We can help you sell your
Antique Wood Shaft Golf Clubs and related Golfing Antiques!!
Please note, I am not buying clubs at this time, but I will list and
sell them for you from this website, or our antique sales site
I prefer you know what you want for them prior
to calling me so we do not have to do the back and forth guessing game.
Not too many
years ago you could buy or sell all the vintage wood shaft golf
clubs that you would want at antique shows on the East Coast. The supply
was plentiful, and so were the buyers. Then for a while they
hard to find and became more expensive during their hey-day of popularity
when the prices were being driven by a new crowd buyers. The
dreaded, but loved, foreigners.
That has now come full circle
and wood shaft clubs are again plentiful and cheap and the Japanese buyers have
moved on to sneakers and blue jeans.
There are now
thousands if not millions of vintage clubs coming onto the market or
already here. With the coming
of the internet, and the drop in demand the supply of these vintage sporting items is abundant, and
common wood shaft clubs can now be bought for 1/2 or less than one had to pay
10-15 years ago. Which is OK as long as everybody is aware of and accepts that.
I can & will help you sell your vintage & antique golf clubs on consignment from my antique sales website
but you need to have a real sense of their value in today's market.
It is similar to the value of your house. What was it worth in
1990. In 2005, and now? If you have been able to deal
with that then you can deal with what use to be a $40.00 club now being worth $10.00 -
Primarily we prefer to deal in harder
to find vintage wood shaft clubs similar to those that I have pictured on this
page. These clubs may appear to all look pretty much the same at
first sight but each one pictured have subtle
common clubs. Typically, unusual clubs will have an UNUSUAL patented idea or other feature to try and help
improve the Golfer improve his score on the links.
picture and point out some of the features harder to find and more
desirable wood shaft clubs will have and also describe some of the
features that more common clubs have.
The two wood shaft
clubs at the top of the page and are called deep
were used to help create backspin when trying to stop the ball
when hitting from a sand trap. They were outlawed shortly after they
were introduced, but must have been immensely popular as attested to by
the volume of them that have survived. These clubs can range
in value from as low as $25.00 to over $200.00 + for some rarer versions.
Even rare are clubs referred to as rakes. Another is known as the waterfall as opposed to just a
straight line deep groove.
The next club is called a Seeley's Patent after the
inventor or patentee's name. It was made and marketed by Spaulding
and dates from the teens into the twenties. It
is unusual in that the wooden shaft extends lower than usual and the
has support pieces coming up the shank as can be seen in the picture to
the left. The idea was to add strength to the weak point of wood
shaft clubs. It was an idea that did not really catch on before
steel shafts made the issue a moot point. It is clubs with unusual
patented features like this that are desirable, in demand and we seek. Just above is a picture showing the marking on
this clubs backside giving the patent information and other important
Many clubs have info on the backsides that is unimportant, and is just there as a marketing tool.
Phrases such as accurate, stainless, superior, aim-rite and other common
sounding names re usually just that, common.
Other common and plentiful wood shaft clubs that hold little interest
to most collectors are later ones that have aluminum caps on the end of the handles.
Most clubs that
have nickel or chromed heads or claim to be Stainless also are common and
late. Most of these were produced during the later
years of wood shaft clubs and few have unusual features that make for a rare or desirable and valuable golf
That is not to say that they are worthless or not collectible.
In today's market, common clubs can be had at venues like eBay for $10.00-$20.00 and
often go begging for a bids because of the added cost of shipping.
There is just not a lot of interest in common clubs these days, and they are difficult to sell
other than as decorator items for under $20.00.
On the other hand prices for unusual wood shaft clubs like those pictured on this
page have remained relatively stable.
right is a set of clubs that date from right near the
turn of the century. These were made by Willie Dunn, one of the first and best
known of all early American golf club makers. These were made when he was employed
at Crawford, Macgregor & Canby Co. It is unusual
to find clubs this early that are truly a set. This is and example
of the the vintage and quality that
are still desirable and I can help you sell.
I DO NOT MAKE OFFERS on GOLF CLUBS!
Please do not call me asking for one! If you have clubs that you
want sold, send them to me and I will sell them.
Golf Balls & Golfing Accessories
In addition to
antique wood shaft golf clubs,
we also deal in early golf balls and other accessories related to
golf. The balls that I am looking for have square or other different
dimples rather than the round ones found on more modern
balls. Even earlier and more desirable are those balls called
gutties and I would also be interested in buying these types of balls that
generally date from a short period of time right near the turn of the
century and before.
Other golf accessories
of interest would be trophies or prizes like the razor
set that was presented to the winner of a tournament in Scotland back near
the turn of the last century. I would also be interested in silver trophies
from the same era. Hole in one trophies are interesting if they are early
the right is a practice machine that I believe dates from the 20's or
so. On the
end of the rod that
you see is an early ball that when hit would revolve around
and mark off or
record the distance that you had supposedly hit the
ball. They are still making things to achieve the same goal today,
but most are not as big, heavy or elaborate as this
piece. An example of the way prices have fluctuated over the years,
is that I bought this piece nearly 15 years ago for over $500.00 and
when I listed it on Ebay a year or so ago it bought under $100.
Please Note: I do not
buy any metal shaft clubs. There are other people who specialize
in them and do buy them, just go to the local flea market, or the used
The above are examples of the
caliber, condition and quality of antique wood shaft golf club that I am
primarily interested in and can help you with.
If you have quality antique golf clubs or golf
related antiques similar to those that you see
on this page that you want to sell, please contact us at
providing me with as many details as possible.
To see antiques that I currently have for sale, please go to our sister site
at www.Patented-Antiques.com and visit the numerous sale pages you will find there.