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1934 Inaugural Masters Tournament Ticket/Badge--The First and Rarest!...

2012 May 3-5 Vintage Sports Collectibles Signature Auction- Dallas #7051

 
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Auction Ended On: May 4, 2012
Item Activity: 6 Internet/mail/phone bidders
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Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

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1934 Inaugural Masters Tournament Ticket/Badge--The First and Rarest! Hidden away for decades within the pages of a scrapbook comprised almost entirely of valueless newspaper clippings, this Holy Grail of Masters collectibles suddenly emerged like a fully preserved wooly mammoth from the Siberian permafrost, thrilling to see and stunning for its mere existence. The ticket is so remarkably scarce that the many collectors of Masters badges don't consider it as a necessary component of a full run, in much the same way that T206 (baseball card) collectors consider their sets complete in the absence of the rare and fabled Wagner. But this piece makes the Old Dutchman look downright common by comparison. It remains affixed to the large (13x18") scrapbook page where it has resided since 1934, surrounded by newspaper clippings including a great image of Augusta founder Bobby Jones congratulating fellow links legend Horton Smith for his tournament win. The winning bidder may decide to remove the ticket from the page and we believe he would have good success, as most glue of this era was water-based and would release with a quick soak, but we quite like the vintage presentation. There is a small crease that runs through the punch hole at top, but the ticket has otherwise been well preserved by its storage in a scrapbook, though it goes without saying that any quibbles about condition are silly.

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