Lot # 36: 1930 "Bobby" Jones and O.B. Keeler Signed Grand Slam Photograph

Category: Photographs

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

Bids: 15 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2018 Winter Auction",
which ran from 11/20/2018 5:00 PM to
12/8/2018 7:00 PM

As far are autographed Bobby Jones photos go, it simply does not get much better than this. This is one of the most well known, yet most elusive photographs of Bobby Jones - posing with OB Keeler with his Major Championship trophies after winning the Grand Slam in 1930. For some reason, 1st generation photographs of this image are extraordinarily rare, and we mainly encounter later, blurrier versions. When 1st generation photos like this come up for auction, even unsigned copies sell for thousands of dollars.

Even better, this rare 1930 photograph is autographed by both O.B. Keeler and Bobby Jones. But it's not just any Bobby Jones autograph, Jones signed the photograph "Bobby" Jones, which he almost never did. Jones himself detested the name "Bobby," which surely accounts for why only a handful of "Bobby" autographs have ever surfaced. And when they do, they were always written to someone with an intimate relationship to Jones.

The inscriptions on this photograph likely tell us exactly why Jones broke from his norm and signed "Bobby" Jones. This photograph is addressed to one of Bobby Jones' closest friends, the Mayor of East Lake, Tom Paine. Even in O.B. Keeler's incritpion on this photo, Keeler refers to Paine as the "Third Musketeer."


Full Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA

Full Letter of Authenticity from James Spence Authentication (JSA)