for public sale, though we do know of one that traded hands for a rather lofty sum in a private transaction.
The trophy is engraved in the front:
“PRESENTED TO BILLY CASPER, JR, WINNER, MASTERS TOURNAMENT 1970.”
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 Casper’s competitors in the 1970 Masters Tournament, including Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Tom Watson, as well as former champs like Henry Picard, Gene Sarazen, and Herman Keiser. The sterling silver trophy measures 9 1/4" x 5 1/2" x 1 3/4 and was made by jeweler Cartier. It should be noted that the trophy has a typo; it accidentally states “Atlanta” National Golf Club under Bobby Jones’ name. Until we brought this to the attention of the Caspers, they had never even noticed.
Originally obtained from the Casper Family per an arrangement Green Jacket Auctions had with Billy Casper before he passed away