The 1900 Cope's Golfers set is the preeminent early golf card set. The rare tobacco card set is often compared to baseball card collecting's T206 set from 1909-1911, which famously features the iconic Honus Wagner card. But only the most advanced collectors realize that the 1900 Cope's Golfers set is exceedingly more rare than the T206 set. In total, PSA has graded over 250,000 T206 cards, but only 1,869 total cards in the 1900 Cope's Golfers set. The mysteriously short printed Honus Wagner baseball card has 36 examples graded by PSA, each of which is worth over $1 million. The most sought after Cope's Golfers cards are those of Young & Old Tom Morris, which have seen a similar 42 and 48 copies grades, respectively, but are currently worth a tiny fraction of its baseball counterpart.
Offered here is a near complete set of 48 of 50 cards from the 1900 Cope's Golfer's set (the remaining 2, Old & Young Tom Morris, are offered separately in the preceding 2 lots). This set includes Rookie Cards of some of the greatest golfers of the game's early years, including Allan Robertson, J.H. Taylor, John Ball, Sandy Herd, Harold Hilton, Horace Hutchinson, Freddie Tait, and John Laidlay.
Each of these rare cards has been authenticated and encapsulated by PSA.