Lot # 1: Sam Snead's 1949 Masters Tournament Trophy

Starting Bid: $25,000.00

Bids: 36 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Premier Auction",
which ran from 11/3/2023 5:00 PM to
11/19/2023 8:00 PM

Offered here is Sam Snead's official 1949 Masters Tournament trophy. The 1949 Masters was Snead's 1st Masters Tournament victory. 1949 is among the most famous years in Masters Tournament history, as it was the very first time that a green jacket was awarded to the Champion. Sam Snead shot back to back 67s on the weekend to win by 3 strokes. 

In the golf collecting hobby, The Masters Tournament trophy is far and away the most elusive trophy in all of golf. Unlike the other Major Championship trophies (not to mention other sports), replicas are not produced. No salesman samples, no smaller copies, and no other versions for Augusta members or tournament VIPs. Save for a couple larger "Permanent" trophies produced for the Hall of Fame and other museums, the only way to obtain a Masters Tournament trophy is to go out and win the Masters.

This now-iconic three dimensional sterling silver trophy was first awarded in 1993, meaning that it was only presented at the time of victory to 23 different Champions (Bernhard Langer through Jon Rahm this year). Additionally, only living Masters Tournament Champions have been allowed to purchase this trophy, not their families or heirs or anyone else on their behalf. We can confirm that at least nine different then-living Masters Champs have ordered these trophies. Combined, that is still less than three dozen Masters Champions that ever received one. A look through that list of names like Tiger, Jack, Phil, Jordan, Sergio, DJ, Matsuyama, Sheffler, Rahm, it becomes quite clear that perhaps none of these trophies will ever reach the collector market. And with the earning potential of today's golfers, we can also presume that no future Masters Champion will likely put his trophy for auction. 

That background information was necessary to fully illustrate one important point - only a scant few Masters Tournament trophies have ever become available, and will ever become available. In the ensuing decades, perhaps 2 or 3 collectors in the world will ever have the chance to own an official Masters Tournament trophy. In 2021, we sold a blank/unassigned Masters Trophy and it still brought over $500,000 at auction. 

As the true scarcity of Masters Tournament trophies becomes apparent and fully appreciated by collectors, we expect the couple available trophies to reach stratospheric valuations the likes of which have not yet been seen in the golf collecting hobby. Whether or not the hobby is ready for these numbers, the offered 1949 Masters Sam Snead trophy will undoubtedly command $1 million+ in the very near future, if not immediately. 

This sterling silver on wood base "clubhouse" trophy measures 13.5" wide by 6.5" tall, and weighs 20 pounds. The front of the trophy is engraved "Masters Tournament, Augusta National Golf Club, Sam Snead 1949, 282."

Letter of Provenance from Sam Snead's Son, Jack Snead