Do you love golf? If you’re a long-time golf fan, you may have thought about collecting golf memorabilia or even golf pictures of one sort or another. If you’ve been thinking about creating a collection of golf collectibles, these practical tips can help you ensure that your golf pictures, golf art and golf memorabilia is one worth having and displaying.
What Is Golf Memorabilia?
Golf memorabilia encompasses almost anything to do with the celebrity side of golf – golfer autographs, paintings of famous golf courses, photographs of the legends of golf, autographed flags from various golf tournaments, golf cartoons and golf art all qualify. Autographed golfer photos are among the most popular golf collectibles, particularly those signed by legendary golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Robert “Bobby” Jones. These are some of the most popular types of golf memorabilia available on the market today.
Golf Course Art
Decorate a den or executive dining room with a beautiful picture of a golf course. Paintings by famous golf artists like Linda Hartough or Marci Rule are both golf pictures and beautiful landscapes in their own right. Both women have painted well-known series that include some of the best-known holes on the most famous golf courses in the world, such as Augusta #12, the Golden Bell hole at Augusta National Golf Club. If you choose to concentrate on collecting golf course art, get to know the best painters and look for signed and numbered limited series.
Photographs of famous golfers are always popular with collectors – and never as popular as when they include golfer autographs. Many of the most wanted golf pictures include golf legends in the middle of a golf swing, addressing the ball or snapped at the end of their swing follow-through. In fact, photos of the Ben Hogan golf swing are among the most reproduced golf pictures of all time. The most valuable photographs are those that have not been widely circulated, or that have a special significance, such as the photograph of Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer settling up on a bet on the golf course.
Golf photos aren’t the only type of autographed golf memorabilia. Course flags from the Masters Tournament and many other golf tournaments often end up in framed displays, often bearing the signatures of the tournament winners alongside a photo of the golfer taken during the tournament. These golf collectibles tend to have a high value because there are only a few of them available each year. If you’re considering buying an autographed piece of golf memorabilia, be sure to have the signature authenticated.
In addition to golfer photographs and golf course art, there are humorous golf pictures, golf advertisements and golf cartoons. Any of them could fit into the decorating scheme of your family room, den or golf room. If you’re in the market for any type of golf memorabilia, work with a respected dealer who can provide you with certificates of authenticity.