Lot # 1: Sam Snead's 1949 Masters Tournament Trophy

Starting Bid: $25,000.00

Bids: 21 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring 2020 Auction",
which ran from 5/6/2020 7:30 PM to
5/23/2020 7:00 PM

Offered here is Sam Snead's official 1949 Masters Tournament trophy. The 1949 Masters was Snead's 1st Masters Tournament victory. 1949 is among the most famous years in Masters Tournament history, as it was the very first time that a green jacket was awarded to the Champion. Sam Snead shot back to back 67s on the weekend to win by 3 strokes. 

The Masters Tournament trophy is far and away the most elusive trophy in all of golf. Unlike the other Major Championship trophies (not to mention other sports), replicas are not produced. No salesman samples, no smaller copies, and no other versions for Augusta members or tournament VIPs. Save for a couple larger "Permanent" trophies produced for the Hall of Fame and other museums, the only way to obtain a Masters Tournament trophy is to go out and win the Masters.

This now-iconic three dimensional sterling silver trophy was first awarded in 1993, meaning that it was only presented at the time of victory to 19 different Champions (Bernhard Langer through Patrick Reed 2 years ago). Additionally, some living Masters Tournament Champions have been allowed to purchase this trophy. We can confirm that at least six different then-living Masters Champs have trophies. If even 10 other Masters Champions obtained a trophy, that is still less than three dozen Champions that own one. A look through that list of names like Tiger, Jack, Phil, Jordan, and Sergio, it becomes quite clear that very few of these trophies will ever reach the collector market. And with the earning potential of today's golfers, we presume that no future Masters Champion will likely put his trophy for auction either. 

That background information was necessary to fully illustrate one important point - only a scant few Masters Tournament trophies have ever become available, and will ever become available. In the ensuing decades, perhaps 2 or 3 collectors in the world will ever have the chance to own an official Masters Tournament trophy. 

In the past 5 years, two such Masters trophies have been sold publicly (both by us):

Arnold Palmer's trophy (engraved with all 4 victory years) for $444,012 in 2016

Sam Snead's 1954 trophy for $333,601 in 2018.

As the true scarcity of Masters Tournament trophies becomes apparent and fully appreciated by collectors, we expect the couple available trophies to reach stratospheric valuations the likes of which have not yet been seen in the golf collecting hobby.

This sterling silver on wood base "clubhouse" trophy measures 13.5" wide by 6.5" tall, and weighs 20 pounds. The front of the trophy is engraved "Masters Tournament, Augusta National Golf Club, Sam Snead 1949, 282."

Letter of Provenance from Sam Snead's Son, Jack Snead