Lot # 5: 1990 Masters Tournament Champion's Trophy (Mickey Powell Estate)

Starting Bid: $5,000.00

Bids: 23 (Bid History)

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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

Offered here is an official winner's trophy from the Masters Tournament.

Though we are all now very familiar with the three-dimensional clubhouse Masters Trophy, that style of trophy did not debut until Bernhard Langer's victory at the 1993 Masters Tournament. Offered here is the prior style - a "bas relief" style trophy awarded to Masters Tournament Champions from the 1970s through Fred Couples' victory at the 1992 Masters Tournament.

This official Champions Trophy from the Masters Tournament was produced in 1990, and was ordered by a Masters Champion after something happened to his original. Though we'd love to name this well-known Masters Champion for the attention (and increased price) that it would garner, we do not feel that would be fair to the Champion. He wanted Mickey Powell to have this trophy 3 decades ago - surely never contemplating Mickey's eventual death and this trophy's resulting sale. 

This sterling silver on wood "bas relief" Masters Trophy measures 15 1/2" wide by 9 5/8" tall. Sterling Silver on Wood. Engraved "Masters Tournament, Augusta National Golf Club." Produced by Garrards and Hallmarked 1990.

Multiple Letters of Provenance including original Garrards Receipt and Garrards Correspondence 

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.