Wood Golf Clubs
Vintage Wooden Hickory Shaft Golf Clubs
First things first! If your looking for a value on your wood shaft golf clubs, the first thing you need to do is to make sure that the shaft is in fact made of real wood. Many club manufactures have produced clubs that have metal shafts with a wood grain finish. Grab a magnet and check this first, because if it's metal, you are already wasting your time...
Check to see if the magnet sticks mid way along the shaft since some metal core shafts from the 1930's onward do have real wood inserts at the top of the grip which could fool you into believing the club has a hickory shaft. Antique wood golf club guides can help verify age.
How to estimate the value of old hickory shaft golf clubs
For starters, a good guide for determining a clubs value is the Wood Shafted Golf Club Value Guide by Peter Georgiady Learning about wood golf clubs is where the fun merges with finding, collecting, and maybe even becoming a dealer of these classic fairway relics. The more you know, the better you will be at spotting the really valuable, and sometime priceless gems of the antique golf club market.
One thing you need to know right off the git-go is that rarity is the major governing factor in high priced wooden golf club values. Hickory shaft clubs are not really that rare. Millions of hickory shaft clubs were made so there are still oodles of hickory shaft clubs still around.
The basic rule on antique wooden shaft golf club value is in general, the older the rarer, the rarer the more value... Now that being said, obviously there are some variables to that rule. Quality, limited production, and history or original famous owner or name like Tom Morris on a club are just some other instances where value can be dramatically increased.
Some clubs tend to be more rare than others because they were expensive, or made in limited quantities. This doesn't insure your club is worth more, but many from this circumstance are. It's important to realize that millions of low grade wood golf clubs were made and sold through department, hardware, and sporting goods stores when the sport was booming in the early 1900's. Spalding, Wilson, MacGregor, Burke, Kroydon, Hillerich & Bradsby, George Nicoll, Wright & Ditson and scores of others were made and sold everywhere.
Factors that indicate your clubs are common and at the low end of the value chart include:
An average club in average condition might be worth $30 + -, whereas a rare club set like the Spalding Bobby Jones Hickory-Shafted Golf Clubs, ca. 1933 have an appraised value of $5,000 - $7,000.
Some of the features that indicate your club is a more valuable, scarce or rare find include:
What to look for in the condition of your hickory golf clubs for value and pricing purposes:
Putting a value on your golf clubs:
The approach for valuing antique wood golf clubs can vary quite a
bit, but It really depends on your ability to identify what it is, it's
age and condition, the manufacturer and how rare it may be. These factors
along with any influential history the club may have (was it used by
someone famous?) help determine how collectible it is, and ultimately,
Value is also influenced by the package. Are the clubs all one original set with the proper antique golf club descriptions and markings (driving iron, mid iron, mashie, spade mashie, pitching niblick, niblick or baffing spoon etc.) or are they a mix match set acquired over time? Full matching sets are much more collectable when looking to buy antique wood golf clubs.
Originality: Are the shafts and grips original?
Valuating a golf clubs fair market price:
In general, less than 5% of all hickory wood shafted clubs have value beyond decorative or playable worth.
Rough Ballpark Retail Pricing: Do Your Own Homework!
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