Lot # 124: Antique Wooden Ballot Box

Category: Misc. Golf

Starting Bid: $300.00

Bids: 5 (Bid History)

Time Left: Auction closed
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Item was in Auction "Spring 2021 Auction",
which ran from 3/24/2021 7:00 PM to
4/10/2021 7:00 PM



The term “blackballed” refers to the act of “voting against or preventing a candidate of applicant”. But did you ever know where exactly this term came from?

In the 1800s, private societies, such of golf clubs, had a wooden ballot box like the one offered in this auction. When voting on whether to accept a new candidate, members would place their hand in the ballot box and secretly drop the ball on either the “Yes” side or “No” side. At the end of the voting, the drawers would be opened to see whether the new candidate was accepted or whether he was “blackballed”.

This circa 1800s ballot box is in very good condition. 10 1/2" x 6 3/8" x 4". Includes 7 white balls and 9 black balls. 

Mickey Powell Collection

The offered item in this lot comes from the Estate of former PGA of America President Mickey Powell. Long before Powell spent more than 55 years in professional golf, he began as a 13 year old caddie at the Country Club of Indianapolis. His first-ever loop was for a couple named Pete and Alice Dye, who went on to become a driving force in golf course design. Powell is credited with setting the Ryder Cup on its path towards increased prominence when he convinced his friend Jack Nicklaus to return as Captain for the 1987 Ryder Cup at his home course Muirfield Village. Mickey Powell was an avid collector throughout his life - baseball cards, coins, and, yes, golf memorabilia. We considered Mickey Powell a friend, and his passion for the game of golf was unmatched. We are excited to place pieces of his collection into the hands of collectors across the globe.