Golfing, Golfers & Golf Cigarette Cards (Collectables)

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Golfing Cigarette Cards (Collectables) - Stroke Of Genius

I've been collecting and selling trade cards, cigarette cards and related collectables for over twenty years. Before you read this guide please subscribe to my card collecting newsletters for updates on rare cards and tips on buying by Clicking Here, thank you.

Cigarette cards provide a valuable insight into the history of golf. Tom Morris helped to establish the very first Open Championship and witnessed the transition from the expensive "featherie" ball era through to the economical "gutty". This early golfing pioneer appears in a number of cigarette card sets in the first half of the 20th century. These cards are highly prized by golf collectors.

The maverick golfer Walter Hagen was not just an exceptional golfer he used his fame to highlight the folly of the snobby golfing establishment during the 1920s and 1930s.  High-grade Walter Hagen cigarette cards command high prices on eBay.

The early golf cigarette cards that fetch the highest prices are those depicting Bobby Jones, considered by many to be one of the greatest golfers of all time.

I've listed a small selection of golf cigarette card sets below from the cards I have sold on eBay over the last six years. I've provided scans of a sample card from each set and I've tried to list as many card titles as possible.

 

  • Name Of Set: Famous Golfers, 2nd Series (Large)
  • Manufacturer: WA & AC Churchman
  • Issue Year: 1928
  • Card Number: 12
  • Card Titles: Arnaud Massy, Tom Morris, Alexander Frederick Simpson, Jess CW Sweetser, Cyril James Hastings Tolley, Ernest R Whitcombe, James Barnes, Aubrey Basil Boomer, Archie Compston, George Gadd, Arthur Gladstone Havers, and Herbert C Jolly.
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  • Name Of Set: Famous Golfers
  • Manufacturer: WA & AC Churchman
  • Issue Year: 1927
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: John Ball, John Ball, James Barnes USA, Aubrey Basil Boomer, Aubrey Basil Boomer, James Braid, James Braid, Archie Compston, George Duncan, George Duncan, George Gadd, George Gadd, Walter Hagen, Walter Hagen, Robert Harris, Arthur Gladstone Havers, Arthur Gladstone Harvers, Alexander Herd, Alexander Herd, Alexander Herd, Harold H. Hilton, EWE Holderness, Len Holland, William Irvine Hunter, Jack Hutchison, Herbert C. Jolly, Robert Tyre Jones, Robert Tyre Jones aka Bobby Jones, Fred Leach, Arnaud Massy, Abe Mitchell, Abe Mitchell, Tom Morris, Edward Ray, Edward Ray, Frederick Robson, Ben Sayers, Alexander Frederick Simpson, Jess C.W. Sweetser, Frederick Guthrie Tait, John Henry Taylor, John Henry Taylor, Cyril James Hastings Tolley, Harry Vardon, Roger H. Wethered, Roger H. Wethered, and Ernest R. Whitcombe.
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  • Name Of Set: Famous Golfers
  • Manufacturer: J Millhoff
  • Issue Year: 1928
  • Card Number: 27
  • Card Titles: Aubrey Boomer, Walter Hagen, Sir E. Holderness, Roger Wethered, Harry Vardon, CA Whitcombe, Alex Herd, Abe Mitchell, CJH Tolley, Jesse Sweetser, Miss Diana V. Esmond, Mrs. Guedalla, Miss Joyce Wethered, George Duncan, Miss Dorothy Pearson, Edward Ray, George Gadd, AG Havers, Miss Doris Chambers,  Robert Jones aka Bobby Jones, TH Cotton, Mrs Alan McBeth, Miss Cecil Leitch, Tommy Armour, Dr. W. Tweddell, Robert Harris, and ER Whitcombe
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  • Name Of Set: Famous Golfers
  • Manufacturer: WD and HO Wills
  • Issue Year: 1930
  • Card Number: 25
  • Card Titles: James Braid, Archie Compston, Thomas Henry Cotton, Harold D. Gillies, George Gadd, George Duncan, Walter J. Hagen, Rex W. Hartley, Arthur G. Havers, Alexander ("Sandy") Herd, C.O. Hezlet, Sir EWE Holderness, Miss Cecil Leitch, Arnaud Massy, Abe Mitchell, RH De Montmorency, TP Perkins, Edward Ray, Frederick Robson, JH Taylor, Cyril JH Tolley, Harry Vardon, Miss Joyce Wthered, and Roger H. Wethered.
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  • Name Of Set: Prominent Golfers
  • Manufacturer: WA & AC Churchman
  • Issue Year: 1931
  • Card Number: 50
  • Card Titles: Percy Alliss, James Barnes, Aubrey Boomer, TA Bourn,James Braid, W. Campbell, Miss Glenna Collett, Archie Compston, TH Cotton, Leo Diegel, George Duncan, George Von Elm, J. Farrell, Miss Diana Fishwick, Miss Molly Gourlay, Walter Hagen, Rex W. Hartley, AG Havers, A Herd, Major CO Hezlet, Sir EWE Holderness Bart, L. Holland, Harrison R. Johnston, HC Jolly, Bobby Jones, J. Jurado, J. Kirkwood, R. Mackenzie, Abe Mitchell, Donald K. Moe, Francis Oumiet, TP Perkins, Edward Ray, Fred Robson, E Sarazen, Horton Smith, J. Nelson Smith, JA Stout, JH Taylor, CJH Tolley, TA Torrance, Harry Vardon, GJ Voigt, AL Watous, Miss Joyce Wthered, RH Wethered, CA Whitcombe, ER Whitcombe, Dr OF Willing, and Miss Enid Wilson.
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  • Name Of Set: 3 Jovial Golfers
  • Manufacturer: WA & AC Churchman
  • Issue Year: 1934
  • Card Number: 36
  • Card Titles: -
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  • Name Of Set: Can You Beat Bogey At St. Andrews?
  • Manufacturer: WA & AC Churchman
  • Issue Year: 1934
  • Card Number: 54 (Joker is extremely rare and not normally included)
  • Card Titles: -
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  • Name Of Set: Championship Golf Courses
  • Manufacturer: John Player and Sons
  • Issue Year: 1936
  • Card Number: 25
  • Card Titles: Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews Old Course, Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake, Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers at Muirfield, Royal Portrush Golf Club, Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Prince's Golf Club at Sandwich, Carnoustie Old or Championship Course, Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club at Deal, Royal Co. Down Golf Club in Newcastle, Royal Lytham and St. Annes Golf Club, Walton Heath Golf Club Old Course, Portmarnock Golf Club, Formby Golf Club, Western Golf Club in Gailes, Moortown Golf Club, Nottingham Golf Club at Hollinwell, Burnham and Berrow Golf Club, Northumberland Golf Club at High Gosforth Park, Cooden Beach Golf Club, Little Aston Golf Club, Seacroft Golf Club at Skegness, and Woodhall Spa Golf Club.
  • Name Of Set: Golf
  • Manufacturer: John Player and Sons
  • Issue Year: 1939
  • Card Number: 25
  • Card Titles: -
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