The most valuable golf cards in the world may not compare to the inflated hobby prices seen by the top-tier cards collected from the other major sports, but in the last decade a growing number of golf card collectors (especially vintage golf card collectors) have sent prices soaring. The popularity of golf is undeniable and the heroes of the sport are legendary: Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Phil Mickelson, Bobby Jones and so many more legends of the PGA have been featured on cards. Which of these great golfers holds the spot at number one on the list of Top 5 Most Valuable Golf Cards?
Like most of the top-tier cards in any sport that are among the world's finest, the golf cards that make the cut are normally graded by a third-party grading company (usually SGC, PSA or Beckett). This company and grade is noted below if applicable. Card prices fluctuate greatly according to price. The prices quoted for these cards are based on actual sales. The current prices may vary from these, but for now they remain the highest prices ever paid for golf cards. And now, the Top 5 Most Valuable Golf Cards of All Time!
5) Gene Sarazen â 1932 U.S. Caramel PSA 8 $5400
The first entrant on the list of the most expensive golf cards may not be a household name, but it is a highly sought after trading card. The legendary Sarazen helped create the modern sand wedge and is best remembered for his famous "shot heard round the world" at the 1935 Masters Tournament. The thin stocked U.S. Caramel set feature baseball players, boxers and only two golfers: Sarazen and Bobby Jones. Condition sensitive and appealing to set collectors and golf fans alike, this high-grade example of Sarazen starts the list with a tag price over five grand.
One of the greatest golfers of all-time, Hagen still occupies third place for most majors in a career behind only two first name legends: Tiger and Jack. The Goudey Sport Kings set is another multi-sport set and is widely collected by baseball card collectors, too. The thicker stock makes the Goudeys easier to find in strong condition, but PSA 8 and above is very rare. Hagen has a huge following and this makes his card especially desirable.
3) Bobby Jones â 1933 Goudey Sport Kings GAI 8.5 $13,100
2) Bobby Jones â 1932 U.S. Caramel SGC 96 $41,400
The same condition sensitivities that make the U.S. Caramel cards so expensive are compounded when they also depict the legendary Bobby Jones. This extremely high-grade example from one of the most respected sportscard grading companies in the business, SGC, had some lucky buyer reaching deep into their wallet. The U.S. Caramel set and the Goudey Sport King set will continue to dominate the 30s era golf cards and will remain collector favorites for years to come.
1) Tiger Woods â 1996 Sports Illustrated For Kids PSA 10 $125,000
For further comparisons to see how the most valuable golf cards stack up to cards in other sports read about the Top 10 Most Valuable Baseball Cards, the Top 10 Most Valuable Basketball Cards, the Top 10 Most Valuable Football Cards or even the Top 10 Most Valuable Hockey Cards. Golf cards have proven to be a sound investment and more people are collecting the greats of the game. Who will be next to break into the list of Top 5 Most Expensive Golf Cards?