This is one of golf collecting’s great treasures - an authentic signed golf ball of the great Walter Hagen.
As any advanced autograph collector will tell you, there is a massive void in the autograph market when it comes to vintage signed golf balls. There are a couple primary reasons for this. For one, before the invention of the Sharpie and similar markers, signing an attractive autograph on a golf ball was extremely difficult. And no doubt because of this, getting golf balls autographed was simply not popular. Secondly, of the balls that were autographed by the likes of Bobby Jones, Walter Hagen and other early stars, the large majority of those signatures have completely faded over the years. Again, the surface of early golf balls, combined with the writing implements of the day did not make for an ideal pairing.
It is as a result of these issues that make the offered Hagen example is so special.
In the past 13 years of auctions and over 20,000 items sold, we have only sold one other Walter Hagen autographed golf ball. This is also the finest example we’ve ever seen.
Letter of Authenticity from Green Jacket Auctions (GJA).
Letter of Authenticity from James Spence Authentication (JSA)