started collecting back in 1980 and joined the Golf Collectors Society
(now the Golf Heritage Society) a year later. Any golf book was
my first quest. That collecting pursuit lasted for a dozen
years at which point I sold most of that collection to a gentleman who
had opened a golf memorabilia shop at Pebble Beach. After a year,
I knew I still had the passion
for golf collecting and found a few of the 1981 Donruss golf cards that
I had purchased years earlier. There began a long term addiction
to golf card collecting. Along with golf cards of all types, I
back into golf books published 1949 and before. That led into comic
with some reference to golf on the cover. |
Over the past 10 years, my cards and books have slowly ended up in the hands of other collectors. The golf cover comic book collection, of close to 500 golf covers, has recently been donated to the USGA Museum. The collecting passion remaining for this "72 year old" are my Ben Hogan cards and books.
The reason why? It might sound silly, but Mr. Hogan and I were in a hospital at the same time. He in Texas recovering from a life threatening automobile accident and me just starting life. The burning passion for golf was in both of us. Also, neither of us was ever afraid of hard work. But most of all, he reminds me in many ways, of my father. My dad was born a few year later than Mr. Hogan, but also served in WWII. He also worked hard for everything all of his life and when you worked, you worked. Dad enjoyed his golf very much, whenever he got the chance to play. So, who better to collect to keep me in touch with golf and my dad.