If you want to build an amazing collection of antique golf clubs you probably know it is not as easy as some would have you to believe. There is a lot you need to know about all things golf before you can be a successful collector. So before you pull out your wallet and start spending money on collectible golf clubs, take the time to educate yourself. Learn about the different golf clubs and the history of golf clubs.
You should even research some of the top star players that played in the era you are collecting. The easiest way to do this buy a few reference books and start reading. Some of the reference books you should get include a pricing guide, a golf history book and any other books that can help you become a better golf club collector. You will find that most books will cover three very important things.
The value of golf clubs, how to identify rare golf clubs and where you should look. All of this information will help you become more familiar with collecting rare golf clubs. It will help you easily identify something worth collecting. And most importantly, it will help you avoid being ripped off. When it boils down to it, the more knowledge you have about this subject matter the better.
As a collector, especially a new one, I suggest you pick one category and build your collection around it. For example, you can focus on clubs that are made with wood or steel. You can also focus solely on antique golf clubs. Each different category of golf clubs has their own set of valuation criteria.
That’s why it’s a good idea to just focus on one category. Otherwise, you will have to do a lot of research to learn about the various valuation methods.
To start collecting you should go to your local sports stores and your local antique shops. Just browse around and see what they have to offer. Try to go on a regular basis so you never miss out on something good when it comes in. You have to remember, these stores don’t get regular stock like the corner grocery store. They get antique items at random. So the more you go to the shop, the better your chances of getting a really great antique golf club at a great price.
Its also a good idea to form a good relationship with those who work in these places. Let them know what you are trying to do. Generally speaking, once you have formed a good relationship with the owner he or she will help you locate the items you are looking for.
As you become a more avid collector you can start collecting the very rare golf clubs that are made with wooden shafts. These are the golf clubs that can sell for thousands of dollars. How rare the clubs is will determine how much it will be sold for. Extremely rare golf clubs can be extremely expensive. Look for clubs that were made in the 1930’s. Those are the real collectors items.