Items for sale on eBay are often described as rare. In reality, most items are not as rare as we think. We found a true exception recently with regard to a National Golf Links of America yearbook published in 1916. The sellers description of the book is below:
“This is a unique book about the National Golf Links of America located in Shinnecock Hills , Southampton, New York. It serves as a historical account of the beginnings of The National on Long Island. 58 pages. Hardcover. Small size, approx. 5″ by 6.5″. There are no other copies I could find online.”
The Contents include:
OFFICERS, BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND COMMITTEES
CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION
LIST OF ORIGINAL FOUNDERS
LIST OF ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
In this case, the item sold for a final price of $937. The seller is correct that there are no other copies available on-line. Nor are there any for sale “off-line”. We could find no record of a National Golf Links year book selling in the last fifteen years.
The only copies of this book that we have seen are in the collection of the U.S.G.A. library in New Jersey. They have similar yearbooks from 1927, 1932, 1940, 1955 and 1956, making this one quite a prize.
Sometimes, when a rare item like this appears, it attracts other copies to the market. A current owner of one sees that the little book on their shelf could fetch enough to buy a new set of golf clubs and decides now is the time to ‘monetize’ the book. We’ll be on the lookout for additional copies.
For a more in-depth look at books about The National Golf Links, see one of our prior newsletters.