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Sam Snead's 1949 Masters trophy to headline auction

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On the heels of its $1.1 million debut in August, Part II the Sam Snead Collection is expected to create huge buzz in the golf world when Slammin’ Sammy’s 1949 Masters Championship Trophy, estimated to bring $100,000-plus, and his very own 1951 Ryder Cup Captain’s Trophy, which may sell for $50,000-plus, cross the block Dec. 6-7 in Heritage Auctions’ Golf Catalog Auction in Dallas.

The lots on offer range from victor’s trophies and medals from Snead’s record 82 PGA Tour victories, dozens of clubs used in building that peerless resume, contestant badges, match-worn clothing and much more.

Notable are several iconic straw hats Snead made famous on the links, and Snead’s first set of matched irons used on a PGA tour, circa 1935-36, anticipated to hammer at $10,000-plus.

The two-day auction closes in an Internet-only Extended Bidding format, with the Snead Collection ending Dec. 6.

Highlights from Day Two of the auction, closing on Dec. 7, include the personal collections of links legends “Long” Jim Barnes, Doug Sanders, Ellsworth Vines and rare Bobby Jones artifacts from the estate of his personal secretary at the Augusta National.

Top-ranked offerings from this portion of the sale include Barnes’ 1921 US Open Championship Gold Medal, Chick Evans’ 1920 US Amateur Championship Medal, and a rare and important handwritten letter from Jones.

Additional highlights from the Snead collection include, but are not limited to these items:

  • A Trophy Tea Set won by Snead at the 1960 Masters Par-3 Championship. Estimate: $20,000-plus.
  • The 1969 Ryder Cup Captain’s blazer owned and worn by Snead. Estimate: $12,000-plus.
  • The Los Angeles Open Championship gold pendant won by Snead in 1950. Estimate: $10,000-plus.
  • An early 19th century feather ball given to Snead by King Edward VIII. Estimate: $8,000-plus.

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