Vintage Golf Autographs

Golfers of the Past -- 1920s through 1960s

Beyond the Eighteenth Hole

Although I first started collecting vintage football autographs in the late 1980s, my collecting interests soon branched out to other sports. That happened after I began reading the sports pages of old newspapers on microfilm.  I discovered the old sports cartoons. These cartoons were popular after the turn of the century and started to disappear in newspapers about the early 1960s.  The graphic images created by these wonderful cartoonists really appealed to me.  I thought these old sports cartoons would make a wonderful medium for collecting autographs. Not only were they great visual images, but they gave historical context and information about the career of the athlete.  Thus my collection of vintage golf autographs extends into those who played in the 1920s and who were featured in these great old cartoons.

Each artist was distinct in his style.  Some newspapers had their own in-house cartoonist while others were syndicated and their drawings appeared in newspapers across the country. Tom Paprocki (or Pap) was may favorite, but I also liked Alan Maver and Jack Sords. Although this website focuses on golf, I have a vast collection of vintage baseball, track and field, tennis, basketball, boxing, Olympics, and football autographs. My vintage sports autograph collection numbers in the thousands. Go to "Links" to connect to my other sports sites.

The majority of my golf autographs were obtained while volunteering at golf tournaments in California and Utah. I would prepare for these tournaments in advance by copying news articles reporting their previous wins to have them sign.  Many would pause to reflect and comment on the past event.

I still collect autographs, but not in such a frenzied manner as I did in the late 1980s and 1990s. I think it is now time to share these wonderful old athletes, what I have learned about them, and their autographs with you.

Click on a category (ladies, Hall of Fame men, all the rest) on this page to see entries.

LAST UPDATED:  March 30, 2015

Watch a Video Clip of:

  • George Archer (All the Rest)
  • Jerry Barber  (All the Rest)
  • George Bayer (All the Rest)
  • Patty Berg (Ladies)
  • Julius Boros (Hall of Fame)
  • Harry Cooper (Hall of Fame)
  • Bruce Crampton  (All the Rest)
  • Bruce Devlin  (All the Rest)
  • Jack Fleck  (All the Rest)
  • Bob Goalby (All the Rest)
  • Ben Hogan (Hall of Fame)
  • Dave Marr  (All the Rest)
  • "Jug" McSpaden (All the Rest)
  • Cary Middlecoff (Hall of Fame)
  • Byron Nelson (Hall of Fame)
  • Bobby Nichols  (All the Rest)
  • Jack Nicklaus (Hall of Fame)
  • Arnold Palmer (Hall of Fame)
  • Gary Player (Hall of Fame)
  • John Revolta (All the Rest)
  • Gene Sarazen (Hall of Fame)
  • Charlie Sifford  (Hall of Fame)
  • Sam Snead (Hall of Fame)
  • Bob Toski  (All the Rest)
  • Ellsworth Vines (All the Rest)

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