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The coolest new items for sale in the Masters merchandise shop

By Geoff Shackelford

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Some Masters patrons tour the golf course to see what's changed. I go to the merchandise center to see what's new.

While there appears to be plenty of intriguing new merchandise items, including a commemorative Ike's Tree coin that Patrick Reed said he purchased, the standout new items continue the vintage theme: rustic Augusta National signage.

loop-masters-signs-vintage-518.jpgLooking like something Martha Stewart designed for a Nantucket mancave, the club is offering five options for the weathered wooden signage: a past champions list, the club logo on its own, and three signs emphasizing Augusta with the logo.

The cool factor is off the charts if you're looking to liven up a home office or game room. But the price? Well, it'll take the pocketbook of someone with a mancave on Nantucket.

The main signs are $95 dollars, but the cut-out of the logo is a knee-buckling $185.

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Gear & Equipment

CNBC: Golf memorabilia as an investment

The cable business network CNBC has a feature on its website that it calls "Alternative Investing." It "may not be for everyone," the website states, "but there's an entry point for almost anyone -- whether it's coins, horses, memorabilia, vehicles or wine." Or golf memorabilia.

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It explains: "With more than 15 million U.S. golfers, the market for collectibles has expanded greatly in recent years. Such memorabilia can make good investments that increase in value over time. Experts suggest buying pieces attached to golf's biggest names, especially those who figure prominently in the sport's history. Autographed golf clubs, balls, shoes and gloves fall into this category, as do signed tournament pin flags, action photos, or award medallions."

Among the examples it cites is the auction price fetched for what is believed to be Bobby Jones' original Augusta National green jacket from 1937: $310,700.

CNBC's slideshow includes items from, Golf Links to the Past (a shop at the Lodge at Pebble Beach), and and Heritage Auctions. One not listed that features golf memorabilia is Green Jacket Auctions, which in its latest auction sold a 1999 PGA Championship flag signed by winner Tiger Woods for $4,260.75.

A flag that would have cost, say, $25, sans signature that is now selling for 70 times that suggests that CNBC is onto something here.

-- John Strege

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Gear & Equipment

Golf memorabilia: 'Hand of a Legend'

Those who might want a piece of Jack Nicklaus can at least get a replication of one -- his hand teeing a ball cast in bronze.


It is part of a new "Hand of a Legend" series by artist Jack Kimmich, who used the "lost-wax casting" process that is said to have been used for nearly 2,000 years. Only 1,500 pieces will be issued, after which the mold will be destroyed. Part of the proceeds will go to the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation and the World Golf Hall of Fame. The cost is $2,035.

Each year, another golf legend will have his hand similarly featured in the series. A spokesman for J.H.K Company, which produces the castings, would not directly identify who the next in the series would be, but that "you can probably guess who it will be."

Presumably he meant Arnold Palmer.

The casting of each golfer will be on permanent display at the World Golf Hall of Fame.

-- John Strege

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