Menu
Welcome Sign-In | Join Now
Sold for Sign-in or Join (free & quick) includes Buyer's Premium (BP) 

Description

Circa 1899 Haskell Golf Ball. A very rare example of the ball that changed the world of golf. Prior to the introduction of the Haskell ball, everyone used a golf ball made of gutta percha which was a form of rubber imported from the East Indies. At that time the Goodrich Rubber Company was making gutta percha balls, but was not a major force. In 1899 an enterprising employee named Coburn Haskell decided to wind rubber bands around a solid rubber core and cover it with gutta percha. It was found that the ball traveled thirty yards farther than the gutty so Goodrich patented the idea and started marketing the ball. The initial run of Haskell balls were not very durable because the cover was brittle. They were soon replaced by better versions. This example is one of the initial Haskell balls of which only about 15 survive. This lot is the very ball pictured on page thirty-three of Olman's 1985 seminal guide, "The Encyclopedia of Golf Collectibles." One side of the ball reads "HASKELL" and the other side reads "Pat. Apr. 11, 1899." The cover shows a distinct crack, otherwise the ball is in very good condition. The wound rubber ball dominated the game for one hundred years.

Service and Handling Description: Balls, Pucks, etc., Small (view shipping information)

Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

Glossary of Terms

Auction Info

Auction Dates
May, 2012
3rd-5th
Internet/Mail/Phone Bidders: 1
Members Tracking: N/A
Page Views: 1,108

Buyer's Premium per Lot:
19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

Heritage membership

945,308
bidder-members
$891,451,904
sold in the last year

Join Now - It's Free

VIEW BENEFITS
  1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
  2. Bid online
  3. Free Collector newsletter
  4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
  5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    winnings 

Consignments wanted

Only 14 days left to consign to the 2015 November 5 - 7 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction - Dallas!

Learn about consigning with us

I’ve been extremely satisfied with every coin I’ve purchased based on Jim’s recommendation. I can’t imagine building a collection any other way.
Richard C. Stern,
Brooklyn, NY
View More Testimonials

Video tutorial

Getting the most out of search

Recent auctions

2015 August 20 - 22 The 1970's Topps PSA Set Registry Collection Catalog Auction - Dallas
2015 August 20 - 22 The 1970's Topps PSA Set Registry Collection Catalog Auction - Dallas
REALIZED SO FAR $1,372,571

© 2015 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved