The Vintage Era of Golf Club Collectibles
Identification & Value Guide by Ronald John
Illustrated, September 9, 2001, 2002 values.
Main sections include woods, irons, putters, adjustable clubs, fancy club faces, wedges and utility irons, shafts and grips comparisons, grading and condition scales, 2001 values, and a glossary.
Manufacturers represented include Allied, MacGregor, Wilson, Spalding, and McGill.
This book helps fill a gap in understanding a great era of golf, 1919 to 1942, providing a chance to visually see some of the unique clubs designed during this era. It's nicely done and beautifully photographed, but, that's where it stops.
The book also identifies unique designs, which is where one will gather the best value, though the pictorial representations are not supported by any text other than the simplistic descriptions and approximate values.
The Vintage Era in golf collectibles is generally viewed as the relatively short period after wood shafts became steel. During this time coated shafts, often made of a material called pyratone, were used to achieve the modern effect of steel, including protection against rust, combined with the look of hickory.
This era began in the mid-1920s and lasted to around 1940. Many collectors have overlooked the unique designs, styles, ground breaking advancements and unsuccessful patents of these depression era club makers.
Ronald John's wonderful book has a wealth of full color pictures depicting many of these styles and designers. Of particular note are the beautiful "fancy face" woods, odd patented designs, and the early versions of now common clubs like sand wedges and offset putters.
Another useful feature of this book is the detailed valuations that are indicated for each club. In comparisons against prices on eBay I have found John to be surprisingly accurate, especially for exceptional examples of the various clubs shown.
Synopsis: About The Vintage Era of Golf Club Collectibles Identification & Value Guide by Ronald John
|eBay Product ID (ePID)||1885964|
|Number Of Pages||224 pages|
|LC Classification Number||GV976.J64 2002|