The driver that Sam Snead used to win more than 100 tournaments — including two Masters, two PGA Championships and one British Open — will be up for auction Sept. 25-26 in Dallas as part of Heritage Auctions’ Sports Collectibles Golf Catalog auction. The club is expected to sell for more than $250,000.
Slammin’ Sammy Snead was one of the longest drivers of his generation. The club comes with a note signed by Snead verifying its legitimacy that also includes details about the Dunlop driver, made by Wilson, which Snead purchased from Henry Picard.
“Pickard [sic] said that he paid $5.25 for it,” writes Snead. “I paid him that amount and took it with me. A few years after buying the driver, Pickard wanted to buy it back, and I said I wouldn’t sell it for a million!”
Included in the letter is Snead’s description of the club: “Made by Wilson, name of Sam Snead and Wilson on the head, plain sole plate, dark brown head with black insert, head is cracked in neck with an added screw in the neck, also has an added screw in end of shaft on bottom of head and has lead weight in back of head.”
Snead used the driver from 1936 to 1953, retiring it after playing for the victorious American team in the 1953 Ryder Cup.