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    1941 Bobby Jones Match Worn Masters Tournament Player Badge. Almost as legendary as the skill which earned him golf's only Grand Slam was the grace and dignity of the man who claimed all four Majors of the 1930 season. Jones famously dismissed accolades for calling a penalty stroke upon himself at a crucial juncture of a match with the statement, "You may as well praise a man for not robbing a bank." For Jones, there was no struggle between right and wrong. Wrong never stood a chance. Golf journalist Herbert Warren Wind put it best when he wrote, "In the opinion of many people, of all the great athletes, Jones came the closest to being what we call a great man."

    During the Golden Age of Sport in the 1920's, Jones was the links' most skilled and beloved practitioner, and his retirement from professional golf at age twenty-eight following his 1930 Grand Slam realization is arguably the premier example of an athlete going out on top. But Jones would quickly supply one of American sports' greatest second acts, coaxing from the Georgian wilderness one of the greatest golf courses ever designed to serve as an annual proving ground for the game's elite known as the Masters Tournament.

    Those few surviving relics linking the man and his masterpiece are among the most coveted in the golf collecting subgenre, and we suspect that the $310,700 result for Jones' 1937 Augusta Green Jacket in our 2011 Summer Platinum Night auction would be dwarfed if it were to reappear on the block. Until that happens, we turn your attention to this remarkable relic from the chest of the Masters' regal host, worn as Jones competed in the tournament's eighth edition.

    The only known surviving Jones badge from the Masters, this historic artifact comes to us from the family of Merryl Israel Aron, a New Orleans native who won dozens of local and regional amateur golf championships in the Deep South and played with famous golfers such as Ben Hogan, Jimmy Demaret and Babe Didrikson Zaharias. The family's letter of provenance will attend.

    Measuring approximately 1.5x2.25" in size, the badge is elegantly showcased in a shadowbox frame measuring approximately 14x14x1.5". Minimal foxing of the typed name insert speaks to its advanced age, but otherwise the badge exhibits no condition distractions of note. Letter of provenance from family of Merryl Israel Aron.

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    18th-19th Thursday-Friday
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