There are only a handful of pieces of modern sports memorabilia that we can be relatively certain will be collected for centuries - Babe Ruth's bat; Muhammad Ali's gloves; Michael Jordan's jerseys. When it comes to golf, there's one such item that we would add to the list - Tiger Woods' Scotty Cameron putter.
Offered here is one of Tiger Woods' actual Scotty Cameron putters from 2000 - produced by Scotty for Tiger himself in the midst of the Tiger Slam. Now, this was not the putter that Tiger used to win 13 Major Championships; that putter is still owned by Tiger. Green Jacket Auctions' Ryan Carey was recently interviewed for a piece on the Golf Channel with Tiger, and Ryan valued that putter at $3,000,000-$5,000,000. The offered putter is what's famously known as a Tiger Woods "back-up" - a putter produced for Tiger to practice with and experiment with should he decide to switch putters, or should something happen to the original putter and a backup needed to be called into duty. According to Scotty Cameron, he only produced 1 or 2 "back-up" putters for Tiger each year they worked together. Tiger would often try out the back-ups, and even practice with them to ensure they were to his liking, but (so the legend goes) Tiger only used his one trusty gamer in actual tournament play.
As you can imagine, since only a small handful of Tiger Woods Scotty Cameron back-up putters were ever produced, even fewer have ever reached the collector market. Surely any Tiger Woods putter is highly valuable, but offered here is a true putter of Tiger's from 2000 - when Tiger was at his peak. As far as we know, the most recent early 2000s Tiger Woods backup putters to reach the collector market were (1) 2015 private sale for $60,000 to a collector in Japan, and (2) Green Jacket Auctions' sale of one for $44,401 in our Spring 2018 Auction.
This putter comes with a certificate of authenticity from Scotty Cameron, who describes it as "Made for Tiger Woods."