MastroNet August 2005
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Atlanta native Robert Tyre Jones, Jr. is one of the true legends of the sport. Between 1923 and 1930 he won no less than 13 professional and amateur national championships (still ranked second behind Nicklaus' record of 20). The 1930 season was his most outstanding, for it was that year that he won the "Big Four"—"The Double" in both the American (U. S. Open) and British (The Open Championship) tournaments. He retired from golf at the very young age of 28, returning to his life's work as a lawyer. Years later he would co-develop the Augusta National golf course, and he would create the Masters Golf Tournament, held each year at Augusta. He will probably always rank as the greatest amateur golf champion that the United States of America has ever produced. Offered here is a 7" x 9-5/16" pen and ink portrait of the champion, created in 1935 by a 15-year-old talent named Jean Tool and superbly autographed by the Emperor of golf ("Robert T Jones, Jr."—a dark black ink signature, grading "10"). Like all of Jean Tool's autographed portraits that you will see listed in this catalog, this work was neatly folded horizontally into thirds. The original mailing creases are now reflattened and do nothing to detract from the otherwise outstanding original. (A copy of the hardcover book that reproduces all of the Jean Tool collection of autographed portrait sketches and items is included with this lot.) LOA from James Spence Authentication. LOA from Steve Grad/PSA DNA.
1935 Original Portrait Sketch - Signed by Golf Great Bobby Jones
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