Why Are They So Desirable ?

First, the scorecards were not printed, filled out or signed with the intent of being a collectible. These scorecards are the daily work record of the golfer. Without them the golfer would be unable to post their official tournament scores. Unlike signed pictures, golf balls, programs etc... these documents detail a storyline in the career of the player. What other sport or vocation requires its professionals to document the course of their actions throughout a live performance and to attest to that record with their signature and the signature of a witnessing peer? Carried throughout the competition by the golfers, a more personal and illuminating collectible we have not yet seen. Many individual habits surface when comparing the scorecards of a specific player. From validating scores, to consistency of signature through good and bad rounds, to neatness or otherwise, these scorecards reveal much about the players. If you think that the "autograph" that gets scribbled on a hat or a ball is the player's true signature, you may be surprised at what you find on a Tournament Scorecard. In addition to the signatures and the hand filled scoring, most Tournament Scorecards will note the Contestant, the Round, the Starting Time, the Starting Tee and the Scheduled Date of Competition. Some also have Tournament, Sponsor and Course Logos. All are printed specifically for that event and all are signed by the Player and Marker. Show any golfer a picture of a hole from a course that they have played and they may well have some memories from their experiences on that course. Show them their scorecard from a particular round and they likely will be able to recreate the round shot by shot, such is the power of recall afforded by such a detailed record. Taking into consideration that all of golf's major bodies now either retain or destroy the scorecards, the number of scorecards in the public domain is somewhat limited. This however, changes from time to time, as we occasionally see a release of scorecards when fundraising requires it or internal policies are revised. That said, even the amount of scorecards retained by golf's major bodies is quite finite. Regarding an individual player, assuming that the player's career spans 20 years, that the player averages 20 events per year and that the cut is made in 3/4 of those events - the total number of Tournament Scorecards generated will be 1,400 for the entire career. Each one of those scorecards will be a completely unique and revealing record. Again, note that many of those scorecards will never enter the public domain. All of the above combine to make Tournament Scorecards an uncommon and highly prized product. When matted and framed with complimentary items, the resulting product can be most spectacular. Note that a Honus Wagner baseball card sold for 2.3 million dollars. There are approximately 60 of these cards known to exist and they are not even autographed. We would be shocked to find anywhere near 60 Tiger Woods (or any other professional golfers) Tournament Scorecards in the public domain. Given that baseball's fan base (as a percentage of the population) has diminished from its days as the National Pastime, and that Golf is growing on a global scale, the future for Golf Memorabilia of Historical Value seems extremely bright. The worldwide demographics of golf make Tournament Scorecards a particularly exciting category to either collect or trade in. © Tournament Scorecards