Thursday, October 2

Sam Snead Fetches Big Money

1952 Sam Snead card.
IF ONLY SAM SNEAD COULD HAVE MADE this kind of money during his playing days. More on that in a moment. First, the playing record.

During his long career, Snead collected a record 82 PGA Tour victories and won seven majors (three Masters, three PGA Championships and one British Open). The golf legend appeared in eight Ryder Cups as a player and a captain and never lost, although ol' Sam was a part of that famous draw in 1969.

Heritage Auctions of Texas recently auctioned items from The Slammer's estate. Trophies and such.

Here's what Sam's stuff fetched:

  • Wanamaker Trophy from the 1942 PGA Championship - $143,400
  • 1952 Masters trophy - $113,525
  • 1939 Ryder Cup trophy - $31,070
  • Gold medal for winning the 1946 British Open - $25,096

In addition, a putter Snead picked up in St. Andrews was claimed for $31,070. (Sam immediately put that flatstick in his bag and won the 1946 British Open, his first Open appearance.)

Also sold: Snead's naval discharge papers ($239) and a free McDonald's-for-life card from founder Ray Kroc ($155.35).

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