The Gary Player Collection
Offered in this auction are the most important golf trophies to ever hit the auction block. In eight consecutive auction lots, we are pleased to offer all four of the Major Championship trophies that make up the Grand Slam – The Masters, The Open, the US Open, and the PGA Championship, as well as four Senior Major Championships. To put this in perspective, in the entire history of sports memorabilia auctions (ours and all others), not only have these trophies never been offered at the same time, many of these trophies have never been offered for sale at all.
And that brings us to Gary Player. His playing record is among the finest in history, and he is one of only 5 men to obtain the game’s highest achievement – the Holy Grail of golf - the Grand Slam. Joining Gary Player in this exclusive club are Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods. He will forever be remembered as golf’s first global star and international ambassador of the game. In addition to his 9 Major Championship victories, Gary Player won 165 professional golf tournaments in six continents over seven decades. But the Black Knight’s legacy does not stop here; his commitment to charity may be his greatest achievement of them all. His foundation has raised more than $64 million for impoverished children around the globe.
The trophies presented in this auction were previously sold to a private collector to raise money for charitable causes. This is the first time they have ever been offered for public sale. While the trophies will be sold in individual auction lots, the hope is that the winning bidder(s) will allow this truly historic collection to be placed somewhere where it will be on display for public viewing. Outside the homes of Jack Nicklaus or Tiger Woods, it’s hard to imagine a more complete collection of Major Trophies ever being assembled together again.
Gary Player 1972 PGA Championship Trophy
Offered here is Gary Player's official large 1972 PGA Championship trophy. The 1972 PGA Championship at Oakland Hills was Gary Player's 6th of an eventual 9 Major Championship victories.
This is the very first large PGA Championship trophy that we have ever brought to auction. This is not the smaller "player" trophy that we and other auction houses have sold a few times, but the one large scale Wanamaker made for the PGA Champion.
This is not the trophy that was received by Gary Player at the time of his victory. Some years after Gary Player's victory, the PGA allowed this large Wanamaker trophy to be produced for his 1972 PGA Championship triumph. The engraving of Champions on this trophy was kept current though 2009, and includes all 3 of Tiger Woods' victories. .
This official large 1972 PGA Championship trophy is hallmarked by the PGA's official Wanamaker trophy producer John Bowles, and stands 25 1/2" tall and measures 18" from handle to handle.